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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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751 Ratings
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 110 | FT: 7
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep red mahogany colour, with solid retention.

S - Sweet dark fruits. Booziness and a little yeastiness.

T - Tasty stuff. The plum is quite faint but it does lend this beer additional sweetness compared with a traditional quad. Soreen loaf, brandy. It tastes pleasant, but perhaps a little one-dimensional.

M - Nice carbonation, although could use a little weightiness and stickiness.

O - A tasty beer at a good price. Worth trying for sure. I'd have it again.

abeeronthebeach, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of WKyle
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

WKyle, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of ImperialStout
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ImperialStout, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +1.8%

timontheroad, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Fantalek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Fantalek, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of jlmathis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jlmathis, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of dougieboy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

dougieboy, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of GonzoCigars
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

GonzoCigars, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

aasher, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of kattmunkel
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kattmunkel, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

LambicPentameter, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Wamba, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4/5  rDev +1.8%

YeastEnthusiast, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

switzer, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of AP224
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

AP224, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of dillon_1005
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

dillon_1005, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of blueberryann
5/5  rDev +27.2%

blueberryann, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Cris4545
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Cris4545, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

RobinLee, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mugenlude
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mugenlude, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jakea, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

FitnessForBeer, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Clapter
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Clapter, Mar 18, 2014
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.