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Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey Quad W/ PlumsOvila Abbey Quad W/ Plums

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 03-01-2014)
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Reviews by Cubatobaco:
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date visible, but the bottle is from last year. Poured into a Witkap Pater chalice.

A - Pours a murky brown, with a purple tint, leaving only a thin white ring. Slippery lacing as it is swirled against the glass. Meets my expectations considering the style and with what it was brewed with.

S - Has a vinous nose of dark fruits, of course the most notable is plums. Concord grapes, raisins, a subtle touch of bread. The nose is slightly muted by its cool temp. I'm sure more aromas will shine through as it warms.

T - The flavors follow the nose, but they seem to be disjointed. There is a nice sweetness on the entry, but is recedes to a dry and slightly bitter finish. Outside of the flavors mentioned in the smell, you can detect and estery presence along side a touch of alcohol. There is a tad bit of tartness as well. I'm sure if this was fresh, it would be a lot better.

M - Medium-bodied with an acidic feel. Complex, slightly tart and bitter on the finish. The finish does linger 45+ secs.

O - As I mentioned above, I'm sure this was a lot better when it was fresh. With it being a Quad, I didn't feel the need to drink it right away and figured it may benefit from some down time. I have two of these left and I want to try one soon to se if this may be a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 02:18:46 | More by Cubatobaco
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle purchased at Atlas Bottle Works in June, 2014. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Bright but might as well be hazy due to the dark dark reddish-brown hue. Thin head on pour, dissipates quickly.

S - Dark cured fruits like dates, raisins, and apricot meet with rum notes to hint at fruitcake. Almond in the background.

T - Chocolate, rum-raisin, date, and just delicious. Drinking this as a desert beer was an excellent choice. Plums provide a subtle tart note hidden in the complex fruit flavors. Some alcohol hotness on the finish.

M - Creamy yet well carbonated, the residual stickiness of this beer in the mouth is actually pleasant.

O - Superb dessert beer, would pair well with chocolate, darker cakes, and cheesecake. Hints of coffee and the lack of sickly stickiness on the finish makes this one of the better quads that I've had.

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07-17-2014 02:03:42 | More by sevreng
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark ruby color with almost no head

S: Belgian yeast, plenty of dark fruits including cherry, plum, raisin, and fig with an emphasis on plum, some estery alcohol, and sweet malts

T: Follows the nose with an addition of spices. Starts off with the yeast, fruitiness, and spices and goes into more fruity esters, light alcohol, and sweet malts. Finishes with alcohol, spices, and plum

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Dry

O: A nice take on the base beer, with plenty of plum to be found in both aroma and taste. Reminds me of a Belgian winter beer with the spices and yeast. Good price point for a 4-pack as well at under $12

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Smell: definite dry plum smell to it. Lots of amber candi sugar. Some alcohol strength and belgian yeast to it

Taste: opens with a dark amber candi sugar. Some plums and very apparent alcohol belgian yeast and spiciness play in the backend.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Very dry and alcohol heavy.

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Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.