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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 ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark sherry hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is dark malts,sherry,dark fruits and treacle,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of syrup too and could be a little fuller for a quad and has tastes of dark candied plums,a hint of warming booziness,sherry,dried apricots with the finish being a nice sweet twist of sticky treacle and chestnuts and overall i like the nutty finish but its not exactly the most true to style quad ive ever sampled as its easy enough to drink with the lighter than expected feel but i like my Quads fuller and even though its better than average i wouldnt go out and buy it again but wouldnt knock back if offered cheers.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown/burgundy color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich caramel nose with hints of dark fruit and warm alcohol. It's dry with a touch of roasted character and wonderful fig aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth roasted malt and caramel flavor along with good deal of Belgian yeast fruitiness and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a tasty beer that's not overly complex, but drinks well; another solid offering from Sierra Nevada's newest collaboration.

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Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a deep, dark, ruby-hued brown coloring with a thin, sparse film covering that is white and clingy along the glass. Aromas are roasted and darkly sweet, with notes of dates and fig, along with the toffee sweet malt. Flavors are bold and rich, although on a slightly thinner body than expected. Orange rind sweet highlights along with the dat sweetness and some roasted apple characteristics. Slight spicing from the yeast throughout. The aftertaste is mostly the malty sweet and a slight touch of the fruity notes, with a fairly clean, subtle finish. Decent brew.

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Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of stormywaters
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown in color with a light tan foam head

smell - slightly sweet smell, but not overly sweet

taste - the smell is sweeter than the taste, a very well balanced quad

mouthfeel - the inital drink is greeted by the slight sweetness and carbonation rolling off of the tongue. The higher % is noticeable on the finish, but not offputing.

overall - this is a very decent quad, and even more so coming from SN. SN did an excellent job brewing this as a New Clairvaux beer and leaving out the signature SN style.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ovila Quad, on tap at Good Beer.

Appearance: Served in a 0.25-l chalice with a gold rim, the Quad comes with one finger of head that dies soon, leaving a rim and a mantle.

Smell: Quite subdued, with smooth dark-fruit, cherry and some toffee at the end. Yeast, glue, honey. Spice.

Taste: More of the same, with a bitter bite at the end.
Brown sugar, hard caramel. Spice around the edges. Raisin juice concentrate, smashed prune.

Mouthfeel: As with all the Ovila, a little thin and unremarkable but “OK”. Medium-low body, medium flavor, low carbonation. Could use a kick and an upgrade.

Overall: What’s the booze here? And where? Pretty damn drinkable for such a big brew. Not the best, for sure, but it does the trick. At least it’s not horribly sweet and boozy like many American quads… and always the good Ovila cause, which I support.

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Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good light tan head. Nice lacing on the way down and a thin cap throughout. The nose carries some dark fruits and a bit of malt sweetness. Not too much there. The flavor carries Belgian yeast, but is a bit muted without much complexity. Medium body with a smooth finish. Pretty good, but not great.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of JayAre46
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml split with myself, poured into a duvel tulip. about as dark brown as you can get without being black the head is that light toffee color that sat for a while then later fell to a ring around the edges with moderate carbonation coming up from the etching in the bottom that is leaving a thin layer concentrated in the middle. not the lace and retention i expected. the aroma was very nice, healthy and rich with a caramel malt, dark cherries, toffee and subtle yeast. the taste follows the nose with again a very healthy dose of dark fruit, caramelized cherries touches of spice with the yeasty filling quality. a bit of alcohol comes through in the finish. the mouth feel is a heavy medium and the prickle from the carbonation is too high and keeps it from being creamy. overall this was a pleasant surprise and a very unorthodox purchase by myself on top of rochefort 10 8 and 6 sitting right next to it. i could put one one of these away for a while and im sure it would turn out nicely but i probably wont. well made and the only of the ovila series i made a point to try and it out lived its expectations. needs to be more creamy, deep and round the edges out while cooling the alcohol. not bad...for some americans. give it a swirl and drink.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a duvel tulip

pours a midnight brown color with a slightly small head that is staying put for now

classic quad scents of dark druits, sweet belgian yeast and toasted malts. very subtle

dark fruit, brown sugar, plum/raisin taste. not too sweet but cant deny that sweetness

overall a very SOLID quad.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark brown with hardly any head. It smells lightly of fermented dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell... a mash-up of fermenting fruits with alcohol, similar to a good portion of wines, not sweet.

Feels almost creamy, carbonation is light with very tiny bubbles.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber color that is perfectly clear with ample creamy light brown head that lingers for a long time and leaves a small amount of creamy lacing
S: dark fruits and a distinct sweetness that i would like to attribute to cherries
T: wow, really solid taste, really high quality is evident immediately, dark fruits but not in an overpowering way, a nice sweetness at the end really helps it to trail off gently, sweetness and licorice like notes linger on the palate nicely afterwards
M: very gentle carbonation, very smooth, just the slightest alcohol tinge
O: one hell of a brew, really hits the style on the nose, might be my new favorite for the style

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Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well.

The aroma is pretty mild - some sweet caramel malts, cola and dark fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some dark fruit and cola. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, way too sugary sweet for me. A poor man's St Bernardus.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist trying a glass of this when one of my local bars had it on the tap list, even though I have avoided buying a bottle so far. The body is brown with cherry and ruby highlights in it. The tan head is thin, but solid looking. The retention is fairly good, but there isn't a ton of lacing.

The nose has layers of rich malt and dark fruit.

Sierra Nevada's Ovila Quad has a ton of dark fruit flavor that is balanced by a lot of malt. Figs, plums, dates and dark cherries all come together, woven into a background of rich caramel sweetness. Just a hint of phenolic flavor floats around the outside, but it is definitely understated. The finish has a bit of warmth to it.

The mouthfeel is well done, being about where the style should be for both body and carbonation.

I love Sierra Nevada, but I haven't loved any of their Ovila offerings yet. With that said, each beer has been well-made and true to style. I think the quad may be my favorite so far.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber in color with a khaki head. Smells of toffee and bread with a bit of brown sugar. A little bit of dark fruit and maybe even some yeast. Heavy on the dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee flavors. There’s some bready malt and toasted malts. A bit of yeast and maybe some molasses. Medium body and carbonation.

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

A: Big tan colored head initially, but dies down to a wisp in a minute or so. Shades of ruby when held up to the light.

S: Plums, raisins, brown sugar, maraschino cherry syrup.

T: Chocolate, red apples, brown sugar. Bit of a sour edge at the end. Reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin for a few seconds.

M: Brisk carbonation, not heavy for being in the Quad style. Almost no heat. "Dangerously drinkable".

O: Would buy again if it was available in my area. Good quad, wouldn't rate it over Rocheforts or St Bernadus though.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dhabersetzer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +1%

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