Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 Etan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mikeg67
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Liberty in Charlotte. Pours dark amber-red with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of port, dark fruit, sherry and hints of alcohol. Medium, smooth, body. Taste is of Belgium yeast, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. Long peppery finish. Not my favorite Quad.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Solid dark brown with a tan one finger head that hangs around. Enough lacing to make a curtain.

Smell: malts come through with cherries, figs, apricots and caramel.

Taste: Damn, this is good! Velvety smooth. Follows nose with a passion. Bourbon eases in on the finish, taking me to mellow out time. Let it warm for even more flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy; very creamy. Superior carbonation.

Overall: One of the five best beers I've had this year. A great quad. Well done, Sierra Nevada. Recommended.

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Photo of Hut
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown, clear (not murky) tiny head, quickly dissipated - no lacing.

S- not as complex as expected. Some dark fruit, but not much discernable

M- nice, medium body.

T- a little carmel (not overly sweet, though) plum was more pronounced when it was colder; apple came out as it warmed. Alcohol was present, but not pronounced in the finish (and no discernable warming, per se). It had the typical Sierra Nevada hop presence at the finish - a benefit for some, but not for Belgian purists. Overall, the flavors weren't as distinguishable as I'd hoped.

Good beer, but not great.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of banana up front with some sweet caramel malt showing up as well. The smell of this one reminds me a bit of bananas foster.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Sweet malt with some caramel, dark fruit, and banana. The alcohol in the finish is a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. There is a lot of carbonation and the finish is dry.

Overall: This was a good beer. The alcohol in the finish might calm down with some age. I definitely enjoyed the banana notes.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured down the middle of a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby, with a giant almost five inch tan head with red highlights, a little lace is left, and the disappeared fairly slow. The smell is banana, clove, fig, prunes, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Taste is all of those things a little bitterness that kind of surprised me, almost like it was huge hit of hops, Belgian style. I kind of like it, but not something I expect out of the style. Body is big, but not out of hand. Nice amount of life for it's abv and also amazingly approachable for its girth. This isn't even close to my favorite style, but it keeps forcing me to take another sip, because of its uniqueness. Trying to figure out what that finish is, I like it and not sure why.

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

had not much experience in tasting quads, but there is always a beginning.
This one poured a deep clear mahogany/brown and build a tan/beige creamy head about two fingers high. the retention was ok, and there was good lacing throughout the tasting.
The smell was not as strong as I expected. I detected yeast and malt, mixed with some citrus flavors.
Tasting this beer, there are dark fruits like plum and fig up front. In the middle, a variety of malty flavors, as well as some caramel will liven up the palette. The end balances the beer with a good dose up citrusy hops.
I really liked beer, the alcohol is present, but well hidden. The overall feel was very pleasant and this is certainly a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Treadinfree
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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

A very dark and obscure brown with hints of purple. Pours some head that quickly dissipates but leaves a thin everlasting head.

Dark fruits and raisin smell.

Dark fruits and malts with a hint of booze. I also get an occasional raising taste.

Very little carbonation and a smooth, velvety feel.

A fairly good quad. I recommend just chilling this a little but not for too long. I've certainly had better but I won't turn it down if it's offered to me. I think aging the quad might yield a better taste.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, opens with a big Champagne like pop,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head, some spotty lace, not real sticky.

S: Raisins, dark fruit for sure. Malt heavy.

T: Rich dark malt flavour with that classic play of raisins, dates, mission fig especially, a medley of dried fruit.

M: Medium to full-bodied. Soft elegant carbonation which I love in American made Belgian-style beer. A tad cloying at the end which is rough, but a lot better than I get with a ton of American examples.

O: This is good stuff. A tad cloying as I said but I think that will go away with 2-3 years of aging. I've always love the soft mouthfeel, true Belgian feel of these Ovila beers. The Dubbel was the best of the 3, this may be the 'worst' of the 3, but it's still in the upper echelon of American quads easy. When I say the worst of the 3 it's in pretty good company. This is good beer, simple as that. I'd love to see where it goes.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I also picked this beer up at theKirkwood Spec's a week or so ago. Let's see what the Quad has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very deep dark garnet color that you can really only tell it is red based when held to the light. There is a 1/2" head of creamy tan foam that is maintained by tons of bubbles rising. A couple minutes after the pour, the head was still the same size.

Aroma: In the very cold beer there are lots of sweet caramel and toffee notes mixed with some liquorice and plums. There is some plums in there and some mild Citrusy hops.

Taste: The flavor is also very malt based with lots of complexity in the malt department. There are also lots of yeasty notes and hops in here to contribute to the whole ensemble. Overall the beer is well balanced with malt being the victor by a nose, but the hops, attenuation and carbonation are doing a lot to keep it in check. The alcohol is very well masked in this beer and is adding some spicy complexity as the beer warms. As the beer warms further, there is some acidity noticeable on the back of the throat after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is probably my favorite in this series. It has enough going for it in a seriously tough category that it actually hangs. With this in mind I will probably end up picking up a couple more of these to age for a couple years before I try them. If you like KoenigsHoeven, you will probably like this beer.

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

Purchased at 2nd St Liquors in Casper for $8.99.

A huge pop when the corked was removed, it pours a very dark brown/chestnut with a +1 finger head of foam.

In the smell, I'm getting dark fruits and caramel malt with some noticeable alcohol.

The dark fruits are the first thing I notice in the taste; strong flavour of plums and raisins along side a caramel sweetness that doesn't go overboard and keeps the beer relatively dry. Man, especially in the finish.

The alcohol is pretty much in my face,(drinking this at room temp; the store just got it in and their supply hadn't made it to the cooler yet) but at 10.4 %abv, I kind of expected it.

Medium body, same for the carbonation, it has a smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay, considering. This *might* be a good one to enjoy now and stash away in the cellar.

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

Deep ruby brown hue with dark amber highlights when held toward the light, beautiful appearance. Light beige head forms silky and smooth above the dark nicely carbonated body fine bubbled, true Belgian style fermentation. Aroma has dark fruits with ripened tart apples, pretty solid nose, dark caramelized sugars are petty tasty. Flavor is sweet upfront sugar coated malt driven flavors with plums, tart apples, and a dry nutty Belgian yeast finish. Alcohol is apparent with the flavor and mouthfeel leaving a bit of warmth on the palate bewteen sips, fuller bodied Belgian ale with a healthy malt bill. Overall a decent quadrupel that will get better with age, keeps things more balanced than most quads out there but it also has a nice aging potential.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!

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Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of djmichaelk
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Pours a deep auburn-brown, with reddish highlights. Largish off-white head, which fades to a thin ring around the collar. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Wow, smells great. The requisite-for-the-style raisins, brown sugar, Belgian candi, and some toffee. Very nice, even up against the Trappist examples.

T - Bit of a letdown. The sweetness from the nose isn't quite there. It's definitely on the spicy side, with some white pepper around the edges, which is a surprisingly good thing for me.

M - Nice, even carbonation, although it's maybe on the aggressive side. After having some of the top quads in the world, I'm used to that velvety feeling.

O - This is a solid entry in a crowd of legendary offerings. It definitely has some potential over time, and I hope this becomes a regular brew since they went so far as to build the monastery in CA. Better than most American quads, but reminds me why I keep drinking the Belgian options of this style.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a very nice one finger coffee colored head. Good lacing on the side of my CBS snifter- especially for the 10.4% ABV. The nose is that of molasses, caramel malt, cherry, dark fruit, and hops in the background. If this was stronger, it would be at least one if not two clicks higher- it's just on the weak side for me smell-wise. Taste is molasses, cherry, caramel, dark fruits, a hops bite, and spices. This beer is new, so it's a touch hot- I imagine this would age really well. Feel is full bodied, w/ super-malty creaminess that has a little bite on the backside. All in all- a good beer that I would drink again. Cheers.

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Photo of JimmyTango
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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