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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

687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 87 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours like a proper quad, an opaque brown with a big tan head. Smells of raisin toast, brown sugar, cloves, rum and coke.

Tastes a bit like cough medicine. Weird sweetness overpowers the malt and the carbonation and it just seems like a slug of medicine every time you take a sip. A bit harsh, too. If you needed an excuse not to try American examples of Belgian styles, this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:46:20 | More by Parrotshake
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-27-2013 15:41:06 | More by alaimoa
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-26-2013 10:46:20 | More by Rwalford74
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-26-2013 01:16:46 | More by kwjd
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-22-2013 02:35:18 | More by pin
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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Solid dark brown with a small head and almost no lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy, with just a bit of fruit in there. Smells like candy.

T: A bit spicy with a nice mellow sweetness. It is a bit syrupy and the mouthfeel doesn't help with that designation. Good blend but it kind of drops off.

M: Prickly carbonation with a weird thickness to it.

O: Not that great. I was expecting a lot more here. I got it as an extra in my first trade. It's good but was a bit weird for a quad. It must be the plums. Not a big fan of the fruit, so it makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:04:35 | More by gillagorilla
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Pours the classic quad dark cola colour with an off white head that reduces to a film.

S - Plums and dark fruit with some sticky molassis.

T - Raisins, Plums and cola flavours. No sign of the ABV which is impressive. A little one dimensional.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Quite smooth.

T- Just doesn't have the wow factor I continue to look for in the U.S. made Belgian styles. Having said that, there isn't much wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black, surprisingly carbonated with a fizzy head that disappears in an instant. Reminds me of Coke
S: Plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, cola
T: Cola & dark malts initially followed by molasses then raisin/prune/plum towards the lengthy finish
M: Honestly forgive my cola references but this has the mouthfeel of cola that's heavy on the syrup. Not viscous, but a moderately sweet, very fluid body
T: I like it overall, but I bought a beer not a Coke. Tasty, fairly complex, the plums come through well, but I wish that soft drink note weren't persistent throughout

Serving type: bottle

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark currant, hazy, you hate to project on to it, but it very much seems like plums where involved in the making of this beer.

smell- sweet fruit and strong alcohol.

taste- also sweet and fruity. again the plum shows up on the middle of the taste finish a touch dry and with that high backbone of alcohol again.

note: no hops to be found here as to be expected. and the malt is also thin behind sugar. the more i think about it the more i want to compare it to a wine.

mouthfeel- light in body. sharp bite on the front end. strong carbonation. sits well on the palate.

This beer is quite a joy, i wish i didn't dink it so fast writing this review.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:10:52 | More by 18tony
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body with a glowing brown at the base and a thin cream of foam that breaks up in the center. There are microbubbles that pop at the surface.

S- The soft fusel alcohol and dark berry notes blend with some dark sweet malt and dark cola notes with graham hints growing as it opens. There is a classic abbey yeast character which always makes me think of monk’s bad breath when I smell it.

T- Tastes of sweet dark fruit with hints of tart plum skins under a sweet syrup malt finish. There is a fusel taste to the finish with some bittern notes and a slight tang that grows and leads to a plum hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol heat that fills the throat after each sip.

O- This is a big hot (fusel) sweet monster that could really use some age, but no dates on the bottles. The fruity quality is nice but it can’t save the beer. It was a bit rough to slug through but perhaps it will be better in the bitter winter winds?

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:39:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark cola brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like plums, cherries, bready malt and a bit of molasses. It tastes like plums, bready malt, cloves, toffee, and some bananas, chocolate, and a slight medicinal taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew overall, but with that being said it's not one of the best Quads I've tried. Still, it's certainly worth trying. $3.79 for a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:32:45 | More by bluejacket74
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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