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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

767 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 24
Gots: 120 | 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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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  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.

Photo of auggie
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Mervjahn
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of aranton
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of blmar311
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mellowmark
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jn84
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  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.

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of cletusdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Vigilante
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

served in a sierra Nevada snifter

A: pours a very deep brown, not quite black. slightly transparent with a very thin head of fine bubbled coffee tan colored head that dissipates immediately, has a nice amount of small carbonation bubbles working their way up from the bottom,
S: very deep dark fruit notes, plums are most obvious with grapes as well and a bit of a smell like the outdoors after a torrential downpour in the spring with the sun shining and everything feeling clean again
T: very multidimensional, begins with the deep fruit notes up front and then, moves into the nice deep Belgian spice notes i had been looking for from the yeast profile, finishes just slightly cloying and sweet with an interesting warmth in the back of the throat that hits gently and briefly from the ABV
M: smooth all across, interesting thickness to it which makes is slightly astringent and dry but not at all too much, very well balanced, perfect amount of carbonation for the style, quite wonderful
O: pretty much on par with what I expect from sierra Nevada, exceptional quality and balance. i really enjoyed this one but ive also had the brandy barrel aged one which was a bit more over the top as is to be expected.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like the new look of the corked and caged 12oz bottles. Says 10.2% ABV on this bottle, no date that I can find. Turns out this is an entirely separate beer, I just accidentally reviewed the normal version. This one has cooler labels!

A- Poured from the caged 12oz bottle into a large chalice. The beer itself is quite dark, a very dark brown hue with a light tan head. The cap is about one finger high with a very silky looking texture. The bubbles are extremely fine in the foam and retention is nice. Big coats of lace all around the glass.

S- Right upon opening the bottle I noticed a pretty heavy dark fruit, vinous presence. This has a grape and plum feel and is probably from both the added fruit and the yeast strain they use. Dark candi sugar, sweet caramel, raisins, esters like banana and some clove in there as well.

T- Like the nose, dark fruit forward in the flavor and a very strong flavor overall. Specific fruit elements I get are plum, figs, prune, dark grapes and fruit pits. Definitely like wine in a way with the heavy grape and dark fruit notes. Belgian yeast brings spice, phenols, pepper, clove and some esters. Caramel sweets, candi sugars and a hint of alcohol in the finish.

MF- A pretty big, oily thick body with a pretty creamy overall consistency. Carbonation is moderately high but smooth. Alcohol warmth and some bitterness in the finish.

Either the plums or the yeast gives this beer a pretty vinous overall flavor. This adds a nice complexity to a very flavorful yeast strain in such a big beer. A bit boozy but not enough to bother me.

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.