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RATINGS: 333   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matthewjk (939) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pricey 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Plum and fig hit you over the head, but shortly yields to caramel and spice notes. Unbelievably smooth for 10.2 %! Thick and rich palate. I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Caramel, plum and boozy aromas. Plum juice, toffee and Belgian yeast flavors. Overall a very good Belgian quad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13488) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Draft. Dark ruby purple color, small tan head. Aroma of dates, raisins, figs, plums. Taste is sweet dark fruit, port wine, raisins. A big beer, but very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Cute little corked bottle pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of plums and a touch of caramel. Taste of caramel, chocolate and plums. Sweet but not cloying. Great for dessert.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle from Casa De Oro. Deep ruby in color. Sweet candy nose. Some sweet dark fruit. Almost vinous. Sweet dark fruit up front. Reminds me a little of wine. Pretty rich and full flavored.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6265) - 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 (1184) - 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 (5635) - 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 (1767) - 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.


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