1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With PlumsOvila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

752 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 752
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 111 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 752 | Reviews: 166 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kkesty
4.84/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of calebv2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02/06/14 From bottle at RAttle n HUm, NYC. This is a superior brew...but if your not a fan of raisins or plums or prunes, stand back. Great taste. Complex . It makes you think of foreign lands but one need not be too adventerous to appreciate this offering. Do it! You will not be sorry. BTW it's 10%+ so be aware.

Photo of cbgoods
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of lucasj82
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of instinct2
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Kegbeerd
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JasonL02
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of halfacres05
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of RexBanner
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from bottle into a glass chalice.
Pours a dark brown leaning toward purple, almost like prune juice in its color. No detectable carbonation. 2 finger creamy head which dissipated after about 2 sips. Its appearance was by no means thick although no light made it through the glass.

The aroma was of Belgian yeast. Bready, banana like. You can really pickup the prunes as well as other dark fruits, raisins, dry figs etc.

The taste was delicious! Sweet malts, caramel, subtle prunes. The alcohol burn and spicy notes pleasantly balanced out the sweetness of the malts. Great aftertaste. The mouth feel was chewy yet not heavy. It coated the tongue but didn't linger.

Overall this was a delicious beer. Not a true quad. Its characteristics were more akin to an English barleywine than a Belgian quad but it was delicious nonetheless. I just hate/love these collaborations between brewers because every so often they come up with a gem but it can only be had for a limited time, then you're left with the memories.
I aged this one for 6 months. I think I'll age the remaining 4 bottles for 2 years and see what happens.

Photo of Averroes
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Illinois

Photo of Dogleg
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Bcarew
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of FlyingKelly
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of grover37
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CycleHops
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Brewben_James321
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.