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

Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel AgedOvila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged
93 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 10-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. The beer was served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a ring of off white head around the pour. The head goes away before the beer is done.

Smell: This one smells incredibly sweet. I'm getting tons of butterscotch and caramel. There is some dark fruit here too. Smells like candy.

Taste: This tastes just like a liquid Werther's Original candy. I'm getting loads of carmel, vanilla, brown sugar, and butterscotch. The brandy has done wonderful things to this beer. The finish is sweet, smooth, and warm. This is a perfect dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with just a few tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is an awesome dessert beer. I had to go back and get another taste the next time I was in Max's. Just amazing!

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of John_M
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at max's for their rare and obscure beer festival during BBW.

The beer pours a dark brown color with light head retention and light lacing. The nose, however, is amazing in this beer, as there's a huge brandy presence, which intermingles well with the chocolate, milk duds and brown sugar I'm getting. The flavor profile replicates the nose and is just dreamy and creamy in this rich, sweet beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, softly creamy finish. Alcohol is amazingly well integrated into the flavor profile, especially considering the abv. and level of sweetness. There's something of a hint of prune juice in this beer as well, which actually goes quite well with the chocolate and brown sugar.

Great beer, but the high alcohol and richness makes this very much a sipper.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the top Gainesville. 9 oz snifter. Listed simply as "Barrel Aged", so I am assuming brandy barreled. Pours dark ruby brown, nearly black in the center. Aroma is what seems to be big whiskey barrel and dark fruits, dry oak, more sweet fruits. Sweet dark fruit, black cherry, grape, vanilla, with some sherry-like notes. Medium heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good stuff and happy to have found this. It's really a nice beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a deep cranberry red with a short lived light brown head that faded into a faint collar leaving wisps of lace down the glass.
S: Buttery notes of barrel, sweet brandy scents, plum jam, raisins and other dark fruits. Light volatile alcohol.
T: Sweet brandy, sherry, prunes, black pepper and spice, light cocoa, light vanilla, cola, red wine, toffee, and a touch of leather in the finish. Boozy and sweet aftertaste with spice following.
M: My least favorite part of the beer. The carbonation is soda-like, and the body is too thin and light. Slick, tingly, watery and greasy mouthfeel.
O: Not as good as the original or the plum version (which I thought was awesome). Pretty good flavor but nothing special in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a warm, dark brown. The head is small, beige and a bit rocky. The beer is transparent, and it can be seen through pretty easily. No apparent haze or cloudiness from lees (don't see any lees in the bottle, either). The aroma is sweet and rich. There's lots of doughy, fruity malt flavors mixing with well-integrated barrel notes and a Belgian yeast that brings earth, spice and more fruit. The notes that I'm getting from the aroma are raisins, molten brown sugar, dates, maple syrup, vanilla, peaches, molasses, caramel, port, brandy, light wood, grapes, and Belgian spice. That was a long list. I had a similar thought about the Ovila Quad with Plums, but it really smells like a fancy bread pudding. This is less fruity and more brandy, but that's the general flavor that I get. There's lots of doughy malt, rich sugars and refined barrel flavors. The taste kicks off with a good dose of malt sweetness. Warm brandy and dark stone fruit notes follow, and the beer dries out a bit as the spice and wood comes through. The finish is wood with some warming, integrated booze and a nice earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a touch sticky. The beer provides some gentle heat, as well. I wasn't the biggest fan of the first round of normal Ovila offerings, but the recent release of barrel-aged quad, dubbel and quad with plums have been quite impressive. While I'm a fan of this beer, the barrel-aged dubbel is still my favorite. That said, I'm not normally a big fan of barrel-aged quads, and this one definitely won me over. So, kudos to Sierra Nevada. Always great to see them flex their muscles a bit and put out some fanciness.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prime 16, served in a B. United goblet.

A: Clear, lustrous deep ruby body with a half-inch head of fine tan froth. Mediocre retention and lacing, but the color is breathtaking.

S: Smooth, spirituous brandy is prominent, along with some caramel, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit – raisins and dates. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose quite closely – barrel up front, followed by rich fruit and a caramel-tinged finish. Not too sweet, though. Long, oaky, brandy-soaked aftertaste. Balanced, complex, delicious.

M: Lively, frothy medium body. A little too explosive.

O: This was great. The beer and barrel melded beautifully, and it was incredibly smooth for its strength. Really glad I got to try it.


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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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