Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila QuadOvila Quad

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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 bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown (with some ruby red tints) with about an inch and a half tan head. The head retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, the brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, bready malt, brown sugar, cloves and some sweet spices (nutmeg). It tastes like dark fruit, sweet spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), caramel, and some bananas and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, very smooth, and is well carbonated. I think it's a good overall brew and worth trying, but it's not one of my favorite Quads.

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Photo of smellandsip37
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, Thick creamy 3+ inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Tons of fruits like plum, grapefruit, lemon, figs, some yeast, malts, plenty of spcies, honey and banana, brown sugar/molasses, some ginger, and maybe a little booze in there also.

Taste - Fruity up front bite, lots of cherry, banana and plum. Sugars are nice and not overly done, add some flavor. Spices are bold, sweet and peppery. Orange and grapefruit also come out. Malts and yeast are rather hidden under the fruits. The finish is a little warm.

Mouthfeel - For being a big beer, this doesnt work mouth over as much as you would figure. Tounge gets the fruits and sugars, as does palette. Alcohol warms up mouth with a mild heat burn. Aftertaste is rather bland and bitter.

Overall - Its alright, nothing special, not even close to being a great quad. Its too simple and lacks all the great flavors that the better quads have. Its worth a drink but there would be no way id buy this again with beers like rochfert and St. Bernardus at roughly the same price.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that dissipates to near nothing.
Nose; ripe fruits and caramel with a touch of spice.
Taste; incredible balance with notes of fruit, a touch of spice, caramel, and grains. Finishes with a balanced bitterness with a touch of herbal hops.
Mouthfeel, slightly slick with a fair carbonation.
Overall; my favorite of the Ovila series. Great balance, alcohol is non-existent, and the proper notes are portrayed.
Unfortunately, nothing stands out to make it any more interesting than other quads. I feel SN kept things pretty reserved with this series but this one was certainly true to the style and a tasty brew!

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Photo of TexAggie011
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ebrauser
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750

THis one is a deep brown with thick, flaky brown head with no stickiness and dissipates very quickly. Smells of big cherries and stringent alcohol. Deep dark fruits with spiciness on the nose with some nutmeg also. The flavor is of dark fruit and very strong-armed. Plums and figs move through sticky-sweet malt that pulls through an earthy finish. The aftertaste is rich and lasting.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1" of light brown/tan coloured head over a deep mahogany/brown liquid.

S: Yeast, sweet malt, dark fruit.

T: Sweet and bitter at the same time with a somewhat boozy aftertaste. Citrus, figs and sweet malt dominate the taste profile.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium/high level of fine carbonation. Somewhat drying.

O: This quad just isn't cohesive enough to really blow my socks off. Possibly it would be better with some aging.

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Photo of mfreeman10
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10 oz draft, poured into a tall snifter at Cobblestone’s, York PA on Sunday, January 8th 2012.

Notes taken at bar.

Pours a big thick one finger head, which slowly reduces to a thin cap.
Very deep, dark brown/amber color.

Big huge aroma of wild Belgium yeast and candied malt. Could be a little more complex but what’s here is very enjoyable.

Very crisp and highly carbonated entry on the palate, followed by yeast, then rich chocolately candied malt. Delicious! Wonderfully balanced by the crisp acidity and champagne like carbonation.

Long finish of yeast and candied chocolate malt.

Wow! Never saw this one coming from SN. A very good Quad. Flat out delicious and a good example of the style. The 10% ABV is not even remotely noticeable. Needs to warm up to 50-55 degrees then everything really opens up.
Highly Recommended!, at least on draft.

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

A: This poured a dark mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like faint wet cardboard. Really not much there.
T: It tasted like raisin and molasses and currant, with some pumpernickel and wild yeast, and bit of banana and clove and copper. It had a mostly clean and slightly hot aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a generally weak scent, but ok taste and body. The alcohol was fairly well hidden, so it was reasonably easy to drink. But it really didn't have bold or rich flavors, or anything unique or memorable about it. It might improve with age, but it'll never be top tier. Not bad fresh, but not recommended either.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ipcolling
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of THFCBeerBQ
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a goblet the beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Nice sugary/yeasty aroma. Dark fruit. Caramel.

Very malty taste, lots of caramel. Plums and raisins. Candy.

Medium-bodied but rich. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

Great beer.

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

A- Loud cork pop and gunsmoke. Very well carbonated, the brew pours a condensed tan head, some audible fizzing can be heard. The brew is an opaque dark brown with plum accents. Head settles to a decent cap.

S- Smells of a few dark fruits, candy sugar and a sweet Belgian like yeast. There was strong scents of banana when I first opened this but that seems to have faded. No booze present but this smells very sweet.

T- A little bit of sweet plum upfront, before it transitions into the dominant bready malt. There's a bit of spice in here also. The alcohol isn't tasted but is felt in a heavy dose of heat on the backend. A bit of cellaring may do this good.

M- Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium bodied, with high carbonation. Though it makes for an easy drinking quad, I do like them between medium and full bodied, this is just a tad under.

O- A decent offering and a nice attempt at a difficult style. I could see some extended cellaring doing this some good, but I don't know if it would get THAT much better. I enjoyed this about as much as the saison. Nothing too special goin on with this series so far, but worth the purchase.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a fairly dark, ice tea brown color with good head retention and a decent amount of lacing. The nose is indeed reminiscent of a Beglian quad, showcasing brown sugar, sweet ice tea, light cherry and a hint of ginger. The flavor profile replicates the nose almost exactly in this fairly sweet beer, though I thought the mouthfeel a bit thin for the style and abv.

This is a tasty beer, no doubt, but as others have mentioned, the flavor profile is kind of simple and one dimensional. It's tasty enough, but I doubt I'd order it over an actual Belgian quad, unless it was a lot, lot cheaper (which I suspect, is unlikely).

... let the beer warm up a bit (the beer was pretty cold when I first got it), and it really didn't help. Oh well...

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Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little clarity. One-finger head. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I got alcohol, cherry and a general tartness upfront. It was dry with a bit of mustiness that I think was coming from the yeast. I also got a slight almond and some faint cocoa.

T - I picked up that same alcoholic, cherry, tartness that I smelled. Star anise, clove and herbal/leafy like hop flavors followed. It finishes with subtle bitterness and lingering clove, cinnamon and alcohol. It tasted smooth and very soft.

M - Moderate crispness and a smooth feel. Around medium bodied.

O - Overall I thought the beer was well rounded, and very drinkable. It was a very simple beer to me, nothing really jumped out at me in the flavor, just a very mellow and balanced brew. For the price I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'd drink it again for sure.

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

750ml bottle - $9.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pleasing package with a quality cork and cage yielding a good 'pop' upon opening.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy body with a medium-to-tall, off-white head, though it soon settles back down.

Smell: Finely spicy, sweet-scented, pungently fruity nose with malty touches of bread crust and semi-sweet chocolate. A delightfully harmonious mix of aromas present.

Taste: Deeply toasty, modestly chocolaty malts with a small inkling of roast enveloped by broad fruit flavors ranging from sweet cherries to prunes to figs back to ever-so-slightly tart cherries. Dark brown sugar stirred up with spices. Picks up a bit more sugared sweetness into the mid-point, also a hint of aniseed. The alcohol, while warming (and, thankfully, never hot), helps to dry things out approaching the malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation keeping things moving well enough along the palate.

Overall: A fine big Belgian-style brew all around. I had the Stone 11.11.11., and there was a big, Belgian-esque beer I struggled through, comparatively, Ovila Quad was one that came together very nicely and, though big and bold itself, was a relatively ease to finish off.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a goblet at the San Diego Brewing Company. Color was black with a tint of brown. About an inch of head. Nice lacing on the top. Surprisingly light amount of film on the sides.

Smelled caramel, chocolate and toffee malts. Dark fruits like cherry and plum, too.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was how smooth it was. It was similar to the nose with caramel, chocolate and toffee malts leading the way, but I didn’t get as much cherry/plum as the whiff.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

It was a good beer to end the day with. The smoothness was the best part of this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle opens with a huge "pop" and pours a cola color with quite a head; the retention is decent and a few dots of lace linger in the chalice

Smell: Caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, raisin and date elements; perhaps a trace of cinnamon

Taste: Fruit forward, with raisin and date flavors presenting the dark fruits and pears adding a light fruit character; at mid-palate, the fruits are joined by spicy Belgian yeast elements; after the swallow, the caramel makes a brief appearance, with the finish comprising the fruity flavors found at the outset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty darn good stab at a Quad for an American brewery; not cloying and though it lacks some complexity, it is really rather nice

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut/ruby color. Ok head on top. Raisen like, dried fruit aroma. More of the same flavor wise. Heavy dried fruit, caramel/raisen like flavors. Mild spice to it, probably from the high abv though it is not boozey. Body could use a kick in the pants-somewhat thin-could be a lot richer and fuller for my liking. Decent quad. Blows away the abbey dubbel they did. Some tweaking could really amp this up for my money and tastes.

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