Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.81/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-12-2013 09:24:44 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.59/5 rDev +16.8%
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!
03-12-2013 03:18:48 | More by hoplover82
4.44/5 rDev +13%
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.
03-10-2013 03:44:56 | More by tdm168
4.46/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
03-10-2013 01:45:30 | More by King_KongDCO93
4.61/5 rDev +17.3%
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!
03-07-2013 19:30:50 | More by Lionheart
3.38/5 rDev -14%
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.
03-06-2013 18:13:24 | More by Etan
4.69/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-05-2013 03:28:24 | More by Munch1987
4.01/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-04-2013 20:33:39 | More by sweemzander
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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