Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With PlumsOvila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums
BA SCORE
83.7%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 1,134 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,825
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
1,134
Liked:
949
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
10.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
254
Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,134 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingEdward
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Pulling the cork released almost no pressure, and the pour and thin head confirmed very low carbonation. The mouthfeel, however, was just fine in this respect. The main weaknesses in the feel, instead, was the nearly inevitable signs of high ABV, This too, however, blended nicely with the flavor profile of the ale.

Appearance: The beer poured very dark brown, near black, with dark brown highlights at the edges. While the tan head quickly reduced to a thin ring, it did leave a tiny amount of lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, plums, raisins and cherries.The high ABV gives a suggestion of fruit liqueur. Sweet with some toasted bread.

Taste: Dark bread and dark fruits, including plums, figs and cherries. Nice balance and complexity, if a touch too sweet. Improves with warming, in part because the sweetness gets slightly lowered and black licorice becomes more evident. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth body despite a mild alcohol bite and some alcohol warmth; low carbonation,

Overall: excellent

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Photo of boozyfloozy
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PoopleDC
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lzepplin01
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeckel
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LADaveBN
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkawachi
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beastcpa
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alexanderplatz
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In overall appearance and taste Ovila is like someone crossed a stout with either a Quad or a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with perhaps 3 parts stout to one part Quad.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a care package from Willy! Thanks, Willy! Has the look of dark cola with foam to match in color and longevity. No lace at all. Aroma is wonderful from a Belgian style tulip glass - dark ripe fruits and berries simmering in a sauce pan. Think plums (you know, it was brewed with plums), passion fruit, blackberries, black cherries, and blueberries. There is a mighty swath of alcohol once it warms a bit. Flavors are mostly brown sugar, plum, burnt marsh mellow, and toffee, and alcohol. A bit on the astringent side. It's medium body and lack of much carb really accentuate the dryness of this beer. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one for the shopping list.

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Photo of beerguy2324
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigPWalker
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, light head.

Smell: Roasted smell, dark fruits, malts.

Taste: Sweet, plum/cherries/raisins, not very boozy but malty.

Feel: Light.

Overall: Very well made beer. Surprised it wasn't very boozy maybe it was aged a year before it was tapped. Poured into a Tulip glass very nice smells and flavors.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First Quad. I've had a number of Dubel and Tripel styles in the past, but never a Quad. Poured the bottle into a snifter style glass for enjoyment.

Immediately, you'll notice how dark it is. This surprised me, being my first Quad I assumed it would be lighter like the lesser Belgians I've previously experienced. It's quite balanced, though shows little emphasis on the plums apart from the subtle sweetness you can find, but only when specifically searching for it. Hides the hefty 10.2% alcohol well. Overall, it's a well balanced and highly drinkable Quad (and affordable! Only set me back $3.50 or so, out the door for a single bottle!) This is something I look forward to seeing on the shelves again!

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Photo of Mojo
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlockman
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very vinous, almost too much so for my taste.

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Photo of mobrado
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of David63Olson
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious quad! Pours a dark and opaque nearly black. Sweet aroma and taste; dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Delicious creamy feel, full bodied and vinous. I highly recommend.

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Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Quad: Ale Brewed With Plums from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.7% out of 100 with 1,134 ratings
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