Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Howler89:
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Quad brewed with plums? Three dollars? No way. What a beer and what a good story. This is 100% the best beer I have consumed for 3 dollars hands down. Now.. before everyone gets too upset with that know this... I love quad. Its my beer love affair. Quad is the reason I am obsessed with beer in the first place. So saying that, this review may not be an academic treatment for all intensive purposes... But I am going to try and be fair here.
The beer pours a blood stained tree bark brown color with almost no head. As it sits now 5 minutes after initially pouring it, there is only a few lily pad areas of microscopic grey bubbles floating around in the center the pool, with a well defined ring of a similar soapy nature, clearly defining the edge of the entire glass. The only reason I cannot award a 5 for appearance is because the most trusted beer voice in my life said that it could use more bubbles. For me, quad is a smooth beverage, best enjoyed silky. Bubbles can be distracting for my tongue in certain styles and this is one of the few. Epic.
The smell is off the charts. In the store I didn't believe what I was told. Lots of plum. And boy its there. It really fits for some reason. All the quad essentials too. Leathery vanilla bean with a hint of coffee and even sour grapes . Spectacular.
You definitely get a ton of the plum. How many fruit quads have I had? zero? one? I don't even care. Where do I sign this is awesome.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 04:19:28 | More by Howler89
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4.49/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I bought the latest release of this beer about 5-6 weeks ago, and it is a wonderful, full bodied Quad. I didn't think I was going to like it when I saw "PLUMS", but it one of the better quads I have experienced. I have currently put a 4-pack back for aging and look forward to how it will mature over a year or two.I'll get back to you on that.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:27:35 | More by Slagpile
3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this on tap at Shade Tree on Central in Nob Hill, ABQ, NM.
A- Came with no head and I have to wonder if it's the tap at the bar. Either way, the beer is dark brown with hints of amber, is very opaque and looks thick in body.
S- Sweet malt, plums and dark fruit, raisins.
T- This beer is very heavy on the plums and dark fruit, almost more so than any quad I've had. There's also some peppery spice and sweet malt to make things interesting.
M- Ovila is thick and creamy, perhaps even viscous would be a better word, although there's some carbonation and yeasty tingle. I get some slightly syrupy sweetness as well as a mild heat from the alcohol.
I'd argue that this holds its own against other quads, but it may have a bit more astringency than the best of the best. Still,very good.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2014 22:25:49 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.25/5 rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served from bottle into goblet.
A - A dark and murky look, with some reddish tints in the light. Not bad but nothing exceptional about the appearance.
S - Of many dark fruits; dark cherry, fig, currant, plum, golden raisin. Little bit of a yeasty spice and a little bit of a candied smell. Very nice aroma.
T - Getting all that dark fruitiness in the taste with a bit of spice and sweetness. Great plum/cherry flavors coming through and residing on the palate.
M - Meduim- full, pretty smooth but a kind of sticky on the tounge. To be somewhat excpected from this strong malty style.
Overall this beer is one of the more enjoyable Quads I've had to date. Really liked it and would pick up again, especially for the price.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 23:04:37 | More by jman005
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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