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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Reviews: 206
Hads: 1,021
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 5.08%
Wants: 41
Gots: 191 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of elmore
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a caged and corked 12.7oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Picked this up from Woodmans on the West Side of Madison, WI. I think a steal at $11.99 for a four pack, but I am partial to this style. Bought a pack about a week ago and went back to get 2 more a few days later after my first taste.

I usually don't comment on packaging, but this could be the coolest product packaging I have come across. Heavy duty caged and corked bottle with a bowing, hooded monk on the front. Perfect.

A very dark pour. Only a shade off of a stout. Thin tan head that hangs around for a while. Almost no lacing.

Brown sugar, sweet dark fruit with almost a grape-like taste in the middle, which maybe the plums. Nice slightly bitter cocoa aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden well, but there is a nice little alcohol burn if you concentrate

Small bubbles. Nice champagne like carbonation, which lasts throughout. Thick full and creamy.

I am very partial to this style so I tend to rate this type of beer highly. But this is a really great American made Quad. Thank you Sierra Nevada for this wonderful beer at such a great price. I would compare this to Abt 12 or Chimay blue. If you can get a hold of this one give it a try. You won't be disappointed. (1,242 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.69/5  rDev +19%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of Munch1987
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It's Definately one of my favorite beers all time. It's a dark beer but not too heavy! The hints of plum and banana were subtle enough to enjoy with out over-powering the dark coca. Excellent beer but be careful, this beer comes in at 10.3%! A couple of bottles will do. (270 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled tonight on 4/17/14. Bought a single 12.7 ounce bottle late last week. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pitch black in color with a thin beige head that leaves some streaky lacing when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant of sweet dark fruits, brown sugar and roasted malts. The taste is...FANTASTIC with a lot going on! ALL the flavors mentioned above coming through with more taste as well of some caramel malts. Really great flavor with no bitter aftertaste and goes down easy. By far the BEST Sierra Nevada brew I had. (591 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

super dark brew with hazelnut edges. decent white head. aroma is heavy plum, lots of concord grapes, slight honey, some heather, a wintergreen spice in the finish. taste is insane! ive gotta boner. thick molasses, grape, sugar, vanilla, spearmint, caramel, earthy, cherries. furkin full bodied brah, heavy carbo. sticky finish. i fudgin bathe in this sheesh (357 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of Lionheart
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly.

Smells of dark fruit Fig, Plum, and black cherry.

Mouth feel is silky with a slight dry finish. Nice improvement fom the last gen quad.

I drank this at 50*. That temp does not do this complex ale justice! I let it warm up to about 60*-65*, WOW! An explosion of malt and fruit! This one should be fully appriciated at warmer temps. This should be enjoyed with a hearty flavorfull meat dish. Mine was Fillet, garlic mash, and green beans!

Better stock up on this one Quad lovers! I already bought two cases! (575 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red (almost black) color, with a medium, tan, creamy head that has good retention and very good lacing.
S-The aroma is pungent right off the bat with notes of dark fruits (prunes) and sweet burned caramel. Some peppery spice in in the back from the yeast( or the hops). The prunes really come through in this beer. Very nice.
T-The flavor is much of the same with prunes and sweet caramel and some spicy/earthy hop notes.Very deep and rich.
M-The mouthfeel is huge and creamy with a balanced yet, long finish. The carbonation is mild (right on for the style)
O-Overall, I'm very glad I splurged and bought a four pack. Enjoyed this beer very very much and highly recommend it to any big beer fan. Cheers everyone! (749 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass. Grabbed it on a whim at Woodman's tonight 3 minutes before the liquor section closed. Let's see what we got.

Appearance: This is fancy, with a cage and cork and all the good stuff! Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red and a rapidly-diminishing tan head. Almost dropped the glass on my head holding it up to the light to try and see through it! Yeah, really no light is getting through this.

Smell: Initially, it smells an awful lot like St. Bernardus Abt 12. Dark fruits, plums for sure, caramel, molasses, a little hint of hoppiness. Pretty complex. And intriguing. Keeps opening up more as I let it sit for a moment. Almost smells like a dry red wine when it's all put together. Definitely... interesting.

Taste: Yeah, this is... WOW. This is dry with a definite dry red wine theme to it. It's got a hint of sweetness up front, but that quickly gets spun into the aforementioned dryness. Really, really complex. This is way different from any other quad I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Really, really clean and smooth. If I was blindfolded I probably would have guessed this to be a richer, thicker red wine. Unbelievable. This bottle is gonna go down WAY too easily.

Overall: I have not been this pleasantly surprised with a beer in a long time. At least with others that I've bought on a whim lately, there was a description of what to expect. Here... I didn't even look it up on BA or have anything to go off of other than the bottle's description. I am so glad I bought this - I suspect I may buy another 4 pack to age! (1,572 characters)

Photo of Timothy_ShaneMcCarhty
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This Beer is excellent. A fruity treat for dark beer lovers. I work at a Liquor store and traveled to another store before we got it in. highly recommended and a great fun story behind the beer. smells great, looks great taste great. was expecting more mouthfeel due to the color and smell. still was not a disappointment. My new Wow beer for sure. Excited to hear what others think. Also had the Saision and it was Excellent. (426 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from bottle into a glass chalice.
Pours a dark brown leaning toward purple, almost like prune juice in its color. No detectable carbonation. 2 finger creamy head which dissipated after about 2 sips. Its appearance was by no means thick although no light made it through the glass.

The aroma was of Belgian yeast. Bready, banana like. You can really pickup the prunes as well as other dark fruits, raisins, dry figs etc.

The taste was delicious! Sweet malts, caramel, subtle prunes. The alcohol burn and spicy notes pleasantly balanced out the sweetness of the malts. Great aftertaste. The mouth feel was chewy yet not heavy. It coated the tongue but didn't linger.

Overall this was a delicious beer. Not a true quad. Its characteristics were more akin to an English barleywine than a Belgian quad but it was delicious nonetheless. I just hate/love these collaborations between brewers because every so often they come up with a gem but it can only be had for a limited time, then you're left with the memories.
I aged this one for 6 months. I think I'll age the remaining 4 bottles for 2 years and see what happens. (1,130 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First Quad. I've had a number of Dubel and Tripel styles in the past, but never a Quad. Poured the bottle into a snifter style glass for enjoyment.

Immediately, you'll notice how dark it is. This surprised me, being my first Quad I assumed it would be lighter like the lesser Belgians I've previously experienced. It's quite balanced, though shows little emphasis on the plums apart from the subtle sweetness you can find, but only when specifically searching for it. Hides the hefty 10.2% alcohol well. Overall, it's a well balanced and highly drinkable Quad (and affordable! Only set me back $3.50 or so, out the door for a single bottle!) This is something I look forward to seeing on the shelves again! (708 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured chilled in shaker pint glasses at home

A: purplish black, half-finger creamy head, very fine bubbles, excellent lacing
S: bubblegum; very boozy; classic roasted malt aroma
T: fig raisin, dark fruit; cherry; complex and boozy; opens up nicely as it warms into further complex tastes; belgian yeast
M: thick, mealy

This is an amazing beer--congrats SN! (359 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

served in a sierra Nevada snifter

A: pours a very deep brown, not quite black. slightly transparent with a very thin head of fine bubbled coffee tan colored head that dissipates immediately, has a nice amount of small carbonation bubbles working their way up from the bottom,
S: very deep dark fruit notes, plums are most obvious with grapes as well and a bit of a smell like the outdoors after a torrential downpour in the spring with the sun shining and everything feeling clean again
T: very multidimensional, begins with the deep fruit notes up front and then, moves into the nice deep Belgian spice notes i had been looking for from the yeast profile, finishes just slightly cloying and sweet with an interesting warmth in the back of the throat that hits gently and briefly from the ABV
M: smooth all across, interesting thickness to it which makes is slightly astringent and dry but not at all too much, very well balanced, perfect amount of carbonation for the style, quite wonderful
O: pretty much on par with what I expect from sierra Nevada, exceptional quality and balance. i really enjoyed this one but ive also had the brandy barrel aged one which was a bit more over the top as is to be expected. (1,213 characters)

Photo of PHSCAPT
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at fridge temp into a Bernardus goblet. Little to no head at this temperature. Also, almost no yeast at bottom of bottle. Dark, impenetrable brown in color. I get sweet notes of coffee, chocolate and smoke both on the nose and on the tongue. Sweeter than I expected, similar to a St Bernardus. No bitterness and a front-tongue dry finish. Very little carbonation, again probably due to the low temperature. Warms nicely to a full bouquet, like I'd expect from an abbey-style quad. Very nice, buy again. (509 characters)

Photo of Slagpile
4.49/5  rDev +14%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: long neck bottle, poured into tulip glass

Appearance- deep dark brown bordering on black, fine effervescent

Smell: dark fruit, raisin leather, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar

Taste: so malty! sweet with complex medley of contrasting malty, smokey sweet, not syrupy, clean finish

Notes: overall a very complex, sweet and malty beverage - enjoyable sipper, especially great on a cold winter night!

Serving type: bottle (432 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 1/1/2013. 375ml bottle into a New Belgian Chalice/Tulip. 2 yrs old at this point.

Note: This beer was flat out of the corked bottle. Bought a 4pk and this is the first one that was flat. Last one was drank about a year ago.

A - Dark brown. Almost opaque, light brown around the edges. Looks to be cloudy,

S - Big Cherry, Twizzlers, dark rum, a little alcohol.

T - Follows smell, but with a oak finish that is not too sweet. Very well balanced.

M - This is one of the few flat beers that I still enjoyed! The other was Angel's Share. There is so much flavor and thicker mouthfeel that you don't miss the carbonation, IMHO.

O - Great beer. I thought it was just OK when I had it fresh and with about year on it. It tastes great even without carbonation after a 2+ years. Will buy more to cellar. (815 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Snagged a bottle for 5 dollars tax included from the House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.
A - Big dark bold ruby brown almost porter pitch black with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head, that seems to be fizzing out rather quickly.
S - Must be very balanced since the smell is very tame. Fruity yeasts, notes of dark fruits obviously Plums and some underlining biscuit and caramel scents.
T - The addition to plums not only improves the tartness of the beer but really rounds out the overall taste of the chalky yeasts and alcohol sting. It is fairy complex with layers of dark fruit flavor and finishes with balanced sweetness. This is what I expected from "Pretty Things Baby Tree in terms of a quad brewed with plums.
M - Medium bodied not super sticky but sort of chewy. Love how the alcohol doesn't bite back.

Overall this was well worth the price of admission and I could see purchasing a four pack for around 15 bucks (works out to a 7.50 bomber) Tasty stuff. (966 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, almost black color with a thin head that receded to a ring that left little lacing. It looked beautiful upon pouring. Scents of chocolate, plums and a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor has notes of chocolate, plum, prune, Belgian yeast, peppery hints and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied, with a medium carbonation level. On par for the style. A very good American example of a quad. It's not quite up there with the St. Bernardus quad or Rochefort 10, but it's a definite improvement over the standard Ovila Quad and quite good. (596 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Apothecary alehouse the other evening. Might as well get it while I can, as only a very limited amount came into WV.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is quite attractive and complex in this one, as I get something of a dry stout aroma, but with overtones of plum, sour cherry, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with plum, sour cherry and burnt toast flavor on the finish countering and balancing the moderate sweetness in this beer quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, rich, plummy burnt toast finish. Sounds weird, but this stuff is just great. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell it's up there a bit.

Just delicious... probably my favorite of the Ovila beers I've had so far. (876 characters)

Photo of Howler89
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

A+ (1,449 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, brownish amber with a thick cap of dense, off white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel, some faint chocolate malt perhaps, and a huge plum/dark fruit aroma

T - bread, caramel, candy sugar, plums, figs, raisins, dark malts, some alcohol

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a great beer. The underlying quad is delicious but the plums really give credence to the "dark fruit" references that are always made in regards to this style. The flavor here is complex, deep, and very enjoyable. This is really a solid offering. This could be one of my favorite quads to date. (605 characters)

Photo of Jerebeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice 12.7 oz Belgian bottle. I like the art work as well

A: dark brown and looks cleaner than traditional Belgian Quads. Carbonates but quickly dissipates. There is almost no head to speak of.

S: Lots of caramel and sweet fruits aroma. Not as pungent as other quads.

T: Wow, lighter than I had expected. Definitely getting the plums flavor. It also has some raisins, toffee, cherries, dark berries, and caramel. Mildly bitter and well balanced.

M: Mid-large body. easy to drink

O: Really a great beer. (506 characters)

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.