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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Trilogy31 on 01-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,132
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
252
For Trade:
11
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Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ovila Belgian-style Abbey Quad, "Ale Brewed with Plums, Brewed in Collaboration with the monks of the Abbey of New CIairvaux." Monastic Inspiration, American Innovation."

Appearance: looking very dark, deep brown, under a slim, cocoa-tinged head.

Aroma: Lovely stuff. Dark fruits, plums, dates, raisins, sweet and lovely, but not TOO sweet. Spicy. And some banana.

Taste: Complexity starts us off, a myriad of rich flavors at work. Plenty of the dark fruits, the raisins and plums, and the rich, sweet notes, with malt working wonders below it all. Damned tasty. Hits all the right notes, but misses some magic.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Duff27
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short white head leaves a filmy head and collar. Leaves line lacing with a swirl. Body is a dark brown with a purplish red hue.

Dark fruits all the way. Raisins, figs, grapes...plums, duh!

Follows the nose, tingly raisin on the tongue. Well balanced. Drinks it's 10.2%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Really thought the plum addition stepped up all the best parts about a quadruple. Good price point SN!

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Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a raisiny looking brown, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like dark fruits (plums and raisins), brown sugar, molasses, and booze.

The taste is similar. The fruit addition really ramps up the typical dark fruit flavor that quads give off. Lots of booze-drenched plums, some raisins and figs, brown sugar, molasses, cloves, and some slight hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, this one's a slow sipper due the strength and alcohol. Sweet, creamy mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

A nice interpretation of a quad from SN, but not up to level of the classics.

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Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark russet brown with red highlights at edges. Fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Subdued aroma of dark fruit; particularly plums, grape juice, sweet malt. Flavor follows aroma with dark fruit, grapes, bready malt, the fresh plum flavor is remarkable. Of all that times I've used plums as a flavor ingredient in beer, this is the first time I got such a fresh, first bite plum flavor. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A bit reserved in flavor for a quad, but enough to well cover the ABV, and refreshing in the fresh plum component. I hope I can pick up another bottle of this.

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

12.7 oz. Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice grapey color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing with some nice big oil slicks. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, plums, grapes, raisins, figs. The taste is malty, yeasty, with lot's of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well with this one. Overall a pleasure to drink, surprised to see this one in Utah.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a short wispy head.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness, and a hint of alcohol comes through.

Taste: big malt profile with slight chocolate flavors, some plum sweetness, a hint of allspice, Belgian yeast, some pepper, and a decent balancing bitterness. Alcohol is soft but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Sme dryness arrives late too.

Overall: a slow sipping big beer that has a nice flavor profile. The fruit sweetness is mild here so the plum flavors contribute but are not overly noticeable. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.

A - Very dark ruby/brown colour; almost completely opaque. A thin layer of light brown head formed on the pour.

S - Brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit accompany a big sweetness. Belgian yeast and some spice are present in the background.

T - Caramel and brown sugar dominate with a rich sweetness. Raisin, fig, spice and Belgian yeast flavours add complexity. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tommy5
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the cork and cage. I like the label. Sampled on March 8, 2014.

The pour is brown with red hues and a short-lived off-white head. Fairly attractive.

The aroma emits all of the punchy Belgian Quad characteristics I would expect including caramel malts, yeast, Belgian sugar, and dark fruit...in this case plums, and a slight hop bitterness.

The body is medium.

The taste has many of the same attributes as the aroma with a notable sweetness followed by a notable, sinus-clearing, bitterness. It is also on the dry side.

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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 1,132 ratings.
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