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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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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,047
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 44
Gots: 204 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -18%
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 -3.5%
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 +10.6%
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 +14.9%
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 +11.1%
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 -5.8%
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 -0.8%
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%
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 +4.3%
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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Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of pjf4611
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 :/

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Slack
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ShamasUVA
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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?

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Photo of Jerebeer
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of priwen
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of gibgink
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of Fremont897
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.