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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: dark brown, cloudy (“muddy” kind of) and nearly opaque. This beer looks sweet when poured as if taste can be conveyed visually.

Aroma: this beer smells like simple syrup, plums and Belgian yeast. The aroma certainly fits the style.

Flavor: wow this is sweet! This is the second sweetest beer I’ve ever had (Carolus blue). This is on par with a mouthful of candy corn. The sweetness could easily be cut in half and still have plenty of flavor. Belgian yeast flavors with dark fruit…. You can’t taste the plums, per se, just the typical dark fruit character.

Mouthfeel: this is a heavy beer, which is no surprise at 10% abv, but it seems a bit too heavy. A 12oz bottle is going to serve as a light snack.

Overall: for $5 / 12oz bottle, this was worth trying, but it won’t be a repeat purchase. It is way too sweet, heavy, and overall kind of sloppy.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12.7 oz. cork and cage bottle into tulip glass. It pours a dark walnut with mahogany hues and a finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. The head persisted through the pour which is attractive. It smells of roasted malt, plum, raisin, brown, molasses, and some faint chocolate and spice. It's nicely aromatic. It's quite sweet, almost cloying, with robust tastes of brown sugar, plum, and raisin, and a hint of chocolate. It's flavor profile and sweetness gives it a cordial quality. The alcohol taste is subtle. This Quad is viscous and creamy, pleasantly carbonated, and the 10.2% ABV, while noticeable, doesn't burn. Overall, I enjoyed Ovila quite a bit. Given it's sweetness, it's more of an after-meal sipper than a casual drinker.

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Photo of token_23223
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kamahl16
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good US take on a Quad. Pours a dark brown color with a thin, cap-covering light tan head into my Chimay goblet. Good aroma of dark fruit (plums figs and raisins), sweet malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is good too. Dark fruit, sweet malt/molasses like, and some Belgian yeast. Not as complex as the best Belgian Quads but certainly rich and flavorful. Rich and smooth mouthfeel, with a very moderate warming alcohol presence. A great slow sipper/winter drink.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Libeertarian
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Original review was 07/11/15:

No date on the bottle or 4 pack from what I can tell.

Fairly clear, very dark shade of cola with wine-red hues. Medium-retaining cap of fine, brownish tan. Smells very sweet, of alcohol, darker and dried fruits, and faintly chocolatey toasted malts. Palate-enticing! Mildly tart up front, with dark fruity character and pinch of cocoa throughout. All this overtaken in the back by strong, boozy, syrupy molasses-like finish. Aftertaste, after finish cleans up and warmth clears out, is light-roasted coffee. Medium to full in body, not unpleasantly sticky, with presence of fine, prickly carbonation soon giving way to smoother suds. Medium astringency and warmth at the end. Very decadent beverage. Needed this after a long day of garage-saling (buyer, not seller). Goes well with lounging in bed listening to old-school metal.

Here is an updated review for 09/02/16, same batch, so over a year of aging since the first review:

Clear dark ruby color, brown to black in indirect light. Fine foamy to almost creamy golden brown head of decent retention. As I near the halfway point, I can see deposits of chunky sediment dancing around on bottom of the goblet. Dark fruit, booze, cat pee or wet cardboard aromas. Bit of molasses. Interesting, and really, actually, not nasty, despite sound. Still, not as enticing as it was a little over a year ago when I last reviewed this from the same four pack. Flavor-wise, throughout, it is toffee, raisin, sweet chocolate, plum, slightest wet paper, black spiced rum-like booziness. Sweet, dare I say too sweet, right into aftertaste but some peppery notes with finish, clearly from alcohol. Full-bodied, chewy, fine abundant suds, considerably mellowed compared to last time I think. Still, combination of extreme alcohol heat and fizzing up of carbonation make the swallow quite exciting. Overall, not quite as good as it was a little more fresh (smell and flavor being most important here), but that might yet change. Point is, it does keep for a year if not years, and is still quite good. The three fruit flies that died in it agree, or at least at first they did. And I’m only halfway through it.

I'd rate this aged version 4.75, 3.75. 4, 4.75, 4

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; cola brown with gold on the edges; less than a 1 finger light khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: plum, alcohol, sweet malt;

T dark fruit (plums more than anything else), molasses - a little rum-like; finish is all plum; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation; medium dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV well;

O: a great sipping beer;

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Photo of paresis
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brayton
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Agentveba
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is outstanding! I don't normally appreciate a sweeter ale but the depth n richness of this beer are great. If you're not into malt n residual sugar, then you won't appreciate this ale. But if you are n looking for a good sipper than this beauty rivals the authentic quads of Belgium.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NormanWheatDrinker
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz brown bottle not dated

Ovila Belgian Style Abbey Quad filled my tulip glass with a very dark brown colored body. The foamy 1 1/2 - finger beige head that was formed had decent retention. The nose was of dark fruits and some bready notes. The taste has a big malt and dark fruit profile. The flavor of caramel, plums, brown sugar, raisins and even light chocolate are noted. The mouth feel is smooth creamy, and a fuller than expect body.

Overall, Ovila is a very drinkable Quad for having a 10.2 abv. The Ale pairs well with Colby Jack cheese and crakers.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefbender
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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