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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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very good

728 Ratings
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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%

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
Photo of Pipelovejoy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pipelovejoy, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kmos27, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of DantheMan75
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DantheMan75, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of JohnG190
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

JohnG190, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of brmachine
4/5  rDev +1.8%

brmachine, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

brianmandell, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of SlickestWilly
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

SlickestWilly, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev +1.8%

dbarny76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mcrawford, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

xk6m6m5x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of DrJones
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

DrJones, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

a: Dark chestnut brown; poured with a medium sized off-white head, no lace.

s: Very pleasant boozy stewed dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, perfumed alcohol.

t: Sweet up front with the drier, semi-hot finish. Caramel and very pronounced, almost too much, plum notes. Floral and warm at the end with hints of cocoa.

m: Full bodied and silky, gently carbonated.

o: Really good stuff, much better than the saison.

DIM, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +1.8%

brandon911, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ZEB89, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Slagpile
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%

I bought the latest release of this beer about 5-6 weeks ago, and it is a wonderful, full bodied Quad. I didn't think I was going to like it when I saw "PLUMS", but it one of the better quads I have experienced. I have currently put a 4-pack back for aging and look forward to how it will mature over a year or two.I'll get back to you on that.

Slagpile, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Focusf111, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of osuskin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

osuskin, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Zach122
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Zach122, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of EinFesteBurg
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Hopmodium, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%

Had this on tap at Shade Tree on Central in Nob Hill, ABQ, NM.

A- Came with no head and I have to wonder if it's the tap at the bar. Either way, the beer is dark brown with hints of amber, is very opaque and looks thick in body.

S- Sweet malt, plums and dark fruit, raisins.

T- This beer is very heavy on the plums and dark fruit, almost more so than any quad I've had. There's also some peppery spice and sweet malt to make things interesting.

M- Ovila is thick and creamy, perhaps even viscous would be a better word, although there's some carbonation and yeasty tingle. I get some slightly syrupy sweetness as well as a mild heat from the alcohol.

I'd argue that this holds its own against other quads, but it may have a bit more astringency than the best of the best. Still,very good.

ONovoMexicano, Mar 05, 2014
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.