Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila QuadOvila Quad

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of blandle12
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque with plum/mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

spicy, vinous aroma with lots of estery dark fruit notes and slightly roasted malt.  Slightly medicinal with hints of pepper, plum, raisin, dark cherry and other berries.  Faint caramel malt.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet and dark fruit and slightly roasted malt. Hints of pepper and clove followed by sweet vinous fruit especially grape, plum, raisin and dark cherry.  More prominent malt character than expected with some caramel, toffee and chocolate.  Subtle alcohol and rye spiciness in finish. Well balanced wih an excellently masked Abv making it deceptively drinkable.  Realy nice.  Wasn't into the dubble but this was very good.

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Photo of tafkajp
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Ablackbrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of vbiliyar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown beer 1 inch fairly white head.Sweet malty smell .At over 10 percent alcohol, i honestly cannot smell any alcohol.Very complex beer taste, there is a licorice type taste that i feel is predominant, everything else is vague to me,however the beer is good. Mouthfeel is very nice.

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Photo of RyanGustner
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick, full, sumptuous quad...very nice. From a 750 ml bottle, the beer pours a dark brown color that shows a reddish hue when held to the light. It has a fizzy tan head that falls a little too quickly. The aroma is earthy, malty, and has a modest spice scent. There is a bit of dark fruit...plum and berries. The beer's alcohol is very well hidden. It's warming and slightly tongue numbing sensations are the only aspects that betray the ABV. The taste has a lot of malt...intense and sweet. Some spice, and a lot of earthy, roasted malt and sweetntess. Full in body and very smooth. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown color from a 750 mL corked bottle.
Nice one finger off-white head that settles to a thin film. Very good head retention. The head stays forever.
Aroma is typical of a quadrupel; with dark fruits (raisins, cherries), sweet fruity esters and some bready yeast notes coming through.
Very tasty beer, lots of malt and sweetness on the palate with a slight tartness in the finish. Clean finish, with hint of sweetness that lingers around. Easy to drink with very good mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid Quad from Sierra Nevada. Not the best, but not bad either. Age will surely do good for the development of this beer. Can't wait to get my hands on the barrel-aged version of this quad.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of smi
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Jhatwig
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark brown, lighter brown on the edges. A dense light mocha head leaves stays until the brew is finished.

Smell is apples, figs, and dates. Roasted malt and yeast, with a touch of booze.

Taste is deep and dark, fruity up front and lighter fruits in the finish.

Feels incredibly smooth, coats the tongue with a long finish that almost creamy and luxurious, very velvety. Medium bodied.

What a treat, plenty of fruit and complexity, a great attempt at the Belgian style.


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Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ovila Chalace. Pours a deep brown color. Fairly clear but a little hazy. The head dissipated to nothing very fast. No lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits and a bit of Booz. Some caramel toasted sugar type smells. Not hugely aromatic.

Taste is pretty good. Not as sweet as other quads. Bit of dark fruit favors but a slight bite in the finish either from a hop or a sort of roasted grain. Bit of booz

Pretty dry mouthfeel. Little more than usual with a quad. High carb.

Overall a tasty quad. Not top 10 status in my mind but still very good. Gunna let one age for a bit to see how it does.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Quad pours a dark rosewood colored brown that has some nice deep red hues to it. The head is a medium tan color and densely packed. It has great retention and leaves very nice lace.

The aroma is rich, fruity and chocolaty. It sort of smells like a cherry cordial with the first few sniffs. After taking a few more sniffs some spicy yeast comes out as well as some bready notes. This is not as complex as some of the other quads I have had, but it does smell damn good.

The chocolate is pretty much lost in the flavor, but the fruit and dark bread notes come through very strongly. There are notes of cherry, raisin and molasses mixed in with plenty of spicy Belgian yeast. There is a bit of roasted flavor at the end of each sip as well.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and amazingly smooth and rich. The carbonation is right on for style and it finishes effortlessly.

Overall this is an enjoyable and drinkable take on the style. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for with strong and compelling flavors. I can’t say I will grab this over most of the true Belgian styles, but that does not mean it isn’t worth the price of admission.

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Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks dentist

Pours unusually dark brown with fleeting yellow foam. Smells of apples skins, belgian yeast, dark cherries and some alchol. Flavor is sweet with lots of candy flavors and some molasses and cherries - not impressed. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I am glad to have received this one for free. It's below avg IMO.

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Photo of Phelps
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tall taster glass at Tops.

Dark cherry-caramel in color, mostly clear. Half a finger of fuzzy tan head dissipates to a ring after a minute.

In the aroma, a base of sweet dates, figs and a little banana has been lightly spiced with maple, cinnamon and brown sugar. Some toasted wheat is in there as well. Not intense, but smooth.

The flavor is much more raisiny and toasty-bitter. Some alcohol; a little cinnamon; the lightest hints of strawberry and banana. Not much depth.

Light, pinching carbonation. The velvety medium body is nice and creamy. Some booze comes through the nose.

It's okay. Drinkable, but without complexity.

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Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark murky brown colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Rich, dark fruits and sugar. Lots of golden syrup and raisins. Plump. Mild spicing. Really nice but almost simple.

The sugar is out again with lots of dark toffee and invert sugar. The dark fruits are going nuts again. Mild, mild tartness. No hop, no bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a decent Belgian style ale. The sugar is a bit intense and I really would like a bit more spice and dryness.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with about a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: Grapes, some light fig, prune and raisin with a light booziness to it

T: Starts with with a nice Belgian candy sugar sweetness with dark fruits, mainly grapes with a nice light but announced booze sting. Some nuances of figs and plums, light raisin. Not a lot of residual sweetness and sugar which is what I find in a lot of AMerican versions.

M: Full bodied, not overly sweet on this Quad and that is what I dig. Good carbonation, good flavor left on the palate

O: Very good, rather easy to drink for a Quad

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Photo of DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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