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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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751 Ratings
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 108 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oboogie, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

leprakhan, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of BeerlyLegal
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer surprised me. It's pours very dark with little head. By dark its basically pitch black.

The plums have the biggest impact.

It's got a nice nice airy, fruity scent but the taste and mouthfeel is like grape/plum soda.

I'm a big Sierra Nevada fan, however this beer isn't that amazing alone. With a meal it might be alright.

Poured it from a 12.7 corked bottle into a pint glass.

BeerlyLegal, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of JClarson
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

JClarson, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

CaptDavyJones, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ralphw56, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

unclekeith, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

bigbeers84, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

twelveinches, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Axnjxn, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black and has a one finger tan head.

S - Dark fruits (the plum is in it) along with molasses and light spices.

T - Dark fruits in spades here with a good helping of belgian yeast and spices.

M - Medium carbonation and it's very smooth body.

O - The addition of plums make an interesting mix on the base quad. But, it's not enough to keep me wanting more or hold my attention.

cvm4, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

aflies, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

TaylorK, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

lookrider, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

KevinGordon, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of phishsihq
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada collaborated with monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. The quad features sugar plums grown on the Abbey grounds and harvested by the monks. The beer pours a deep, rich brown with ruby highlights and is nearly opaque. A decent khaki colored head diminishes slowly, but is well retained. The nose is rich with malty flavors. Hints of the dark fruits are aided by the addition of the sugar plums, and a bit of molasses, toffee, and spices round out the complex aroma. The dark fruits are pronounced on the palate, with dark cherries, plums, and figs all playing a role. Toffee, caramel, and molasses flavors are contributed by the bold maltiness, while a touch of booze and slight Belgian funk carry across the tongue. Silky smooth, Ovila is fairly heavy in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

phishsihq, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BigTrubble, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

seeswo, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack at the brewery in Chico (along with a shitton of other stuff like BA Bigfoot). Pours dirty dark brown, thin beige head at the top of it. Looked professional, no floaties. Aroma was prune, alcohol, belgian yeast, probably the thing they were going for, but not something that floats my boat. Actually alcohol was probably the strongest thing, then prune.

Taste was prune and raisin soaked alcohol. I'm already thinking to myself, 'you bought these for the old lady, be glad you don't have to choke down the rest of this beer, or the remaining 3 bottles from the four pack. I didn't really like the dark fruit bitter alcohol bite of this one. Has very little in the way of malt contribution, the beer seemed a little thin, and no appreciable flavor or character to whatever they used. It was all prune, raisin, licorice, alcohol, fig and belgian yeast type of thing going on. What I had hoped for in terms of plum sweetness just never came across, that merle haggard? song "always wanting you, but never having you," came to mind.

Not my style, disregard these notes if it is your style, don't let this guy make you think it won't be something you like. The old lady likes it, but she is on facebook too much to write a beer review.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Tozac, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

hash_tagger, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

metalgdog, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of brock146
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark purplish-brown with off white/tan head

S - Sweet and fruity with that funky "Belgian" aroma

T - Bittersweet, fermented dry and dark fruits, a hint of sweet plum. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but not in a bad way.

M - Smooth and a little cream with a medium body. Warming soon after it has been taken in.

O - This is a really good Belgian quad IMO. I'm not a real big fan of Belgian yeast flavor most of the time but it seems like the sugar plum used in this one helps this beer lean toward a much evolved flavor. I would purchase it again, even at $6 a bottle.

brock146, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes last week(Feb. 2013)

12.7 oz brown bottle abbey style capped and corked. Fantastic label in design and quality. The monk on the label is pretty BA if you ask me. A real thick bottle. Screams quality. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A - deep maroon in color. Deep brown-mahogany tint. Big tan head that does provide some stick to the glass.

S - dark fruit with a touch of dried plum. A nice spiciness with hints of alcohol esters. Maybe a hint of Chocolate and soft molasses.

T - rich dark fruits with a big dried plum. Very fruity character with excellent spice and cinnamon. Tasty Belgian style yeast flavors. Nicely balanced overall with some spice in the finish.

M - smooth and velvet like in the feel. Does its job in coating the entire mouth with A rich quad like flavor. Alcohol warmth is present, but it a very enjoyable Quad.

O - I didn't read reviews before buying this and I'm glad I didn't for the fact that I probably wouldn't have done so based on other opinions. But boy was this a treat and did it's job. One of the best american made belgian style ales I've ever had. It's a shame this is probably the only time it'll be offered bc it's worthy of a seasonal release. The quality of dark fruit and plum flavors are spot on and overall this quad is very tasty. Grab it if you can.

BradtheGreat7, Feb 18, 2013
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.