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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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Furlinator
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +1.3%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 -68.4%

Photo of Yokoono76
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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 +26.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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