Visions Of Sugar Plums
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Visions Of Sugar PlumsVisions Of Sugar Plums
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #76
Ranked #13,712
3.97 | pDev: 15.62%
Feb 13, 2023
Dec 31, 2012
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Ratings by HattedClassic:
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The beer pours an off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a brown color with hints of purple in it.

The smell is pretty dang sweet. It has a bunch of plums and spice upfront with a bit of wood. The nice bourbon note follows it up in the finish.

The taste is good. It starts off fruity with plum and apple notes alongside an earthy and tea like hop bitterness that balances it out. The bourbon notes such vanilla and wood come out towards the end and din the finish.

The feel is decent. It has a medium heavy body with some carbonation. It has a smooth texture and a somewhat sticky finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer that works well in the cold weather. It certainly is pretty indulgent and the sweetness can be a bit overwhelming at times.
Feb 13, 2023
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.24 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

May 25, 2021
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice dark ruby brown color with a nice tan head and lacing
Aroma has dark fruits, plum and spice hints
The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced dark fruit, plum and spice flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A very well balanced Belgian Dark Ale
Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 2 by dkw0063 from Texas

Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

May 26, 2014
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Reviewed by kaseydad from California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2/8/13 notes. Found this at the brewery. Brewery exclusive I am told.

Pours a murky brown ale with a nice size beige head. Light lacing…and then none.

The aroma has a big plum scent with maltiness included. Prunes, leather, pork and boozed-up dark fruit.

The taste is fruity with a big malt backbone. Dark fruit. Plums are again at the forefront here. Dry. Not much in the aftertaste department. Sort of a drawn out malty finish. Can’t taste a ton of booze but the presence is noted. Drinks way easier than the listed 10.2%.

Overall this is my second attempt at this and I do like it better the second time. The plums are becoming more pronounced and it is turning this into something special. I am rating this a little higher because I know there are better things to come out of this….if you are patient….and can find a bottle.
Nov 03, 2013
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375ml bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours deep brown with a thin, bubbly, light brown head faded to wispy film streaky lace.
S: Lightly boozy notes of plums, raisins, brown sugar and spice.
T: Follows the nose with dominant flavors of dark fruits including plums, red grapes, raisins, tobacco, leather, spicy yeast and a splash cherry juice. Chocolate and caramel finish.
M: Soft fluffy carbonation, medium-full body, clean mouth, faint hint of booze.
O: Really flavorful, complex and smooth dark Belgian. Will age nicely, great fruity profile.
May 08, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by kdown from California

Feb 16, 2013
Rated: 4 by litheum94 from California

Feb 04, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by NorCalYeti from California

Jan 08, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by RedTeflon

Dec 31, 2012
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Reviewed by flexabull from California

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle from the brewery. Belgian inspired ale brewed with plums.

Pours a deep brown color with a very faint white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Dark stewed fruits, sugar, yeast, and some mixed spices on the nose.

Taste is quite sweet. Lots of caramel, dark fruits, and mixed spices. Finish is fairly boozy, with a nice touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lots of body, thick, and smooth.

Overall, a nice strong dark Belgian ale. Definitely must be a fan of sweet beers to enjoy this one. I wished I'd bought a couple more bottles, because I think this would benefit for some time in the cellar.
Dec 31, 2012
Visions Of Sugar Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 13 ratings