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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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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 1,110
Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a quad but a touch darker than I expected. Aromas were nice with the great, bready yeast coming through. Taste, unfortunately was too sweet for me, maybe from the plums. I like Belgians, but this one was a touch too sweet and flat..

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, easy drinking for 10 abv, nice smooth flavors. Color and clarity appreciate. Head disappeared quickly. Body is light. Flavors are not overpowering. Getting better as it warms. Overall, I like it. Great 10.4% abv for everyday or special occasion.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought form Times Fujioka's @2.99 12oz bottle
Dark black color
Heavy thick mouthfeel
Low carbonation
Sweet, rich, malty, caramel, plums taste
Overall its like drinking wine, although you can feel the alcohol burn that you don't get with wine. Not something that you would want to drink often, but maybe once or twice a year for something different is good enough.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - jet black nice think tan head that dissipates to a thin 1/4" good lacing.

Smell - The alcohol is up front in this one, I can also pick out some dark fruit I assume the plums. The alcohol does not let much else through.

Taste - For the alcohol to be so strong in the smell I am surprised the plum and the belgian yeast come out first in the taste. The alcohol is there in the taste but it is very smooth and not over powering.

Feel - Medium body very smooth and thick, nice burn from the alcohol.

Overall - A great beer, glad I have a four pack!!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a very dark brown almost black. 1"head of off white foam.

A very malty nose. And fruity. Caramel malt with heaps of dark fruits. .obviously plums, raisins with a slight indicator of a possible tart note or 2.

Caramel malt sweetness up front with quite the sharp taste of plums that's more bitter than tart. I sense some oxidation going on as well. .Cardboard, mild butterscotch.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden.

A slow sipping beer for sure and in general, I like what's going on.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with reddish tints and two finger head that quickly died without lace. Booze and wood comes through in aroma and the plums really come through, overpowering other dark fruit notes that comes across as raisins, figs, dates(?). Smooth, fuller bodied beer that has a yeast smoothness/sweetness to it as well a touch of sweetness from toffee (no candi sugar in this beer). The plums come through the most and offer a sweetness as a strong, almost wine-like dark fruit taste that requires slow sipping; the sipping is slow also due to a bit of booze in the backend. Not your typical quad but it's pretty good.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/31....pours dark purple/violet brown colored, thin ring of white foam. Deep jammy nose, plums, figs, raisins, sugars, in a fruit forward aroma. Taste is a hearty heavy jam, all fruit, which swings to a boozy malt finish. Black cherry soda like flavors. Almost a port wine.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown mahogany color, bordering on black, with a one finger tan colored head of foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave bits of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A huge dark fruit aroma of plum, raisin, and fig control the vast majority of the nose. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a sweeter candied sugar can caramel as well as some notes of yeast and spice of clove and coriander. A bit of a light boozy and banana smell is there as well, mixing with the robust dark fruit and sweet aromas to produce a very warming and inviting smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a big, sweet dark fruit flavor of cherry, raisin, plum, and fig. This sweetness is augmented by some other sweeter tastes of candied sugar and molasses. As the taste advances the fruit flavors begin to fade a little bit while the molasses and some caramel take their place. With the exchange of the sweeter tastes, there is also some yeast and a bit of a more roasty taste that comes to the tongue. While a chunk of the dark fruit fades, the plum actually makes a comeback at the end of the taste, really amping up the plum flavor profile. This plum is accompanied by some light warming rum flavors and a little bit more candied sugar to leave on with a plum sweetened, boozy, but quite dangerously smooth and drinkable dark fruity taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to slightly thinner and crisper for a 10.2 % abv. brew and has a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the warming sweet and boozy flavors mixed with the fruity but hearty tastes of the brew the feel really was quite nice. It had enough body to support all the flavors, all while not allowing the tastes buds to be overwhelmed by any one given flavor.

Overall – This is one fantastic quad in my opinion!! It has tons of nice dark fruity flavor, with it all being balanced very nicely. While the biggest of the flavors that accompany the dark fruit (mainly plum) are sweet, there is a superb blend of alcohol, yeast, spice, and roast, which seems to meld everything together well and make for one approachable slow sipper. This is a very tasty brew. Well done SN!!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this is a little underrated.appearance and smell are superb, taste is right up there too, caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar, its sweet all the way through but not overly so, in my opinion this is a very good quad.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky dishwater brown with a thin, white head. Not a huge smell yeast and malt with the typical dark fruit. Wholly cow, the taste blew me away. Dark fruits with a perfect Carmel malt blend. Notes of chocolate. The balance of this is incredible. Mouthfeel perfect. A big suprise as I chose due to the fact I didn't like the other options.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth quad. Only a slight alcohol taste. Lingering head with moderate lacing. I always did like plums and this beer has not changed my opinion.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky brown, beige head. Aroma was alcohol heat, dark fruits, prune, plum.

Kind a bitter taste for what it is. Brown sugar could be more amped up to cover up the bitterness. I'm not a quad guy, so don't let my distaste for dark fruits get to ya.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plums add a nice touch to this dark beer, a touch of sweetness to the normal dried fruit essence of this style. Velvety smooth, dark grain aroma, taste is sweet fruit, chocolate, no evidence of the high abv. Really nice quad.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is one of the best values in the craft beer world. This pours a dark brown almost black, but when held up to light you see deep red shine through. Smells sweet, bready and slightly spicy. Taste is a huge blast of brown sugar, dark fruit and sugary spiced banana bread. Very sweet, which could be toned down a bit. As it warms you get more roasted malt and some licorice, as the sweetness dies down slightly. Very warming with, lower carbonation which helps it achieve a medium-heavy mouthfeel. Delicious, high value beer. If the sweetness was turned down a smidge so that the other flavors could shine through a little more - it would be one of my top big Belgians I have had (which is not a ton).

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Photo of kemoarps
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky medium dark brown with a nice half finger of brown head. Settles into a nice central island of velvety fluff.

Nose connotes plum (unsurprising!) along with almost kind of a dark rye bread kind of.

Flavour begins with dark stone fruits sweet and rich, as well as a faint dusting of chocolate and candied sugar. Plum, sure, but there's some dark cherries a touch of rum.

Kind of amazed that this is the first time I've had this. Neither here nor there. This is solid. Doesn't blow me away but it's solid.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Pulling the cork released almost no pressure, and the pour and thin head confirmed very low carbonation. The mouthfeel, however, was just fine in this respect. The main weaknesses in the feel, instead, was the nearly inevitable signs of high ABV, This too, however, blended nicely with the flavor profile of the ale.

Appearance: The beer poured very dark brown, near black, with dark brown highlights at the edges. While the tan head quickly reduced to a thin ring, it did leave a tiny amount of lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, plums, raisins and cherries.The high ABV gives a suggestion of fruit liqueur. Sweet with some toasted bread.

Taste: Dark bread and dark fruits, including plums, figs and cherries. Nice balance and complexity, if a touch too sweet. Improves with warming, in part because the sweetness gets slightly lowered and black licorice becomes more evident. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth body despite a mild alcohol bite and some alcohol warmth; low carbonation,

Overall: excellent

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In overall appearance and taste Ovila is like someone crossed a stout with either a Quad or a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with perhaps 3 parts stout to one part Quad.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a care package from Willy! Thanks, Willy! Has the look of dark cola with foam to match in color and longevity. No lace at all. Aroma is wonderful from a Belgian style tulip glass - dark ripe fruits and berries simmering in a sauce pan. Think plums (you know, it was brewed with plums), passion fruit, blackberries, black cherries, and blueberries. There is a mighty swath of alcohol once it warms a bit. Flavors are mostly brown sugar, plum, burnt marsh mellow, and toffee, and alcohol. A bit on the astringent side. It's medium body and lack of much carb really accentuate the dryness of this beer. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one for the shopping list.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, light head.

Smell: Roasted smell, dark fruits, malts.

Taste: Sweet, plum/cherries/raisins, not very boozy but malty.

Feel: Light.

Overall: Very well made beer. Surprised it wasn't very boozy maybe it was aged a year before it was tapped. Poured into a Tulip glass very nice smells and flavors.

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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!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious quad! Pours a dark and opaque nearly black. Sweet aroma and taste; dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Delicious creamy feel, full bodied and vinous. I highly recommend.

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Photo of kitch
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle, packaged and bottled on 19 November 2014 and poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a deep dark brown (near black) colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma: Brown sugar, toffee some toasted malts and chocolate followed by dark fruits, plums, raisins and cherry.

Taste: Roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits of plums, figs and cherry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, smooth, some alcohol warmth.

Overall: I was surprised and a little disappointed at the amount of roasty malts, chocolate and coffee that comes through in the taste as I prefer my quads to be more on the fruity side.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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