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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2015
12oz bottle of the 2013. Pours deep walnut, stiff tan head. Aroma of banana and spice. Taste is malt, sweet, spice, maybe some plum? Itís pleasing, not spectacular. Plum grows as it sits, which isnít necessarily amusing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2871) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (157) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Tasted around 55 degrees F. Huge nose. Taste of dark cherries, damp earth, brandy, unripened bananas, subtle spices. Taste of plum, yet itís in hidden in great balance.. Long finish with the yeast beautifully fading out. Sier nev rocks! Very nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 12.7 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, boozy, and a bit skunky and roasty, with hints of toffee, vanilla, leather, and hoisin sauce. Taste/Palate: sweet, thick, crisp, and slightly tart; finishes astringent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Poured from a 12. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. Flavor is very pleasant with hints of brown sugar, caramel and fruit. I couldnít quite pick out the plum flavor... It was more of a fig. The Belgian yeast is not overpowering. There is a slight buzz of carbonation on the tip of the tongue but the finish is smooth and sweet. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4-pack picked up recently for a VERY respectable $13.... Cheap almost!! Poured into my HotD goblet.. The brew is dark dark walnut brown with only some garnet showing through down at the stem end of the glass... dark tan head rises and then drops pretty quickly. The aromas are nice.. not as rich as many quads, but still there are plenty of dark maltiness and more fruity esters than spicy notes... fruity notes actually outweigh the malts for the most part.. Flavors are sorta traditional.. again, very fruity without the background toasty malts... the malt is there, but obliterated by the esters and residual fruits.. Body and carbonation are pretty square... Where are the plums?? Are they the fruity culprit that dried this one out? Did they get rid of the traditional maltiness? Interesting... I will buy more for sure, but I have a hard time putting this one in the same wheelhouse as the Continental Quads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
burleybrew (75) - - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle from chico. Let 3 of the 4-pack age 1 year in hopes of losing the booziness, which helped. The beer is still too sweet for me & doesnít click for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tessic (1035) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
This one poured a deep red colour with a minimal, tan coloured head. Scents include wine, rum, light licorice, bubblegum and very light yeast. First swig was quite smooth with low carbonation and flavours of caramel, brandy, Melloids cough drops and licorice. Finish is sweet and syrupy with a warming alcohol flavor. Palate is soooo sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
I let my bottle condition for just over a year. Wow. This was everything I wanted this Abbey Quad to be! I notice some people complaining about an alcohol burn - I think letting this beer age [as you should with a Quad] smoothed it out because I didnít get any of that. Yes, there was some sweetness from the sugar plums, but thatís what you should WANT when you are drinking a sugar plum abbey quad. I did and it was amazing. I think the biggest problem Iím going to have is resisting the urge to drink more when I go back and buy a whole CASE to age for another year! Loved it. Better than St Bernardus ABT 12 - which is saying a lot, imo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Plummy. Very Belgian and easy to drink. Hid alcohol very well. Nice that itís in a slightly larger size bottle. TECHNICAL: Drank 4/8/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, dark red that was basically brown in the glass with bright red and amber highlights and an average, fizzy, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had moderate molasses, chocolate and dark candy sugar; hints of caramel; moderate earthy, dusty cobweb-like, spicy and fruity yeast; brown sugar; plum; light alcohol; dark fruit; caramelized sugar, sugar coated and caramel covered dark fruit; and, when warmer, a little funky yeast. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter. There was caramel, burnt sugar, plum, other dark fruit, molasses, spicy and fruity yeast, slightly funky yeast, a little alcohol and a little chocolate. The medium body was part dry and part oily with fizzy carbonation and dry and slightly alcoholic finish. It has since become one of my favorite beers. I highly recommend it.

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