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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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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,058
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 51
Gots: 211 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 1,058
Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle
A - dark brown, thin but foamy, tan head coats the top of the ale
S - huge malt nose, plum & dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, bread, fig
T - tons of malt again with plum, brown sugar, molasses, yeast, bread, fig, spice, booze is noticeable but well concealed
M - thick, full body, pleasant carbonation, fig and plum linger with a spicy, peppery finish
O - very nice quad with some added plum characteristics and complexity. Not sure that I'd get it again at that price ($4.99), but it was worth the try

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

i had this beer at my local pub on draft. had three, and had to pick up a pack next trip.

dark, plums are obvious, sweet, less hops than a Unibreu or some competitors.

good beer, worth trying, as i've found all the Ovila's to be

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Photo of brock146
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a few bottles at Marlboro Wine and Spirits.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear super deep dark ruby brown/garnet hue. Good one finger tan head that fades to leave a thin blanket and nice halo. Solid light lacing.

S - Aromas of almost overly sweet malts, brown sugar, candied sugar, belgian yeast, caramel, and solid dark fruits particularly the plum. Solid roast malt on the end and surprisingly hardly any alcohol.

T - Not a sweet as I thought it would be. And actually alot more roasted. Sweet malts, not really sweet dark fruits. Just plums, not sweet just there. Light raisin notes. Finish is quite roasty with a lingering candy sweetness. Booze is hidden nicely which is what bumped this up to a 4 for me. Still shocked at the lingering roast finish. Faint, faint chocolate notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Smooth, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, so I was not blown away by this beer. But at $4.20 per bottle I'm not really going to complain. Glad I have 2 more to just forget about in the cellar. I bet/hope with some time that roast will die out and this will become nice and sweet and plummy. Looking forward to that.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark mahogany with slight ruby highlights and about a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-smells very nice, lots of dark fruit, malt, molasses, and very light chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of dark fruits, molasses, Belgian yeast, and a very light roastedness at the end

M-medium body, high carbonation, and a good amount of sweetness present but not too much to be cloying

Overall maybe this isn't as good as some of the Belgian quads I have had, but it's pretty good for an American version. Really nice dark fruit in this.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle poured into an Ovila Goblet

A: Dark brown with some ruby edges when held up to the light, tan colored head that quickly vanished, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, what's left of it, no lacing, not seeing any carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, plums coming through really nice, dark fruits, brown sugar, smells really dark and sweet, picking up some alcohol on the end.

T: Classic Belgian yeast flavors quickly give way to plum, dark fruits, brown sugar sweetness, slight tart flavor at the end, plum sweetness lingers, not much alcohol for 10.2%.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slight dry finish. A little thin, doesn't pop like a Belgian quad.

O: I really like this, very balanced, it has that classic quad Belgian flavors but it is enhanced with a nice plum, dark fruit sweetness, warms up really well, alcohol is hidden pretty good, definitely going to pick up another four-pack.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

what i love about sierra nevada is not just how good this beer is, but the fact that it is on shelves for $2.99, a steal at any rate, but for a beer this strong and this good, its insane. rich mahogany body to this and not much head in my globe. the nose is amazing though, i get more cherries than plums, but a definite dark fruit element stands strong among the grain trees here, sweet and a little spicy, quintessentially belgian. the fruit is there in the taste too, which is layered and huge, but not hot. it ins some ways reminds me of life and limb, that different sort of sugar additive, birch syrup or something, earthy and stately, really delicious, and a great compliment to the plums and the yeast. its a long flavorful experience driven by rich grain and semisweet under ripe plums. one of the best quads ive had honestly, and the fact that it was so affordable makes me want to go out and buy up all i can find. really big body and not much carbonation here, it really isnt needed or missed, as the flavors carry themselves just fine in its absence. top quality quad packed with flavor. a real generous gift to the beer community this one. thank you for it sierra nevada.

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Photo of yamar68
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic looking quad... swampy brown body with a creamy khaki head that forms a dense, lacing collar.

Nice. The plums really do translate here... playing nicely with candy sugars, clean caramel and toffee, figs, alcohol is entirely hidden. Smooth... so far so good.

I like this. Sweet fruits flavors with smoky tobacco, brown sugar, there's a slight booze kick right at the end... appropriate though, leafy hops, more of that plum character.

This is much better than I was anticipating based on the ratings alone.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled `1/10/13.

Poured from the fancy corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter.

a: Clear near black ruby with a quickly-receding finger thick tan head which left a surface foam and just a trace of lacing here and there.

s: Dark fruit. As it warms, dark malt becomes more prominent.

t: Dark malt over fruit with some hop balance. Refined. High ABV is well handled, although it becomes more evident in the throat towards the finish.

m: Substantial. Great carbonation.

o: An excellent brew. Flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a few times and realized I had not reviewed it yet, so stuck one in the fridge and here we go. Beautiful beer, thick and dark on the pour and then thick enough appearance to get me salivating. The smell is also awesome, not super strong but clean and no obvious alcohol despite the over 10%. The taste is very good and gets even better and smoother as it warms, take your time and enjoy sipping on this one. Overall it gets bonus points for both value, $15 a four pack I believe, and for the ABV which does not come on strong. Also, the corked 12 oz bottles are unique and cool.

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Photo of GregA135
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/dark purple color

You can slightly smell the plums, a bit of raisins, dark fruits

Smooth with a sweet plum taste, the plum isn't overbearing and works well with the other flavors

Lightly carbonated, and easy on the palate

A good Quad, the plums give a great taste and color for the beer

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Photo of NYR2
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark with no head but a little bit of foam(poured into a goblet) which is creating just a bit of lacing.

S - Smells of a Belgian ale...this may be a ridiculous description, but my brain tells me when I am smelling a Belgian ale and that's what it's telling me now.

T - Mildly spicy and a little fruity but very smooth. Deliciously hiding the alcohol content. IMO Sierra Nevada should remove their name from this because this beer is entirely too good to not be a stand alone brand.

M - Smooth, slight carbonation on the tongue and throat.

O - I am glad I got my hands on this before my local liquor stores ran out of it as it seems to be in low quantity and high demand. If I can grab another 4 pack I will and I suggest you do the same if you enjoy dark Belgian ales.

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Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A cork and caged 12.7 oz bottle bought in February and kept refrigerated until now. Poured into a snifter this beer provides a thin finger of tan bubbly head that quickly breaks completely down. Dark brown with red highlights with held up to the light. Clear.

Aromas of plums and notes of Belgian yeast-definitely estery. A rich malt sweetness with a bit of bread and some lightly roasted notes. Some spicy peppery phenolic notes and a nice alcohol aroma.

Taste is similar to the nose. With a sweet malt character with hints of roasted malt. A bit sweet in the finish but rather quick and semi-dry. Plenty of yeast charcter with weak phenolic peppery taste with a fair amount of a vapory alcohol finish...but not overpowering.

Medium bodied for a quad with fair levels of carbonation with an alcoholic finish.

Overall this is probably the best American quad I've had. A bit boozier than the world class versions but with most of the nice flavor qualities of those. A nice beer.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

delicious. My kind of quad. Love the sweetness of the plums and the booziness. Can't wait to see how this develops. To me, a total bargain..corked and caged 12 oz bottles for around 3 bucks per?

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02/06/14 From bottle at RAttle n HUm, NYC. This is a superior brew...but if your not a fan of raisins or plums or prunes, stand back. Great taste. Complex . It makes you think of foreign lands but one need not be too adventerous to appreciate this offering. Do it! You will not be sorry. BTW it's 10%+ so be aware.

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Photo of Fremont897
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes across more as a Belgian quad leaning toward barleywine qualities. The sweet elements of plum, dates and banana combined with mild alcohol heat without the latent ashiness of most Belgian styles hit the spot for me. One of those "tastes twice as good when half finished" brews...dig.

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Photo of jman005
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into goblet.

A - A dark and murky look, with some reddish tints in the light. Not bad but nothing exceptional about the appearance.

S - Of many dark fruits; dark cherry, fig, currant, plum, golden raisin. Little bit of a yeasty spice and a little bit of a candied smell. Very nice aroma.

T - Getting all that dark fruitiness in the taste with a bit of spice and sweetness. Great plum/cherry flavors coming through and residing on the palate.

M - Meduim- full, pretty smooth but a kind of sticky on the tounge. To be somewhat excpected from this strong malty style.

Overall this beer is one of the more enjoyable Quads I've had to date. Really liked it and would pick up again, especially for the price.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very deep brown in color in the body. Slight hints of red are mixed into the body when held up to the light and the overall color impression is similar to a very deep colored, cherry hardwood. A small. 1cm head forms and hangs around for a good while and is beige in color. Lacing is very good as well.

S- First impression of the smell is mush less fruity than expected, and much more roasty. Chocolate and medium toasted malts greet you right up front with a touch of the plums underneath. The end of the scent is more dark fruit forward than the beginning, but still predominantly malts.

T- Starts off with the same dark and roasty malts as the scent, but moves into the plums more quickly than the scent. Chocolate and slightly burnt malts intermingle over top of the plums before the dark fruit flavor kicks in full strength. The fruit flavor dominates the middle of the drink before some burnt flavors come back at the end and linger a little after the drink.

M- This beer is thick, smooth, and low in carbonation; it feels just like the liquid bread the style is intended to be. There is only a slight bitterness and warmth from the alcohol, but it remains dangerously smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a very fruit forward quad, but the dark and chocolate malts actually maintain a great balance with the fruit and provide a pretty awesome drinking experience.

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany with ruby hues. Mostly opaque. Weak, soda-like head on the pour with minimal retention and no lacing.

Dark fruit and yeast aroma.

Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Dark fruits, raisins, dates and prominent plum complimenting the sweet qualities of the beer. Mild esters add a subtle tartness. Musky yeast. Excellent balance and complexity.

Full bodied. Well carbonated. Yeasty texture. Slick finish.

An excellent quad. Love the addition of plums.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Dsimenson
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner
A: deep dark ruby red color, thick tan head that looks like you could walk cross it on a calm day, nice clinging lacing.
S: fruity, malty, rich aroma of plum, a bit of yeast, lovely!
T: hops, plums, toffee, a bit of alcohol and bitterness in the finish, and the rich flavor rise up to my sinuses
M: thick, creamy
O: overall outstanding, a real treat!

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Photo of keithmurray
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark eggplant color with slight tan head

Smell - plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar, blueberry

Taste - plums, raisins , figs, brown sugar, grape, blueberry

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront from the plums, slightly tart in the finish

Overall - good American take on a style that usually runs flat when done outside of Belgium. Quad lovers should give it a chance

Price Point - $3/12 oz single

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.