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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

764 Ratings
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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 121 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz. corked bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of amber and ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a small finger of tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

Smell: A big and rich yeast and malt driven aroma with fruits and chocolate scents. Belgian yeast with candied sugar and cinnamon and clove spice. Roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Big aroma of dark fruits with good hints of plums, fig, raisin, dates, prune, and dark cherries. Also some burnt brown sugar and banana hints in the mix as well. A very nice smelling Quad.

Taste: Follows the nose well with a big complex mix of yeast, dark malts, and fruits. Belgian yeast along with a taste of cinnamon and clove spicing. Notes of banana, clove, candied and brown sugars. Big bready dark malt presence with notes of dark roast chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Big dark fruit presence with notes of plums, fig, raisin, dark grape and cherry, dates, and prune. A little earthy hop presence towards the finish. More roasty than typical for the style. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and nicely chewy. Sweet but fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is very faint which is surprising for the style.

Overall: A really tasty and unique take on the Quad style. Bigger dark brownish flavor than what is typical for the style which adds a nice spin. Solid yeast and dark fruit presence.

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Jonada
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby red. Small light khaki colored head dissipated almost instantly to medium thick collar.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits, belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisin bread, red grape, some booze, roasted malt, tobacco. The aroma is fairly complex, I just wish it were a little stronger.

Taste: Sweet/slightly tart plums, powdery belgian yeast, slightly vinous. The finish and aftertaste is roasted malt, coffee(?), and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Interesting take on a quad. Definitely deviates a bit from some of the more traditional options. The roasty and coffee flavors were a bit surprising, but they worked well with the other flavors. Worth picking up a bottle or two.

Photo of Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of beercanman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kp29
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bacasnax
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of lunarbrew
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured dark brown with red hue. Pretty body, but poor head/head retention. Thin lacing sticks to the rim of the beer. Head kind of ruins the appearance of this beer. Beer has a rich nose of plums, molasses and a little cherry. Also some earthy notes, but those don't stand out much. Flavor is very sweet, even for a quad. I think the plums move the sweetness to the next level, and it's a little overwhelming. I taste high acidity, which hurts the balance of the beer. Flavors of tasted oats, smoke, tree bark, sweet berries, and of course plums. The body is nice and typical of the style. A little high on the carbonation. Overall, I like the beer. Drinkable, interesting, and a good example of a quad. The aftertaste, however, is acidic, bitter, and not so pleasant.

Photo of dlello2
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jahbulon
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a cream-colored head. Light skim of foam coats the glass briefly with each sip. No true lace.

Dark rich malt and some fruit. Boozy, with burnt sugars prevalent.

Dark malt and burnt sugars, leading immediately to a bitter note. This overbalances the beer, particularly this style. This overcompensation of the sweet and complex makes you wish for more sugar. Too bad. Here comes the alcohol to clear even more away. Chemical flavors mingle with scorched malt and fruit toward the end. Bitterness comes in again.

Full bodied, some tingle and even a little burn.

Overall, not bad, just flawed. Can't hold a candle to traditional quads, but not a bad stab at it.

Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of jeff1973
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of swetsastonic
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of cjw333
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of KidsDoc
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of auggie
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Mervjahn
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.