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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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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,058
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 51
Gots: 211 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 1,058
Photo of Abra
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma very sweet with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Taste is smooth, strong, and warming. Very sweet, picking up on dark fruit, caramel, and honey. Not getting much Belgian spice, I think the alcohol overpowers it.
Definitely leaves a lingering sweetness.

Overall, a very nice Quad but could maybe use more of a balance between alcohol and spice.

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Photo of GregA135
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/dark purple color

You can slightly smell the plums, a bit of raisins, dark fruits

Smooth with a sweet plum taste, the plum isn't overbearing and works well with the other flavors

Lightly carbonated, and easy on the palate

A good Quad, the plums give a great taste and color for the beer

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Photo of daledeee
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A single bottle I couldn't pass up. $3.75 price tag is also good!

Poured this into a big wine type glass. Got a very dark body, even for a quad and some head but that didn't last.

Smell at first was pretty alcoholic. Dark fruit as well. The alcohol went away after a little breathing time. Then it was purely dark fruit(figs and prunes).

Taste is very balanced. Early, dark fruit, spice and on the sweet side. This beer is very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled tonight on 4/17/14. Bought a single 12.7 ounce bottle late last week. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pitch black in color with a thin beige head that leaves some streaky lacing when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant of sweet dark fruits, brown sugar and roasted malts. The taste is...FANTASTIC with a lot going on! ALL the flavors mentioned above coming through with more taste as well of some caramel malts. Really great flavor with no bitter aftertaste and goes down easy. By far the BEST Sierra Nevada brew I had.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Snagged a bottle for 5 dollars tax included from the House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.
A - Big dark bold ruby brown almost porter pitch black with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head, that seems to be fizzing out rather quickly.
S - Must be very balanced since the smell is very tame. Fruity yeasts, notes of dark fruits obviously Plums and some underlining biscuit and caramel scents.
T - The addition to plums not only improves the tartness of the beer but really rounds out the overall taste of the chalky yeasts and alcohol sting. It is fairy complex with layers of dark fruit flavor and finishes with balanced sweetness. This is what I expected from "Pretty Things Baby Tree in terms of a quad brewed with plums.
M - Medium bodied not super sticky but sort of chewy. Love how the alcohol doesn't bite back.

Overall this was well worth the price of admission and I could see purchasing a four pack for around 15 bucks (works out to a 7.50 bomber) Tasty stuff.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured chilled in shaker pint glasses at home

A: purplish black, half-finger creamy head, very fine bubbles, excellent lacing
S: bubblegum; very boozy; classic roasted malt aroma
T: fig raisin, dark fruit; cherry; complex and boozy; opens up nicely as it warms into further complex tastes; belgian yeast
M: thick, mealy

This is an amazing beer--congrats SN!

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep red mahogany colour, with solid retention.

S - Sweet dark fruits. Booziness and a little yeastiness.

T - Tasty stuff. The plum is quite faint but it does lend this beer additional sweetness compared with a traditional quad. Soreen loaf, brandy. It tastes pleasant, but perhaps a little one-dimensional.

M - Nice carbonation, although could use a little weightiness and stickiness.

O - A tasty beer at a good price. Worth trying for sure. I'd have it again.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Urban Table along with a nice, big brunch of biscuits and gravy. While in an ideal world, I'd want all places like this to have a really knowledgeable staff when it comes to beer, sometimes, it works out in your favor if they don't. Case in point: this massive 10% ABV beer was served in a 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Body is a rich, dark brown with deep, jewel-like garnet highlights where the light manages to penetrate. Hazy and opaque. Atop the body sits a one finger head of khaki foam that has a silky, smooth appearance reminiscent of how you might expect a nitro-tap head to look. Hard to discern any individual bubbles, and after retaining for a good, long while, there are sheets of lacing left in rings on the sides of the glass as I consume the beverage.

Smell - The plum really dominates here, with notes of black plum bringing other dark fruits to mind: date, fig and a very faint hint of raisins. Alongside those fruit notes are earthier characteristics of dark malt and baking spices.

Taste - The assault of plum doesn't stop with the aroma, bringing a sweetness to the taste alongside more earthy and rich undertones from the malt and yeast profile. Unfortunately, as tasty as the plum makes this brew, it also makes it a bit one-dimensional. There are some elements of brown sugar and light molasses to bring a little bit of complexity, but it's mostly a one-trick pony.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with a viscous feel and moderate carbonation. Lingering sweetness on the tongue well after the beer has been swallowed.

Overall, a very tasty quad and one that's great to pair with food, but as noted previously, it's not very complex, which is typically a hallmark of this style. I can't help but feel as if the plums are crowding out everything else that might be going on here, but what can I say--I enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of Timothy_ShaneMcCarhty
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This Beer is excellent. A fruity treat for dark beer lovers. I work at a Liquor store and traveled to another store before we got it in. highly recommended and a great fun story behind the beer. smells great, looks great taste great. was expecting more mouthfeel due to the color and smell. still was not a disappointment. My new Wow beer for sure. Excited to hear what others think. Also had the Saision and it was Excellent.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Plums are definitely showing through here. Kind of presents a sweet and somewhat thicker drinking experience. Could be toned down a bit on the plums, and the sweetness. But it works pretty much. Smooth feel. A pretty decent quad. Too sweet for me to go back to. But it’s pretty good as it is.

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Photo of twistwrist
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an eccentric, highly fruity beer. It tastes and smells quite sweet, similar to a Barley Wine. No lacing left on the edge of the glass. Beer has adequate carbonation, not as carbonated as my usual IPA favorites, but more so than Stouts.

It is a very heavy beer at 10.2% ABV, it packs a punch which is best followed up by a glass of water and another beer!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark body in the chalice with ruby highlights, looks great big head tan colored rolling with fine bubbles it looks great. Aroma deep dark fruits of course with the plums added the tart ripened fruit holds over other notes. Flavor dark fruit again the plums are added to bring out raisin tart dark fruit with alcoholic notes more and more big fruit flavors with each sip this stuff is excellent, Belgian style with the higher carbonation it carries it all very well. Each sip brings out chocolate malt with high end spectrum dark fruits a mixture of dry and sweet malts add to the balance. This is a big calorie big flavored beer mouthfeel is medium to full even flowing carbonation residual sugars lie down for me. Overall it's a big beer meant to be enjoyed by the masses.

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany with ruby hues. Mostly opaque. Weak, soda-like head on the pour with minimal retention and no lacing.

Dark fruit and yeast aroma.

Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Dark fruits, raisins, dates and prominent plum complimenting the sweet qualities of the beer. Mild esters add a subtle tartness. Musky yeast. Excellent balance and complexity.

Full bodied. Well carbonated. Yeasty texture. Slick finish.

An excellent quad. Love the addition of plums.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from interesting corked and caged into fluted snifter; very deep mahogany brown, showing deep garnet in light. Minimal brown head that fades after a bit into a thin ring of bubbles around the edge.
Smells of malt; dark bread, toffee, caramel. Dark fruit, raisins and plums. Not much booze present in the smell.
Taste is sweet bready malt, toffee. Some dark fruit, plum especially. Booze heat warms up the mouth and the aftertaste is very strong with yeasty bitterness and tart fruit.
Mouthfeel is good, fluffy and effervescent.
Overall, while this quad is a bit messy, I enjoy the plum flavor. I'm not sure if I'd try any of the other SN Ovila line, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: Dark chestnut brown; poured with a medium sized off-white head, no lace.

s: Very pleasant boozy stewed dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, perfumed alcohol.

t: Sweet up front with the drier, semi-hot finish. Caramel and very pronounced, almost too much, plum notes. Floral and warm at the end with hints of cocoa.

m: Full bodied and silky, gently carbonated.

o: Really good stuff, much better than the saison.

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Photo of don1481
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass. Grabbed it on a whim at Woodman's tonight 3 minutes before the liquor section closed. Let's see what we got.

Appearance: This is fancy, with a cage and cork and all the good stuff! Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red and a rapidly-diminishing tan head. Almost dropped the glass on my head holding it up to the light to try and see through it! Yeah, really no light is getting through this.

Smell: Initially, it smells an awful lot like St. Bernardus Abt 12. Dark fruits, plums for sure, caramel, molasses, a little hint of hoppiness. Pretty complex. And intriguing. Keeps opening up more as I let it sit for a moment. Almost smells like a dry red wine when it's all put together. Definitely... interesting.

Taste: Yeah, this is... WOW. This is dry with a definite dry red wine theme to it. It's got a hint of sweetness up front, but that quickly gets spun into the aforementioned dryness. Really, really complex. This is way different from any other quad I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Really, really clean and smooth. If I was blindfolded I probably would have guessed this to be a richer, thicker red wine. Unbelievable. This bottle is gonna go down WAY too easily.

Overall: I have not been this pleasantly surprised with a beer in a long time. At least with others that I've bought on a whim lately, there was a description of what to expect. Here... I didn't even look it up on BA or have anything to go off of other than the bottle's description. I am so glad I bought this - I suspect I may buy another 4 pack to age!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the cork and cage. I like the label. Sampled on March 8, 2014.

The pour is brown with red hues and a short-lived off-white head. Fairly attractive.

The aroma emits all of the punchy Belgian Quad characteristics I would expect including caramel malts, yeast, Belgian sugar, and dark fruit...in this case plums, and a slight hop bitterness.

The body is medium.

The taste has many of the same attributes as the aroma with a notable sweetness followed by a notable, sinus-clearing, bitterness. It is also on the dry side.

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Photo of Slagpile
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the latest release of this beer about 5-6 weeks ago, and it is a wonderful, full bodied Quad. I didn't think I was going to like it when I saw "PLUMS", but it one of the better quads I have experienced. I have currently put a 4-pack back for aging and look forward to how it will mature over a year or two.I'll get back to you on that.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Shade Tree on Central in Nob Hill, ABQ, NM.

A- Came with no head and I have to wonder if it's the tap at the bar. Either way, the beer is dark brown with hints of amber, is very opaque and looks thick in body.

S- Sweet malt, plums and dark fruit, raisins.

T- This beer is very heavy on the plums and dark fruit, almost more so than any quad I've had. There's also some peppery spice and sweet malt to make things interesting.

M- Ovila is thick and creamy, perhaps even viscous would be a better word, although there's some carbonation and yeasty tingle. I get some slightly syrupy sweetness as well as a mild heat from the alcohol.

I'd argue that this holds its own against other quads, but it may have a bit more astringency than the best of the best. Still,very good.

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Photo of jman005
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into goblet.

A - A dark and murky look, with some reddish tints in the light. Not bad but nothing exceptional about the appearance.

S - Of many dark fruits; dark cherry, fig, currant, plum, golden raisin. Little bit of a yeasty spice and a little bit of a candied smell. Very nice aroma.

T - Getting all that dark fruitiness in the taste with a bit of spice and sweetness. Great plum/cherry flavors coming through and residing on the palate.

M - Meduim- full, pretty smooth but a kind of sticky on the tounge. To be somewhat excpected from this strong malty style.

Overall this beer is one of the more enjoyable Quads I've had to date. Really liked it and would pick up again, especially for the price.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting take on a Belgian quad. Pours a very murky, imposing dark brown/black, very little head and almost no head retention. Smells of dark fruits, plums, dried black raspberry, some of the spiciness from the yeast comes through. Taste follows suit, tons of dark fruits and floral/spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is superb, extremely smooth with a great finish. This is closer to a good Syrah than to most beers.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. Bottle

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice grapey color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing with some nice big oil slicks. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, plums, grapes, raisins, figs. The taste is malty, yeasty, with lot's of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well with this one. Overall a pleasure to drink, surprised to see this one in Utah.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 4-pack. Poured into my Boulevard tulip.
Kind of a spicy phenolic at first. Whiffs of sweet fruity and malt with alcohol. The plums show in time and add a nice character.
Really quite dark with a clear garnet in the light. Slow building but eventually large full and dense darkish head. Good looking.
Sweet perfume alcohol flavor. Richer malts show a little later. Tasty fruit flavor, but can't say I'm getting a strong plum flavor. More of hints of the plum. But the fruits are complex and enjoyable.
Full and rich and reasonable heavy for style. Interesting drying on the front of the drink and in the front of the tongue with drying on the sides and back later.
This is big and rich. Definitely a slower drinker and a 12 oz is the right size, especially if I don't add any food to the experience. Not great but really solid. Would have like more plum in the flavor but is was a nice addition to the aroma.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Luettich Balloon.

This beer pours a very, very dark plum color. It's nearly black with spots of plum purple showing up in the light. There's very little foam from an aggressive center pour, perhaps a half a finger that quickly dissipates to traceries of a head.

The smell? Initially it was booze. Straight up. Then hints of fruit gather in your nostrils. Plum? I think so. There's also just a trace of yeast in the background.

The first taste to hit my tongue was the sharp bite of alcohol, then maybe a little smack of chocolate and roast coffee, maybe even some good black tea. Then the fruit. Plum, raisin, maybe some fig. There is a very nice, lingering tartness and the finishing bubbly, boozy dryness. As the beer warms a bit, I'm getting more of the plum.

The mouthfeel is warm and boozy, smooth and slick, followed by the bubbly carb and a alcohol bite the back of the throat. there is a pleasant, lingering tingle.

All in all, a very enjoyable experience and a great sipping brew. I was expecting more plum very but I find I'm enjoying the subtlety here,. Quite nice. It would be interesting to age a couple of these.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This almost gives off a dark grape juice or purple like opaqueness with a compact head of tiny bubbles.

The nose is full of plums and candied fruits. Slightly sweet with a thick and hearty raisin, prune and fruit cake like malt aroma.

First sip is a wave of booziness, overwhelming and harsh. As the palate settles in the plums are at the forefront. Sugary sweet the plum is supported by raisin and a fruit cake malt. The booze continues but it becomes underlining.

The booze is tangy on the tongue and will make you wince but it starts to wear off and becomes easier to enjoy.

Perhaps the plums add additional sugars that amp up the ABV and therefore cause the boozy face of this ale. The plums really make this but on the other hand may be its deterrent too.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.