Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev -8.2%
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 -4.8%
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
4.31/5 rDev +4.4%
Serving Type - 16.7 oz caged and corked bottle
Appearance - Black with a tan and purple tint. 1 inch foamy head with tons of sticky lacing.
Smell - Lots of spices, plums, grapes, dates, fig. Bready malts, yeasts, alcohol.
Taste - Right on par with the aroma, huge plum jumps out with lots of spices, bready malts and some alcohol warmth. Grapes and raisin are also a main flavor. A nice yeasty note adds some sweetness to counter some bitter from the dark fruits. A little honey and cherry at the finish.
Mouthfeel - Dark fruits, especially plums coat the tongue. Bready malts and yeasts really nail the palate. Alcohol warmth is present throughout. Aftertaste is dark fruits, spices, honey and alcohol.
Overall - A really nice, balanced attack of sweet and bitter, with loads of complex flavors. A big beer with alcohol warmth from the first sip. Really enjoy the big plum flavor mixed with the other dark fruits. A real winner here, cant wait to try a aged bottle.
06-04-2014 00:05:58 | More by wvsabbath
3.68/5 rDev -10.9%
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
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance - dark eggplant color with slight tan head
Smell - plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar, blueberry
Taste - plums, raisins , figs, brown sugar, grape, blueberry
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront from the plums, slightly tart in the finish
Overall - good American take on a style that usually runs flat when done outside of Belgium. Quad lovers should give it a chance
Price Point - $3/12 oz single
06-01-2014 00:51:54 | More by keithmurray
Ovila Abbey Quad W/ Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.