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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
89
very good

910 Ratings
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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 25
Gots: 134 | FT: 8
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rangerred
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a smallish head. Ok head retention and lacing. A little disappointing for a Belgian, though.

Lots of clove and banana in the aroma very typical for the style. Just a hint of dark fruit.

Bready banana flavor with clove and bubblegum. Dark fruit is present but not as much as I would have expected given the plums this is brewed with. A bit hoppier than other quads I have had making this seem more "American." The alcohol is noticeable but remains restrained.

Overall, a decent quad but it falls short of some more notable Belgian examples. I don't feel the addition of plums is really that big a deal but still worth picking up if you come across it.

Photo of joh02034
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Samuel906
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light, sweet and very complex. Pours a deep, dark ruby with thin head. Smell is rich with sweet fruits, lots of plums and cherries with vanilla and hints of chocolate.
Taste follows suit, tons of plums, currants, hints of vanilla. surprisingly little booze for the abv. Light, crisp, lots of carbonation. I enjoyed this a lot, but I don't really have much experience with quads to make a good judge on style. Slightly too sweet.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, almost black color with a thin head that receded to a ring that left little lacing. It looked beautiful upon pouring. Scents of chocolate, plums and a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor has notes of chocolate, plum, prune, Belgian yeast, peppery hints and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied, with a medium carbonation level. On par for the style. A very good American example of a quad. It's not quite up there with the St. Bernardus quad or Rochefort 10, but it's a definite improvement over the standard Ovila Quad and quite good.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz C&C bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Appearance
Dark brown/garnet with a short head that dissipates quickly. It's hard to see through but there does appear to be some active carbonation.

Nose
Grape jelly, plum, concord grape and hints of raspberry.

Taste
Ripe black plum, grape jelly and concord grape. Dark candy syrup, molasses and dates. Lights notes of blackberry. The finish is earthy with hints of char and dried hay.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, uber-smooth and a little sticky.

Overall
Tons of plums! This is a nice Quad that hides the alcohol well.

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz. corked bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of amber and ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a small finger of tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

Smell: A big and rich yeast and malt driven aroma with fruits and chocolate scents. Belgian yeast with candied sugar and cinnamon and clove spice. Roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Big aroma of dark fruits with good hints of plums, fig, raisin, dates, prune, and dark cherries. Also some burnt brown sugar and banana hints in the mix as well. A very nice smelling Quad.

Taste: Follows the nose well with a big complex mix of yeast, dark malts, and fruits. Belgian yeast along with a taste of cinnamon and clove spicing. Notes of banana, clove, candied and brown sugars. Big bready dark malt presence with notes of dark roast chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Big dark fruit presence with notes of plums, fig, raisin, dark grape and cherry, dates, and prune. A little earthy hop presence towards the finish. More roasty than typical for the style. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and nicely chewy. Sweet but fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is very faint which is surprising for the style.

Overall: A really tasty and unique take on the Quad style. Bigger dark brownish flavor than what is typical for the style which adds a nice spin. Solid yeast and dark fruit presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Jonada
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby red. Small light khaki colored head dissipated almost instantly to medium thick collar.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits, belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisin bread, red grape, some booze, roasted malt, tobacco. The aroma is fairly complex, I just wish it were a little stronger.

Taste: Sweet/slightly tart plums, powdery belgian yeast, slightly vinous. The finish and aftertaste is roasted malt, coffee(?), and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Interesting take on a quad. Definitely deviates a bit from some of the more traditional options. The roasty and coffee flavors were a bit surprising, but they worked well with the other flavors. Worth picking up a bottle or two.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.