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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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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 99 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Dennqis, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jamison85, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bramsigman, Jun 22, 2014
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3.11/5  rDev -20.9%

Appearance: Very dark ruby, like cola, with a thin, tan head.

Aroma: Very boozy, with some black liquorice, spice, and a touch of dark fruit and fig. Aroma is so alcoholic that it almost has a nail polish character to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Spicy black liquorice and alcohol flavors hit you immediately, with a dry, dark roasted malt finish. Hops are most noticeable in the finish, where they offer a bit of dryness and complement the rich, dark chocolate flavor. Some fig and raisin flavors eventually become apparent, though still very subtle; they add an overall sugary sweet flavor to the brew. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Final Word: Unfortunately, the strong alcohol presence got in the way of the other flavors in this beer, and made the experience feel lopsided. While the black liquorice, spice, dark fruit, dark sugar and chocolate flavors could have created a nuanced drink, they felt as if they were crushed and compacted under the weight of the alcohol flavor. Had they been allowed to bloom and expand, this beer would have been very complex and satisfying, but instead it felt like every sip was dominated by booze. It was as if each sip had a 50/50 blend of alcohol flavor and ONE random flavor contained within the beer. You’d get a hint of raisin in one sip, but get only black liquorice in the next, and the flavors never seemed to mingle. The potential here was great, but the experience felt like a missed opportunity. Still some good flavors in here, but the profile is much too alcoholic for the subtle flavors within, even for a Quad.

Louisville-Beer-Reviews, Jun 21, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Excellent Abbey style quad from Sierra Nevada. Pours a dark roasted brown with a tannish brown off white head that gives a Guinness cascade when poured with a slowly dissipating head that leaves a thin tight beaded head that lightly clings to the glass. Smell of chocolate, dark plums, tart cherry, and astringent grains. Taste is of dark berries, cherries, raisins, plums and dark malt rounded by Belgian candy sugar. Aftertaste is pleasant with dark chocolate and dark fruits and a slight herbal note, yeast flavor is hard to find with everything else going on, which is a LOT----especially as it warms. Silky smooth mouthfeel and VERY deceptive of the alcohol. Another APLUS from Sierra Nevada brewing, a favorite I have had many times in bottle, but could not pass up the chance to have on draft. As a side note, I noticed a different head and more subtle flavors from tap than bottle....for what it's worth. Try it! Cheers.

Brutaltruth, Jun 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

RebornStussy, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

RobertColianni, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

m0unds, Jun 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

dvanhandel, Jun 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 13, 2014
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

thatoneguymike, Jun 09, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

This Quad definitely caught my eye the first time I saw it. Even the appearance of the bottle itself was appealing to me. I absolutely loved the artwork on the label and the cork on top is such a great touch! The Beer itself has a thick dark appearance with a tan, fizzy head when poured. Nothing crazy but still looks satisfying and has a wonderful smell. The first inhale I took I was hit by a rich chocolaty scent with a slight undertone of plum finishing out with a smooth hint of sourness. Leading into my first taste I was definitely hit by the bold fruit flavor and velvety smooth finish. It was rich and round with hints of fig, chocolate and spice. I loved this beer! A true standout from other Belgian-Style Quads I've had.

AyeMito, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Joshmistake, Jun 08, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%

I have had this beer a few times and realized I had not reviewed it yet, so stuck one in the fridge and here we go. Beautiful beer, thick and dark on the pour and then thick enough appearance to get me salivating. The smell is also awesome, not super strong but clean and no obvious alcohol despite the over 10%. The taste is very good and gets even better and smoother as it warms, take your time and enjoy sipping on this one. Overall it gets bonus points for both value, $15 a four pack I believe, and for the ABV which does not come on strong. Also, the corked 12 oz bottles are unique and cool.

JamieDuncan, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

MarkyMOD, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Satan70, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Salud24, May 31, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

GreesyFizeek, May 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

TonyJ815, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

MynamesRickJames, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

NYR_Rob, May 26, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

beergoot, May 26, 2014
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.