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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

751 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 109 | 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 arizcards
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 4 pack from BevMo in early February for $12.99.

Beer poured dark brown with a off white head that is leaving a little lacing behind.

Nose is pretty light for a quad, hints of dark fruits are there.

Taste is of plums, dry and yeasty, not overly complex but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth but not quite classic quad.

Overall i like this brew, not quite as good as across the pond produces but enjoyable for sure.

arizcards, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

jeff1973, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

JohnK17, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of swetsastonic
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

swetsastonic, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of cjw333
4/5  rDev +1.8%

cjw333, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of KidsDoc
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

KidsDoc, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Stevedore, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.8%

zeff80, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light layer of beige head. Color is a dark burnt caramel brown.

Flavor profile is mainly malts. Sweet malts. Caramel, candied sugar. Plums, raisins, molasses. Some toffee as well. Maybe a bit of tobacco.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a really nice quad. Very easy to drink with a lot of nice flavors. SN deserves more credit on this one.

mothman, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a few bottles at Marlboro Wine and Spirits.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear super deep dark ruby brown/garnet hue. Good one finger tan head that fades to leave a thin blanket and nice halo. Solid light lacing.

S - Aromas of almost overly sweet malts, brown sugar, candied sugar, belgian yeast, caramel, and solid dark fruits particularly the plum. Solid roast malt on the end and surprisingly hardly any alcohol.

T - Not a sweet as I thought it would be. And actually alot more roasted. Sweet malts, not really sweet dark fruits. Just plums, not sweet just there. Light raisin notes. Finish is quite roasty with a lingering candy sweetness. Booze is hidden nicely which is what bumped this up to a 4 for me. Still shocked at the lingering roast finish. Faint, faint chocolate notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Smooth, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, so I was not blown away by this beer. But at $4.20 per bottle I'm not really going to complain. Glad I have 2 more to just forget about in the cellar. I bet/hope with some time that roast will die out and this will become nice and sweet and plummy. Looking forward to that.

rudzud, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of auggie
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

auggie, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Mervjahn
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mervjahn, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of aranton
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

aranton, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled February 7th 2013.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a 1 finger lightly tanned head. Dissipates in a minute or so leaving a ring around the glass. Specs of lacing as I sip.

S: Immense sweet fruitiness up front from the plums. Carmel and roasted malts bring up the rear. Can get some brown sugar and toffee. Must be some candied sugars in here and the belgian yeast comes through nicely too.

T: Strong and very complex flavor going on here. Starts off with the dark fruits you would expect from the aroma, good plum, fig and raisin characteristics. Malt comes takes over mid sip with a roasty sweetness. Booze gives you a good smack in the face reminding you this is a quad. Lingers with the plum and a sweet roasted malt.

M: Medium body with pretty low carbonation. Is a bit sticky from the sweetness. Feels just a little thin considering all the oomph this beer has. Nice and warming.

Overall a real tasty American quad from Sierra Nevada and the Monks of New Clairvaux. Perhaps a little sweet for my taste buds now but would love to try one that has some age on it.

CloudStrife, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark mahogany with slight ruby highlights and about a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-smells very nice, lots of dark fruit, malt, molasses, and very light chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of dark fruits, molasses, Belgian yeast, and a very light roastedness at the end

M-medium body, high carbonation, and a good amount of sweetness present but not too much to be cloying

Overall maybe this isn't as good as some of the Belgian quads I have had, but it's pretty good for an American version. Really nice dark fruit in this.

ksimons, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of blmar311
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

blmar311, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +1.8%

bmoney, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Kerrie, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

HoistinBrews, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mellowmark
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

mellowmark, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

smithmd4, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of jn84
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jn84, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +1.8%

plumcrazyfx, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Hanzo, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and earthy spices. Taste is much the same with plum and spice flavors on the finish. There is a bit of a sourness with each sip as well. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a distinct plum flavor but it really doesn't stand out too much in the smell.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 24, 2013
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.