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

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Added by Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,133
Reviews:
231
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
253
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 1,133 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a quad but a touch darker than I expected. Aromas were nice with the great, bready yeast coming through. Taste, unfortunately was too sweet for me, maybe from the plums. I like Belgians, but this one was a touch too sweet and flat..

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

Good dark Belgian ale

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, easy drinking for 10 abv, nice smooth flavors. Color and clarity appreciate. Head disappeared quickly. Body is light. Flavors are not overpowering. Getting better as it warms. Overall, I like it. Great 10.4% abv for everyday or special occasion.

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Photo of Mattmarchand
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought form Times Fujioka's @2.99 12oz bottle
Dark black color
Heavy thick mouthfeel
Low carbonation
Sweet, rich, malty, caramel, plums taste
Overall its like drinking wine, although you can feel the alcohol burn that you don't get with wine. Not something that you would want to drink often, but maybe once or twice a year for something different is good enough.

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Photo of RichH55
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kw_pip
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose has hint of rye. Palate is typical American quad.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - jet black nice think tan head that dissipates to a thin 1/4" good lacing.

Smell - The alcohol is up front in this one, I can also pick out some dark fruit I assume the plums. The alcohol does not let much else through.

Taste - For the alcohol to be so strong in the smell I am surprised the plum and the belgian yeast come out first in the taste. The alcohol is there in the taste but it is very smooth and not over powering.

Feel - Medium body very smooth and thick, nice burn from the alcohol.

Overall - A great beer, glad I have a four pack!!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a very dark brown almost black. 1"head of off white foam.

A very malty nose. And fruity. Caramel malt with heaps of dark fruits. .obviously plums, raisins with a slight indicator of a possible tart note or 2.

Caramel malt sweetness up front with quite the sharp taste of plums that's more bitter than tart. I sense some oxidation going on as well. .Cardboard, mild butterscotch.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden.

A slow sipping beer for sure and in general, I like what's going on.

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Photo of LFinCO
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jamstone714
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaillardRx
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of life_of_agony
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with reddish tints and two finger head that quickly died without lace. Booze and wood comes through in aroma and the plums really come through, overpowering other dark fruit notes that comes across as raisins, figs, dates(?). Smooth, fuller bodied beer that has a yeast smoothness/sweetness to it as well a touch of sweetness from toffee (no candi sugar in this beer). The plums come through the most and offer a sweetness as a strong, almost wine-like dark fruit taste that requires slow sipping; the sipping is slow also due to a bit of booze in the backend. Not your typical quad but it's pretty good.

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

12/31....pours dark purple/violet brown colored, thin ring of white foam. Deep jammy nose, plums, figs, raisins, sugars, in a fruit forward aroma. Taste is a hearty heavy jam, all fruit, which swings to a boozy malt finish. Black cherry soda like flavors. Almost a port wine.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mkaram
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lennco
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheFlea1
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown mahogany color, bordering on black, with a one finger tan colored head of foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave bits of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A huge dark fruit aroma of plum, raisin, and fig control the vast majority of the nose. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a sweeter candied sugar can caramel as well as some notes of yeast and spice of clove and coriander. A bit of a light boozy and banana smell is there as well, mixing with the robust dark fruit and sweet aromas to produce a very warming and inviting smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a big, sweet dark fruit flavor of cherry, raisin, plum, and fig. This sweetness is augmented by some other sweeter tastes of candied sugar and molasses. As the taste advances the fruit flavors begin to fade a little bit while the molasses and some caramel take their place. With the exchange of the sweeter tastes, there is also some yeast and a bit of a more roasty taste that comes to the tongue. While a chunk of the dark fruit fades, the plum actually makes a comeback at the end of the taste, really amping up the plum flavor profile. This plum is accompanied by some light warming rum flavors and a little bit more candied sugar to leave on with a plum sweetened, boozy, but quite dangerously smooth and drinkable dark fruity taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to slightly thinner and crisper for a 10.2 % abv. brew and has a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the warming sweet and boozy flavors mixed with the fruity but hearty tastes of the brew the feel really was quite nice. It had enough body to support all the flavors, all while not allowing the tastes buds to be overwhelmed by any one given flavor.

Overall – This is one fantastic quad in my opinion!! It has tons of nice dark fruity flavor, with it all being balanced very nicely. While the biggest of the flavors that accompany the dark fruit (mainly plum) are sweet, there is a superb blend of alcohol, yeast, spice, and roast, which seems to meld everything together well and make for one approachable slow sipper. This is a very tasty brew. Well done SN!!

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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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