Chudwick (3441) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2011
750ML in a Trappist glass - pours dark amber/brown with light beige head and no lacing. Nose is alcohol, forest fruit, and yeast. Aroma is fruity (old-time-y fruit) and caramel malts. Sweet taste. Full-body. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very flavorful. halfonit (1412) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours very dark, near black color. Aroma is malts, fig, dark fruit, and some yeast. Flavor is a little light but all those typical quad flavors are present. It’s made in america, so it’s to be expected. Leaves a sweeter malty, and dark fruit finish. Decent. drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
poured almost purple with a white head. smelled sweet ,molasses, raisons and prunes. tastes a little more than most quads but not good. decent erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2011
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 don’t 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; Westvleteren’s unbelievably cookie-like nose, Rochefort’s head retention (legendary) and the incredible marshmallowy mouthfeel.
This is what I would brew and be proud of it. Sure it’s nice. It’s 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 can’t 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.
beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Not a big Quad or dubbel fan but the Ovila dubbel was quite nice so I gave this latest one a spin. A lot of malt here. Very rich. I am getting more raisin notes than anything else. The ABV is very prevalent here.
jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins). Taste is sweet and mostly dominated by dark fruit flavors. Maybe light hints of caramel and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden but its pretty one dimensional.
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Chestnut colored pour with a eggshell head that left a spot or two of lacing. Actively carbonated and a little fizzy. Loads of Belgian yeast, peppery and banana notes along with dark fruits like raisin, plum and prune. Some caramel and toffee. Missing that über dark chocolate, molasses, fudgy quality that I get in the best. Meh. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a murky Maroon color with a light layer of beige head. Aroma is rooty, sweet caramel and alcohol spice. Flavor is a bit chocolatey, sweet, and dark fruit. Not bad. RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Deep mahogany with a healthy tan head that dissipated rather quickly to a solid film and left moderate lacing. Dark fruit aromas - plum and raisin - with rich caramel malt, bananas, clove, and hints of brown sugar. Caramel and bready malts form a solid foundation for a fruit sweetness that becomes almost tart, followed by a nice blend of spiciness and warming alcohol. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, thick creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a long complex finish. Extra points for the cause. dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
(750ml bottle). Pours a dark mahogany-mostly clear-with a chunky tan head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits (figs and dates), caramel and some belgian yeast. Taste is semi-sweet with a touch of tartness and some light bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. The finish is a little harsh, but not too bad. This is a style that most American breweries fail miserably at. While not a great quad, Sierra Nevada does a respectable job with this beer.