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RATINGS: 321   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
12.7 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel glass. Pours mahogany brown with a tight khaki beige head that dissipates to a thin film on top. Aroma is sweet candied sugar caramel faint bananas and dark fruit with some notes of juicy fruit. Taste is sweet and tart with plum caramel sugars and roasted malt some nuttiness and bitterness. Palate is medium with a clean crisp feel and a gentle warming dry finish. This is very nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1513) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Draft. Black with a small head. Sweet nose. Taste is very sweet and heavy alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
Dark clear cola colored pour with a reddish tinge, very small tan head quickly dissapating. Aroma of grapes, plums and some spice. Taste of malts, molasses, plums, a touch of licorice and a faint hop bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation, sweet but not at all cloying, excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
From a 12.7oz corked bottle, labeled 10.2%. Awesome label. Says itís a collaboration with the "Abbey of New Clairvaux" on the label. Dark brown / red but still clear color. Thin khaki head, leaves decent lace. Dark fruit and plums in the nose. Awesome sweet plum flavor. Itís just the right type of sweetness, sugary but not cloying, like a nice plum jam or something. Works well with the natural dark fruit flavors of a quad, with little light spice flavors. Alcohol is hard to notice, there is very little bite, more just a nice sweetness in the finish. I think there must be two different versions of this, my bottle tastes much more like 10.2% than 12.7%. [Edit: On the other hand, the back of my bottle does make include the same exact description as the one listed here..] Not very hard to drink. Smooth, lighter carbonation, more dry texture. Kind of soft. Bigger body. Nice plum and light spice in the aftertaste. Awesome twist on the quadrupel style, it really works here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Poured dark with no light coming through with a tan 1 finger head. Aroma hits you with sweetness of dark fruits, mainly a raisins and plums with some cherry followed by Belgium yeast and alcohol. On the lips you are hit up front with these dark fruits, mainly raisins followed by the Belgian charectoristics you would expect. A good amount of alcohol is noted on the finish. Mouthfeel was very nice with a silky smooth finish and hardly any carbonation, making this the best part of this beer to be honest.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
A clear dark burgundy beer with an ephemeral tan head. The aroma is mild with plum, caramel malt, Munich malt, pale chocolate malt, banana and some band aid which thankfully disappeared after a few swirls. The flavor is like the aroma, but it doesnít quite earn tasty status. Low bitterness. Iíd like it better with a mild raisin note. Itís a good deal at $13.99 per 4 pack. Smooth and boozy with bonus banana burps. Not a good beer to judge by having just one beer. It became more enjoyable after 24 ounces were consumed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1578) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
From the bottle, a brownish pour and somewhat violet hue, aroma is sweet with sugary fruits. Taste has some plums in the finish. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark brown with light beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; candied dark fruit. Good on the palate. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3575) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours an almost-black color with a moderate off-white head. Nose has some slight sweetness with a hint of sour and is darkly fruity. Taste has a subtle hint of roasting with other malts helping. A small bit of sweetness underlies some sour fruit notes. Amazing beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lantaran (4) - - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
12.7 oz bottle- Dark brown pour with decent creme head. Aroma is plums but somewhat artificial in flavor, sugary, malty. For a 10+ ABV, no alcohol smell or flavor. The taste is plum and spices, slightly sweet. Body is good for this style. Iím interested to see how this ages but very good now.


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