Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.
Pours a raisiny looking brown, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.
Smells like dark fruits (plums and raisins), brown sugar, molasses, and booze.
The taste is similar. The fruit addition really ramps up the typical dark fruit flavor that quads give off. Lots of booze-drenched plums, some raisins and figs, brown sugar, molasses, cloves, and some slight hop bitterness.
Medium bodied, this one's a slow sipper due the strength and alcohol. Sweet, creamy mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.
A nice interpretation of a quad from SN, but not up to level of the classics.
Serving type: on-tap
05-30-2014 12:28:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.94/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep brownish-red color with a thin yet persistent light tan head. Smells of cocoa and dark fruit and a subtle boozy quality simmering underneath. Warm, malty flavors of chocolate, dates, and mild alcohol heat; bready. Medium bodied; smooth and tingly on the palate; dry finish.
A very nice, smooth and tasty dark ale. New aspects of flavor and feel come out with every sip and all are enjoyable. Subtle, deep and a real pleasure to savor.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 00:34:57 | More by beergoot
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
More mahogany than cherry wood, this dark brown beer nonetheless does have some deep red hues running deep into its body. The head, off-white, is a bubbly and dense 3/4 finger that holds up and puts down some pretty good patching.
The smell shows some richness and complexity, all the dark fruits I expect with a dark, barley grains malt backbone and candi sugar sweetness balanced by bitter leaf. Alcohol comes out with every sniff, but not too heavily. It's got some black pepper tickling the nostrils as well.
Spicy, tangy and sweet, the pepper and other, drier spices, some clove as well, come in right with the plum, raisin, and something like citrus at the same time as a sort of molasses note. Toffee and brown sugar, slightly burnt, come in with some pith and wood. Alcohol adds a stronger bite on the tongue, increased by the beer's spicier aspects, but it also becomes distinctly ethanolic and remains that way. It's pretty tasty, though, sweet but not too sweet with just enough hops to balance.
The body is full, almost thick without being too syrupy as a dryness opens it up and crispness keeps it moving and biting. There's a light acidity, and the alcohol's effect on the body keeps it from doing too much rather than detracting from it.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 18:21:10 | More by Brenden
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I usually reserve my St. Bernardus chalice, gifted to me during my only visit to Brawley's in Charlotte, NC, several years ago for special treats, of which I am hoping the Ovila Abbey Quad is one. Opens up with a light pop, as the cork is freed from the wire cage and extracted. The carbonation is light, and the beer pours very dark brown, looking like a thick cola. The smell is filled with cherry, plum, and other dark skinned fruit. There is a touch of hops upon deeper inspection of the smell. The taste has more of a brown sugar, than a dark fruit type sweetness, with sour notes becoming more noticeable mid palette, before being swept aside by the alcohol warmth. Some dark chocolate presence in the finish. If I have a fault to pick, it is the thinness of the body. It does not quite seem up to the velvet like feel of others in the style. I like the Ovila Quad for what it is, but I think the Ovila Saison is better.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 04:17:54 | More by rajendra82
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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