Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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2.48/5 rDev -36.7%
Pours like a proper quad, an opaque brown with a big tan head. Smells of raisin toast, brown sugar, cloves, rum and coke.
Tastes a bit like cough medicine. Weird sweetness overpowers the malt and the carbonation and it just seems like a slug of medicine every time you take a sip. A bit harsh, too. If you needed an excuse not to try American examples of Belgian styles, this is a good one.
07-28-2013 17:46:20 | More by Parrotshake
2.49/5 rDev -36.5%
375ml. Dark cola brown pour, thin layer of off white head. Retained for a little while.
Aroma, pretty sweet, candied fruit, plum, some prune and fig.
Taste, a little sweet malt and brown sugar up front. Some yeastiness, allspice. Goes into plum other light candy fruit. Finish is cherry medicine.
About medium body, I thought a bit low on carbonation which did not help the cough syrup like nature of this. A little warming, like a nice shot of Nyquil.
It feels like this is close, maybe some time, maybe some small tweaks in the recipe. As it is seems a bit medicinal. It seems to get worse as it warms.
03-21-2013 02:22:33 | More by Bung
2.5/5 rDev -36.2%
12.7 oz caged and corked bottle. Pours dark amber with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.
The aroma is bready malts, dark fruits, some floral wood, Belgian yeast and a bit of harsh alcohol.
The flavor is sweet woody floral malts, with dark fruits and some harsh charred alcohol. It's got some off notes that I can't identify too (plastic and cardboard). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, I didn't care for this. I remember it being fruitier with less off notes last I had it (still not great though).
05-31-2013 04:59:31 | More by Beaver13
2.66/5 rDev -32.1%
375ml bottle into a snifter
A: Pours extremely dark amber/brown, nearly black, with a finger of beige head on a decent pour.
S: Lots of juicy, sweet plums. They pretty much obliterate all other aromas in this one. I really don't get anything else.
T: Again, lots of sweet plums here. Thankfully, I do get some other flavors, though. I get some prunes and a bit of spicy esters.
M: quite thick for the style with low carbonation.
O: Not particularly complex, this beer is overtaken by plums. It's too sweet without enough esters. Not terrible, but certainly in the bottom half of Quads.
03-15-2013 03:25:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3/5 rDev -23.5%
This beer surprised me. It's pours very dark with little head. By dark its basically pitch black.
The plums have the biggest impact.
It's got a nice nice airy, fruity scent but the taste and mouthfeel is like grape/plum soda.
I'm a big Sierra Nevada fan, however this beer isn't that amazing alone. With a meal it might be alright.
Poured it from a 12.7 corked bottle into a pint glass.
02-27-2013 02:44:12 | More by BeerlyLegal
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.