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 SHODriver
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown, near black with ruby around the edges of the glass. A couple fingers of off white head do not stick around long but about a quarter of an inch has staying power
S: Very Belgian on the nose with some yeasty notes and some delicious fruitiness. Solidly sweet the whole way with a bit of caramel as well
T: Dark fruit at the forefront with a dose of malt sweetness which gives way to some alcohol soaked cherry. Some spicy yeast character comes next followed up with more fruitiness. Kind of bready flavor on the swallow with residual sweetness. Very nice complexity. Alcohol is hidden very well.
M: slightly thin but smooth on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation
O: A well done quad with excellent flavors and complexity. I hope this one comes out again.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky mahogany color with a smaller tan head only thumb sized on aggressive poor. Lacing is spotty at best.

Aroma is big on caramel with toffee notes, light chocolate malts mingled with dark fruits. Some light zesty spice and earthy yeast notes mingled in.

Taste is lightly burnt caramel malts mingled with chocolate notes. Some nice dark fruit notes plums sugar coated raisins ect. Finish is lingering sugars, yeast notes and spice. Alcohol is well hidden and just adds warming to the mix.

Mouthfeel is big medium almost full with nice per style carbonation. Feel on this is nice as I find lots of Quads little to fizzy for my tastes.

Overall pretty nice attempt at a style not done much in this country. Having said that believe the other two Ovila brews to be better then this one. Hard to top Westy 12.

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Photo of Hendral
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generic but pleasing take on a quad hitting a good US benchmark for the style.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Old fashion label trying to look non-sierra and antique themed. Identifiable by now as the Belgian series form Sierra but again overall quite unremarkable image of faded abbey arches in muted cream orange. Back offers notes about the collaboration with the abbey, main characteristics of the brew, and how a part of the benefits will go to an effort to restore a transplanted medieval building in California. Shows 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a chalice.

A - Deep dark brown pour, 1" frothy head, with moderate retention, fair surface memory, and minimal lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty notes… softly fragrant sweetness with light floral touches.

T - Crushed sugar and some caramel predominate the flow over the fruity sense, prunes, figs… Malty caramel touch in the back with a nice yeasty sense adding a spicy touch, with soft pepper and light clove to the finish.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation adding a nice tingle in the tongue as it rests.

O - Pretty decent, not particularly remarkable but a nice offer.

Notes: Still not too sure that this SN brews will go far… They are all kinds of decent, but the price bracket is not particularly attractive, and the brews themselves not particularly memorable. Glad to have tried them all, and sure, depending on the choice available this is a solid option to pick up.

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Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with a tint of red a finger+ of fluffy mocha head. Ok lacing but disappears rather quickly;:OK retention.

S - lots of sweet chocolate malts and dark fruits.

T - surprisingly roasty, dark fruits, sweet chocolate, some of that Belgian funk and a bit dry at the finish;alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced.

M - Medium to heavier bodied, appropriate carbonation, enjoyable.

O - very tasty brew, complex and nicely balanced, bold flavors that mix well together.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber, nice two finger light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light dark fruit and caramel malt. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet dark and light fruit, caramel malt, Belgian spicing. Finish a bit dry but with pleasant with nice residual sweet malt and maple syrup elements. Nice integrated and very pleasant to drink. Full bodied with some creaminess. I enjoyed this American quadrupel and hope to try it again.

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Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of unshodjogger
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Ecolello87
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ovila Quad pours a darker, mahogany brown color. It’s dark, but nowhere near opaque. Backlighting shows some really nice burgundy highlights throughout. A tan head tops it off. It stands about two fingers tall and is quite slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak and would benefit from more strength. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and chocolate malt notes. The chocolate scents are mostly cocoa and light chocolate. Smells a little sweet. It’s smells earthy and a little bread-like throughout. Belgian yeast is very light in the mix, but is noted. Secondary notes of dark fruit and spices emerge late. Smells like a mix of raisin, fig, nutmeg, and ginger. It smells a little like fruit cake. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong. Not bad.

The flavor is likewise pretty good. Definitely a little better than the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. The caramel flavor is a little sweet, but isn’t overbearing. Cocoa and light milk chocolate come through just a little stronger. Belgian yeast is a little more noticeable, but still seems light. It does feature earthy and bready flavors throughout. Secondary flavors of nutmeg, ginger, light clove, raisin, and fig are all noted and add nice depth. Alcohol comes through a little stronger than expected. It’s not warm or hot, but it is a little boozy. Finishes spicy, yeasty, and raisin-y.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. It feels just a tad thin for the style. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem too buzzy. It goes down alright. Seems a little boozy, but I’ll finish off the 750.

Ovila Quad is an okay collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It’s not bad, but could be improved quite a bit. It needs a stronger Belgian yeast presence, more body, and less booziness. Those shortcomings keep it from really competing as a Quad. That might make it sound a little worse than it really is. It’s definitely worth picking up at least one 750.

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Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark mahogany/cherry color with a disappointing head that's off-white in color, even, but not thick and creamy like I would expect from a Quad.

S - Toasted bread crust and caramel malt, dark Belgian candy sugar, mild roasted nuttiness.

T - Taste is faded and seems to be a former shell of a Quad. Sweet caramel candy malt, cherries, mild alcohol, nutty, and raisons - there's also a mild spiciness to this beer which adds a nice touch. There's a slight touch of booziness to this beer as well,present, but not overwhelming in any way.

M - Medium thin body and mellow on the tongue.

O - Decent but I'm sure this was far better when in it's prime.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense black in the chalice is topped off by a generous helping of frumpy khaki head that maintains its position well for quite some time. A heavy shower of effervesce is evident upon backlighting. Nice presentation.

S: Dark caramelized raisins, dark fruit of plums with a touch of chocolate roast. Subtle offering.

T: Sweet caramelized malt, dark munich toastiness with some dark fruit highlights. Spicy licorice and alcohol is warming, yet gentle and inviting. Touches of chocolate roast, figs compliment and balance the malty sweetness of this big bodied drink. Plums and a fruitiness from the Belgian yeast has instances of pear and melons similar to their other ovila styles with some caramelized raisins.

M: Light-medium bodied by weight, a bit frothy and creamy with a warm alcohol presence and chocolate morning roast. Beautiful leave of alcohol with sweet malty rum barrel hints.

O: Very nice complexity and complimentary warming of alcohol and Belgian yeastiness supports a rich sweet malty palate. A good drink with a good cause.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in Tulip. Poured a clean, clear, barely translucent brown that had a slight reddish tint. There was about 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had OK retention and very light lace.

The aroma was mostly malts, just a trace of the expected yeast and stone fruit flavors that typify the style. On the tongue, those good malts were again the headliner, with some cherry/plum flavors showing through as well. There was however a distractingly strong alcohol flavor. Generally, this style hides the alcohol very well.

The body was good, fairly typical, full and smooth and had a lingering alcohol finish. Drinkability was good, for a big beer, as I usually find Quads to be. Overall, a pretty good, but not outstanding, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark brown with a vibrant ruby glow along the bottom. Two fingers of thick, foamy cream/brown coloured head.

S - Dark fruit, raisins and sweet caramel aromas dominate the nose. The background has traces of brown sugar, clove and some yeasty notes.

T - Dark fruit, raisins and sweet caramel up front. Lighter notes of figs, dates, clove and brown sugar in the background.

M -Medium body with a good chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Spider889
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened this bottle at Winking Lizard. Poured into an Ovila chalice.

The pour produces a shorter head of cream color. The beer is dark, nearly black. Though I suppose in better lighting it would be a deep mahogany color. The head recedes slightly, but I am left with a nice perpetual cap of foam. No lacing though.

The aroma is of cocoa powder and fresh figs/dates. There's a hint of brown sugar and the kiss of molasses as well.

The flavor is very dark and malty for a quad. There's a little less sweetness and fruit flavor than in many other examples. Cocoa and molasses are as prominent here as in the aroma. Rich old leather and mild toffee notes also help set Ovila Quad above most of its American brethren. There are also some sweet maple esters on the finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. Soft carbonation. Full bodied with well-hidden alcohol.

Overall this is easily the best American Quad I have ever had, and what a great value to boot. Sierra Nevada has promised to re-release some of the series again in 2012 - I sincerely hope that Quad is on that list.

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Photo of Brabander
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle a few weeks ago as a gift from schuey1010, thanks buddy! There is a nice story to this beer. I met the guys from Sierra Nevada at the brewery of Saint Sixtus Westvleteren about 16 months ago. They were in Belgium to seek inspiration for the new Ovila beers and for that they visited a bunch of breweries.

Well...they succeeded with this very good quad. We drank the bottle at my daughters 17th birthday and we were all every impressed. This is a very drinkable qaud with a lot of similarity with the Pannepot of the Struise Brouwers! And that is a big compliment to you Ken Grossman!

Nice dark fluid with a dit nice lightbrown head. Very nice smell of spices and sweet wood.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby mahogany red with a billowing, dense, and greasy tan head that slowly faded into a thick head. Sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Great notes of spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, and dark fruits. The double digit alcohol is faintly noticeable.
T: Much more fruit than the nose suggested. I get flavors of figs, dates, raisins, caramel, doughy yeast, allspice and brown sugar. The finish is sweet with candied and dried fruits, and the aftertaste is spicy and lingering.
M: Medium-full body with soft and bubbly carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the alcohol is just barely noticeable.
O: A very good quad. Fruity, flavorful, and easy to drink. Not quite on par with the Belgian greats complexity wise, but not all that far off.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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