Beer: Ovila Quad
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: American Quadruple
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: The Distillery, Savannah, GA
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companions: SCADinavians
Sight: Dark, root-beer brown with reddish tinge. No head by the time it was served.
Scent: Really, it had no discernible scent. Perhaps some maltiness and the typical yeastiness one would expect, but the scent of our Pretzel Treasures appetizer overpowered the beer.
Flavor: Figs and yeast, with just a little bit of sweet maltiness and a hint of spice (cloves, to be exact).
Feel: Balanced and smooth. Medium carbonation.
The Ovila Project is Sierra Nevada’s special collaboration with the Trappist monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux, located just a few miles down the road from the brewery in California. In addition to a Dubbel and a Saison, the Ovila Quad is created in the centuries-old tradition of monastic brewing–which means you get a high ABV brew that doesn’t taste like it has a high ABV! Yep, this is one smooth criminal here, but overall, the flavor this Quad has to offer falls short of spectacular. It isn’t bad for an American take on the Quad, but in general, still kind of average.
Regardless, you can feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds from sales go toward the restoration of the historic Ovila chapter house building on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux!
Concluding remarks: Better than most American Belgians, this sippable Quad is worth a try if nothing else strikes your fancy on the beer menu; or, if you have a hankering for a Heineken but happen to be at the Distillery.