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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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699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 91 | 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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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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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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


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
Photo of 420drinker


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-09-2013 02:53:14 | More by 420drinker
Photo of Rbrown542


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-08-2013 23:34:41 | More by Rbrown542
Photo of shehateme


4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-08-2013 23:19:12 | More by shehateme
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-08-2013 16:31:07 | More by Cvescalante
Photo of Levich


4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-08-2013 13:40:19 | More by Levich
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

03-08-2013 07:07:18 | More by anteater
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-07-2013 22:00:54 | More by JZ77
Photo of Lionheart


4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly.

Smells of dark fruit Fig, Plum, and black cherry.

Mouth feel is silky with a slight dry finish. Nice improvement fom the last gen quad.

I drank this at 50*. That temp does not do this complex ale justice! I let it warm up to about 60*-65*, WOW! An explosion of malt and fruit! This one should be fully appriciated at warmer temps. This should be enjoyed with a hearty flavorfull meat dish. Mine was Fillet, garlic mash, and green beans!

Better stock up on this one Quad lovers! I already bought two cases!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 19:30:50 | More by Lionheart
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-07-2013 02:53:58 | More by beerandcycling88
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-07-2013 02:18:59 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz into a wine glass.

A: Pours a woody dark brown with purple hues. Nice soft cardboard-colored head.

S: Thick stonefruit aromas (overripe plum, dried peach), dark candi sugar, vinous, chalky yeast. Despite its fruitiness, the aroma isn't very sweet.

T: Taste brings syrupy plum, grape juice, bitterish hop leaf and roasted grain, dark bread, bite of alcohol on the end. Lightly bitter yeast throughout.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with pleasant and slightly frothy carbonation.

O: Not liking what the plums did to this beer - combined with the heavy yeastiness, it gives it an odd dried fruit taste that isn't very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 18:13:24 | More by Etan
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-05-2013 13:57:08 | More by RedneckBeerz
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4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It's Definately one of my favorite beers all time. It's a dark beer but not too heavy! The hints of plum and banana were subtle enough to enjoy with out over-powering the dark coca. Excellent beer but be careful, this beer comes in at 10.3%! A couple of bottles will do.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:28:24 | More by Munch1987
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-04-2013 20:46:12 | More by largadeer
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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color; one of the darkest colors I have seen for a Quad. Minimal tan froth & lacing.

(S)- A lively bready yeast profile with biscuit and a subtle bubblegum/banana yeast profile. The plum is there with other dark fruits in the background. Subtle cocoa as it warms.

(T)- Similar to the smell, although, this has now has the deepest cocoa flavor I have seen for the style. Subtle plum and other dark fruits, but overall, the yeast is really lively.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Plenty of rich cocoa and dark fruits in this, but mostly the yeast profile takes center stage. Bitterness increases significantly as it warms.

(O)- I like this, though was expecting it to be much more fruit forward due to the addition of the plums. Nonetheless, it fits the style well and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:33:39 | More by sweemzander
Photo of kustard


1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

03-04-2013 15:59:46 | More by kustard
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West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- growler from Piggly Wiggly, Myrtle Beach. Pours a dark brown, almost murky. Small fizzy light-tan head reduces to just a ring, leaving no lace

S- dark and rich malty aromas up front with huge notes of dark fruit, the plums are definitely noticeable. Sugary sweet with just a bit of alcohol and some toast, very pleasant

T- sugary sweet dark fruits with a slight burnt crust ,rich and sweet malt with flavors of dried plum, a bit nutty with some toasted bread crust, the finish is sweet with a warming alcohol that lingers on the palate, fig-like notes linger, just a trace of grassy hop

M- med-heavy body, slightly viscous with low carbonation providing a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a smooth, warming finish

O- dark fruity notes dominate the palate, a nice sweet sipper that serves well as a nightcap on a cold night

Serving type: growler

03-04-2013 02:13:57 | More by Treyliff
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

03-04-2013 01:51:42 | More by Heretic42
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-04-2013 01:35:09 | More by Danobold
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty deep wooden brown with beige head and lacing. Murky looking.

Nose has surprising acidic bite with tones of figgy fruit, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste is rich and deep with jammy fig, tobacco, maybe a hint of sour cherry. Subtle alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner and more acidic than I would prefer. Has some robustness, but not as much as other quads.

An interesting entry in the world of quads. Plums add something, which certainly makes it unique. But overall does not stand out on it's own as a quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:36:57 | More by dheacck11
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New York

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-03-2013 23:34:16 | More by nzerbe
Photo of yamar68


4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic looking quad... swampy brown body with a creamy khaki head that forms a dense, lacing collar.

Nice. The plums really do translate here... playing nicely with candy sugars, clean caramel and toffee, figs, alcohol is entirely hidden. Smooth... so far so good.

I like this. Sweet fruits flavors with smoky tobacco, brown sugar, there's a slight booze kick right at the end... appropriate though, leafy hops, more of that plum character.

This is much better than I was anticipating based on the ratings alone.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 20:36:02 | More by yamar68
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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