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Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 homebrewhawk
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a chalice. Cork came out with a pretty solid pop. Poured a surprisingly dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Belgian spice in the aroma initially. Some burn sugar came out as it warmed. Lots of caramelized sugars in the flavor, some more Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent, pretty easy drinking for 10%. Fuller side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of AMiz602
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is about the closest thing to a Belgian Trappist as you will get from America. It is a wonderful deep dark brew with a very heavy, creamy head. It looks more like an imperial stout than a Trappist though, as it is more black that a deep brown like its European cousins. It smells strongly of caramel and chocolate malts. It is a medium carbonated beer.

Taste wise it is very light, with a roasted malt, caramel-sweet beginning, with a strong alcohol aftertaste, but pleasant. A little nutty flavor pokes through. It is punctuated as it warms up and the sweetness declines a little bit and gives way to a creamy, roasty malt flavor. The hops in the beer are almost tasteless. It is a heavy feeling beer, and is a great way to end ones night on.

This is very similar to the "lesser Trappists" like Achel, and is very comparable to that beer itself.

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Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of dark fruit, yeast, spices and some malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, dark fruit (plums, etc.), caramel, spices (pepper), and malt. This is a big, bold flavor that is complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better examples of an American version of a Belgian style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Giggy
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a hurry. Large bottle with a cork. I knew it was a belgian but was surprised later when I found out it was brewed by Sierra Nevada.

A: a beautiful deep ruby brown with a nice off-white head with good retention.

S: dark fruits, cloves, yeast, alcohol

T: yum! Sweet dark sugars, raisins, plums, molasses

M: medium carbonation. Creamy & smooth. Dry finish.

O: impressed to find a domestic Belgian that tasted good.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of anyhoodle
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of rdilauro
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice dark hue with little head. Malt was coming through the moment it was opened and while pouring into the glass. The aroma was all malt, I really didnt notice anything else standing out.
The first taste was big, perhaps a bit too big. The aftertaste was not nearly as big.
My second sip was much more enjoyable. Here, I tasted the barley and malt round and full, offset by a banana nose and some faint but noticeable hop/yeast bouquet.
This was a big round beer, enjoyable, not a summer beer, more for sitting around a fireplace snaking on some cheese and nuts

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Photo of roblund
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ckk527
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Brianito
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep dark red, one finger head

S-Nice dark fruits and clove

T-Lots of dark fruit, a little nuttiness, not much else though.

M-Medium bodied but lacking in carbonation.

O-The weakest Ovila so far. Lacked the complexity found in others and st the end of the day was dull.

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Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Afufnuh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of exodus1369
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, nice head, pours like a dream. Love the smell, sweet and rich. A bit of a hint of yeast. A very good taste a I drank it just a touch warmer that I would have liked but the flavor is still very much present of sweet malt. A bit more carbonated than I would have liked but it does help to open up the flavors and and does feel very good going down. Over all I would say really good beer. I would recommend as a desert type.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, some slight reddish tints at the side. Only about a 1/2 finger of off-white head, and that doesn't stick around for more than a few seconds.

S: Dark fruits, Belgian Yeast, candied sugar. Not a huge aroma on this beer.

T: The taste very closely matches the smell, except that it's not quite as underwhelming in terms of strength. Same dark fruits, not as much of the yeast as I was expecting, a nice candied sweetness and a heavy hit of the alcohol that kind of overwhelms the rest of the flavors.

M: medium body, pretty heavy on the carbonation, and slightly oily in the mouth.

O: A pretty decent quad. I would be interested to see what a few years would do to this. As of right now, it is pretty good, but has a ways to go to really deliver anything special.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1044th Review on BA
Growler to Snifter
½ Gallon

Thanks to my buddy Jeremy for bringing this home from Chico for me.

Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- More of a dark brown/reddish pour, I got a good bit of an off tan head that was about a finger thick and receding quite quickly.

Smell- A very standard quad note, nothing over the top but was almost a bit sweet and sticky. Warm sugars with some brown sugar and then envolpes a bit of plum and dark cherry.

Taste- A very nice quad. Smooth, assertive and mellow at the same time. It's not overly malty which I personally perfer with a good mix and layer of dark fruits.

Mouth- A bit thin on this one with a small mouthfeel. Leans towards a medium feel but a bit too bubbly.

Drink- Overall, One of the better American quads I have had. I think the finish is a tad lacking but the nose and taste are quite good on this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that fades to wisps on film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Taste is pretty much the same but it's a bit muddled. There is an alcohol burn with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good quad but it's slightly watery and muddled in my opinion.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've gained much respect for the Ovila series so far, thus increasing my anticipation for the Quad, which will slowly decant from the bottle. 750 ml from a lovely corked and caged bottle. On to the beer:

There's no denying that as it sits in a Duvel tulip, it looks very sexy. The body looks like polished obsidian, and the beige two-finger thick head adds a little extra oomph, especially since it doesn't look like it's going down easy. The nose is soft, but quite tempting. Sugared and buttered pears, ripe flesh of assorted fruits, and even a hint of chocolate pudding.

I must say this is delicious. The overall flavor is well constructed, well balanced, and there is just a little fusel of alcohol interfering with this nectar. Asnwering the call are notes of candi sugar at the begining, followed by getnle waves of buttered pears. Additional gentler notes include red grape, semi-sweet chocolate, and a soft snap of pepper. Its body is insanely creamy and just as smooth. It's almost milkshake-like in that quality. The alcohol is pleasant, as it intially warms the throat and then my tummy. The entire process repeats itself over and over, and quickly, becuase this one is very easy to drink.

A masterpiece. That is all. Now to remind myself to pick up another bottle.

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 737 ratings
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