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
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,133
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
253
For Trade:
11
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Photo of MaxPowers
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lccrunchy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ardeer
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeTurner
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilpalazzo
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pjf4611
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one, kinda hard to find good quads out there and this one was a decent example. My only complaints for this one are that the alcohol wasn't as balanced as I would have liked and I'm not sure why SN felt it necessary to add plums to a quad :/

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjsmith910
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not wat i was hoping for. Tasted dry

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very deep brown in color in the body. Slight hints of red are mixed into the body when held up to the light and the overall color impression is similar to a very deep colored, cherry hardwood. A small. 1cm head forms and hangs around for a good while and is beige in color. Lacing is very good as well.

S- First impression of the smell is mush less fruity than expected, and much more roasty. Chocolate and medium toasted malts greet you right up front with a touch of the plums underneath. The end of the scent is more dark fruit forward than the beginning, but still predominantly malts.

T- Starts off with the same dark and roasty malts as the scent, but moves into the plums more quickly than the scent. Chocolate and slightly burnt malts intermingle over top of the plums before the dark fruit flavor kicks in full strength. The fruit flavor dominates the middle of the drink before some burnt flavors come back at the end and linger a little after the drink.

M- This beer is thick, smooth, and low in carbonation; it feels just like the liquid bread the style is intended to be. There is only a slight bitterness and warmth from the alcohol, but it remains dangerously smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a very fruit forward quad, but the dark and chocolate malts actually maintain a great balance with the fruit and provide a pretty awesome drinking experience.

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

Photo of skyheart
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle poured into an Ovila Goblet

A: Dark brown with some ruby edges when held up to the light, tan colored head that quickly vanished, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, what's left of it, no lacing, not seeing any carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, plums coming through really nice, dark fruits, brown sugar, smells really dark and sweet, picking up some alcohol on the end.

T: Classic Belgian yeast flavors quickly give way to plum, dark fruits, brown sugar sweetness, slight tart flavor at the end, plum sweetness lingers, not much alcohol for 10.2%.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slight dry finish. A little thin, doesn't pop like a Belgian quad.

O: I really like this, very balanced, it has that classic quad Belgian flavors but it is enhanced with a nice plum, dark fruit sweetness, warms up really well, alcohol is hidden pretty good, definitely going to pick up another four-pack.

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Photo of DiamondBrew
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slack
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color with minimal head. Smell is dominated by molasses, vanilla, and plum with a minor bit of bananas, and bread. Taste is similar to the smell with fruit, sugar and roasted notes but has a hoppy finish. Mouthful is heavier with no carbonation. A nice American quad but their are better choices out available.

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Photo of gus328
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutBoi
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/2015 score was 4.07

Had an 3yr aged bottle on 6/22/17 (added to my Got's list in May 2014). Virtually no head when poured out. In an etched glass it does still bubble up. Very smooth and no boozy feel to it. Almost all that sweet aroma you get from a big Belgian of the candy and molasses is what you taste. Subtle bit of fruit still in there. Again no alcohol burn or body to it. Didn't age half bad but will probably try to go a lil fresher next time :P 4.29 rating

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Photo of ShamasUVA
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Rating as a quad-- despite the inclusion of plums, this is by no means a Fruit beer.

L: Nice a dark, definitely darker than most quads, with a thin beige head.
S: Dark fruits (plum obviously, but also raisin) and burnt sugar. Minimal "belgian" esters which is in-line with the best examples of the styles. No banana/bubblegum.
T: Sweetness, some roast. More chocolate than appropriate. Hop bitterness is just enough to stand up to the rest of the beer.
F: This is where this beer really falters. Carbonation is just too low and the beer isn't quite attenuated enough. Slightly thick and could use significantly more carbonation.
O: A beer that is among the best US-made quads but really can't compete with the elite belgian ones like Rochefort/Bernardus/Van De Kaiser/Westvleteren. Straddles the line a bit between quad and belgian stout.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dchale
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kerry4porters
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious candied plum with dark sugar and bready yeast delicious beer all around fantastically done.

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

Photo of ctbrewer227
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,133 ratings.
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