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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 25
Gots: 138 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark ruby, like cola, with a thin, tan head.

Aroma: Very boozy, with some black liquorice, spice, and a touch of dark fruit and fig. Aroma is so alcoholic that it almost has a nail polish character to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Spicy black liquorice and alcohol flavors hit you immediately, with a dry, dark roasted malt finish. Hops are most noticeable in the finish, where they offer a bit of dryness and complement the rich, dark chocolate flavor. Some fig and raisin flavors eventually become apparent, though still very subtle; they add an overall sugary sweet flavor to the brew. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Final Word: Unfortunately, the strong alcohol presence got in the way of the other flavors in this beer, and made the experience feel lopsided. While the black liquorice, spice, dark fruit, dark sugar and chocolate flavors could have created a nuanced drink, they felt as if they were crushed and compacted under the weight of the alcohol flavor. Had they been allowed to bloom and expand, this beer would have been very complex and satisfying, but instead it felt like every sip was dominated by booze. It was as if each sip had a 50/50 blend of alcohol flavor and ONE random flavor contained within the beer. You’d get a hint of raisin in one sip, but get only black liquorice in the next, and the flavors never seemed to mingle. The potential here was great, but the experience felt like a missed opportunity. Still some good flavors in here, but the profile is much too alcoholic for the subtle flavors within, even for a Quad.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Abbey style quad from Sierra Nevada. Pours a dark roasted brown with a tannish brown off white head that gives a Guinness cascade when poured with a slowly dissipating head that leaves a thin tight beaded head that lightly clings to the glass. Smell of chocolate, dark plums, tart cherry, and astringent grains. Taste is of dark berries, cherries, raisins, plums and dark malt rounded by Belgian candy sugar. Aftertaste is pleasant with dark chocolate and dark fruits and a slight herbal note, yeast flavor is hard to find with everything else going on, which is a LOT----especially as it warms. Silky smooth mouthfeel and VERY deceptive of the alcohol. Another APLUS from Sierra Nevada brewing, a favorite I have had many times in bottle, but could not pass up the chance to have on draft. As a side note, I noticed a different head and more subtle flavors from tap than bottle....for what it's worth. Try it! Cheers.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep garnet almost mahogany colored. Has some brightness to it but mostly opaque due to the darkness. A finger of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a small lacing behind.

Smell: definite dry plum smell to it. Lots of amber candi sugar. Some alcohol strength and belgian yeast to it

Taste: opens with a dark amber candi sugar. Some plums and very apparent alcohol belgian yeast and spiciness play in the backend.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Very dry and alcohol heavy.

Overall: a good and strong quad. Be prepared for some strong and hot alcohol though.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of foobula
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle code translates to 1/8/13 bottle date. Dark brown cola-colored pour. 1/2 finger tan head dissipated relatively quickly. Smell is booze, fruity sweetness & moderate yeast. Taste is decent fruitiness up front (from the plums?) with yeast esters. Pleasantly sweet. Finish yields more yeast esters along with slight bitterness. It isn't as complex as your ideal quads but I think the plums add another level of sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat creamy but also slightly on the thin side. Overall I like it. It isn't the best quad ever but it's got enough yeast and the plums add some fruitiness that make it interesting.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AyeMito
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Quad definitely caught my eye the first time I saw it. Even the appearance of the bottle itself was appealing to me. I absolutely loved the artwork on the label and the cork on top is such a great touch! The Beer itself has a thick dark appearance with a tan, fizzy head when poured. Nothing crazy but still looks satisfying and has a wonderful smell. The first inhale I took I was hit by a rich chocolaty scent with a slight undertone of plum finishing out with a smooth hint of sourness. Leading into my first taste I was definitely hit by the bold fruit flavor and velvety smooth finish. It was rich and round with hints of fig, chocolate and spice. I loved this beer! A true standout from other Belgian-Style Quads I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a few times and realized I had not reviewed it yet, so stuck one in the fridge and here we go. Beautiful beer, thick and dark on the pour and then thick enough appearance to get me salivating. The smell is also awesome, not super strong but clean and no obvious alcohol despite the over 10%. The taste is very good and gets even better and smoother as it warms, take your time and enjoy sipping on this one. Overall it gets bonus points for both value, $15 a four pack I believe, and for the ABV which does not come on strong. Also, the corked 12 oz bottles are unique and cool.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.7 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Black with a tan and purple tint. 1 inch foamy head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of spices, plums, grapes, dates, fig. Bready malts, yeasts, alcohol.

Taste - Right on par with the aroma, huge plum jumps out with lots of spices, bready malts and some alcohol warmth. Grapes and raisin are also a main flavor. A nice yeasty note adds some sweetness to counter some bitter from the dark fruits. A little honey and cherry at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dark fruits, especially plums coat the tongue. Bready malts and yeasts really nail the palate. Alcohol warmth is present throughout. Aftertaste is dark fruits, spices, honey and alcohol.

Overall - A really nice, balanced attack of sweet and bitter, with loads of complex flavors. A big beer with alcohol warmth from the first sip. Really enjoy the big plum flavor mixed with the other dark fruits. A real winner here, cant wait to try a aged bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.