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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

750 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 108 | FT: 8
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)
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Photo of DSkilling
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DSkilling, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
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.

eric5bellies, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Burt, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
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

ONUMello, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of MudDrinker
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

MudDrinker, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Ingjald
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Ingjald, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ddedhed
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ddedhed, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mantooth, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of 18tony
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.

18tony, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
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?

rhoadsrage, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Roland45s
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Roland45s, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of blivingston1985
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

blivingston1985, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of PHSCAPT
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at fridge temp into a Bernardus goblet. Little to no head at this temperature. Also, almost no yeast at bottom of bottle. Dark, impenetrable brown in color. I get sweet notes of coffee, chocolate and smoke both on the nose and on the tongue. Sweeter than I expected, similar to a St Bernardus. No bitterness and a front-tongue dry finish. Very little carbonation, again probably due to the low temperature. Warms nicely to a full bouquet, like I'd expect from an abbey-style quad. Very nice, buy again.

PHSCAPT, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a kola hue with the creamiest two finger head that stays forever and clingy lacing all down the sides,the smell is caramel candy,booze,plums,toffee malts and raisin bread,the mouthfeel is just over medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of plum jam,port,toffee liqueur,marzipan,bready malts and finished with a sweet raisin booziness which is most noticeable on first sip and goes away after it warms you up and overall it's not a bad quad but I don't get much of the plums added and just tastes like a normal quad with nothing added but a nice winter warmer netherless just not a beer you would have to repeat to relive the taste.

ADZA, Jun 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Lucnifter
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Lucnifter, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Tom-Peters, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of mxchap
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

mxchap, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of smonice
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

smonice, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev +1.8%

BKBassist, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad Ale Brewed With Plums
3.8/5.00

Jadjunk, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

st9647v3, Jun 25, 2013
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.