Readers’ Reserve – Ovila Quad (Sierra Nevada)
Gifted by Tricia and poured into goblet glasses.
Sierra Nevada’s take on the strong Belgian Quadrupel pours a dark toffee brown-black with a full, sand-colored head. The nose is a very subtle of mix of caramel, wood and dark fruits, especially apples, plums, and dates. Ovila Quad offers a warm and rich mixture of dried fruit, toffee, and dry bitterness on the palette, with a warm hard alcohol aftertaste. It has a flavor profile similar to that of a smoky scotch or a mild brandy, but with enough hops, chewy grains, and candied Belgian yeast to remain true to its beer roots. This brew is simply brilliant – a true strong Belgian Quad that still retains those wonderfully restrained Sierra Nevada flavors.