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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

769 Ratings
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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 24
Gots: 121 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  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.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of popery
3.99/5  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.

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of thegerm87
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of Bung
2.57/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.