Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.06/5 rDev +3.3%
Re-Review (5 months later)
Appearance: dark brown with a nice reddish hue if you shine a light on it. Short head but still dense and creamy.
Aroma: Complex mix of esters and phenols, plums (duh), candied fruit, and something dark and toasty (toffee?)
Taste: Sweetness upfront yields to a nice toffee / plum / chocolate middle. Very smooth and balanced finish.
Feel: Initially feels overcarbed, but this notion fades to a nice smooth finish. The alcohol isn't too hot and blends nicely.
Overall: I tried this in January and thought it was very average (3). Different beer to me now and I think it should be up in the 4 range.
06-27-2013 21:55:36 | More by mxchap
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
"Ovila Abbey Quad is heady with aromas of caramel, rich malt, and dark fruit- balanced by the spiciness and delicate fruity notes of a traditional Belgian yeast. This complex beer is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks from the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It features sugar plums grown on the grounds of the Abbey, and harvested by the monks in Vina. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale." Brewed in the style of a Quadrupel with plums added. A recent one-time release in the expanding Ovila Abbey Ales series, this one continues the reformatting to 4 11.5 ounce corked & caged bottles rather than the previous format of 750ml. bottles. A one-time release.
Poured from an 11.5oz. bottle to an Ovila Goblet glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crispy caramel head of a light fizzy texture. Body color is a deep, dark brown. Retention is slightly above average, runs to a thin surface cover quickly and lacing is a bit thin and streaked. It's a pretty nice appearance. 3.75
(Smell) Aroma consists of bready caramel, clean candied brown sugars, hints of medium roasted buttery malt, fruity characters are certainly reminiscent of plums, although cherry lingers in trace amounts. Hints of anise for a slight licorice twang is in tow to contradict an otherwise clean aroma. Potency is slightly north of medium. All characters are collectively approachable and collaboratively enjoyable with few missteps. 4
(Taste) Flavors of slight plum sugar and licorice up front, following into a semi-sweet cocoa and roasty malt finish. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter with lingering alcohol providing a balance counterpoint. There are a few weary spots of ethanol reminiscent of cough syrup consistency with not a lot of body flavor nor depth to balance it out, calling out a sharp, sticky and dry finish. Drinkability is lower than expected- not for the best reasons. The plum character is surprisingly mild, a bit underrepresented from my expectations in flavor, rather adding a pure phenolic sugar character to the already stark sweetness of the malt. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a medium thickness and mildly syrupy. Body is light/medium for quadrupels and medium+ amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is medium/heavy. The carbonation is fine, but there could have been a lot more depth to this beer; grain, fruit, malt sweetness, sour notes- anything should have been employed to balance out the alcohol presence- it just isn't captivating or even enjoyable on its own. 3.75
(Overall) Despite being a Quadrupel, flavors are very mild. Yet, it's not quite as drinkable as I thought it should be, with a startling cough syrup finish and not enough body depth nor flavor to round it out better. The plums were not particularly a strong focal point of this beer, but then again not much in this beer took that honor either. I'm not overly pleased with yet another Ovila collaboration. It's passable but I expect a lot more from my Quads than this one gives me. 3.75
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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad Ale Brewed With Plums
06-25-2013 02:37:50 | More by Jadjunk
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from corked bottle to nonic
A: dark purplish brown, the color of cola with a nice 1 to 2 finger tan head that hung around
S: pungent dark fruits, malt, alcohol
T: taste plums and dark sweet fruit immediately, something a little bitter in the middle, maybe its the hops struggling to make a presence, then a slightly tart alcohol wall
M: viscous, syrupy
O: its a very good beer with some wow factor but wont make you do cartwheels as there are other quads i prefer
06-21-2013 22:16:58 | More by Illmaticzx
3.96/5 rDev +0.8%
A very solid and tasty quad. Looks good, although not a great head. Taste of raisins, plums, figs, and bread. Nicely balanced. Not the most full bodied but not too bad in that area. Enjoyable from the first taste to the end. You feel the booze by the end, but heck, that's a quad for you. I could definitely drink this again. I'd like to try some of the other collaborations of Ovila.
06-19-2013 02:19:18 | More by Beer-A-Lot
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
A: This poured a hazy black garnet, with some tan had.
S: It smelled like bitter copper and earthy pumpernickel, with some molasses and dates and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy honey wheat and molasses and spicy Belgian yeast, with some copper and fig and clove. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste, almost like cola, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of fine natural carbonation. Excellent body.
D: This was a great brew, with complex and delicate scent and taste. The body was great, and the finish was smooth despite the noticeable alcohol. So it was pretty easy to drink, although I suspect it would mellow further if cellared for some years. I was surprised to enjoy this beer so much, even fresh.
06-16-2013 19:11:19 | More by Pencible
3.16/5 rDev -19.6%
From a straight pour it’s purplish black like an eggplant with a soft full head of foam that fell fast but hugs the glass with soapy lace. Left a thin skin on top and has alcohol legs. Nose is really sweet and I’m immediately turned off. Big heavy malt, sugar, molasses and dough. Plums, more dark fruit sweetness and the subtlest of hop floral and spice underneath. Alcohol is peeking out. As it warms it opens up vinous and with some leather and tobacco . Taste is sweet and then some. Sugar, heavy and cloying. Plums are lost to the sugary sweetness and to the taste of prune. The malt is underplayed and could have used more roast, more toast, more depth and some biscuit. There was no hop presence to balance the sweetness and it was thick and syrupy. Yeast tries to offer up spice but is devoured by sugar. One dimensional. As it warmed it developed a bitterness from the alcohol. Without much carbonation the alcohol is fully on the palate and this hits the stomach like a big sweet donut. I could live without it.
06-12-2013 10:23:17 | More by utopiajane
4/5 rDev +1.8%
12.7 oz bottle was poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.
Smell: Caramel malts, doughy, spicy, yeasty, plums, raisins, bananas, figs, and boozy alcohol.
Taste: Same as above. Pretty tasty brew and exactly what I was expecting put of a quad.
Mouthfeel: Warm boozy alcohol, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, spicy, a little chewy, and smooth.
Overall: Awesome stuff. Will look for more of this in the future.
06-12-2013 06:00:14 | More by Flounder57
3.96/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours black as night with a three finger tannish frothy head that recedes to a half finger head leaving some great lacing behind. Looks mildly carbonated.
Smells coming from this remind me of the classic quad notes. Dark fruits, raisins, slight malty burnt brown sugar sweetness, and that great dessert/pie quality.
Taste hits right away with a sort of dark fruits and slightly smokey malts. A definite sweetness like that of candied fruit. Slight vanilla and toffee. Mostly those overly ripe dark and dried fruit qualities. The toffee malts help mix this all together. Slight boozyness on the backend that detracts a bit.
Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated yet full bodied. This is a thick beer and thank goodness it's carbonated well.
Overall, a solid quad and one that a fan of the style should definitely try. This is a huge beer and you can definitely tell while tasting it. Newcomers should steer away as it could deter them from the style. But to me, this is just plain delicious.
06-10-2013 02:48:36 | More by lsummers
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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