Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Sampled tonight on 4/17/14. Bought a single 12.7 ounce bottle late last week. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.
Pours a pitch black in color with a thin beige head that leaves some streaky lacing when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant of sweet dark fruits, brown sugar and roasted malts. The taste is...FANTASTIC with a lot going on! ALL the flavors mentioned above coming through with more taste as well of some caramel malts. Really great flavor with no bitter aftertaste and goes down easy. By far the BEST Sierra Nevada brew I had.
04-18-2014 02:52:21 | More by BeerWithMike
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
This Beer is excellent. A fruity treat for dark beer lovers. I work at a Liquor store and traveled to another store before we got it in. highly recommended and a great fun story behind the beer. smells great, looks great taste great. was expecting more mouthfeel due to the color and smell. still was not a disappointment. My new Wow beer for sure. Excited to hear what others think. Also had the Saision and it was Excellent.
03-26-2014 11:50:05 | More by Timothy_ShaneMcCarhty
4.56/5 rDev +10.4%
12.7oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass. Grabbed it on a whim at Woodman's tonight 3 minutes before the liquor section closed. Let's see what we got.
Appearance: This is fancy, with a cage and cork and all the good stuff! Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red and a rapidly-diminishing tan head. Almost dropped the glass on my head holding it up to the light to try and see through it! Yeah, really no light is getting through this.
Smell: Initially, it smells an awful lot like St. Bernardus Abt 12. Dark fruits, plums for sure, caramel, molasses, a little hint of hoppiness. Pretty complex. And intriguing. Keeps opening up more as I let it sit for a moment. Almost smells like a dry red wine when it's all put together. Definitely... interesting.
Taste: Yeah, this is... WOW. This is dry with a definite dry red wine theme to it. It's got a hint of sweetness up front, but that quickly gets spun into the aforementioned dryness. Really, really complex. This is way different from any other quad I've ever had.
Mouthfeel: Really, really clean and smooth. If I was blindfolded I probably would have guessed this to be a richer, thicker red wine. Unbelievable. This bottle is gonna go down WAY too easily.
Overall: I have not been this pleasantly surprised with a beer in a long time. At least with others that I've bought on a whim lately, there was a description of what to expect. Here... I didn't even look it up on BA or have anything to go off of other than the bottle's description. I am so glad I bought this - I suspect I may buy another 4 pack to age!
03-09-2014 04:50:40 | More by don1481
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
A very interesting take on a Belgian quad. Pours a very murky, imposing dark brown/black, very little head and almost no head retention. Smells of dark fruits, plums, dried black raspberry, some of the spiciness from the yeast comes through. Taste follows suit, tons of dark fruits and floral/spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is superb, extremely smooth with a great finish. This is closer to a good Syrah than to most beers.
03-01-2014 04:53:27 | More by SuperbikeShaun
4.34/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-17-2014 02:03:42 | More by sevreng
Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.