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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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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 99 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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1.25/5  rDev -68.2%

pugartheterrible, Jan 07, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

kustard, Mar 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

thegerm87, Mar 21, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

Onelove, Sep 25, 2013
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2.48/5  rDev -36.9%

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.

Parrotshake, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Bung
2.49/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

Bung, Mar 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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).

Beaver13, May 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Tom-Peters, Jun 28, 2013
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2.66/5  rDev -32.3%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Sazz9, Oct 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

UncleNeighborChris, Feb 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Heretic42, Mar 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

chefduff2, Apr 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

camartin27, Aug 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

bellb, May 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

eulerthegrape, Apr 19, 2013
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2.76/5  rDev -29.8%

BcOneSeven, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

bigbeers84, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

BeerlyLegal, Feb 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

JamesShoemaker, Mar 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

brez8791, Feb 13, 2013
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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.