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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2013
375, corked and baled. Thanks c! Pours a murky dark eggplant mahogany. Loose creamy tan head. Big sweet plum nose mixed with plastics and hot swimming pool toys. Creamy medium body, almost thick, with very little carb. Plums, sweet dark sugar, and a bit of plastic on the mid palate. Tangy, estery finish.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear dark red with a thin off-white head that retains well. Aroma has plum written all over it, and smells exactly like a ripe Italian plum. There are underlying scents of bread and brown sugar, but the plum is the dominant feature, which certainly isnít off-putting in any way. No real trace of the high alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is a big let down in comparison to the pleasant plumminess of the aroma, and it reminds me of a sugar-free jam thatís been diluted in water. The flavor and texture is very thin, weak, and it lacks the substantial heft and breadiness that are normally present within most quads. Peppery alcohol (or is it the yeast?) leaves an obnoxious sting on the finish and interrupts what was a decent finish, as the plum does intensify somewhat mid-palate. Overall the aroma was spot on, but the flavor left much to be desired.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5593) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
(Draught) clear very deep brown, ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, dark dried fruit, spiced, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, and pumpernickel. Taste is very sweet, plum, candi sugar in abundance, probably would be better with more carbonation and if it was dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Crimson pour with garnet highlights and a thin eggshell head. Raisin, plum, prune and fig in the nose accompanied by honey-baked biscuit, brown sugar and toffee. Subtle spice of nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice are there along side the dark fruit. Surprised by the ABV...didnít really distract at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1726) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2013
What the fuck is a sugar plum? 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. Pours dark dark mahogany and looks ruby red under the light; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is doughy with accents of dark fruit and alcohol; what smells like faint Christmas spices and caramel come through as it warms. Taste is sweet and savory with a lightly sour finish; boozy. Medium to soft carbonation. This is pretty harsh. I need to get another bottle to age. It has to get better than this over time. Addendum: okay, this beer did get better as it sat. Its caramel and fruit character became much more pronounced and the booziness seemed to dial down a bit. I still think it needs some time in the cellar, though. My original score was 6,4,6,4,13 = 3.3.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (698) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2013
12.7oz. corked bottle. Dark burgundy with decent lacing. 10.2% ABV listed on bottle. Mild moderate aromas of brown sugars and plums. The flavors stand out more with plums and booze. This has a dull sweetness with some bananas in the background. The flavors blend together quit well. Finishes with some heat. Very enjoyable. Thankfully the yeast flavors do not linger into the finish. Overall a soft blend of wonderful flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Poured dark brown with a moderate khaki head. Nose had lots dark sweetness, toasted caramel, grains and dark fruits. Thick, full mouthfeel, good carbonation with wick away the booziness and intense malt sweetness. Very malty so it was complex, yet not cloying. Dark grains, big fruitiness, dark fruits, somewhat vinous and even a hint of cocoa. Warming alcohol heat in the finish. Very nice Quad. Kudos to Sierra Nevada here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1919) - 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 (1532) - 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 (784) - 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.


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