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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With PlumsOvila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums

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89
very good

972 Ratings
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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 35
Gots: 165 | FT: 10
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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Ratings: 972 | Reviews: 207
Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep mahogany with ruby hues and a thin khaki head that settles out and laces faintly.

S: A little booze, dark fruit, plumb, a touch of dark cherry, and dark sugar.

T: Dark sugar/toffee, sticky sweet, fruity notes, plumb, a little apricot and cherry, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, and some alcohol on the back end, though not offensive.

M: Full body, low carbonation, rich and smooth with a little warmth.

O: Comes off a bit boozy and sweet. I would love to see what a little age would to to a bottle of this.

Photo of MissFargo
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and creamy, highly drinkable...complex...one of my all time favorites.

Photo of pjf4611
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one, kinda hard to find good quads out there and this one was a decent example. My only complaints for this one are that the alcohol wasn't as balanced as I would have liked and I'm not sure why SN felt it necessary to add plums to a quad :/

Photo of tjsmith910
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not wat i was hoping for. Tasted dry

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very deep brown in color in the body. Slight hints of red are mixed into the body when held up to the light and the overall color impression is similar to a very deep colored, cherry hardwood. A small. 1cm head forms and hangs around for a good while and is beige in color. Lacing is very good as well.

S- First impression of the smell is mush less fruity than expected, and much more roasty. Chocolate and medium toasted malts greet you right up front with a touch of the plums underneath. The end of the scent is more dark fruit forward than the beginning, but still predominantly malts.

T- Starts off with the same dark and roasty malts as the scent, but moves into the plums more quickly than the scent. Chocolate and slightly burnt malts intermingle over top of the plums before the dark fruit flavor kicks in full strength. The fruit flavor dominates the middle of the drink before some burnt flavors come back at the end and linger a little after the drink.

M- This beer is thick, smooth, and low in carbonation; it feels just like the liquid bread the style is intended to be. There is only a slight bitterness and warmth from the alcohol, but it remains dangerously smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a very fruit forward quad, but the dark and chocolate malts actually maintain a great balance with the fruit and provide a pretty awesome drinking experience.

Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle poured into an Ovila Goblet

A: Dark brown with some ruby edges when held up to the light, tan colored head that quickly vanished, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, what's left of it, no lacing, not seeing any carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, plums coming through really nice, dark fruits, brown sugar, smells really dark and sweet, picking up some alcohol on the end.

T: Classic Belgian yeast flavors quickly give way to plum, dark fruits, brown sugar sweetness, slight tart flavor at the end, plum sweetness lingers, not much alcohol for 10.2%.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slight dry finish. A little thin, doesn't pop like a Belgian quad.

O: I really like this, very balanced, it has that classic quad Belgian flavors but it is enhanced with a nice plum, dark fruit sweetness, warms up really well, alcohol is hidden pretty good, definitely going to pick up another four-pack.

Photo of Slack
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color with minimal head. Smell is dominated by molasses, vanilla, and plum with a minor bit of bananas, and bread. Taste is similar to the smell with fruit, sugar and roasted notes but has a hoppy finish. Mouthful is heavier with no carbonation. A nice American quad but their are better choices out available.

Photo of ShamasUVA
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Rating as a quad-- despite the inclusion of plums, this is by no means a Fruit beer.

L: Nice a dark, definitely darker than most quads, with a thin beige head.
S: Dark fruits (plum obviously, but also raisin) and burnt sugar. Minimal "belgian" esters which is in-line with the best examples of the styles. No banana/bubblegum.
T: Sweetness, some roast. More chocolate than appropriate. Hop bitterness is just enough to stand up to the rest of the beer.
F: This is where this beer really falters. Carbonation is just too low and the beer isn't quite attenuated enough. Slightly thick and could use significantly more carbonation.
O: A beer that is among the best US-made quads but really can't compete with the elite belgian ones like Rochefort/Bernardus/Van De Kaiser/Westvleteren. Straddles the line a bit between quad and belgian stout.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious candied plum with dark sugar and bready yeast delicious beer all around fantastically done.

Photo of Dsimenson
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner
A: deep dark ruby red color, thick tan head that looks like you could walk cross it on a calm day, nice clinging lacing.
S: fruity, malty, rich aroma of plum, a bit of yeast, lovely!
T: hops, plums, toffee, a bit of alcohol and bitterness in the finish, and the rich flavor rise up to my sinuses
M: thick, creamy
O: overall outstanding, a real treat!

Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

delicious. My kind of quad. Love the sweetness of the plums and the booziness. Can't wait to see how this develops. To me, a total bargain..corked and caged 12 oz bottles for around 3 bucks per?

Photo of Jerebeer
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Preface: learning to taste. No where near an expert). I poured it into a chalice and it had very little head. It looks to be about a 36 on the SRM. Held up to the light, nothing comes through. After agitation, you definitely get the sweetness of the plum. For taste, I am getting some sweet, maltiness, and some mild bitterness.

Photo of priwen
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark with ruby highlights showing when held in front of a light. Nice, tan head that doesn't stay around too long. Aroma of dark fruits and malts. The plums can also be detected. The taste is sweet with rich malt and fruit flavors. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium-plus mouthfeel. The finish is sweet, but there is a touch of bitterness also present. Overall, this is a very nice beer. The plums add a little something extra, but overall it's a pretty straightforward Quad.

12.7 oz bottle
Date on bottle 111914
Purchased: February 2015
Served in an Oversized Wine glass

Photo of gibgink
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up and tasted on 3-4-15. Pours a very dark brown/red. Can pick up the plum on the nose. Taste is very nice! Can pick up the plum influence, but it does not overpower or dominate. Extremely smooth finish. No hint whatsoever that this is a 10.2% alcohol. Would highly recommend.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Darker than I expected, nearly black in color with some dark rootbeer colored tones. Sweet, candied flavors with some yeasty notes. Just enough carbonation seems to stick around the top of the beer at all times somehow.

Complex in flavor, yet it seems to become simpler as the glass goes on. Nice flavor balance. Nice carbonation. Nicely done.

Photo of Fremont897
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes across more as a Belgian quad leaning toward barleywine qualities. The sweet elements of plum, dates and banana combined with mild alcohol heat without the latent ashiness of most Belgian styles hit the spot for me. One of those "tastes twice as good when half finished" brews...dig.

Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours near black with a foamy light tan head.

Lightly boozy, dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, cocoa and caramel notes.

Medium body, low fizzy carbonation.

A well done Quad, great mix of flavors.

Photo of Mlawrence
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. The smell is hypnotizing. Taste is even better.

Photo of shadyside
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fine brew. Sorry it is just a one-timer. Probably in my top 10 beers.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked 12.7 oz bottle into snifter glass. 10.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep dark brown, borderline black. Two finger beige head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Belgian yeast which has that unique sugary aroma, caramel, toffee, and plum.

Taste- Fresh tartness of sugared plums arrive quickly to the palate. The ripe plums blend well with the sweet Belgian yeast notes. Bits of caramel malt just make it through the sweet yeast and plum flavors. Has a hot peppery finish that ends the flavor profile nicely along side of a subtle hop zest. The plum flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with quite a viscous feel. Alcohol detectable.

Overall- A well done, spot on quad. Also love the fact that SN did it with a legit Belgian collaboration, and it is a one time offering which adds to the uniqueness. The plums set this one apart as it adds layers of sweet complexity. Yeast tasted like those of similar Belgian greats. Excellent all the way through.

Photo of Boccu
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great ale with smooth hints of plums

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: I suppose I did not pour this with enough vigor but the head promised was not present at all. pours jet black and glossy. Darker than motor oil.
S: Kind of weak honestly, I was rather unimpressed, this beer was poured into a bernardus glass but I would recommend a snifter, should focus the release of the smell more so it is present for longer. Sweet and fruity, a tad malty I think but it dissipated so quickly I could not really tell. As the beer sits though the sweetness in the nose does become more pronounced. Tinge of oatiness to the taste as well.
T:Roasted malt marries nicely with the plum, a tad bitter at times and though the bitterness is not exactly a plus it's also not bitter enough to be off-putting. For a beer this conspicuously alcoholic, it is well enough masked, present just enough to encourage slow enjoyment but masked enough to all it to be enjoyed. Any prominent spicy character is mostly overwhelmed by the roasted malt, it's still there just kind of pushed back.
M: Sticky sweet, standard, no complaints.
O:This is a pleasant, albeit somewhat strange beer and I would say that serving it just to the left of cold would work just as well as serving it could. It leaves a warm burn in the stomach and a sweet taste on the tongue, if this is to be your first foray into quad territory better go with St. Bernardus Abt. 12 instead, there really is no good place to start with this kind of beer so that is as good as any. this is good beer and an interesting beer, take time to enjoy it and the experience will be better for you.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly aged for 1 year

Appearance- Pours a deep dark mahogony brown, ruby red tints flash throughout. Two finger thick off white fizzy, frothy head, dissipates to half finger but hangs around.
Aroma- Sweet and sticky dark fruits, raisins, juicy plums, figs. Some spicy characteristics kick up, and accompany an underlying yeasty breadiness. Pungnant, sweet, slightly boozy.
Taste- Delicious caramel malts, rich, almost some slight chocolate aspects. Big sweet dark fruits, plums, sugary raisins. Slight spiciness on the finish, fruity esters, and clove phenolic characteristics.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, slight stickiness and almost a creaminess. Moderate to lower carbonation.
Overall- Truly enjoyable beer, such a smoothness while pulling all these wonderful flavors together. Malt backbone was surprising and incredible, rich caramel just seemlessly blends with the sweet dark fruits. Plums and raisins are sugary and juicy, belgian yeast strain just pulls everything together adding slight spicy, earthy, and yeasty qualities.

Kicking myself for not buying a full 4 pack a year ago...i would be stoked if i had 3 more of these to continue to age out.

Photo of CH80
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing, plums came through and this was beer of 2014 for me.

Photo of Nathan451
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Good beer.
You can taste the plums and I liked the finish.
Sweet - like a quad should be; so pair what you're eating/drinking accordingly.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.