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

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With PlumsOvila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums

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BA SCORE
88
very good

615 Ratings
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%


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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ONUMello

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black, surprisingly carbonated with a fizzy head that disappears in an instant. Reminds me of Coke
S: Plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, cola
T: Cola & dark malts initially followed by molasses then raisin/prune/plum towards the lengthy finish
M: Honestly forgive my cola references but this has the mouthfeel of cola that's heavy on the syrup. Not viscous, but a moderately sweet, very fluid body
T: I like it overall, but I bought a beer not a Coke. Tasty, fairly complex, the plums come through well, but I wish that soft drink note weren't persistent throughout

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:35:14 | More by ONUMello
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 12.48/ 4 pack. Bottled 1/9/13. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours deep mahogany with russet edges and a dense but quickly fading muted khaki head. Very little lace.

Smells of wine, plums and sugar. Pleasent enough but not much there in the nose.

Taste is overflowing with dark fruit. The plums of course take center stage but leave room for grapes, figs, cherry skins, mild bannana, caramel, toffee, candy sugars and some yeast. A bit of booze bite but overall quite smooth.

Just beyond medium on it's way to heavy bodied with a light, subtle carbonation that allows the dark fruity flavors to rest on the palate. Lingering plums and yeasty bannana in the finish.

It might not blow anybody away but this is a nice quad. I liked the additional fruit notes from the plums and really appreciated the fact that it isn't overly carbonated. And while I typically don't talk about packaging, it is worth noting that this makes for a mighty sexy looking display. The corked and caged four pack is really quite attractive. And what's inside is right enjoyable too. If I resist the urge to drink them all, I'll see how 1 or 2 of them do with some age. For the price this is worth a shot for any fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 05:47:13 | More by ThickNStout
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:32:58 | More by damndirtyape
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jeffjeff1

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap today at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico.

Appearance- black color, no head

Smell- malt, dark fruit(plums)

Taste- dark fruit mostly(plums)

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was very good. We should have bought some at the gift shop but we didn't. I would love to drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 05:07:51 | More by jeffjeff1
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Dark bodied, almost a dark cola in color. Very thin tan head that lingers as a ring of bubbles. Being used to huge, frothy heads on quads, this was somewhat of a surprise.

S- Fantastic aroma. Raisins, plums, chestnuts, cherries, hazelnuts, bready yeast, some citrus and a hint of chocolate. Nose is very strong.

T- Big on the bready yeast and alcohol with hints of the fruity flavors and nuttiness coming through in the back. Medicinal and boozy especially towards the end.

M- Medium carbonation and full bodied. Pretty strong alcohol burn, and definitely a sipper.

O- Not a bad quad. The flavors are there and the aroma is great, but I found this one a touch too hot, even for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:23:57 | More by stephenjmoore
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Ovila Abbey Quad is heady with aromas of caramel, rich malt, and dark fruit- balanced by the spiciness and delicate fruity notes of a traditional Belgian yeast. This complex beer is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks from the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It features sugar plums grown on the grounds of the Abbey, and harvested by the monks in Vina. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale." Brewed in the style of a Quadrupel with plums added. A recent one-time release in the expanding Ovila Abbey Ales series, this one continues the reformatting to 4 11.5 ounce corked & caged bottles rather than the previous format of 750ml. bottles. A one-time release.

Poured from an 11.5oz. bottle to an Ovila Goblet glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crispy caramel head of a light fizzy texture. Body color is a deep, dark brown. Retention is slightly above average, runs to a thin surface cover quickly and lacing is a bit thin and streaked. It's a pretty nice appearance. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of bready caramel, clean candied brown sugars, hints of medium roasted buttery malt, fruity characters are certainly reminiscent of plums, although cherry lingers in trace amounts. Hints of anise for a slight licorice twang is in tow to contradict an otherwise clean aroma. Potency is slightly north of medium. All characters are collectively approachable and collaboratively enjoyable with few missteps. 4

(Taste) Flavors of slight plum sugar and licorice up front, following into a semi-sweet cocoa and roasty malt finish. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter with lingering alcohol providing a balance counterpoint. There are a few weary spots of ethanol reminiscent of cough syrup consistency with not a lot of body flavor nor depth to balance it out, calling out a sharp, sticky and dry finish. Drinkability is lower than expected- not for the best reasons. The plum character is surprisingly mild, a bit underrepresented from my expectations in flavor, rather adding a pure phenolic sugar character to the already stark sweetness of the malt. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a medium thickness and mildly syrupy. Body is light/medium for quadrupels and medium+ amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is medium/heavy. The carbonation is fine, but there could have been a lot more depth to this beer; grain, fruit, malt sweetness, sour notes- anything should have been employed to balance out the alcohol presence- it just isn't captivating or even enjoyable on its own. 3.75

(Overall) Despite being a Quadrupel, flavors are very mild. Yet, it's not quite as drinkable as I thought it should be, with a startling cough syrup finish and not enough body depth nor flavor to round it out better. The plums were not particularly a strong focal point of this beer, but then again not much in this beer took that honor either. I'm not overly pleased with yet another Ovila collaboration. It's passable but I expect a lot more from my Quads than this one gives me. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad Ale Brewed With Plums
3.8/5.00

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:37:50 | More by Jadjunk
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black and has a one finger tan head.

S - Dark fruits (the plum is in it) along with molasses and light spices.

T - Dark fruits in spades here with a good helping of belgian yeast and spices.

M - Medium carbonation and it's very smooth body.

O - The addition of plums make an interesting mix on the base quad. But, it's not enough to keep me wanting more or hold my attention.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 19:14:36 | More by cvm4
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Brownish/amber with a tan half finger head that slowly dissolves to tiny bubbles. heavy lacing.

S: Big time plums and Belgian funk. Pour, please!

T: Smooth, sultry. Dark fruits, featuring the plums, of course. Biscuity malts. Caramel, molasses, pepper. Brown sugar sweet. A chocolate finish. Just terrific. Alcohol slides in for a lovely stupor.

M: Heavy; super creamy.

O: Just fantastic. Loved the original Ovila Quad. This one amps it up a bit more. Will be buying more, especially at this price.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 19:30:32 | More by brewskifan55
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

served in a sierra Nevada snifter

A: pours a very deep brown, not quite black. slightly transparent with a very thin head of fine bubbled coffee tan colored head that dissipates immediately, has a nice amount of small carbonation bubbles working their way up from the bottom,
S: very deep dark fruit notes, plums are most obvious with grapes as well and a bit of a smell like the outdoors after a torrential downpour in the spring with the sun shining and everything feeling clean again
T: very multidimensional, begins with the deep fruit notes up front and then, moves into the nice deep Belgian spice notes i had been looking for from the yeast profile, finishes just slightly cloying and sweet with an interesting warmth in the back of the throat that hits gently and briefly from the ABV
M: smooth all across, interesting thickness to it which makes is slightly astringent and dry but not at all too much, very well balanced, perfect amount of carbonation for the style, quite wonderful
O: pretty much on par with what I expect from sierra Nevada, exceptional quality and balance. i really enjoyed this one but ive also had the brandy barrel aged one which was a bit more over the top as is to be expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 17:26:31 | More by BigPlay1824
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark red-brown with one-finger, tan, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Dark fruit, bubble gum, Belgian spice. Alcohol.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted malt, dark fruit, Belgian spice.

M: Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and very warm going down.

O: Pretty good Quad. I really like the mouthfeel of this one. The appearance was dull though.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:52:47 | More by SolipsismalCat
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ksimons

New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 21:45:05 | More by ksimons
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stumac

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

super dark brew with hazelnut edges. decent white head. aroma is heavy plum, lots of concord grapes, slight honey, some heather, a wintergreen spice in the finish. taste is insane! ive gotta boner. thick molasses, grape, sugar, vanilla, spearmint, caramel, earthy, cherries. furkin full bodied brah, heavy carbo. sticky finish. i fudgin bathe in this sheesh

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:57:13 | More by stumac
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utopiajane

New York

3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a straight pour it’s purplish black like an eggplant with a soft full head of foam that fell fast but hugs the glass with soapy lace. Left a thin skin on top and has alcohol legs. Nose is really sweet and I’m immediately turned off. Big heavy malt, sugar, molasses and dough. Plums, more dark fruit sweetness and the subtlest of hop floral and spice underneath. Alcohol is peeking out. As it warms it opens up vinous and with some leather and tobacco . Taste is sweet and then some. Sugar, heavy and cloying. Plums are lost to the sugary sweetness and to the taste of prune. The malt is underplayed and could have used more roast, more toast, more depth and some biscuit. There was no hop presence to balance the sweetness and it was thick and syrupy. Yeast tries to offer up spice but is devoured by sugar. One dimensional. As it warmed it developed a bitterness from the alcohol. Without much carbonation the alcohol is fully on the palate and this hits the stomach like a big sweet donut. I could live without it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:23:17 | More by utopiajane
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours extremely dark amber/brown, nearly black, with a finger of beige head on a decent pour.

S: Lots of juicy, sweet plums. They pretty much obliterate all other aromas in this one. I really don't get anything else.

T: Again, lots of sweet plums here. Thankfully, I do get some other flavors, though. I get some prunes and a bit of spicy esters.

M: quite thick for the style with low carbonation.

O: Not particularly complex, this beer is overtaken by plums. It's too sweet without enough esters. Not terrible, but certainly in the bottom half of Quads.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:25:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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hoplover82

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red (almost black) color, with a medium, tan, creamy head that has good retention and very good lacing.
S-The aroma is pungent right off the bat with notes of dark fruits (prunes) and sweet burned caramel. Some peppery spice in in the back from the yeast( or the hops). The prunes really come through in this beer. Very nice.
T-The flavor is much of the same with prunes and sweet caramel and some spicy/earthy hop notes.Very deep and rich.
M-The mouthfeel is huge and creamy with a balanced yet, long finish. The carbonation is mild (right on for the style)
O-Overall, I'm very glad I splurged and bought a four pack. Enjoyed this beer very very much and highly recommend it to any big beer fan. Cheers everyone!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:18:48 | More by hoplover82
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 05:52:14 | More by scotorum
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:31:08 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from interesting corked and caged into fluted snifter; very deep mahogany brown, showing deep garnet in light. Minimal brown head that fades after a bit into a thin ring of bubbles around the edge.
Smells of malt; dark bread, toffee, caramel. Dark fruit, raisins and plums. Not much booze present in the smell.
Taste is sweet bready malt, toffee. Some dark fruit, plum especially. Booze heat warms up the mouth and the aftertaste is very strong with yeasty bitterness and tart fruit.
Mouthfeel is good, fluffy and effervescent.
Overall, while this quad is a bit messy, I enjoy the plum flavor. I'm not sure if I'd try any of the other SN Ovila line, but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:28:15 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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deebo

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:54:40 | More by deebo
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Urban Table along with a nice, big brunch of biscuits and gravy. While in an ideal world, I'd want all places like this to have a really knowledgeable staff when it comes to beer, sometimes, it works out in your favor if they don't. Case in point: this massive 10% ABV beer was served in a 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Body is a rich, dark brown with deep, jewel-like garnet highlights where the light manages to penetrate. Hazy and opaque. Atop the body sits a one finger head of khaki foam that has a silky, smooth appearance reminiscent of how you might expect a nitro-tap head to look. Hard to discern any individual bubbles, and after retaining for a good, long while, there are sheets of lacing left in rings on the sides of the glass as I consume the beverage.

Smell - The plum really dominates here, with notes of black plum bringing other dark fruits to mind: date, fig and a very faint hint of raisins. Alongside those fruit notes are earthier characteristics of dark malt and baking spices.

Taste - The assault of plum doesn't stop with the aroma, bringing a sweetness to the taste alongside more earthy and rich undertones from the malt and yeast profile. Unfortunately, as tasty as the plum makes this brew, it also makes it a bit one-dimensional. There are some elements of brown sugar and light molasses to bring a little bit of complexity, but it's mostly a one-trick pony.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with a viscous feel and moderate carbonation. Lingering sweetness on the tongue well after the beer has been swallowed.

Overall, a very tasty quad and one that's great to pair with food, but as noted previously, it's not very complex, which is typically a hallmark of this style. I can't help but feel as if the plums are crowding out everything else that might be going on here, but what can I say--I enjoyed the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 15:32:43 | More by LambicPentameter
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty solid black, very thin head even with an aggressive pour and even that fades quickly.

Smells of sugar and sweet dark fruit, molasses...not getting a lot of complexity in the nose, just the plums really.

Taste is better and a bit more going on, sweet dark fruit again, plums and blueberry, light chocolate flavor, light roast to back up the sweetness here. Tasty but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is pretty fizzy for a quad, pretty full body but not crazy thick or cloying. Good drinkability for the style.

Good beer but not as complex as I'd like a quad to be, obviously an American example.

6.6/10

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:16:19 | More by AlexFields
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teromous

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:36:20 | More by teromous
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mscudder

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice.

A - Deep brown hue with a large khaki head. Similar to the Belgium quads with a head that seems to be a bit stickier. Nice lacing!

S - Caramel sweetness combats plums and spices. Smells damp with aromas of Belgian yeast to follow.

T - Dark fruits, smooth plum, sugar candi and caramel to tie it together. Nice flavors here with balance.

M - Creamy medium+ body with light carbonation.

O - An enjoyable brew that I would return to in the future. A twist on a traditional Belgian Quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 05:03:53 | More by mscudder
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby red. Small light khaki colored head dissipated almost instantly to medium thick collar.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits, belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisin bread, red grape, some booze, roasted malt, tobacco. The aroma is fairly complex, I just wish it were a little stronger.

Taste: Sweet/slightly tart plums, powdery belgian yeast, slightly vinous. The finish and aftertaste is roasted malt, coffee(?), and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Interesting take on a quad. Definitely deviates a bit from some of the more traditional options. The roasty and coffee flavors were a bit surprising, but they worked well with the other flavors. Worth picking up a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:10:58 | More by Jonada
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:04:35 | More by gillagorilla
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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