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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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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 29
Gots: 156 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Bottle to snifter.

A - Very dark ruby/brown colour; almost completely opaque. A thin layer of light brown head formed on the pour.

S - Brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit accompany a big sweetness. Belgian yeast and some spice are present in the background.

T - Caramel and brown sugar dominate with a rich sweetness. Raisin, fig, spice and Belgian yeast flavours add complexity. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

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12.7 oz caged and corked bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian style chalice.

Pours out a really dark brown with a thin layer of tan colored head, not the best retention and spotty lace from a swirl is really quick to fall back into the beer.

Pretty big on a dry plum note, a bit is some other dark dried fruits, figs, maybe a bit of raisin, light molasses and light brown sugar as well. A bit of alcohol as it warms.

A lot like the aroma with maybe a bit more complexity. Plums are there as well as some other dark fruits, prunes, figs, light raisin, some plum skin, a nice molasses/ brown sugar sweetness maybe even a bit of caramel. Comes on fairly sweet but finishes with a bit of dryness.

Bigger side of medium bodied, drinks easy, the alcohol isn't noticeable in the taste as much. Really smooth.

For me this started off as a pretty average quad, but the more I drank it the more I started to really enjoy it and didn't want the glass to end. Very pronounced flavors.

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12.7 ounce bottle poured in a tulip, 4 pack at $14.99. Amazing stuff. Aroma has a roasted character, raisin bread pudding is a good descriptor, malts and dried fruit blended in a complementary way. Appearance is a dark brown-red with decent lacing and lingering residue of foam on top. Taste is a dried fruit lineup of plums, figs & raisins, very smooth despite the high abv, chocolate(?), orange zest. The main theme I picked up is that it’s all really well integrated. The wide array of roasted, citrus and dried fruit flavors work together. Palate is lively, sizzling in carbonation, medium bodied, long lasting flavor presence. Overall, this stuff is a good deal for the money and one of the few Belgian-style beers I’ve had in recent memory that’s highly recommendable.

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unique. points for a beautiful bottle, complete with a label i love, and a cage on top. wonderfully understated in its presentation. at first i thought it was opaque, but the light-behind-the-glass showed it was just a really, really dark, clear ruby red. solid head dies down fairly quickly, thin layer hangs around. aroma is nothing too complicated, prunes are there just a bit. taste is refined, smooth, malty, with the plums adding a subtle sweet fruitiness that makes this the first fruit based beer i have ever cared for. mouthfeel is smooth, not too thick, just a bit. abv is hidden reasonably well, but it's there if you look. as it warms, the plums come out a bit more. this brew takes me back to the 1600s. nicely done, sn; i would look for this again.

i should note, sn's torpedo dipa is in my top 5, and this is so very different from torpedo . . . i enjoyed it all-the-more.

update 6/28/13 - bumped up a couple areas, turns out i like this more and more.

update 5/9/14 - chatting with my bro about this hard-to-find favorite of mine, realized it still had no image. not the best, it's a pic from my phone from last year, but i wanted to show the label because i absolutely love the look, and it has brethren with similar names but different styles/labels, wanted to help avoid confusion. cheers!

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Newest collaboration from Sierra Nevada!!

Pours out very dark with some ruby highlights and a finger of a khaki/off-white head.

The aroma is very dark fruit forward; plums, figs and raisins with a hint of tart cherry. There is some white pepper type of spice, some candied sugar, Belgian yeast characteristics and a bit of bready malt.

The taste is also very heavy on the dark up front; tons of plum, fig, raisin and a hint of cherry too. Definitely get some nice white pepper spiciness along with some orange peel, yeasty notes and it finishes with some candied sugar type of note.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. The carbonation is a touch high though. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with only some warming as it goes down.

This is a decent beer, but definitely an American version of a Quad. Missing some of the best elements that make Belgian Quads so complex and tasty. It was a little sweet as it warmed up, but a very tasty beer that's worth checking out.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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