radio_nowhere (603) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into trappist glass. Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma of dark dried fruit (raisins, plums), toast, caramel, spices and booze. Taste is rich with a little hint of sourness. Rich and chewy. Pretty good.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark brown with just a touch of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugars, Belgian yeast, spices, and booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, some spices, and some candi sugars. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast comes through with some more spices and dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, candi sugar, dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced Quad. Good fruity flavors and yeast character.
superspak (1928) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 9/21/2011. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, small amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, pear, toast, candi sugar, pepper, clove, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, pear, molasses, caramel, apple, toast, chocolate, bread, toffee, candi sugar, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, earth, toffee, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; mostly roasty and malty flavors with minimal spiciness; minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation an fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good quad. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. I was hoping to be more impressed with this one; but it was still nicely enjoyable.
Iphonephan (2260) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Additional notes of dark fruits and candy sugar. Slight bitter finish. An excellent quad.
dfearnley (582) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.4 fl oz. bottle to flute
Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and nutmeg. Dark opaque reddish brown with a thin tan head. Taste is sweet and a little sour with a nice bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with a silky texture.
Ferris (1304) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Wonderful dark fruits, sweet with no prominent yeast. Dark brown with a light brown head. Tastes as wonderful as it smells, dark rich fruits a very mellow finish, a great replacement for port.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber-brown pour. The nose is a little bit fruity and slightly spicy. Rich toffee and some heavy spice. Vineous yet sweet with a touch of clove and nutmeg. Peppery yet spicy. Fruity and a bit grapey. A touch of spice and some cinnamon. Rich but not cloying. A touch of soft plum and some fruit along with some spicy yeast. Balanced yet chewy. Lovely brew. Very authentic. Lookin forward to trying this with a year on it.
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes, 2/15/12:
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. No date.
A: a deep mahogany brown color, nearly opaque. 1/2 finger light tan head dissipates immediately leaving no lacing.
S: Dark fruits, sugars, breadiness, slight alcohol.
T: Good malt character. Bread, dark fruits from the yeast, caramel, burnt sugars, and nicely hidden alcohol. Slightly vinuous tartness in the aftertaste.
M: High carbonation for the style, medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry finish.
O: Enjoyed this one, definitely a nice sipper. Above average, but not spectacular. I like 3 Philosophers as a better American interpretation of the style.
GarrettB (850) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Summer 2011 - Highlight of my visit to Falling Rock in Denver. Highlight of the afternoon, wandering around Denver. Highlight of a week filled with lots of beer adventures. Maybe even the highlight of a summer that witnessed me and my friend traveling the span of Colorado in search of good beer. The Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a masterpiece, and I had the pleasure of making out with it in the stylish basement of the Falling Rock tap house. Beer drinking might get better than this, (Cantillon in a Belgian field at sunset?) but I think Iíve come close. It was too dark to ogle the color, so I went straight to inhale the perfume coming off the beer. Iím sure I looked like a geriatric patient clutching at an air mask, but it felt like I had broken through smog and got to inhale my first breath of fresh sequoia forest. Blood orange, red grapes, strawberries, gentle prods of cocoa, a rounded edge of malt, and the kind of Belgian yeast aroma that inspired so much of the craft beer revolution. The flavor follows in suit, featuring A light orange citrus zest, and underneath that there is champagne, more of those sweet, desiccated red grapes, Palisade peach, deep cherry notes and even an apple crispness that might be cousin to the champagne flavors I already noted. I also detect smaller but no less appreciable flavors of golden raisins and vanilla beans in the nose, only after the beer has had some time to warm up to its environs. Similarly, with a little warmth the beer provides some lovely brown sugar notes, opening up the spectrum of dark sweets in further. This beer is, frankly, a masterpiece, and deserves all the credit its earned. I donít know who brought more to the table - Sierra Nevada or their Belgian, theist counterparts - but this tastes something like a work of a higher being. Bravo!
SHIG (3282) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark thick molasses brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is strong dark fruit and malts right out of the bottle. Nice carbonated dark fruit hit my palate first but subside to that thick caramel maltiness that hits the mark for me. Nicely done quad.