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

755 Ratings
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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 111 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +1.8%

Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Photo of JClarson
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Photo of aflies
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.