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:
231
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
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63
Gots:
253
For Trade:
11
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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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375 picked up at the COOP for a VERY respectable $3.50... Cheap almost!!

Poured into my HotD goblet.. The brew is dark dark walnut brown with only some garnet showing through down at the stem end of the glass... dark tan head rises and then drops pretty quickly.

The aromas are nice.. not as rich as many quads, but still there are plenty of dark maltiness and more fruity esters than spicy notes... fruity notes actually outweigh the malts for the most part..

Flavors are sorta traditional.. again, very fruity without the background toasty malts... the malt is there, but obliterated by the esters and residual fruits..

Body and carbonation are pretty square...

Where are the plums?? Are they the fruity culprit that dried this one out? Did they get rid of the traditional maltiness?

Interesting... I will buy more for sure, but I have a hard time putting this one in the same wheelhouse as the Continental Quads..

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Apothecary alehouse the other evening. Might as well get it while I can, as only a very limited amount came into WV.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is quite attractive and complex in this one, as I get something of a dry stout aroma, but with overtones of plum, sour cherry, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with plum, sour cherry and burnt toast flavor on the finish countering and balancing the moderate sweetness in this beer quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, rich, plummy burnt toast finish. Sounds weird, but this stuff is just great. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell it's up there a bit.

Just delicious... probably my favorite of the Ovila beers I've had so far.

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Photo of Eziel
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375 ML Bottle from a 4 pack.

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small light brown head.

Smells sweet and fruity with a clear scent of plums. Sweet smelling with a light scent of phenols. For a Quad this is pretty low key in the scent department.

Starts out sweet with a good fruit flavor and a little coriander actually tastes drier than it smells. Mild and tame tasting alcohol is completely under control, it is only detectable in the warmth it delivers to the chest. Mild tasting for a quad.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a tasty yet mild ale. Only problem is it is too mild really for a Quadrupel.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 KAF
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with reddish tints and two finger head that quickly died without lace. Booze and wood comes through in aroma and the plums really come through, overpowering other dark fruit notes that comes across as raisins, figs, dates(?). Smooth, fuller bodied beer that has a yeast smoothness/sweetness to it as well a touch of sweetness from toffee (no candi sugar in this beer). The plums come through the most and offer a sweetness as a strong, almost wine-like dark fruit taste that requires slow sipping; the sipping is slow also due to a bit of booze in the backend. Not your typical quad but it's pretty good.

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

Photo of sd123
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color; one of the darkest colors I have seen for a Quad. Minimal tan froth & lacing.

(S)- A lively bready yeast profile with biscuit and a subtle bubblegum/banana yeast profile. The plum is there with other dark fruits in the background. Subtle cocoa as it warms.

(T)- Similar to the smell, although, this has now has the deepest cocoa flavor I have seen for the style. Subtle plum and other dark fruits, but overall, the yeast is really lively.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Plenty of rich cocoa and dark fruits in this, but mostly the yeast profile takes center stage. Bitterness increases significantly as it warms.

(O)- I like this, though was expecting it to be much more fruit forward due to the addition of the plums. Nonetheless, it fits the style well and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a very dark brown almost black. 1"head of off white foam.

A very malty nose. And fruity. Caramel malt with heaps of dark fruits. .obviously plums, raisins with a slight indicator of a possible tart note or 2.

Caramel malt sweetness up front with quite the sharp taste of plums that's more bitter than tart. I sense some oxidation going on as well. .Cardboard, mild butterscotch.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden.

A slow sipping beer for sure and in general, I like what's going on.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky brown, beige head. Aroma was alcohol heat, dark fruits, prune, plum.

Kind a bitter taste for what it is. Brown sugar could be more amped up to cover up the bitterness. I'm not a quad guy, so don't let my distaste for dark fruits get to ya.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of epyon396
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a deep purple, very dark with a creamy dirty white head. The head has pretty good retention it hangs around after a few sips, clings to the glass and provides a few bubbles

S: A big sweet aroma with candy sugar, plums, plums and more plums with other dark fruits like juicy, ripe purple/red grapes.

T: Upfront is a good dose of sweetness with molasses and candy sugar followed by caramel and big, rich ripe plums with some grape juice in the mix. There is only a slight booze sting which is really subdued by the sugar plums.The finish is sweet, somewhat sticky with a tinge of heat

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, plenty of taste and sweetness that would make any Quad lover happy

O: Not a perfect Quad but I love plums, perhaps I overlooked some of the flaws and rated this to high based upon my tastes and bias to SN. Either way, I would drink again and at $5 for a 375mL...yeah, its def worth a try.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown. Big, fluffy head. Bubbly lacing.

S-Raisin bread and dried plums. Layered sweetness. I actually enjoyed the nose more than I was expecting.

T-Raisin, plum, molasses, rich caramel and liqueur-dipped croissant. Light whispers of anise and root beer. I wish I had tried the base beer before this guy.

M-Full bodied and chewy. Sappy almost. A bit hot.

O/D-Its well made. I got the bottle at around $4 so that's cool too.

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

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body with a glowing brown at the base and a thin cream of foam that breaks up in the center. There are microbubbles that pop at the surface.

S- The soft fusel alcohol and dark berry notes blend with some dark sweet malt and dark cola notes with graham hints growing as it opens. There is a classic abbey yeast character which always makes me think of monk’s bad breath when I smell it.

T- Tastes of sweet dark fruit with hints of tart plum skins under a sweet syrup malt finish. There is a fusel taste to the finish with some bittern notes and a slight tang that grows and leads to a plum hint that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol heat that fills the throat after each sip.

O- This is a big hot (fusel) sweet monster that could really use some age, but no dates on the bottles. The fruity quality is nice but it can’t save the beer. It was a bit rough to slug through but perhaps it will be better in the bitter winter winds?

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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