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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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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225
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1,116
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
24.62%
 
 
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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More mahogany than cherry wood, this dark brown beer nonetheless does have some deep red hues running deep into its body. The head, off-white, is a bubbly and dense 3/4 finger that holds up and puts down some pretty good patching.
The smell shows some richness and complexity, all the dark fruits I expect with a dark, barley grains malt backbone and candi sugar sweetness balanced by bitter leaf. Alcohol comes out with every sniff, but not too heavily. It's got some black pepper tickling the nostrils as well.
Spicy, tangy and sweet, the pepper and other, drier spices, some clove as well, come in right with the plum, raisin, and something like citrus at the same time as a sort of molasses note. Toffee and brown sugar, slightly burnt, come in with some pith and wood. Alcohol adds a stronger bite on the tongue, increased by the beer's spicier aspects, but it also becomes distinctly ethanolic and remains that way. It's pretty tasty, though, sweet but not too sweet with just enough hops to balance.
The body is full, almost thick without being too syrupy as a dryness opens it up and crispness keeps it moving and biting. There's a light acidity, and the alcohol's effect on the body keeps it from doing too much rather than detracting from it.

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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy black garnet, with some tan had.
S: It smelled like bitter copper and earthy pumpernickel, with some molasses and dates and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy honey wheat and molasses and spicy Belgian yeast, with some copper and fig and clove. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste, almost like cola, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of fine natural carbonation. Excellent body.
D: This was a great brew, with complex and delicate scent and taste. The body was great, and the finish was smooth despite the noticeable alcohol. So it was pretty easy to drink, although I suspect it would mellow further if cellared for some years. I was surprised to enjoy this beer so much, even fresh.

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Photo of popery
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown - sort of a maroon-tinted mahogany - but light enough for color to be seen throughout and the beer is transparent even in a full (small) glass. Head is thin layer of fine beige bubbles. The aroma has lots of sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Lots of raisins, prunes, plums and other fruitiness. If I didn't know there were plums added, I probably would think this is just a normal quad with particularly deep fruit notes. It smells like a raisin bread pudding. Lots of doughy, bready malt with caramel, molasses, treacle and sweet booze. Very nice spice, as well. Taste starts sweet and builds in complexity and spice. The fruit comes through with a bit of tannic bitterness. Makes me think of macerated plum skin. Most of the sweetness is caramel and other doughy, toasty malt notes. The finish is a bit boozy, but there's a lot of nice lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is fine and gentle. It does get a tad sticky as the beer warms and some of the carbonation comes out of the beer. Hard to avoid that. Still, it coats the mouth nicely and that light bitter note keeps the beer from getting cloying. Overall, I'm impressed by this beer. With their fancier offerings, Sierra Nevada shows off a mastery of restraint. When it comes to adding fruit (and barrel-aging), breweries tend to go overboard. This beer uses plums to enhance its flavor, and the beer, rather than the plums, remains the star of the show.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown color with three fingers of dense and fluffy light creamy tan colored head. Head to forever to slowly collapse into a thick fuzzy film leaving patches of lace down the glass.
S: Fruit definitely dominates the nose. Plums, prunes, red apples, grapes, and red pears mix with spicy notes of cinnamon, coriander, clove, vanilla and pepper. Complex and delicious smelling.
T: All the fruits and spices of the nose with the addition of cocoa powder, caramel and leather in the finish and green apple, raisin, wood and maple in the aftertaste. Solid earthy bitterness as well. Sweet and spicy overall. Plums do noticeably distinguish this over the original.
M: Smooth and very creamy mouthfeel, not overly sweet or bitter, soft and light carbonation, medium-full body. Drinks very well.
O: I really enjoyed this one. Complex but not overly sweet. Plums add character. Awesome mouthfeel.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thin tan head on a dark brown, almost black body.
The aroma is wonderful and deep. Candy, plums, caramel and wet grain all dance around.
The taste is long. Fairly sweet throughout with a mild lemon bitterness in the middle, the finish is warm alcohol.
The texture is heavier with low carbonation.
It's pretty good, but the taste hasn't caught up with the rest of it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/31....pours dark purple/violet brown colored, thin ring of white foam. Deep jammy nose, plums, figs, raisins, sugars, in a fruit forward aroma. Taste is a hearty heavy jam, all fruit, which swings to a boozy malt finish. Black cherry soda like flavors. Almost a port wine.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz. corked bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of amber and ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a small finger of tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

Smell: A big and rich yeast and malt driven aroma with fruits and chocolate scents. Belgian yeast with candied sugar and cinnamon and clove spice. Roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Big aroma of dark fruits with good hints of plums, fig, raisin, dates, prune, and dark cherries. Also some burnt brown sugar and banana hints in the mix as well. A very nice smelling Quad.

Taste: Follows the nose well with a big complex mix of yeast, dark malts, and fruits. Belgian yeast along with a taste of cinnamon and clove spicing. Notes of banana, clove, candied and brown sugars. Big bready dark malt presence with notes of dark roast chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and biscuit. Big dark fruit presence with notes of plums, fig, raisin, dark grape and cherry, dates, and prune. A little earthy hop presence towards the finish. More roasty than typical for the style. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and nicely chewy. Sweet but fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is very faint which is surprising for the style.

Overall: A really tasty and unique take on the Quad style. Bigger dark brownish flavor than what is typical for the style which adds a nice spin. Solid yeast and dark fruit presence.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 1/1/2013. 375ml bottle into a New Belgian Chalice/Tulip. 2 yrs old at this point.

Note: This beer was flat out of the corked bottle. Bought a 4pk and this is the first one that was flat. Last one was drank about a year ago.

A - Dark brown. Almost opaque, light brown around the edges. Looks to be cloudy,

S - Big Cherry, Twizzlers, dark rum, a little alcohol.

T - Follows smell, but with a oak finish that is not too sweet. Very well balanced.

M - This is one of the few flat beers that I still enjoyed! The other was Angel's Share. There is so much flavor and thicker mouthfeel that you don't miss the carbonation, IMHO.

O - Great beer. I thought it was just OK when I had it fresh and with about year on it. It tastes great even without carbonation after a 2+ years. Will buy more to cellar.

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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 KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This almost gives off a dark grape juice or purple like opaqueness with a compact head of tiny bubbles.

The nose is full of plums and candied fruits. Slightly sweet with a thick and hearty raisin, prune and fruit cake like malt aroma.

First sip is a wave of booziness, overwhelming and harsh. As the palate settles in the plums are at the forefront. Sugary sweet the plum is supported by raisin and a fruit cake malt. The booze continues but it becomes underlining.

The booze is tangy on the tongue and will make you wince but it starts to wear off and becomes easier to enjoy.

Perhaps the plums add additional sugars that amp up the ABV and therefore cause the boozy face of this ale. The plums really make this but on the other hand may be its deterrent too.

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Photo of ADZA
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a kola hue with the creamiest two finger head that stays forever and clingy lacing all down the sides,the smell is caramel candy,booze,plums,toffee malts and raisin bread,the mouthfeel is just over medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of plum jam,port,toffee liqueur,marzipan,bready malts and finished with a sweet raisin booziness which is most noticeable on first sip and goes away after it warms you up and overall it's not a bad quad but I don't get much of the plums added and just tastes like a normal quad with nothing added but a nice winter warmer netherless just not a beer you would have to repeat to relive the taste.

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Photo of arizcards
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 4 pack from BevMo in early February for $12.99.

Beer poured dark brown with a off white head that is leaving a little lacing behind.

Nose is pretty light for a quad, hints of dark fruits are there.

Taste is of plums, dry and yeasty, not overly complex but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth but not quite classic quad.

Overall i like this brew, not quite as good as across the pond produces but enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 4-pack. Poured into my Boulevard tulip.
Kind of a spicy phenolic at first. Whiffs of sweet fruity and malt with alcohol. The plums show in time and add a nice character.
Really quite dark with a clear garnet in the light. Slow building but eventually large full and dense darkish head. Good looking.
Sweet perfume alcohol flavor. Richer malts show a little later. Tasty fruit flavor, but can't say I'm getting a strong plum flavor. More of hints of the plum. But the fruits are complex and enjoyable.
Full and rich and reasonable heavy for style. Interesting drying on the front of the drink and in the front of the tongue with drying on the sides and back later.
This is big and rich. Definitely a slower drinker and a 12 oz is the right size, especially if I don't add any food to the experience. Not great but really solid. Would have like more plum in the flavor but is was a nice addition to the aroma.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brownish-red color with a thin yet persistent light tan head. Smells of cocoa and dark fruit and a subtle boozy quality simmering underneath. Warm, malty flavors of chocolate, dates, and mild alcohol heat; bready. Medium bodied; smooth and tingly on the palate; dry finish.

A very nice, smooth and tasty dark ale. New aspects of flavor and feel come out with every sip and all are enjoyable. Subtle, deep and a real pleasure to savor.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Dark bodied, almost a dark cola in color. Very thin tan head that lingers as a ring of bubbles. Being used to huge, frothy heads on quads, this was somewhat of a surprise.

S- Fantastic aroma. Raisins, plums, chestnuts, cherries, hazelnuts, bready yeast, some citrus and a hint of chocolate. Nose is very strong.

T- Big on the bready yeast and alcohol with hints of the fruity flavors and nuttiness coming through in the back. Medicinal and boozy especially towards the end.

M- Medium carbonation and full bodied. Pretty strong alcohol burn, and definitely a sipper.

O- Not a bad quad. The flavors are there and the aroma is great, but I found this one a touch too hot, even for a quad.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Shade Tree on Central in Nob Hill, ABQ, NM.

A- Came with no head and I have to wonder if it's the tap at the bar. Either way, the beer is dark brown with hints of amber, is very opaque and looks thick in body.

S- Sweet malt, plums and dark fruit, raisins.

T- This beer is very heavy on the plums and dark fruit, almost more so than any quad I've had. There's also some peppery spice and sweet malt to make things interesting.

M- Ovila is thick and creamy, perhaps even viscous would be a better word, although there's some carbonation and yeasty tingle. I get some slightly syrupy sweetness as well as a mild heat from the alcohol.

I'd argue that this holds its own against other quads, but it may have a bit more astringency than the best of the best. Still,very good.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- growler from Piggly Wiggly, Myrtle Beach. Pours a dark brown, almost murky. Small fizzy light-tan head reduces to just a ring, leaving no lace

S- dark and rich malty aromas up front with huge notes of dark fruit, the plums are definitely noticeable. Sugary sweet with just a bit of alcohol and some toast, very pleasant

T- sugary sweet dark fruits with a slight burnt crust ,rich and sweet malt with flavors of dried plum, a bit nutty with some toasted bread crust, the finish is sweet with a warming alcohol that lingers on the palate, fig-like notes linger, just a trace of grassy hop

M- med-heavy body, slightly viscous with low carbonation providing a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a smooth, warming finish

O- dark fruity notes dominate the palate, a nice sweet sipper that serves well as a nightcap on a cold night

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz C&C bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Appearance
Dark brown/garnet with a short head that dissipates quickly. It's hard to see through but there does appear to be some active carbonation.

Nose
Grape jelly, plum, concord grape and hints of raspberry.

Taste
Ripe black plum, grape jelly and concord grape. Dark candy syrup, molasses and dates. Lights notes of blackberry. The finish is earthy with hints of char and dried hay.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, uber-smooth and a little sticky.

Overall
Tons of plums! This is a nice Quad that hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark ruby color with almost no head

S: Belgian yeast, plenty of dark fruits including cherry, plum, raisin, and fig with an emphasis on plum, some estery alcohol, and sweet malts

T: Follows the nose with an addition of spices. Starts off with the yeast, fruitiness, and spices and goes into more fruity esters, light alcohol, and sweet malts. Finishes with alcohol, spices, and plum

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Dry

O: A nice take on the base beer, with plenty of plum to be found in both aroma and taste. Reminds me of a Belgian winter beer with the spices and yeast. Good price point for a 4-pack as well at under $12

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts, doughy, spicy, yeasty, plums, raisins, bananas, figs, and boozy alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty tasty brew and exactly what I was expecting put of a quad.

Mouthfeel: Warm boozy alcohol, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, spicy, a little chewy, and smooth.

Overall: Awesome stuff. Will look for more of this in the future.

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Photo of Moose90
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle served into 16oz tulip

A – Deep, dark brown in color, nearly black and opaque, thin fleeting mocha colored head.

S – Brown sugar, caramel, plums, coffee, raisins, toffee, bourbon, malty, wonderful.

T – Figs, plums, sugar, malty, sweet. Overall very sweet.

M – Full bodied, long and sweet finish, lingers.

O – Great base beer, I would LOVE to see a barrel aged variant of this; it would really cut down the overly sweet notes and impart a wonderful oaky and dry whisky note.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12.7 oz caged and corked bottle. Pours dark amber with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is bready malts, dark fruits, some floral wood, Belgian yeast and a bit of harsh alcohol.

The flavor is sweet woody floral malts, with dark fruits and some harsh charred alcohol. It's got some off notes that I can't identify too (plastic and cardboard). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for this. I remember it being fruitier with less off notes last I had it (still not great though).

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a plum tinge. It’s a deep red purple tinge when held to the light. Looks clear not cloudy on first pour, no visible carbonation. A finger of beige head with a light purple tinge.

S: Sweet plums, plum pudding or plum pie, fruity, brown sugar, alcohol, raisins.

T: Fruity, plums, brown sugar, alcohol, dark toasted notes, plum skin, slightly tannic

M: Thick syrupy body with medium foamy carbonation.

O: I really like this style, and its well done by Sierra Nevada. Yes, it has the plum theme all the way through. Drank at Turkey Creek Rd, Clyde NC June 28 2014 my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

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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 HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice dark brown color that actually has more of a purple hue. The beer smell and taste have some nice plum notes but tends to overwhelm the other notes. The yeast comes out a little bit but not by much. The beer feels a bit thick for a quad but still nice. Overall, a fairly indulgent beer worth getting and keeping you warm during colder temperatures.

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