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 | website

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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Reviews:
225
Ratings:
1,117
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
24.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 1,117
Photo of Murrhey
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz cork and cage bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date visible.

A- Thin mocha head with high rate of erosion and aggressive, quick carbonation. Dark mahogany with some haziness in the body. Clear, vinous lacing. Actually not a super impressive looking beer.

S- Slightly sour, plums, heavy note of booze. Sweet fruity notes, dates, plums and maybe cherries. Yeast is spicy and up front as well.

T- Bitter, with a touch of dark fruit notes. Strong alcoholic flavor without being undrinkable. Kind of chocolate-based actually. Interesting.

M- Vinous and smooth.

O- I actually had to leave for an assignment halfway through this beer, so the flavors changed entirely as it warmed. Tasty, sweet and the booze wasn't killer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plums add a nice touch to this dark beer, a touch of sweetness to the normal dried fruit essence of this style. Velvety smooth, dark grain aroma, taste is sweet fruit, chocolate, no evidence of the high abv. Really nice quad.

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Photo of daledeee
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A single bottle I couldn't pass up. $3.75 price tag is also good!

Poured this into a big wine type glass. Got a very dark body, even for a quad and some head but that didn't last.

Smell at first was pretty alcoholic. Dark fruit as well. The alcohol went away after a little breathing time. Then it was purely dark fruit(figs and prunes).

Taste is very balanced. Early, dark fruit, spice and on the sweet side. This beer is very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of dogfishandi
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz caged and corked bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian style chalice.

Pours out a really dark brown with a thin layer of tan colored head, not the best retention and spotty lace from a swirl is really quick to fall back into the beer.

Pretty big on a dry plum note, a bit is some other dark dried fruits, figs, maybe a bit of raisin, light molasses and light brown sugar as well. A bit of alcohol as it warms.

A lot like the aroma with maybe a bit more complexity. Plums are there as well as some other dark fruits, prunes, figs, light raisin, some plum skin, a nice molasses/ brown sugar sweetness maybe even a bit of caramel. Comes on fairly sweet but finishes with a bit of dryness.

Bigger side of medium bodied, drinks easy, the alcohol isn't noticeable in the taste as much. Really smooth.

For me this started off as a pretty average quad, but the more I drank it the more I started to really enjoy it and didn't want the glass to end. Very pronounced flavors.

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Photo of Abra
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma very sweet with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Taste is smooth, strong, and warming. Very sweet, picking up on dark fruit, caramel, and honey. Not getting much Belgian spice, I think the alcohol overpowers it.
Definitely leaves a lingering sweetness.

Overall, a very nice Quad but could maybe use more of a balance between alcohol and spice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy body with a thin, light ecru head.

Smell: Displays a heavy dose of toastiness, as well as brown sugar. As with the taste, just a touch of chocolate. Moderate fruitiness present, as is a pungent phenolic spiciness. Takes on a spiced fruit cake quality as it warms a bit.

Taste: Deeply toasty, brown sugar-tasting maltiness given an extra drizzle of simple syrup. Fairly fruity, both from the esters to the addition of the plums. Lightly tangy. Very faint dusting of cocoa powder. Quite spicy, moreso than I recalled the original Quad being - anise, white peppercorns, coriander seed. Finishes up spicy and sweet, toasty and warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. As with the standard-issue Quad, I'm glad it's never sickly sticky or menacingly cloying.

Overall: Quite good. I appreciate the smaller-sized portion here, allowing me to get on with my grim life. I can knock back a quad without getting knocked out for a nap.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle
A - dark brown, thin but foamy, tan head coats the top of the ale
S - huge malt nose, plum & dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, bread, fig
T - tons of malt again with plum, brown sugar, molasses, yeast, bread, fig, spice, booze is noticeable but well concealed
M - thick, full body, pleasant carbonation, fig and plum linger with a spicy, peppery finish
O - very nice quad with some added plum characteristics and complexity. Not sure that I'd get it again at that price ($4.99), but it was worth the try

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

i had this beer at my local pub on draft. had three, and had to pick up a pack next trip.

dark, plums are obvious, sweet, less hops than a Unibreu or some competitors.

good beer, worth trying, as i've found all the Ovila's to be

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Photo of brock146
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark purplish-brown with off white/tan head

S - Sweet and fruity with that funky "Belgian" aroma

T - Bittersweet, fermented dry and dark fruits, a hint of sweet plum. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but not in a bad way.

M - Smooth and a little cream with a medium body. Warming soon after it has been taken in.

O - This is a really good Belgian quad IMO. I'm not a real big fan of Belgian yeast flavor most of the time but it seems like the sugar plum used in this one helps this beer lean toward a much evolved flavor. I would purchase it again, even at $6 a bottle.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this is a little underrated.appearance and smell are superb, taste is right up there too, caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar, its sweet all the way through but not overly so, in my opinion this is a very good quad.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a few bottles at Marlboro Wine and Spirits.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear super deep dark ruby brown/garnet hue. Good one finger tan head that fades to leave a thin blanket and nice halo. Solid light lacing.

S - Aromas of almost overly sweet malts, brown sugar, candied sugar, belgian yeast, caramel, and solid dark fruits particularly the plum. Solid roast malt on the end and surprisingly hardly any alcohol.

T - Not a sweet as I thought it would be. And actually alot more roasted. Sweet malts, not really sweet dark fruits. Just plums, not sweet just there. Light raisin notes. Finish is quite roasty with a lingering candy sweetness. Booze is hidden nicely which is what bumped this up to a 4 for me. Still shocked at the lingering roast finish. Faint, faint chocolate notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Smooth, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, so I was not blown away by this beer. But at $4.20 per bottle I'm not really going to complain. Glad I have 2 more to just forget about in the cellar. I bet/hope with some time that roast will die out and this will become nice and sweet and plummy. Looking forward to that.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark brown with a soft white head, some nice spotty thick lace.

S: Notes of sweet dried fruits, plums and raisins.

T: Nice dark fruit and candi sugar flavour. Smooth plum taste throughout, well balanced, lots of good flavour.

M: As with all the Ovila beers, the mouthfeel is exceptional. Very soft, easy drinking, creamy and smooth.

O: Good stuff, it was nice to revisit the Ovila line, another well made beer by these guys, especially in America in this style.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts with plums, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, spices, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced Quad with great mouthfeel.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes last week(Feb. 2013)

12.7 oz brown bottle abbey style capped and corked. Fantastic label in design and quality. The monk on the label is pretty BA if you ask me. A real thick bottle. Screams quality. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A - deep maroon in color. Deep brown-mahogany tint. Big tan head that does provide some stick to the glass.

S - dark fruit with a touch of dried plum. A nice spiciness with hints of alcohol esters. Maybe a hint of Chocolate and soft molasses.

T - rich dark fruits with a big dried plum. Very fruity character with excellent spice and cinnamon. Tasty Belgian style yeast flavors. Nicely balanced overall with some spice in the finish.

M - smooth and velvet like in the feel. Does its job in coating the entire mouth with A rich quad like flavor. Alcohol warmth is present, but it a very enjoyable Quad.

O - I didn't read reviews before buying this and I'm glad I didn't for the fact that I probably wouldn't have done so based on other opinions. But boy was this a treat and did it's job. One of the best american made belgian style ales I've ever had. It's a shame this is probably the only time it'll be offered bc it's worthy of a seasonal release. The quality of dark fruit and plum flavors are spot on and overall this quad is very tasty. Grab it if you can.

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Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark mahogany with slight ruby highlights and about a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-smells very nice, lots of dark fruit, malt, molasses, and very light chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of dark fruits, molasses, Belgian yeast, and a very light roastedness at the end

M-medium body, high carbonation, and a good amount of sweetness present but not too much to be cloying

Overall maybe this isn't as good as some of the Belgian quads I have had, but it's pretty good for an American version. Really nice dark fruit in this.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth quad. Only a slight alcohol taste. Lingering head with moderate lacing. I always did like plums and this beer has not changed my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

what i love about sierra nevada is not just how good this beer is, but the fact that it is on shelves for $2.99, a steal at any rate, but for a beer this strong and this good, its insane. rich mahogany body to this and not much head in my globe. the nose is amazing though, i get more cherries than plums, but a definite dark fruit element stands strong among the grain trees here, sweet and a little spicy, quintessentially belgian. the fruit is there in the taste too, which is layered and huge, but not hot. it ins some ways reminds me of life and limb, that different sort of sugar additive, birch syrup or something, earthy and stately, really delicious, and a great compliment to the plums and the yeast. its a long flavorful experience driven by rich grain and semisweet under ripe plums. one of the best quads ive had honestly, and the fact that it was so affordable makes me want to go out and buy up all i can find. really big body and not much carbonation here, it really isnt needed or missed, as the flavors carry themselves just fine in its absence. top quality quad packed with flavor. a real generous gift to the beer community this one. thank you for it sierra nevada.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 yamar68
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic looking quad... swampy brown body with a creamy khaki head that forms a dense, lacing collar.

Nice. The plums really do translate here... playing nicely with candy sugars, clean caramel and toffee, figs, alcohol is entirely hidden. Smooth... so far so good.

I like this. Sweet fruits flavors with smoky tobacco, brown sugar, there's a slight booze kick right at the end... appropriate though, leafy hops, more of that plum character.

This is much better than I was anticipating based on the ratings alone.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled `1/10/13.

Poured from the fancy corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter.

a: Clear near black ruby with a quickly-receding finger thick tan head which left a surface foam and just a trace of lacing here and there.

s: Dark fruit. As it warms, dark malt becomes more prominent.

t: Dark malt over fruit with some hop balance. Refined. High ABV is well handled, although it becomes more evident in the throat towards the finish.

m: Substantial. Great carbonation.

o: An excellent brew. Flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a few times and realized I had not reviewed it yet, so stuck one in the fridge and here we go. Beautiful beer, thick and dark on the pour and then thick enough appearance to get me salivating. The smell is also awesome, not super strong but clean and no obvious alcohol despite the over 10%. The taste is very good and gets even better and smoother as it warms, take your time and enjoy sipping on this one. Overall it gets bonus points for both value, $15 a four pack I believe, and for the ABV which does not come on strong. Also, the corked 12 oz bottles are unique and cool.

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Photo of GregA135
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/dark purple color

You can slightly smell the plums, a bit of raisins, dark fruits

Smooth with a sweet plum taste, the plum isn't overbearing and works well with the other flavors

Lightly carbonated, and easy on the palate

A good Quad, the plums give a great taste and color for the beer

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,117 ratings.
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