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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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699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 91 | FT: 8
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:
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(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013)
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Photo of dirtylou


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, corked n caged, served in avery tulip

rich chocolate malts, sweet dark fruits - plum, dried cherries, dates. Woody undertones, peppercorn, clove, cocoa, molasses, fruitcake. A bit dry in the finish. Dope label art and a nice price for the style - an impulse buy, and not one to be regretted

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:00:15 | More by dirtylou
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:43:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark russet brown with red highlights at edges. Fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Subdued aroma of dark fruit; particularly plums, grape juice, sweet malt. Flavor follows aroma with dark fruit, grapes, bready malt, the fresh plum flavor is remarkable. Of all that times I've used plums as a flavor ingredient in beer, this is the first time I got such a fresh, first bite plum flavor. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A bit reserved in flavor for a quad, but enough to well cover the ABV, and refreshing in the fresh plum component. I hope I can pick up another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:46:31 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:33:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-07-2013 02:18:59 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of DrDemento456


4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Snagged a bottle for 5 dollars tax included from the House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.
A - Big dark bold ruby brown almost porter pitch black with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head, that seems to be fizzing out rather quickly.
S - Must be very balanced since the smell is very tame. Fruity yeasts, notes of dark fruits obviously Plums and some underlining biscuit and caramel scents.
T - The addition to plums not only improves the tartness of the beer but really rounds out the overall taste of the chalky yeasts and alcohol sting. It is fairy complex with layers of dark fruit flavor and finishes with balanced sweetness. This is what I expected from "Pretty Things Baby Tree in terms of a quad brewed with plums.
M - Medium bodied not super sticky but sort of chewy. Love how the alcohol doesn't bite back.

Overall this was well worth the price of admission and I could see purchasing a four pack for around 15 bucks (works out to a 7.50 bomber) Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:29:33 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of bluejacket74


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark cola brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like plums, cherries, bready malt and a bit of molasses. It tastes like plums, bready malt, cloves, toffee, and some bananas, chocolate, and a slight medicinal taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew overall, but with that being said it's not one of the best Quads I've tried. Still, it's certainly worth trying. $3.79 for a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:32:45 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of twiggamortis420


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL C&C pours a dark brown color with a fairly small, light tan head. Clarity is pretty good and lacing/retention is both pretty minimal.

Very nice aromas of roasty chocolate and plums. Dark bread comes out as well as some near-burnt caramel. Just enough sweet aromas (mostly brown sugar) to offset the toast and toffee.

It has some really nice flavors of dark grains, chocolate and dark fruit. The fruitiness is kept at a good level; it does not overpower the malt. The bready aspect is just a touch too much on the 'burnt' side, like a loaf of the brown bread from Outback that got left in the oven a bit long. Alcohol is well integrating and lacks the usual 'sting' of some beers this high in ABV. Mouthfeel is fine-bubbled and not quite chewy but full enough not to be a problem, carbonation a touch on the low side. It’s a pretty good quad; I’m glad I bought a 4-pack of this and look forward to seeing what this does over the next couple years.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 22:24:02 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DefenCorps


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the local Whole Foods. Real nice presentation here.

A very dark reddish brown with a dense, light-brown head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks quite nice. The nose is solid. Fruity with the plum notes immediately noticeable, there's a pleasant blend of yeast and spice as well. Cocoa, a little leather, earth, black cumin, some caramel, a little alcohol are all noticeable.

The palate opens moderately sweet, with some caramel heft, wheat bread and fruit. The mid-palate is quite deliciously complex, with the interplay between the fruit, the yeast, the spice and the alcohol making this one warming treat. Burnt toast is also present. The yeast character is a relatively clean, fruity, spicy flavor, complementing the caramel notes quite well. Drying on the finish with an earthy, alcohol bite, this beer is medium in body and a little too crisply carbonated. The flavors on the finish are a blend of spice, fruit and carbonic acid. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:20:45 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of dgilks


3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque dark brown colour with a big, fluffy tan head. Good head retention. Some legs.

Richly alcoholic with a distinct ethanol aroma. Dark dried fruits and a little nutty. Lacking a bit of malt on the nose.

Ripe fruit. Tons of dried fig and raisin. Lots of alcohol verging on nail varnish remover. Very caramelised malt. Some earth. Pretty complex but dominated by the alcohol.

Medium to medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer. The flavours really work though the alcohol shines through a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 09:47:25 | More by dgilks
Photo of Duff27


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short white head leaves a filmy head and collar. Leaves line lacing with a swirl. Body is a dark brown with a purplish red hue.

Dark fruits all the way. Raisins, figs, grapes...plums, duh!

Follows the nose, tingly raisin on the tongue. Well balanced. Drinks it's 10.2%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Really thought the plum addition stepped up all the best parts about a quadruple. Good price point SN!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:38:31 | More by Duff27
Photo of illidurit


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

06-29-2013 02:32:03 | More by illidurit
Photo of barnzy78


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 11:48:53 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-12-2014 05:24:20 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of popery


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown - sort of a maroon-tinted mahogany - but light enough for color to be seen throughout and the beer is transparent even in a full (small) glass. Head is thin layer of fine beige bubbles. The aroma has lots of sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Lots of raisins, prunes, plums and other fruitiness. If I didn't know there were plums added, I probably would think this is just a normal quad with particularly deep fruit notes. It smells like a raisin bread pudding. Lots of doughy, bready malt with caramel, molasses, treacle and sweet booze. Very nice spice, as well. Taste starts sweet and builds in complexity and spice. The fruit comes through with a bit of tannic bitterness. Makes me think of macerated plum skin. Most of the sweetness is caramel and other doughy, toasty malt notes. The finish is a bit boozy, but there's a lot of nice lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is fine and gentle. It does get a tad sticky as the beer warms and some of the carbonation comes out of the beer. Hard to avoid that. Still, it coats the mouth nicely and that light bitter note keeps the beer from getting cloying. Overall, I'm impressed by this beer. With their fancier offerings, Sierra Nevada shows off a mastery of restraint. When it comes to adding fruit (and barrel-aging), breweries tend to go overboard. This beer uses plums to enhance its flavor, and the beer, rather than the plums, remains the star of the show.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:41:49 | More by popery
Photo of ROGUE16


4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-23-2013 18:12:37 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of DmanGTR


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-20-2013 18:43:59 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Brenden


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More mahogany than cherry wood, this dark brown beer nonetheless does have some deep red hues running deep into its body. The head, off-white, is a bubbly and dense 3/4 finger that holds up and puts down some pretty good patching.
The smell shows some richness and complexity, all the dark fruits I expect with a dark, barley grains malt backbone and candi sugar sweetness balanced by bitter leaf. Alcohol comes out with every sniff, but not too heavily. It's got some black pepper tickling the nostrils as well.
Spicy, tangy and sweet, the pepper and other, drier spices, some clove as well, come in right with the plum, raisin, and something like citrus at the same time as a sort of molasses note. Toffee and brown sugar, slightly burnt, come in with some pith and wood. Alcohol adds a stronger bite on the tongue, increased by the beer's spicier aspects, but it also becomes distinctly ethanolic and remains that way. It's pretty tasty, though, sweet but not too sweet with just enough hops to balance.
The body is full, almost thick without being too syrupy as a dryness opens it up and crispness keeps it moving and biting. There's a light acidity, and the alcohol's effect on the body keeps it from doing too much rather than detracting from it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 18:21:10 | More by Brenden
Photo of aasher


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-29-2014 02:37:29 | More by aasher
Photo of pathman


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-07-2013 01:09:12 | More by pathman
Photo of sweemzander


4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color; one of the darkest colors I have seen for a Quad. Minimal tan froth & lacing.

(S)- A lively bready yeast profile with biscuit and a subtle bubblegum/banana yeast profile. The plum is there with other dark fruits in the background. Subtle cocoa as it warms.

(T)- Similar to the smell, although, this has now has the deepest cocoa flavor I have seen for the style. Subtle plum and other dark fruits, but overall, the yeast is really lively.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Plenty of rich cocoa and dark fruits in this, but mostly the yeast profile takes center stage. Bitterness increases significantly as it warms.

(O)- I like this, though was expecting it to be much more fruit forward due to the addition of the plums. Nonetheless, it fits the style well and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:33:39 | More by sweemzander
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-29-2013 00:28:26 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of rudzud


4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:59:09 | More by rudzud
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-23-2013 14:34:47 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of IPAchris


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-17-2013 11:51:44 | More by IPAchris
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.