Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
A: This poured a hazy black garnet, with some tan had.
S: It smelled like bitter copper and earthy pumpernickel, with some molasses and dates and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy honey wheat and molasses and spicy Belgian yeast, with some copper and fig and clove. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste, almost like cola, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of fine natural carbonation. Excellent body.
D: This was a great brew, with complex and delicate scent and taste. The body was great, and the finish was smooth despite the noticeable alcohol. So it was pretty easy to drink, although I suspect it would mellow further if cellared for some years. I was surprised to enjoy this beer so much, even fresh.
06-16-2013 19:11:19 | More by Pencible
3.31/5 rDev -15.8%
Pours black with ruby highlights and a large head.
Nose shows brown sugar, candi sugar, golden syrup. Incredibly sweet-smelling.
Somewhat harsh flavours, with hot alcohol throughout. Lots of sweetness with golden syrup and candied figs. Cloying finish.
Carbonation feels a bit full-on.
09-18-2013 08:59:20 | More by CrazyDavros
3.18/5 rDev -19.1%
Very interested to see Sierra Nevada's spin on the Belgian-style quadruple. Thanks to Chris for splitting this one. Ovila appears black from atop, but shows some beaming ruby translucency when held in front of the light. A small and creamy khaki-colored head settles almost instantly to a ring. Some wet lacing hangs for only a few moments before dripping back down into the beer, leaving the glass fairly unscathed in the end.
Heavy plums dominate the aroma - no surprise there, really. Unfortunately they seem a bit "off" - almost chalky and slightly medicinal to a degree. Not quite off-putting, but not extremely enjoyable, either. There are, however, lots of vibrant juicy and sweet fruit notes beneath the strange plum blanket. Some light cocoa notes, molasses, and Belgian spiced yeast aromas catch on a bit more once this sucker warms up. Mild spices and even a tint of bubblegum. Overall, kind of a middle of the road aroma for the style.
Would you be shocked to hear that Ovila tastes like a quad with extra-dense plum notes? Because that's what I'm about to tell you. Some of the "standard" or common quad flavors are present - dates, figs, light black licorice, phenols, and very faint Candi sugar. But the plums really work their hardest to pull the wool over all of these things. Sadly, the plums on the palate come right along with the weird chalky and medicinal notes that the aroma was putting out there. Almost tastes like a chewed up vitamin. That strong chalkiness carries into the aftertaste along with a faint hint of sugar, dates, and plums. Medium bodied, mildly creamy with medium carbonation.
Not terrible, but the weird and vitamin-like aroma and flavor that seemed to cling alongside the plums was just too prevalent to be fully enjoyable. It masked what would otherwise be a solid Belgian-style quad and instead turned it into a forgettable, slightly better than average ale. Wasn't disappointed to have tried it, but I recommend passing it up, especially when options like Rochefort 10 and Abt 12 are readily available.
05-08-2013 16:25:50 | More by tectactoe
3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
03-03-2013 03:34:40 | More by VelvetExtract
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours a kola hue with the creamiest two finger head that stays forever and clingy lacing all down the sides,the smell is caramel candy,booze,plums,toffee malts and raisin bread,the mouthfeel is just over medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of plum jam,port,toffee liqueur,marzipan,bready malts and finished with a sweet raisin booziness which is most noticeable on first sip and goes away after it warms you up and overall it's not a bad quad but I don't get much of the plums added and just tastes like a normal quad with nothing added but a nice winter warmer netherless just not a beer you would have to repeat to relive the taste.
06-30-2013 12:02:55 | More by ADZA
3.34/5 rDev -15%
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.
04-12-2013 02:16:19 | More by AlexFields
4.41/5 rDev +12.2%
375ml bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown color with three fingers of dense and fluffy light creamy tan colored head. Head to forever to slowly collapse into a thick fuzzy film leaving patches of lace down the glass.
S: Fruit definitely dominates the nose. Plums, prunes, red apples, grapes, and red pears mix with spicy notes of cinnamon, coriander, clove, vanilla and pepper. Complex and delicious smelling.
T: All the fruits and spices of the nose with the addition of cocoa powder, caramel and leather in the finish and green apple, raisin, wood and maple in the aftertaste. Solid earthy bitterness as well. Sweet and spicy overall. Plums do noticeably distinguish this over the original.
M: Smooth and very creamy mouthfeel, not overly sweet or bitter, soft and light carbonation, medium-full body. Drinks very well.
O: I really enjoyed this one. Complex but not overly sweet. Plums add character. Awesome mouthfeel.
03-15-2013 00:23:44 | More by scottfrie
3.99/5 rDev +1.5%
I like the new look of the corked and caged 12oz bottles. Says 10.2% ABV on this bottle, no date that I can find. Turns out this is an entirely separate beer, I just accidentally reviewed the normal version. This one has cooler labels!
A- Poured from the caged 12oz bottle into a large chalice. The beer itself is quite dark, a very dark brown hue with a light tan head. The cap is about one finger high with a very silky looking texture. The bubbles are extremely fine in the foam and retention is nice. Big coats of lace all around the glass.
S- Right upon opening the bottle I noticed a pretty heavy dark fruit, vinous presence. This has a grape and plum feel and is probably from both the added fruit and the yeast strain they use. Dark candi sugar, sweet caramel, raisins, esters like banana and some clove in there as well.
T- Like the nose, dark fruit forward in the flavor and a very strong flavor overall. Specific fruit elements I get are plum, figs, prune, dark grapes and fruit pits. Definitely like wine in a way with the heavy grape and dark fruit notes. Belgian yeast brings spice, phenols, pepper, clove and some esters. Caramel sweets, candi sugars and a hint of alcohol in the finish.
MF- A pretty big, oily thick body with a pretty creamy overall consistency. Carbonation is moderately high but smooth. Alcohol warmth and some bitterness in the finish.
Either the plums or the yeast gives this beer a pretty vinous overall flavor. This adds a nice complexity to a very flavorful yeast strain in such a big beer. A bit boozy but not enough to bother me.
03-22-2013 01:57:43 | More by cbutova
4.16/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
02-28-2013 04:23:13 | More by ngeunit1
2.49/5 rDev -36.6%
375ml. Dark cola brown pour, thin layer of off white head. Retained for a little while.
Aroma, pretty sweet, candied fruit, plum, some prune and fig.
Taste, a little sweet malt and brown sugar up front. Some yeastiness, allspice. Goes into plum other light candy fruit. Finish is cherry medicine.
About medium body, I thought a bit low on carbonation which did not help the cough syrup like nature of this. A little warming, like a nice shot of Nyquil.
It feels like this is close, maybe some time, maybe some small tweaks in the recipe. As it is seems a bit medicinal. It seems to get worse as it warms.
03-21-2013 02:22:33 | More by Bung
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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