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:
232
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
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63
Gots:
253
For Trade:
11
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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, dark ruby in the little snifter. Not much carbonation.

If you think of plums, it does taste like plums. If you said it's brewed with agave syrup instead of malt, I'd snap my finger and say "I knew it!" Not much in the way of variety. this seems really sweet and one-dimensional. This bitter-sweet ending is just not vetry pleasant. A syrupy taste, a sweetness that doesn't go away. I can't taste any malt but there must be plenty of it.

Maybe this is an interesting beer, but compared to many other Quads, I have to rate it lower. If I saw it in bottles I might try one-- this just seems to need some sudsiness to lighten up the dark fruitcake. On tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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 mdaschaf
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark body in the chalice with ruby highlights, looks great big head tan colored rolling with fine bubbles it looks great. Aroma deep dark fruits of course with the plums added the tart ripened fruit holds over other notes. Flavor dark fruit again the plums are added to bring out raisin tart dark fruit with alcoholic notes more and more big fruit flavors with each sip this stuff is excellent, Belgian style with the higher carbonation it carries it all very well. Each sip brings out chocolate malt with high end spectrum dark fruits a mixture of dry and sweet malts add to the balance. This is a big calorie big flavored beer mouthfeel is medium to full even flowing carbonation residual sugars lie down for me. Overall it's a big beer meant to be enjoyed by the masses.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, brownish amber with a thick cap of dense, off white head that has decent retention

S - bread, caramel, some faint chocolate malt perhaps, and a huge plum/dark fruit aroma

T - bread, caramel, candy sugar, plums, figs, raisins, dark malts, some alcohol

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a great beer. The underlying quad is delicious but the plums really give credence to the "dark fruit" references that are always made in regards to this style. The flavor here is complex, deep, and very enjoyable. This is really a solid offering. This could be one of my favorite quads to date.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty solid black, very thin head even with an aggressive pour and even that fades quickly.

Smells of sugar and sweet dark fruit, molasses...not getting a lot of complexity in the nose, just the plums really.

Taste is better and a bit more going on, sweet dark fruit again, plums and blueberry, light chocolate flavor, light roast to back up the sweetness here. Tasty but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is pretty fizzy for a quad, pretty full body but not crazy thick or cloying. Good drinkability for the style.

Good beer but not as complex as I'd like a quad to be, obviously an American example.

6.6/10

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Plums are definitely showing through here. Kind of presents a sweet and somewhat thicker drinking experience. Could be toned down a bit on the plums, and the sweetness. But it works pretty much. Smooth feel. A pretty decent quad. Too sweet for me to go back to. But it’s pretty good as it is.

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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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