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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
88
very good

695 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 90 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-16-2013 03:00:18 | More by JohnSnowNW
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-16-2013 02:15:10 | More by rab53
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-16-2013 00:20:36 | More by fehrminator
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stumac

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

super dark brew with hazelnut edges. decent white head. aroma is heavy plum, lots of concord grapes, slight honey, some heather, a wintergreen spice in the finish. taste is insane! ive gotta boner. thick molasses, grape, sugar, vanilla, spearmint, caramel, earthy, cherries. furkin full bodied brah, heavy carbo. sticky finish. i fudgin bathe in this sheesh

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:57:13 | More by stumac
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.66/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours extremely dark amber/brown, nearly black, with a finger of beige head on a decent pour.

S: Lots of juicy, sweet plums. They pretty much obliterate all other aromas in this one. I really don't get anything else.

T: Again, lots of sweet plums here. Thankfully, I do get some other flavors, though. I get some prunes and a bit of spicy esters.

M: quite thick for the style with low carbonation.

O: Not particularly complex, this beer is overtaken by plums. It's too sweet without enough esters. Not terrible, but certainly in the bottom half of Quads.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:25:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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scottfrie

California

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown color with three fingers of dense and fluffy light creamy tan colored head. Head to forever to slowly collapse into a thick fuzzy film leaving patches of lace down the glass.
S: Fruit definitely dominates the nose. Plums, prunes, red apples, grapes, and red pears mix with spicy notes of cinnamon, coriander, clove, vanilla and pepper. Complex and delicious smelling.
T: All the fruits and spices of the nose with the addition of cocoa powder, caramel and leather in the finish and green apple, raisin, wood and maple in the aftertaste. Solid earthy bitterness as well. Sweet and spicy overall. Plums do noticeably distinguish this over the original.
M: Smooth and very creamy mouthfeel, not overly sweet or bitter, soft and light carbonation, medium-full body. Drinks very well.
O: I really enjoyed this one. Complex but not overly sweet. Plums add character. Awesome mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:23:44 | More by scottfrie
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-14-2013 23:59:10 | More by cfinch2
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 12.48/ 4 pack. Bottled 1/9/13. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours deep mahogany with russet edges and a dense but quickly fading muted khaki head. Very little lace.

Smells of wine, plums and sugar. Pleasent enough but not much there in the nose.

Taste is overflowing with dark fruit. The plums of course take center stage but leave room for grapes, figs, cherry skins, mild bannana, caramel, toffee, candy sugars and some yeast. A bit of booze bite but overall quite smooth.

Just beyond medium on it's way to heavy bodied with a light, subtle carbonation that allows the dark fruity flavors to rest on the palate. Lingering plums and yeasty bannana in the finish.

It might not blow anybody away but this is a nice quad. I liked the additional fruit notes from the plums and really appreciated the fact that it isn't overly carbonated. And while I typically don't talk about packaging, it is worth noting that this makes for a mighty sexy looking display. The corked and caged four pack is really quite attractive. And what's inside is right enjoyable too. If I resist the urge to drink them all, I'll see how 1 or 2 of them do with some age. For the price this is worth a shot for any fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 05:47:13 | More by ThickNStout
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thin tan head on a dark brown, almost black body.
The aroma is wonderful and deep. Candy, plums, caramel and wet grain all dance around.
The taste is long. Fairly sweet throughout with a mild lemon bitterness in the middle, the finish is warm alcohol.
The texture is heavier with low carbonation.
It's pretty good, but the taste hasn't caught up with the rest of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:20:05 | More by Fatehunter
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Fossilhunter

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-13-2013 22:54:18 | More by Fossilhunter
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-13-2013 21:34:40 | More by irish01980
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-13-2013 00:31:04 | More by Mattyb79
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LOCAL

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-13-2013 00:26:23 | More by LOCAL
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-12-2013 09:29:27 | More by zestar
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is clear, but very dark with mahogany highlights. It has a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Carbonation is moderate to low. The nose is pleasant, but rather faint, although it does seem to come alive on warming. I get notes of black currants, plums, toffee, rum, and puff pastry.

The beer has a full body, and slick smooth feel, and lots of dark fruit. Brown bread on the front of the palate gives way to plums, cherries, figs and a hint of tobacco. On the back of the palate, a rather intense red wine flavor charges in and heats up the finish, which is rather boozy but pleasant.

Overall, a nice beer, but not one I would buy again. It has lots of flavor, but the combination of dark fruit and intense booziness makes it rather difficult to drink. The best quads certainly have fruit and alcohol heat, but they also have malt complexity that this one lacks. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would drown out some of the fruit and wine notes and bring the bready, malty notes more to the foreground.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 09:24:44 | More by deadonhisfeet
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hoplover82

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red (almost black) color, with a medium, tan, creamy head that has good retention and very good lacing.
S-The aroma is pungent right off the bat with notes of dark fruits (prunes) and sweet burned caramel. Some peppery spice in in the back from the yeast( or the hops). The prunes really come through in this beer. Very nice.
T-The flavor is much of the same with prunes and sweet caramel and some spicy/earthy hop notes.Very deep and rich.
M-The mouthfeel is huge and creamy with a balanced yet, long finish. The carbonation is mild (right on for the style)
O-Overall, I'm very glad I splurged and bought a four pack. Enjoyed this beer very very much and highly recommend it to any big beer fan. Cheers everyone!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:18:48 | More by hoplover82
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Festigio

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-11-2013 22:10:40 | More by Festigio
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gshak

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-11-2013 07:12:23 | More by gshak
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-11-2013 04:54:03 | More by spycow
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-11-2013 01:07:16 | More by Thomas_Picton
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optimator705

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-10-2013 16:27:51 | More by optimator705
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, brownish amber with a thick cap of dense, off white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel, some faint chocolate malt perhaps, and a huge plum/dark fruit aroma

T - bread, caramel, candy sugar, plums, figs, raisins, dark malts, some alcohol

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a great beer. The underlying quad is delicious but the plums really give credence to the "dark fruit" references that are always made in regards to this style. The flavor here is complex, deep, and very enjoyable. This is really a solid offering. This could be one of my favorite quads to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:44:56 | More by tdm168
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-10-2013 03:44:44 | More by ElGallo
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice 12.7 oz Belgian bottle. I like the art work as well

A: dark brown and looks cleaner than traditional Belgian Quads. Carbonates but quickly dissipates. There is almost no head to speak of.

S: Lots of caramel and sweet fruits aroma. Not as pungent as other quads.

T: Wow, lighter than I had expected. Definitely getting the plums flavor. It also has some raisins, toffee, cherries, dark berries, and caramel. Mildly bitter and well balanced.

M: Mid-large body. easy to drink

O: Really a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:45:30 | More by King_KongDCO93
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420drinker

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-09-2013 02:53:14 | More by 420drinker
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.