Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel AgedOvila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged

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 John_M on 10-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1/2 growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

dark dark brown/amber, next to no head or lace left on the glass

Toffee, ripe and sweet fruits, chocolate, sherry all come to mind.

Tasty and heady, quality winter night capper kinda brew

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours quite dark from the bottle to the glass, producing a modest dark tan head with good retention for a barrel aged brew.

Aroma is strong and boozy! Loads of dark fruit come through, with massive bready malts, caramel and brown sugar and toffee, and sweet alcohol throughout. All the traditional aromas of some of the best quads are present in abundance, and the barrel adds nuance vice dominance - in fact, other than perhaps a touch of oak dancing around the edges, it's tough to determine just how much the brandy translates to the aroma, beyond a tinge of alcohol.

Flavor immediately hits full strength: it's sweet and surprisingly sour, like overripe fruit - raisins, plums, and prunes come to mind. The brandy also appears, giving it an overall slight burn and a sweetness different than the malt and yeast. The back end features a more subdued, malty sweetness, hints of oak and even tobacco, and thick, bready malts that are hidden in the first half by the slight sourness.

When I say sour, this is still miles away from a true sour beer. That faint sourness - primarily from the barrel, I'm guessing - is still undeniably part of the experience.

Very full bodied, with a mild sting throughout from the alcohol. It's a beer you can definitely chew and savor.

This is a complex and deep beer. I think my only complaint is that for a barrel aged beer, the brandy represents exceptionally mild. That's also a compliment, in that it certainly doesn't overwhelm the base beer, but if the selling point is that this brew is brandy barrel aged, then I'd prefer more of a presence on the palate.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
10.1% ABV, no date.

A - Slivers of ruby color shine through the dark but clear brew that pours with a fleeting tan head that leaves archways of lace on glass in random patterns.

S - Strong Brandy and warm solvent alcohol provide a sharp bite to the otherwise deep and smooth aroma. Brown sugar coated plums and ruby port advance followed by burnt caramel and undertones of mocha. Oak is but an afterthought as this complex beer directs attention towards sweet malt and dark fruit yeast esters.

T - A little more quad-like in flavor, this beer refrains from being quite as assertive as the aroma and is decidedly more nuanced than in-your-face. Chocolate notes blend in exceptionally well from a hint of roasted malt while kettle caramelization offers some dark sweetness. Dribbles of molasses and brown sugar surface around deep, dark fruit reminiscent of plum, raisin, and dark cherries before the beer finishes out with a soothing warm alcohol bite.

M - This Brandy barrel-aged beer continues to surprise, though the straying it does from the aroma here doesn't quite do the beer justice. It's thinner mouthfeel is not reflected by the beer's big aroma and sweetness and with the lower carbonation level, it feels slightly flat. Brown sugar and caramel prolong their presence with a drying alcohol finish and slow gradually increasing warmth.

O - Brandy barrel-aging adds even more complexity and depth to an already deep beer for a rich and exciting take on a voluptuous Belgian style. The beer's thinner body keeps it from utter greatness but regardless, sweet, smooth malt, lingering fruits, and alcohol complexity make this special Ovila Quad release is one to keep an eye out for!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.00 for 10oz, served in a snifter
Sampled 21FEB13

[A] Arrives with a half finger high medium light tan head with a loose foamy texture. Retention is short leaving only a thin but complete ring around the glass. The body is dark garnet and hard to see through. However, some transparency can be see when the glass is tilted and, towards the end of the glass, the clarity is magnifying. No lacing to speak of but the body leaves a clear residue after each sip.

[S] The nose is incredible. At almost the exact same time, the sweet, ripe, dark fruits and the brandy barrel hit the nose. The balance is perfect or close to it. Sweet dates, earthy prunes and bruised plums add another layer of complexity. Apple character comes through as well but I suspect that the brandy is responsible for this and not the yeast.

[T] The brandy comes through first on the palate - clean and well integrated with distinctive apple notes. Again, dates, prunes, plums. A little blackberry and currants. Butterscotch and caramel come through after the alcohol fades. Light tannic dryness on the tail end.

[M] The mouthfeel is not bad, but it's not impressive either. The carbonation is a touch high and the body a bit thin. If both of these area were improved, the flavor would linger longer on the tongue, and there would be very little room for improvement for the beer as a whole.

[O] Amazing beer. And a top 3 American-made quad in my opinion. Interestingly, this beer was listed at 12.4% on the beer menu - not 10.2% as indicated on BA (even though the lower number seems more likely). A bigger, fuller mouthfeel would have easily pushed this beer to world class limits.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty, burnt mahogany capped with a centimeter of pale khaki head that leaves lace in a very big way. Any legging is buried by curtains of dense lace.

Dark sweet fruits - plum, fig... sour leather, some sweet and sour vinous presence, loads of rotten oak, merlot...

Brandy is right in the forefront. Acidic fruit character isn't quite as prominent as the nose would suggest. Some sweet yeast mellows out an otherwise rather one-dimensional flavor profile. Sour grapes, smooth caramel.

Typically I love any beer from a brandy barrel but I'm skeptical as to whether or not a quad like this belongs in one. Unique and certainly enjoyable... probably not a repeat purchase though.

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4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a dark ruby body. Clear lacing, touch of suds. Aroma includes vanilla, raisins, prunes, dates, figs, caramel, butterscotch, molasses. No alcohol at all on tasting, silky mouthfeel, very smooth. Taste includes all of the above flavors. It's character and depths are pretty remarkable with flavors bouncing all over the tongue and mouth. No other way to say it...pure deliciousness.

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Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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