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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4301) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2013
375mL bottle, caged & corked. Dark brown color, light tan foam. Smells of dark fruit, loads of sugar in the nose, alcohol, figs, with hints of chocolate coffee, and cough drop. Huge fruit esters. Heavy bodied, creamy textured. Many layers on top of the malt complexity. Some spice, clove, airy licorice, raisin, roasted cereal, dark fruit, cocoa. Earthy finish, hidden booze. (3695)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5803) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Jay. Pours a deep brown body with no head and light off white lacing. Aroma is dark fruit - raisins, spice, booze and oak. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of dusty oak, wood, dark fruit and sharp alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1536) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2013
375 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of plums, beet sugars, and caramel. Sweet flavor, yet not overpowering, with just a hint of fruitiness. The warmth from the alcohol creeps up on you. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1545) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Aroma is fruity. Pours a ruby brown with a rapidly dissipating tan head and fine lacing. The taste is malty with notes of dark fruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, very nice balance of malts and fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18146) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and plum aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and plum flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit and plum finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of plums, dark chocolate, grapes, roast, and raisin. It pours dark rddish-brown with just a hint of transparency. It has a small beige head head that quickly fades to a very thin ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate. The finish has moderate-heavy plum,raisin, grape, roast, and a hint of alcohol. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8928) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
375mL. Pours a clear, deep ruby. Quite dark, medium to lower beige fizzing out foam. Spotty lace. Fine for style. Nose is dark cherry, licorice, some freshly baked cookie, dark bread. Very nice. Taste is quite nice, not cloying, loads of licorice and bitter and tangy lemon peel. Long dark bready finish. Not sweet really at all. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2013
Murky reddish purple, no head. Smells like red wine, prune, and a hint of coffee. Flavor is a lot of dark fruit - which makes sense, I suppose. Prune and raisin, the red wine, and subtle roasty notes. Some peppery notes as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7225) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle - thanks Tom! Very dark reddish amber pour with a small head. Plums and yeast on the aroma. Smooth palate, medium density. Fruity sweet taste. ABV well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4448) - 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.

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