Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
This is an eccentric, highly fruity beer. It tastes and smells quite sweet, similar to a Barley Wine. No lacing left on the edge of the glass. Beer has adequate carbonation, not as carbonated as my usual IPA favorites, but more so than Stouts.
It is a very heavy beer at 10.2% ABV, it packs a punch which is best followed up by a glass of water and another beer!
03-21-2014 22:16:11 | More by twistwrist
3.68/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
06-02-2014 02:18:46 | More by Cubatobaco
3.79/5 rDev -7.8%
Appearance: deep garnet almost mahogany colored. Has some brightness to it but mostly opaque due to the darkness. A finger of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a small lacing behind.
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.
Overall: a good and strong quad. Be prepared for some strong and hot alcohol though.
06-17-2014 01:09:29 | More by SportsandJorts
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
Bottle code translates to 1/8/13 bottle date. Dark brown cola-colored pour. 1/2 finger tan head dissipated relatively quickly. Smell is booze, fruity sweetness & moderate yeast. Taste is decent fruitiness up front (from the plums?) with yeast esters. Pleasantly sweet. Finish yields more yeast esters along with slight bitterness. It isn't as complex as your ideal quads but I think the plums add another level of sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat creamy but also slightly on the thin side. Overall I like it. It isn't the best quad ever but it's got enough yeast and the plums add some fruitiness that make it interesting.
06-15-2014 02:06:20 | More by foobula
3.99/5 rDev -2.9%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the cork and cage. I like the label. Sampled on March 8, 2014.
The pour is brown with red hues and a short-lived off-white head. Fairly attractive.
The aroma emits all of the punchy Belgian Quad characteristics I would expect including caramel malts, yeast, Belgian sugar, and dark fruit...in this case plums, and a slight hop bitterness.
The body is medium.
The taste has many of the same attributes as the aroma with a notable sweetness followed by a notable, sinus-clearing, bitterness. It is also on the dry side.
03-09-2014 00:16:32 | More by puboflyons
Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.