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

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,047
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 44
Gots: 204 | FT: 10
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

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Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


375 picked up at the COOP for a VERY respectable $3.50... Cheap almost!!

Poured into my HotD goblet.. The brew is dark dark walnut brown with only some garnet showing through down at the stem end of the glass... dark tan head rises and then drops pretty quickly.

The aromas are nice.. not as rich as many quads, but still there are plenty of dark maltiness and more fruity esters than spicy notes... fruity notes actually outweigh the malts for the most part..

Flavors are sorta traditional.. again, very fruity without the background toasty malts... the malt is there, but obliterated by the esters and residual fruits..

Body and carbonation are pretty square...

Where are the plums?? Are they the fruity culprit that dried this one out? Did they get rid of the traditional maltiness?

Interesting... I will buy more for sure, but I have a hard time putting this one in the same wheelhouse as the Continental Quads..


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body with a glowing brown at the base and a thin cream of foam that breaks up in the center. There are microbubbles that pop at the surface.

S- The soft fusel alcohol and dark berry notes blend with some dark sweet malt and dark cola notes with graham hints growing as it opens. There is a classic abbey yeast character which always makes me think of monk’s bad breath when I smell it.

T- Tastes of sweet dark fruit with hints of tart plum skins under a sweet syrup malt finish. There is a fusel taste to the finish with some bittern notes and a slight tang that grows and leads to a plum hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol heat that fills the throat after each sip.

O- This is a big hot (fusel) sweet monster that could really use some age, but no dates on the bottles. The fruity quality is nice but it can’t save the beer. It was a bit rough to slug through but perhaps it will be better in the bitter winter winds?

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Photo of Chrysostom
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the best American Trappist knock-off or Trappist replica I've yet to try, that still manages to be somewhat (and I use the word loosely), remotely, distantly like a Belgian. (Three Philosophers is the best, but, like this beer, is more of a stout-cum-barleywine than a Trappist.) For style, this beer is disqualified - it has none of the typical Trappist characteristics.

Presentation: 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle decanted (if that's the right word, the beer is so dark as to render impossible to detect any indication of bottle-conditioning or lees) in to a Chimay goblet/chalice.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown, tending to black. Looks like a stout. One-finger head quickly recedes to barely a rim of foam. Lacing is nonexistent, in keeping with the high ABV and low hop presence (surprising for Sierra Nevada). This looks like a stout, not a Belgian.

S: Booze and grapes. Has a smell more reminiscent of a merlot or pinot noir (I'm not a big wine drinker, as you can tell from my conflating of styles) than anything resembling beer. There are dark fruits present, but no out-of-balance plum - the smell is the closest thing to Belgian about this beer, but the alcohol character is somewhat pronounced.

T: Booze and grapes, with dates, figs, and a definite plum on the back-palate. Moderately strong alcohol presence on the fore- and mid-palate, becoming stronger as the drink warms. Very tart, almost bitter alcoholic finish with a strong warming effect. A tiny bit of complexity, but not that much. "Booze and grapes", or "Booze and dark fruits", about sums it up. I thought I tasted a bit of spice, reminiscent of Rochefort, on my first sip. On later sips, it had disappeared. Uniquely, both malt and hops are virtually non-existent, or at least strongly overpowered by other characteristics. The backbone of this is "grape" or "booze", not malt. The bitterness-component of the finish is the only place where any hop comes through, and it's still dominated by the alcohol.

M: Very thin for the style. Unbalanced. Carbonation nil, at least in effect. Alcohol thins the palate perceptibly, leaning towards spirits. Low point of this beer. When cold, it tasted and felt like water on the tongue. As it warms, it tastes more like wine (non-sparkling) than beer.

D: Somewhat low. Not an excellent drink, but no problem finishing a bottle. Inoffensive, but high in alcohol content, and in alcohol character. Drinkable, but doesn't make you want another - it makes you want a Chimay.

O: About equal to the sum of its parts, a decent beer that is quite a bit above-average for American imitations of Trappists, head and shoulders above similar failed experiments such as the Nineteen, the Reverend, Brother Thelonious, etc., but is not something that one would go out of the way to drink again. About 72-75 on a scale of 100.

Three Philosophers is much better as a drink, but even less Belgian than this - at least this has some Belgian character in the nose.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Solid dark brown with a small head and almost no lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy, with just a bit of fruit in there. Smells like candy.

T: A bit spicy with a nice mellow sweetness. It is a bit syrupy and the mouthfeel doesn't help with that designation. Good blend but it kind of drops off.

M: Prickly carbonation with a weird thickness to it.

O: Not that great. I was expecting a lot more here. I got it as an extra in my first trade. It's good but was a bit weird for a quad. It must be the plums. Not a big fan of the fruit, so it makes sense.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown. Big, fluffy head. Bubbly lacing.

S-Raisin bread and dried plums. Layered sweetness. I actually enjoyed the nose more than I was expecting.

T-Raisin, plum, molasses, rich caramel and liqueur-dipped croissant. Light whispers of anise and root beer. I wish I had tried the base beer before this guy.

M-Full bodied and chewy. Sappy almost. A bit hot.

O/D-Its well made. I got the bottle at around $4 so that's cool too.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 bottle poured into a chalice at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown, nearly black color with a 1-finger frothy, creamy, tan head. Really nice retention as the head fades down to a thin cap that stays on the surface throughout with some great lacing.

S – Caramel malt, dark candi sugar, plums, raisins, bready and spicy yeast, and a phenolic aroma that definitely smells a little like Band-Aids. I’ve heard this description of phenols before, but I’ve always interpreted them as medicinal until this beer. Other than the phenols, it smells pretty good.

T – It starts off sweet with caramel malt, molasses, raisins, plums, and dark candi sugar. As the taste progresses, spicy, peppery, dry, and bready Belgian-style yeast appears. The phenols that I found in the aroma are luckily very subdued and only appear at the very, very end of the finish. This beer tastes alright, but the sweetness is a bit cloying.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and mildly creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, spicy, and dry finish. Spicy, bready yeast flavors and some phenols linger for a bit. There’s a slight palate-and-throat-warming sensation from the alcohol but not as much as I anticipated. The mouthfeel is pretty good but lacks the smoothness of classic Belgian examples of the style.

O – This is a decent beer. Unfortunately for it, it’s the quad category, which immediately puts it at a disadvantage (some of the best beers in the world are in this style). Every aspect of the beer minus the appearance is lacking in some aspect – the aroma and taste lack the complexity of good quads and each have evidence of phenols, the flavor is a bit cloying, and the mouthfeel is lacking in that wonderful characteristic Belgian creaminess. Regardless of all of these things, I appreciate the collaboration and originality of brewing the beer with plums. It’s also pretty tasty (albeit lacking for the style) and very drinkable for 10.2% ABV. All-in-all, it’s a decent beer, and I’m glad I tried it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 2.22.13

A - Pours a very dark amber with a thin light tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Lots of plums, sweet fruit, Belgian yeast.

T - Pums and super sweet. Belgian yead with some dark fruits and malty.

D - Mild carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Sweet and fruity Belgian Quad. Pretty straight forward, but a bit sweet.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375 ML Bottle from a 4 pack.

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small light brown head.

Smells sweet and fruity with a clear scent of plums. Sweet smelling with a light scent of phenols. For a Quad this is pretty low key in the scent department.

Starts out sweet with a good fruit flavor and a little coriander actually tastes drier than it smells. Mild and tame tasting alcohol is completely under control, it is only detectable in the warmth it delivers to the chest. Mild tasting for a quad.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a tasty yet mild ale. Only problem is it is too mild really for a Quadrupel.

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Photo of arizcards
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 4 pack from BevMo in early February for $12.99.

Beer poured dark brown with a off white head that is leaving a little lacing behind.

Nose is pretty light for a quad, hints of dark fruits are there.

Taste is of plums, dry and yeasty, not overly complex but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth but not quite classic quad.

Overall i like this brew, not quite as good as across the pond produces but enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of twistwrist
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an eccentric, highly fruity beer. It tastes and smells quite sweet, similar to a Barley Wine. No lacing left on the edge of the glass. Beer has adequate carbonation, not as carbonated as my usual IPA favorites, but more so than Stouts.

It is a very heavy beer at 10.2% ABV, it packs a punch which is best followed up by a glass of water and another beer!

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Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black-brown completely opaque body. Thin creamy light tan head on top, with a few large bubbles in the mix. Does provide some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: I get a huge whiff of alcohol, followed by some coffee notes and wood.

T: Some alcohol flavor, along with a light roasted quality. The roasted flavor (although soft) is a lot stronger than you'll find in most other quads. Some dark chocolate flavors are in there as well, and a soft mineral-like quality to the taste. The bottle says it is brewed with plums, and I get zero plum flavor.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic. It's full bodied without being heavy, it's creamy, and just feels great to drink. Perfect carbonation, and just a real pleasure to drink.

O: Overall it was a very nice beer. I would call it a "take" on a quad, because it generally steps away from many Belgian flavors and scents. I was a bit dissatisfied that there was no plum taste in the beer. If the label didn't mention it, I never would have known.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of Cubatobaco
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of kitch
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle, packaged and bottled on 19 November 2014 and poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a deep dark brown (near black) colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma: Brown sugar, toffee some toasted malts and chocolate followed by dark fruits, plums, raisins and cherry.

Taste: Roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits of plums, figs and cherry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, smooth, some alcohol warmth.

Overall: I was surprised and a little disappointed at the amount of roasty malts, chocolate and coffee that comes through in the taste as I prefer my quads to be more on the fruity side.

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Photo of bsp77
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of PolarBear3
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a darkish brown colour with tanned head that disippates fairly quickly

S - Dark fruits, caramel,toffee with some hint of vanilla

T - Lots of dark fruit including raisins, caramel, malty, sweet candy although a little boozy on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation with medium body

O - A fairly complex beer that is balanced very fairly nicely despite the slightly boozy finish.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 375 ml long neck corked dark brown bottle into an 8 ounce sampler. Interesting label art depicting a hooded monk in silent contemplation. An even, moderate pour produces a 1/4 inch thick light tan head, with very little lace clinging to the glass (a side effect of the alcohol content).

I'm somewhat smell-challenged, but I definitely detect rich sweet malt, plums/prunes, spicy yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is very complex, with a good bit of pleasant sourness of dark fruit balancing rather well with the malt backbone. The plum is not overbearing at all. Also very apparent is a medicinal taste like old fashioned root beer, combined with a boozy, sherry-like taste/aroma. An essence of plum lingers in the aftertaste, along with some earthy hops, producing a taste evocative of a plum pit lingering in your mouth after you've drawn out all the juicy goodness. A building warming sensation is apparent in the belly and throat.

I'm enjoying this beer very much, as the style is (still) a relatively rare find in my area . The complex flavors (and high ABV) promote slow sipping, and quiet contemplation, as personified by the hooded monk on the label.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a Karmeliet tulip glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Clear dark brown, with a deep coppery color when held up to the light. Thin tan foam across the top with occasional islands of lacing - not very persistent lacing. A few bubbles here and there very slowly coming up through the beer.

Smell: When first poured, quite metallic. As it warmed up the metallic is still there, but toffee notes come out. A hint of something fruity every now and then.

Taste: Rich toasted malt, caramel, toffee, some cocoa notes (but these disappeared as the beer warmed up), dark fruits, some spiciness. Definitely on the sweet side. Some tiny hints of warming alcohol as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, slick, some lingering alcohol bite and spiciness, but a bit flat as well.

Overall / Drinkability: I don't know if this was supposed to have yeast sediment in it or not, but when I pulled the cork and there was practically no noise I was concerned that something was off with this bottle. No bad tastes, but I wonder if something is missing in this beer given that I'm not picking up the aromas as described on the bottle. Tasty, but not an amazing quad. If there are plums in this, they are well hidden. For the price I cannot see getting it again when there are better quads available.

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Photo of jhawth
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from beautiful corked and caged 12oz bottle into tulip. Pours an almost solid very dark brown, slightly lighter around the edges. Finger-width, off-white head.

Aroma: Plums and other dark fruits, sweet sugary/caramel-y malt notes, and a noticeable, isopropyl-like alcohol character. Alcohol character fades as it warms.

Taste: Follows nose, with added layer of spiciness from Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, very lively carbonation. Almost overly carbonated.

Overall: Not a bad brew, but not quite as complex or nuanced as I would like a quad to be. Hopefully some age will mellow the booziness and promote the development of some different malt flavors.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thin tan head on a dark brown, almost black body.
The aroma is wonderful and deep. Candy, plums, caramel and wet grain all dance around.
The taste is long. Fairly sweet throughout with a mild lemon bitterness in the middle, the finish is warm alcohol.
The texture is heavier with low carbonation.
It's pretty good, but the taste hasn't caught up with the rest of it.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Pours the classic quad dark cola colour with an off white head that reduces to a film.

S - Plums and dark fruit with some sticky molassis.

T - Raisins, Plums and cola flavours. No sign of the ABV which is impressive. A little one dimensional.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Quite smooth.

T- Just doesn't have the wow factor I continue to look for in the U.S. made Belgian styles. Having said that, there isn't much wrong with it.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.