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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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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 24
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 John_M
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Apothecary alehouse the other evening. Might as well get it while I can, as only a very limited amount came into WV.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is quite attractive and complex in this one, as I get something of a dry stout aroma, but with overtones of plum, sour cherry, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with plum, sour cherry and burnt toast flavor on the finish countering and balancing the moderate sweetness in this beer quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, rich, plummy burnt toast finish. Sounds weird, but this stuff is just great. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell it's up there a bit.

Just delicious... probably my favorite of the Ovila beers I've had so far.

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of coders
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle.

A - Poured smoothly into a tulip. Thin head with a deep raspberry-like color. The beer itself is very dark.

S - Very pleasant, and fruity with a caramel aura.

T - Now this is a dark ale I can enjoy. I often expect chocolaty and coffee-like flavors when trying out a beer as dark as Ovila. A flash of sour pops before a lightly-spiced fruitful finish.

M - Crisp and warm, a tad sticky.

O - I'm enjoying this beer, but couldn't see me drinking more than one in a night. Well done Sierra Nevada.

Photo of ferrettman687
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark brown with a soft white head, some nice spotty thick lace.

S: Notes of sweet dried fruits, plums and raisins.

T: Nice dark fruit and candi sugar flavour. Smooth plum taste throughout, well balanced, lots of good flavour.

M: As with all the Ovila beers, the mouthfeel is exceptional. Very soft, easy drinking, creamy and smooth.

O: Good stuff, it was nice to revisit the Ovila line, another well made beer by these guys, especially in America in this style.

Photo of charlzm
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed February 18th, 2013.

Very dark brown pour with deep garnet highlights. Really creamy dark tan head 1.5 fingers high provides excellent sticky sheeting down the sides of the glass. Really, a good-looking beer.

Aroma is dark pitted fruits (duh... plums, maybe?). Woody notes as well.

Dark, syrupy, bready malt character with sweet plums in the background. Slightly bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat. Not very complex, but not bad at all.

Mouthfeel slightly thick, slightly drying. Significant alcohol warmth after a few sips.

This small bottle was just the right size.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 2.22.13

A - Pours a very dark amber with a thin light tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Lots of plums, sweet fruit, Belgian yeast.

T - Pums and super sweet. Belgian yead with some dark fruits and malty.

D - Mild carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Sweet and fruity Belgian Quad. Pretty straight forward, but a bit sweet.

Photo of brewtus
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.8 oz bottle poured into chimay chalice
A- pours dark dark ruby reddish brown, small dense head that fades after a few seconds.
S- dark fruit, Belgian yeast, faint chocolate
T/M- starts thick like a quad, you get a lot of the Belgian yeast, candied sugar,a lot of dark fruits, again some chocolate, finishes kind of bitter. Creamy texture, low carbonation
O- this isn't too bad but not my favorite. I like trying beer variants but I won't do this one again. The plums add a nice subtle taste but.... Who loves plums? Sweet label though.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark red-brown with one-finger, tan, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Dark fruit, bubble gum, Belgian spice. Alcohol.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted malt, dark fruit, Belgian spice.

M: Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and very warm going down.

O: Pretty good Quad. I really like the mouthfeel of this one. The appearance was dull though.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL C&C pours a dark brown color with a fairly small, light tan head. Clarity is pretty good and lacing/retention is both pretty minimal.

Very nice aromas of roasty chocolate and plums. Dark bread comes out as well as some near-burnt caramel. Just enough sweet aromas (mostly brown sugar) to offset the toast and toffee.

It has some really nice flavors of dark grains, chocolate and dark fruit. The fruitiness is kept at a good level; it does not overpower the malt. The bready aspect is just a touch too much on the 'burnt' side, like a loaf of the brown bread from Outback that got left in the oven a bit long. Alcohol is well integrating and lacks the usual 'sting' of some beers this high in ABV. Mouthfeel is fine-bubbled and not quite chewy but full enough not to be a problem, carbonation a touch on the low side. It’s a pretty good quad; I’m glad I bought a 4-pack of this and look forward to seeing what this does over the next couple years.

Photo of Ristaccia
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UncleNeighborChris
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of RWNewhouse
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts with plums, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, spices, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced Quad with great mouthfeel.

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of JClarson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.