Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Murrhey:
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12.7 oz cork and cage bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date visible.
A- Thin mocha head with high rate of erosion and aggressive, quick carbonation. Dark mahogany with some haziness in the body. Clear, vinous lacing. Actually not a super impressive looking beer.
S- Slightly sour, plums, heavy note of booze. Sweet fruity notes, dates, plums and maybe cherries. Yeast is spicy and up front as well.
T- Bitter, with a touch of dark fruit notes. Strong alcoholic flavor without being undrinkable. Kind of chocolate-based actually. Interesting.
M- Vinous and smooth.
O- I actually had to leave for an assignment halfway through this beer, so the flavors changed entirely as it warmed. Tasty, sweet and the booze wasn't killer.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 03:47:33 | More by Murrhey
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Dark brown with a plum tinge. It’s a deep red purple tinge when held to the light. Looks clear not cloudy on first pour, no visible carbonation. A finger of beige head with a light purple tinge.
S: Sweet plums, plum pudding or plum pie, fruity, brown sugar, alcohol, raisins.
T: Fruity, plums, brown sugar, alcohol, dark toasted notes, plum skin, slightly tannic
M: Thick syrupy body with medium foamy carbonation.
O: I really like this style, and its well done by Sierra Nevada. Yes, it has the plum theme all the way through. Drank at Turkey Creek Rd, Clyde NC June 28 2014 my daughter’s 2nd birthday.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 03:00:56 | More by patre_tim
3.11/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Very dark ruby, like cola, with a thin, tan head.
Aroma: Very boozy, with some black liquorice, spice, and a touch of dark fruit and fig. Aroma is so alcoholic that it almost has a nail polish character to it.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Spicy black liquorice and alcohol flavors hit you immediately, with a dry, dark roasted malt finish. Hops are most noticeable in the finish, where they offer a bit of dryness and complement the rich, dark chocolate flavor. Some fig and raisin flavors eventually become apparent, though still very subtle; they add an overall sugary sweet flavor to the brew. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.
Final Word: Unfortunately, the strong alcohol presence got in the way of the other flavors in this beer, and made the experience feel lopsided. While the black liquorice, spice, dark fruit, dark sugar and chocolate flavors could have created a nuanced drink, they felt as if they were crushed and compacted under the weight of the alcohol flavor. Had they been allowed to bloom and expand, this beer would have been very complex and satisfying, but instead it felt like every sip was dominated by booze. It was as if each sip had a 50/50 blend of alcohol flavor and ONE random flavor contained within the beer. You’d get a hint of raisin in one sip, but get only black liquorice in the next, and the flavors never seemed to mingle. The potential here was great, but the experience felt like a missed opportunity. Still some good flavors in here, but the profile is much too alcoholic for the subtle flavors within, even for a Quad.
Serving type: on-tap
06-21-2014 18:42:31 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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