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

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747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of RexBanner
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

RexBanner, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BladesOfBarley, Monday at 05:22 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

griffeyb, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

hmvalp, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

iZuby, Oct 12, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Tony_hidalgo, Oct 09, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Purplehat, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dactrius, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Schwegler, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mattreitz49, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

polopaul20, Oct 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

MikeDAdams, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

p-wagz, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

beb86, Sep 28, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +16%

Sean32, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

hhollins11, Sep 26, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +25.2%

anthony-martinez, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep brown with ruby red highlights where light can penetrate with a tan half finger's worth of head. Fair retention, leading to a flat and barren surface with no lacing on the side. Very wine-like in appearance.

Smell - Aroma hits on sweet, dark fruitiness and light sugary notes. Hints of astringency from the alcohol.

Taste - Follows the nose. The plum comes through well with a predominant dark fruit character, along with some brown sugar sweetness. Touches of alcohol in there, but doesn't get too hot. Very wine-like in the finish, with plum, black cherry fruit and dark chocolate in the mix.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with light carbonation. Not quite as chewy as some quads. Drying finish.

Overall - Good brew. Drinks similarly to red wine; like a cab or zin with a touch of carbonation. Maybe not the best or most complex quad out there, but certainly unique. I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again.

TheSixthRing, Sep 23, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +23.2%

hvanella, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

HoneyLamb, Sep 19, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +23.2%

kkesty, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

calebv2, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02/06/14 From bottle at RAttle n HUm, NYC. This is a superior brew...but if your not a fan of raisins or plums or prunes, stand back. Great taste. Complex . It makes you think of foreign lands but one need not be too adventerous to appreciate this offering. Do it! You will not be sorry. BTW it's 10%+ so be aware.

seedyone, Sep 11, 2014
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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.