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RATINGS: 382   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyvolz (17) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2013
375 ml corked and caged bottle (comes in 4 pack). Pours a medium brown with beige head. Smells of sweet malts, prunes/raisins/plums. Tastes sweet caramel malts with notes of dried dark fruit and plums. high alcohol malty sweetness with this 10.2% alc beer. Incredible complexity, taste goes on and on on the palate. must try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2963) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
375 corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige, tiny bubbled head, with some lacing, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is sweet malts, toffee/caramel, with hints of plum, raisin, spice....taste is sweet toffee/caramel with plum, raisin, light clove, hints of allspice, finishing with a light spice/hop bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This falls well within the Abt/Quad style, with lovely complexity and depth in both aroma and flavor. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2165) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2013
375ml bottle shared with wife pours crystal ruby amber capped by a small dark cream hue head with fair retention. Nose oozes plums and booze. Taste is sweet with burnt sugar, plum, and other dark pit fruits. Body is bold, burly, and creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Dried fruit and yeast aroma with earthiness. Dried fruit and malt flavor with yeast and spice. Medium bodied. Dried fruit and dark fruit lingers with spice, yeast, and malt.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Draft. Cola black body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, alcohol, light caramel. Taste is sweet, plum, caramel, some alcohol/alcohol warming. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (641) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2013
12oz cork and cage, pours a cola color with a creamy looking khaki head. Aroma is great, complex with layers, bready, spicy belgian yeast, boozey, lots of dark fruits, plums, figs, heavy malt. Flavor is nice very malty with sweet bread, some caramel/tofffee notes, plum , fig and cherry just like the aroma, Iím surprised at how much you really do notice the plum taste, belgian spice in the finish with a tiny bit of a medicinal finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours an exceptionally dark brown color with big head that rises and falls into a thin-ish film but never really goes away.

The aroma is richly malty, very nutty and far roastier than what Iím used to in a quad... but itís a very enjoyable characteristic. Some raisins and dark fruit in there as well, but this is more subdued than the malty bit. The beer is not especially sweet smelling.

The flavor is somewhere between a huge brown ale and a quad, certainly nutty and roasty but never "coffee, or burnt" roasty just defiantly roasty. The grapey alcohol note is hit pretty perfectly and I canít tell if the spiciness is alcohol deriven, spice deriven or both. Either way the booziness is pretty big. The plum flavor is nice, fairly subdued but very well integrated, the level of sweetness is good... this isnít exactly a style of beer that lends itís self to dryness, and this is by no means not sweet... but itís a long ways from cloying or sickly.

Despite the head retention, this is a pretty bubbly lively beer & it does the dance between heavy beer and bubbly prickly palate very well.

Enjoyable, and unbeatable for the price.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan_E (21) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Poured from twelve ounce corked and caged bottle into Riedel Overture beer glass. A fresh fragrance of potpourri rushes up to the fore with heaps of dried lavender and violet, black forest cherry skins dashed with powdered sugar, and, of course, plum sauce. Head appears as a shadowy wisp of a ring that fizzles into spotty lace and a bronze metal body. Dense fruit cake fills the palate, deconstructing into dried dark stone fruit skins, gingerbread, and culminating with huge malt that settles into flavors between coffee cake and tiramisu. Thick enough consistency that coats the tongue with a velvet-rich texture. Well-balanced and one of the best entries of a Belgian style from an American brewery that Iíve tasted.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle into trappist glass. Intense dark red brown appearance, but for some reason the head was very subdued and thin. Not sure if I poured it wrong, but Iím just surprised there wasnít more to it...not as surprised when I smell it. Huge fruit aroma, vanilla, yeast funk, and a big boozey overtone. The ABV is probably why the head was so thin. Taste is dominated by some alcohol bitterness, but lots of fig, plum/raisin, banana, sweet brown sugar. As it warms up, it seems to get a little sweeter with some tea leaf in there too. Pretty good but a little harsh I think.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2932) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
13 oz., heavy, corked & caged bottle, poured to a snifter at Lunar Brewing Co., showing some clarity to the dark brown, ruby highlighted color, with a very modest, off white/light tan head that reduced quickly to a thin ring, splashed up some spots & streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass, along with a leggy film. The aroma started with alcohol presence, followed by sweet plum/prune, raisin, spice, and caramelly malt. Full bodied, with decent carbonation to project the notes, the flavor mimmicked the aroma notes well, then added some tartness and alcohol warmth. A very nice sipper!


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