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
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995 Ratings
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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 37
Gots: 170 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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: 995 | Reviews: 213
Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thought I might try this, I normally see IPAs and other hoppy ales from Sierra. Poured into a tulip glass, color was nice. I caught a note of dates and a slight thin head. body was a little thin for my taste but, it finished well.

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alcohol, good bit of it. Dark fruits. Balance is not where it could be.

Photo of Moose90
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle served into 16oz tulip

A – Deep, dark brown in color, nearly black and opaque, thin fleeting mocha colored head.

S – Brown sugar, caramel, plums, coffee, raisins, toffee, bourbon, malty, wonderful.

T – Figs, plums, sugar, malty, sweet. Overall very sweet.

M – Full bodied, long and sweet finish, lingers.

O – Great base beer, I would LOVE to see a barrel aged variant of this; it would really cut down the overly sweet notes and impart a wonderful oaky and dry whisky note.

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

i had this beer at my local pub on draft. had three, and had to pick up a pack next trip.

dark, plums are obvious, sweet, less hops than a Unibreu or some competitors.

good beer, worth trying, as i've found all the Ovila's to be

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.39/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This did not hit the mark for me, thin...bland and lacking most of the highlights of this style

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

Nice plum notes but feels a bit thick for a quad. Plum notes in the taste are pretty strong and overcome the other notes. Pretty good though.

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.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.