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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Ovila Abbey Quad with plums is heady with aromas of caramel, rich malt, and dark fruit-balanced by the spiciness and delicate fruity notes of a traditional Belgian yeast. This beer features sugar plums grown on the grounds of the Abbey, and harvested by the monks in Vina. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle in VT with friends, pours reddish purple with medium beige head and pretty nice lacing patterns. Notes were smooth malt, figs, fates, plums, dark fruit and other spices. Medium to fuller body with light carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2146) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Subdued mahogany sunburst color with a meager meandering frothtop. Aroma is faint dark bread and subtle dark fruit. Condensed prune skin flavor, cheap malted chocolate, wheat, bread. Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation, body is satiny, finish is savory and kinda off.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBat (61) - - APR 24, 2013
Pours very dark with minimal head. Sweet aroma of fruits (plums/raisins). Sweet on the tongue with the alcohol coming through towards the end. Pleasant after taste. Love this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thewade (319) - USA - APR 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Solid brew. Smell is a bit fruity (brewed with plums). This dark ale really satisfies.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle - Dark reddish brown pour no head. Aroma of banana bread with a bit if dark dried fruits. Flavor is a bit off, not bad but notes of spice I can't place along with banana and clove. Mouthfeel is good. Good beer, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicowv (455) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
12.7oz bottle: Pours dark, almost black with a nice tan head and slick, oily lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is slightly sour, chocolate roasted malt, and raisins. Taste is salty with a nice bitter finish. Flavors of raisin, plum, chocolate, yeasy, good bitter resin hop finish. Complex brew, good flavors, smooth drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoFastF4i (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
Great beer. Very full and complicated palette. Not quite an aroma that's as full as its palette. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
375ml cork and caged bottle purchased at Brick Spirits. Poured a grat looking super dark burgundy brown body with an avergage sized creamy beige head that lasts and lasts. Aroma was not good, very medicinal overall, sort of like cough medicine. Notes of dark sweet caramel combine with the yeast and plum along with dark fruit brown bread dough to make a mixture that I just don’t care for. The body is spot on, full and syrupy with softer small bubbly carbontation and a slight hint of ABV heat on the end along with an average duration aftertaste. Flavor is worlds beter then the aroma. Notes of plum, fig, dates and dark fruit along with yeast, bread, crusts, raisin, alcohol, hard dark candy, spice and corriander. Solid beer that I do enjoy despite my haterd of plums.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabic (430) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
Ar: Pronounced earthy aroma, lots of moss and bark, dried cherries and raisins - a touch of orange. Ap: Deep brown, opaque - medium-small light tan head with moderate retention, and a thin, but solid, cap of foam. T: Sweet plum, with a phenolic spice - leather and tobacco, with a rosy alcohol flavor - dried cherry, currants, and raisins - bitterness is medium-low, and fairly earthy - finish is boozy. P: Medium-fully body with high carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Some nice complexity, and depth of fruit and earthy flavors - however, the alcohol heat is just too pronounced.


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