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
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have passed this bottle several times, finally decided to snag it.
poured from bottle into tulip.
A - looks friggin amazing, nice 1/4 inch fluffy white head, with noticeable lacing the whole drink.
S - fig, soy, sweet, a lil caramel. Very inviting.
T - can not taste the ABV. Was quite shocked once I read after having. Taste everything I smelt, the fig and soy are prevelant.
M - easy to drink, like I said, can barely tell its a quad.
O - will definitely buy this one again. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. No date.

A: a deep mahogany brown color, nearly opaque. 1/2 finger light tan head dissipates immediately leaving no lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sugars, breadiness, slight alcohol.

T: Good malt character. Bread, dark fruits from the yeast, caramel, burnt sugars, and nicely hidden alcohol. Slightly vinuous tartness in the aftertaste.

M: High carbonation for the style, medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: Enjoyed this one, definitely a nice sipper. Above average, but not spectacular. I like 3 Philosophers as a better American interpretation of the style.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of titosupertramp
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fsvan for gifting this to me a couple months back for my son's birth.

A: Pours a deep, rich brown that's pretty much opaque. A not so aggressive pour still yields a three finger head. Not a lot of lacing, but good film.

S: Bready, yeasty, figs, spices..has almost a banana quality to it as well. Has just a bit of burn from the alcohol.

T: Follows the nose to tee except I don't get the banana from the smell. Has a really nice aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Alcohol is just slightly present.

M: Thick and a bit syrupy which probably contributes to the lingering aftertaste.

O: Not bad, nothing spectacular...certainly would not have a problem drinking again. Thanks Sean.

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

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a nice deeep Mahogany colour with an off white, two fingered head that reduces to a film.

S - Nice dark fruits and burnt sweet caramel.

T - Up front some nice burnt sugar, some nice dark stewed fruits follow. Yeast and raisins also present. A little bit boozy on the finish and hot.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - Much better than some Quads I have tried from the U.S. It has some authentis belgian notes. Nothing spectacular though.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
10.4% ABV, 1263613158 (bottled Sept. 19, 2011) printed in black on bottle shoulder

A - Damn near opaque, it's possible to see tawny mahogany slivers of color with light behind the beer. The effervescent tan head lovers slowly but leaves no classic Belgian lacing behind.

S - Heavy, thick sticky brown malts give Ovila Quad a big heft that waits behind the flourishing fruity esters patiently. An eruption of fruit aroma came and went with the quick and loud pop of the cork. Mellowed in the tulip, dense, bready fig newton blends with empty raisin box and prune juice. Pleasant until it warms a bit when charred cocoa brings unwelcome bitterness into the mix.

T - Biding it's time though the aroma, the dense malt profile really comes out in the flavor. Rich complexities of bakers chocolate and singed biscuits blends very well with the hearty fruit esters from the Belgian yeast. Light raisin and fig pave the way for delicate spice attributes of white pepper and light coriander.

M - Full-bodied, Ovila Quad keeps the feel livelier with a spritzy carbonation and delicate finish that brings you back for more. Alcohol is almost completely absent from this brew save for a faint thinning aspect in the mouthfeel.

O - Deep and complex, but not as much as it's Belgian counterparts, Sierra Nevada did a good job trying to recreate a difficult Belgian "style". Smooth and rich, Ovila Quad, with it's nearly invisible alcohol traits, is good but just feels like it's missing something. I'd wager that this will age well and become a bit more complex and enjoyable with time.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap served in a sampler 4 oz glass

A - Dark mahogany brown with a one finger tan head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention

S - Smells of dark fruits, caramel malts

T - Figs, raisins, plums, with caramel sweetness, just not as rich as I'd hope. A nice smooth finish with decent alcohol taste.

M - Medium body, and moderate carbonation

O - I had big expectation and felt like this was a really average beer. I'll try it again just to confirm my suspicions.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to try this on tap in NC back in December, but passed to drink some more Olde Hickory Event Horizon

Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Faint head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & woody notes

TL Follows the nose, much figgynes & dryness, a a bit of carob up front. Some oaky notes along with boozey plum once warm, along with jammy notes, just a touch of treacle as well. Finishes with dryness, slight leafy hops & plums & just a little too much dryness for me

MF: Medium bodied, slick with subtle carbonation, warming

Not a bad quad, this one could stand a year or two of aging. Just too dry for me right now

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