Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Urban Table along with a nice, big brunch of biscuits and gravy. While in an ideal world, I'd want all places like this to have a really knowledgeable staff when it comes to beer, sometimes, it works out in your favor if they don't. Case in point: this massive 10% ABV beer was served in a 16 oz tumbler glass.
Appearance - Body is a rich, dark brown with deep, jewel-like garnet highlights where the light manages to penetrate. Hazy and opaque. Atop the body sits a one finger head of khaki foam that has a silky, smooth appearance reminiscent of how you might expect a nitro-tap head to look. Hard to discern any individual bubbles, and after retaining for a good, long while, there are sheets of lacing left in rings on the sides of the glass as I consume the beverage.
Smell - The plum really dominates here, with notes of black plum bringing other dark fruits to mind: date, fig and a very faint hint of raisins. Alongside those fruit notes are earthier characteristics of dark malt and baking spices.
Taste - The assault of plum doesn't stop with the aroma, bringing a sweetness to the taste alongside more earthy and rich undertones from the malt and yeast profile. Unfortunately, as tasty as the plum makes this brew, it also makes it a bit one-dimensional. There are some elements of brown sugar and light molasses to bring a little bit of complexity, but it's mostly a one-trick pony.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with a viscous feel and moderate carbonation. Lingering sweetness on the tongue well after the beer has been swallowed.
Overall, a very tasty quad and one that's great to pair with food, but as noted previously, it's not very complex, which is typically a hallmark of this style. I can't help but feel as if the plums are crowding out everything else that might be going on here, but what can I say--I enjoyed the beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-28-2014 15:32:43 | More by LambicPentameter
3.79/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Plums are definitely showing through here. Kind of presents a sweet and somewhat thicker drinking experience. Could be toned down a bit on the plums, and the sweetness. But it works pretty much. Smooth feel. A pretty decent quad. Too sweet for me to go back to. But it’s pretty good as it is.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 22:22:16 | More by RblWthACoz
3.86/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Dark body in the chalice with ruby highlights, looks great big head tan colored rolling with fine bubbles it looks great. Aroma deep dark fruits of course with the plums added the tart ripened fruit holds over other notes. Flavor dark fruit again the plums are added to bring out raisin tart dark fruit with alcoholic notes more and more big fruit flavors with each sip this stuff is excellent, Belgian style with the higher carbonation it carries it all very well. Each sip brings out chocolate malt with high end spectrum dark fruits a mixture of dry and sweet malts add to the balance. This is a big calorie big flavored beer mouthfeel is medium to full even flowing carbonation residual sugars lie down for me. Overall it's a big beer meant to be enjoyed by the masses.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 01:44:10 | More by WVbeergeek
4.04/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from interesting corked and caged into fluted snifter; very deep mahogany brown, showing deep garnet in light. Minimal brown head that fades after a bit into a thin ring of bubbles around the edge.
Smells of malt; dark bread, toffee, caramel. Dark fruit, raisins and plums. Not much booze present in the smell.
Taste is sweet bready malt, toffee. Some dark fruit, plum especially. Booze heat warms up the mouth and the aftertaste is very strong with yeasty bitterness and tart fruit.
Mouthfeel is good, fluffy and effervescent.
Overall, while this quad is a bit messy, I enjoy the plum flavor. I'm not sure if I'd try any of the other SN Ovila line, but I enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 02:28:15 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.