tmoreau (2465) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, quickly diminishing, modest but frothy, off white/light tan head foam, and wavey streaks & spots of lacing. The aroma was sweet, fruit as plum and dark cherry, with hints of spice and caramel. The flavor added a hint of vanilla to top off the dark fruit on warming, a touch of tartness, lively carbonation, some syrupy texture, medium to full body, subtle but warming alcohol, and light dryness to the finish. A tasty, cordial-like brew.
DocLock (7912) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 cc from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid burnt umber toward blackish with 1-finger khaki head. Nose is dark fruit, funky yeasty rock sugary malt, mild banana, muscat grapes. Tastes malty, dark fruity, with a yeasty rock sugary malt, funky notes, cherry and blackberry, and an earthy, nutty finish. Low on carbonation, and very complex with well hidden alcohol. This one is outstanding.
Ratman197 (9946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bunt carmel, toffee, cola, pluym, raisin and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, brown sugar, light fruittines and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a belgium Brown color. Sports full, frothy, somewhat spotty gray/off-white head. Smells predominantly yeasty; showcasing cobwebb, clove, and banana notes. Flavors follow suit and mimic nose...sweetness underneath brings life to the yeast-forward flavors. Body is a bit syrupy but the yeast characteristics manage to stay just below the line of cumbersome. Complexity is scarce unfortunately, this is due to both the sweetness and aggressive yeast character...so though not cumbersome, the yeast is certainly still aggressive and coupled with the sweetness here, it kind of kills any chance for the beer to come across as refined or complex. Decent though, not a drain pour at least...but the yeast comes across as an American hybrid because real belgian yeast has a hell of a lot more subtlety in my opinion....not that I have any clue what I am talking about.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a hazy, very deep burgundy with an average, pale beige, frothy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is bland is simple for a quad; spice cake, faint anise, chocolate, cinnamon ice cream?, and slight date. The flavor is a bit better; chocolate syrup, very cake-like, much richer, molasses, some clove and cinnamon, and date. The finish is fairly long, sweet and spicy, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, molasses, and an almond note. The palate is nearly lively, medium to full, velvety, and round. The nose and appearance nearly killed this one. No real fruit presence, which is usually a staple for a quad. Not really a bad beer but just too many off-notes to make for a good beer. Very simple for this series.
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured darkish brown with a thick tan head. Big estery and toffee sweet nose. A little drying with a hint of alcohol. Loads of black pepper spice, dark raisin and fig fruits, caramel toasted sweet gains. Creamy body up front, anise flavors, vinous grapes, cocoa, and a hint of roast. Big fruit estery finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, light spices, light banana, toasted caramel, dust, and dark ripe fruit. Poured deep amber/mahogany in color with a small, creamy, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, toasted caramel, banana, light spices, dust, and some raisins. Medium to full body. Viscous, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, toasted caramel, Belgian yeast, banana, slight cocoa, finish is dry. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell - plenty of banana, dried fruit, mild caramel/toffee notes in there. Very straightforward. Nice amount of carbonation, doesn’t seem to be overflowing. Dark brown in color, nice creamy off-white head. Taste is the same as the smell, with a good amount of honey, and some funk, apples, and finishes slightly roasty. This beer kind of reminds me of one of my college professors, brilliant, but indeed brilliantly boring. Enjoyability - 3.5/5.
thegreenrooster (3241) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, candi sugar and allspice. Flavor is really sweet. Lotsof sugar up front with some more dark fruit showing up. Finish has some more candi sugar and molasses. This would get a better score but the sugar\sweetness kinda takes over everything. Maybe some age would lessen the sweetness. Alcohol is no problem.
brenn79 (1544) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours dark brown to dark red with a one finger off white head that reduces to a film and little eyes of foam. The aroma is dates and raisins, cherry, wood, mild alcohol. The taste is odd, there is an odd taste, especially after the swallow, almost like an ash tray would taste, but not that bad. Figs and raisins are prominent, there is a dryness to it, almost like red wine, alcohol is well in check. after sitting the weird taste I experienced subsided (but is still there), and the flavors fully develope. I have to admit that I was expecting more from every one of these Ovila beers, they just don’t quite live up to some of the real Trappist beers of Belgium.