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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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With PlumsOvila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

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Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml. corked and caged bottle served up into a globe glass. Opens with a bit of a struggle and then finally a light pffft of outgassing. The pour is a deep yet oddly clear brown to the last drop with some deep crimson hightlights. A light cap of foam settles to a ring in a minute or so.

Aroma of light chocolate and earthy hops with a spin, along with more vinous and fruity notes after some settling and accompanied by a hint of ethanol in the mix. Taste is caramel/plum forward with fruit notes yet seems to lack much dark malt depth. Rummy fruitiness does linger fairly well on the palette however. Feel starts off a bit thin and as expected given the fruit nature, yet it thickens with warming to a degree.

Pleasant though a bit light for the style. That being fruity and some caramel vs. more chocolate in nature. Still better than those raisan infused beers nonetheless. At the same time I think this is a step back from the original yet an interesting aside.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Howler89
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quad brewed with plums? Three dollars? No way. What a beer and what a good story. This is 100% the best beer I have consumed for 3 dollars hands down. Now.. before everyone gets too upset with that know this... I love quad. Its my beer love affair. Quad is the reason I am obsessed with beer in the first place. So saying that, this review may not be an academic treatment for all intensive purposes... But I am going to try and be fair here.

The beer pours a blood stained tree bark brown color with almost no head. As it sits now 5 minutes after initially pouring it, there is only a few lily pad areas of microscopic grey bubbles floating around in the center the pool, with a well defined ring of a similar soapy nature, clearly defining the edge of the entire glass. The only reason I cannot award a 5 for appearance is because the most trusted beer voice in my life said that it could use more bubbles. For me, quad is a smooth beverage, best enjoyed silky. Bubbles can be distracting for my tongue in certain styles and this is one of the few. Epic.

The smell is off the charts. In the store I didn't believe what I was told. Lots of plum. And boy its there. It really fits for some reason. All the quad essentials too. Leathery vanilla bean with a hint of coffee and even sour grapes . Spectacular.

You definitely get a ton of the plum. How many fruit quads have I had? zero? one? I don't even care. Where do I sign this is awesome.


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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Furlinator
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with cola edges. The thin khaki head quickly disappears completely, leaving no lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, molasses and dark fruit.

Taste is of bready malt, plums, dates and molasses.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid American quad. The addition of sugar plums provides a pleasant sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, assuming I can ever get it open. The corks they use on these are huge

Pours a very dark red, almost black, with a finger of foam that's receded pretty quickly into a frothy ring and low transparency. Mild carbonation stems from the sides with pretty good lacing

Smells of malty fruits- plums, figs, raisin, banana, molasses, brown sugar, lots of Belgian funk, and an earthy caramel malt, finished by a splash of alcohol. Some definite complexity laying in here

Taste is with the nose, strong upfront sweet fruits- plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar and molasses hammered with strong Belgian funk and caramel malt. Finishes with a nice bang of alcohol

Overall heavy body, wet sticky finish. Alcohol is very present and drinks pretty warm

Overall pretty tasty, worth $11 for a 4 pack. Two more aging in the crawl space

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1.25/5  rDev -68.7%

Photo of Yokoono76
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark cherry brown. The light shows red through the glass. Beautiful color! Frothy cream top, last the length of drinking and laces the sides of the glass, it's inviting.

S: Malty - nose is stuffy… sorry folks

T:First taste reminds me of a stout, but sweeter. Very slight momentary bitterness and then a rich coffee, caramel taste overrides any bitterness. Subtle smokey notes.

M: Heavy like a stout, not much carbonation.

O: This is a hearty and unique beer. The plums are a nice enhancement of the richness within the beer itself, but doesn't overpower. It is perfect cold night, sit by the fire and relax with friends and loved ones. With 10+ ABV, it's a sipping beer! Enjoy

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer that has improved even a bit more with a few months of age on it. I really like what Sierra Nevada is doing with these Ovila beers, both with the beers themselves and the backstory of helping the local monks with their abbey and perhaps eventual brewing. This particular beer definitely has gotten a bit plummier after a some months in the bottle, either from the fruit itself getting a bit more prominent, or the other constituent flavors mellowing a bit. Lots of juicy fruit on a fairly soft frame of malt and spice and a bit of tannin to help reign it in. The finish is long and has a touch of sweetness and then a long spice note. Very balanced and very pleasant!

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,139 ratings