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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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89
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947 Ratings
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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 29
Gots: 156 | FT: 9
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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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Ratings: 947 | Reviews: 201
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep brown with ruby red highlights where light can penetrate with a tan half finger's worth of head. Fair retention, leading to a flat and barren surface with no lacing on the side. Very wine-like in appearance.

Smell - Aroma hits on sweet, dark fruitiness and light sugary notes. Hints of astringency from the alcohol.

Taste - Follows the nose. The plum comes through well with a predominant dark fruit character, along with some brown sugar sweetness. Touches of alcohol in there, but doesn't get too hot. Very wine-like in the finish, with plum, black cherry fruit and dark chocolate in the mix.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with light carbonation. Not quite as chewy as some quads. Drying finish.

Overall - Good brew. Drinks similarly to red wine; like a cab or zin with a touch of carbonation. Maybe not the best or most complex quad out there, but certainly unique. I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again.

Photo of larryi86
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet

A- A deep ruby red with a small off-white head.

S- Dark fruits, plum, sweet malts, caramel malts, very mild for a quad.

T- Dark fruits, slightly tart plums, caramel malts, earthy slightly bitter spices, again mild for a quad.

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but again this is a very mild quad. Plums work in the beer and are enjoyable. I like a lot of beers from Sierra Nevada, but this is one the few I wouldn't pick up again.

Photo of Samuel906
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date visible, but the bottle is from last year. Poured into a Witkap Pater chalice.

A - Pours a murky brown, with a purple tint, leaving only a thin white ring. Slippery lacing as it is swirled against the glass. Meets my expectations considering the style and with what it was brewed with.

S - Has a vinous nose of dark fruits, of course the most notable is plums. Concord grapes, raisins, a subtle touch of bread. The nose is slightly muted by its cool temp. I'm sure more aromas will shine through as it warms.

T - The flavors follow the nose, but they seem to be disjointed. There is a nice sweetness on the entry, but is recedes to a dry and slightly bitter finish. Outside of the flavors mentioned in the smell, you can detect and estery presence along side a touch of alcohol. There is a tad bit of tartness as well. I'm sure if this was fresh, it would be a lot better.

M - Medium-bodied with an acidic feel. Complex, slightly tart and bitter on the finish. The finish does linger 45+ secs.

O - As I mentioned above, I'm sure this was a lot better when it was fresh. With it being a Quad, I didn't feel the need to drink it right away and figured it may benefit from some down time. I have two of these left and I want to try one soon to se if this may be a bad bottle.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my buddy Bluz4Frank for picking up a couple of these for me.

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours nearly pitch black except for some dark purple/garnet colored hues along the edges. A thin, creamy, off-white head sits on top by fades to a solid ring that lasts till the last drop.

S: There are a lot of phenols up front creating a slight medicinal aroma. Bold sweetness of dark fruits follow with a touch of alcohol.

T: Rich caramel malt and mildly sweet dark fruits blend well while the medicinal aromatics found in the nose have mostly disappeared. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, and finishes with a sweet kick at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a minimal amount of carbonation. Overall it feels very still, but finishes smoothly with the alcohol hidden dangerously well.

O: While this beer has its flaws, it isn't a bad example of the style overall. Easy to drink and pretty tasty, I'll revisit this from time to time.

Photo of Stofko1992
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from really cool, cage & cork 375ml into a Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark purplish-brown with moderate tan head and champagne-like bubbles.

Smell: Caramel and toffee, loads of dark fruit (I am sure that plum is part of it), banana, and dry spiciness. Wonderful aroma.

Taste: Not quite as good as the aroma but still nice. Very fruity, with an emphasis on plum, dates and cherry, with underlying molasses and caramel. There are definite Belgian yeast notes, with banana, clove and pepper. Finishes a little sugary.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat smooth, but not enough dryness in the finish.

Overall: I have never had the standard Ovila Quad, but this version is good despite the lingering cloying sweetness. Better than the Ovila Dubbel and Saison, but still not top notch. I am not sure why Sierra Nevada can't nail these traditional Belgian styles - usually the mouthfeel seems to be the issue. But damn this is a good smelling beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada's Belgian-inspired Ovila series takes a serious left turn as its "Quad" introduces the taste of plums in order to exacerbate the dark fruit flavor that's already pleasant in the original Ovila Quad.

Much like other Quad variations, the ale pours with a dense, rusty appearance that's chocked full of brown and red hues along with a sturdy haze. As a creamy barley-stained head patiently builds up towards the tulip's rim, its retention is strong during the session and its lace is of broken rings. Its a strong appearance even through the ale doesn't have the exuberence that traditional Belgian Dark Strong Ales do.

Rich aromas kick off with a sweeter tone that's backed with brown sugar and light molasses. As the fruit aromas fold it, the ale takes a red wine scent with acidic grape, blackberry, raisin, prune, dates and figs to go along with obvious plumb overtones. A counterpart of spice also stems from its vinous acidic scent- fresh cracked peppercorn, orange peels and fennel. As the alcohol tickles the nose, and as the first sip nears, the aromas culminate in a way to remind me of spiced rum and plumb wine.

And to taste much of that brown sugar and molasses taste greets the early palate with unexpected rich malts. But once its sweetness fully saturates the taste buds, the balance of fruit and spice slices right through the sweetness with acidity and peppery heat. Blackberries, currants and red grapes bounce off of white pepper, black pepper, coriander, light clove and earthy near-licorice taste for complexity and intrigue in the middle. Trailing with plum overtones, the alcohol spice and light woody bitterness takes charge and gives the ale the rummy and winy finish that the nose promised.

Much fuller in body than expected, the ale retains its creamy-sweet structure very long and not drifting into drier sensibilities just yet. Its long draw across the middle palate provides a marshmallow texture to accompany its spice, acidity, and fruity tartness that lightens its viscosity to a mild extent. Its warm finish is semi-dry and again spicy with rum attributes.

With all that sugar plum talk dancing in my head, its easy to become seduced by the ale's clean fruit/spice balance and its hearty malt sweetness. But comparing it to more authentic Belgian versions, its easy to see that this much more simplistic ale not only lacks the much needed complexity it also doesn't allow for the drier drinkability to emerge which would facilitate a much more palatable and Belgian-esque digestible quality.

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