erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, let me say that Sierra Nevada is one of my all- time favorite breweries. They know what they are and are doing the best job of doing it. Ovila was certainly a journey away from their comfort zone. I was struck by the quality of the first two. Both were spot on. Well made, but missing something.
This beer pours a deep garnet brown with a moderate head and fair lacing. The aroma is big Iso-AA. Some bubblegum, 4 VG is well balanced/not overstated, but somehow comes across as smokey. Touches of anise and raisins, but I donít get the raisins as much as some reviewers.
The flavor is fairly dry but not overly so. CO2 is low for style; an issue with all in the series. The banana is really bothering me in the mouth. Just too much. If you cloudied this up, you could serve it and believe that it was some form of Weizenbock. Like I said too much. Nice spice and very well hidden alcohol. Very well hidden.
The finish is exceptionally well balanced, almost too well balanced. I expect some sweet figgyness, but I am not getting that here.
The mouthfeel is thin for what I would like. My minds-mouth wants dessert. This is not delivering. Really reminds me of Chimay Bleu. Good? Sure, but not perfect and not compelling. Well made? Flawless, and with the right intention, but not...compelling.
So much of what makes this style wonderful are those intangible perfections. The two that come to mind are easy; Westvleterenís unbelievably cookie-like nose, Rochefortís head retention (legendary) and the incredible marshmallowy mouthfeel.
This is what I would brew and be proud of it. Sure itís nice. Itís well brewed and does not deviate far from the style. It lacks the intangibles that I am looking for. I can give you some of the technicals that I am talking about, but I canít say how to do better and I know I could not. There is something heavenly that is pervasive with the examples of the style that outshine this. There is, and it sucks to not be able to put my finger on it.
jflopsu (644) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown. Has a fruity malt, wheat and yeast aroma. Taste is a nice mix of dark fruits (plums, prunes) malts, caramel and heavy yeast. A dry wheat aftertaste.
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, JJ. Very hazy dark brown, average off white head that diminishes quickly. Dark toffee, candied sugar, raisins, light musty cork. Bigger yeast signature than Stoneís quad. Tasty.
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home via the rot box. Pours a hazy brown appearance with a lasting brown head. Some cardboard, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, light smoke, and dark fruits in the nose. Medium low carbonation. High sweetness. Medium low bitterness. Graham cracker, cognac, brown sugar, and grapes in the flavor. A little bit spicy. Not bad.
RexTalionis (2603) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours near cola brown in color with a tan head. Thereís some nice, quite smooth notes of plums mixed with bit of earthyness and some sweet almost fudgelike notes in aroma at first. More of the dark fruityness appears in taste, but also some sweet brown sugary notes are present. Notes of yeast with some hints of vanilla and earthlike greens are present later on and has a slightly warming effect in the end.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"they did it again! another great effort by Sierra Nevada to just nail a Belgian Style. pretty much what iím thinking when thinking of what a quad is supposed to taste/look/smell like. Lots of dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of booze. Maaaaaaybe a touch of hops. The only thing I really thought could be improved was the carbonation. A little too high, but nothing a little swirling couldnít fix. My favorite of the Ovila line (no surprise as this is my favorite style of the 3) and they nailed all 3. Sierra Nevada continues their fairly rapid ascent from mediocrity (IMHO, of course) thanks to the AV beers, Life & Limb, Old Ale, Hoptimum, and now these 3. Bigfoot and Celebration were really the only ones I was a fan of before..."
rondphoto (2278) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Good aroma of rich malt and dark earthy fruit. Opaque dark brown color, very thin rim head, no lace. Appearance is still and flat. Taste is dark roasted caramel malt that smoothly introduces earth and dark fruit in the palate before turning to noticeable alcohol in a long lingering finish. No hops or carbonation is present. Made for sipping on a cool evening, perhaps accompanied by a fine cigar.
WVHouseofBeer (889) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really really good beer. Complex nose and flavors of dark fruit, caramel, and a slight hint of alcohol. Full bodied with a sweet finish.
Beerathon (1279) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Let it warm up. Alcohol well hidden. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, plum, prune. Low carbonation. Malt complexity.
revolution2718 (263) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 18 months old. Pours very dark maybe a slight brown highlight, a bit of head. Nose is plumbs, boozy almost rummy, chocolate, raisin, burnt sugars. Taste matches nose , burnt sugars, plum, raisins, sweet, finishes with chocolate, bakers chocolate, charred. Not nearly as much booze in the taste as in the smell. Pretty thick mouthfeel. The only thing I'm missing is a Belgian yeast character. I really like this though.
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sudomorph (709) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Bought Feb/13. Pours a clear dark caramel with an off white head. Aroma has big sweet notes of dark fruit, cherries, and a big, maltyness. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Dark fruits, with a bit of a creamyness. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Silky texture with a dry finish. Overall a tasty brew. Darker fruits with a nice sweetness.