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 didn’t get any of that. Yes, there was some sweetness from the sugar plums, but that’s what you should WANT when you are drinking a sugar plum abbey quad. I did and it was amazing. I think the biggest problem I’m 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. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Plummy. Very Belgian and easy to drink. Hid alcohol very well. Nice that it’s 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. outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
B. Julie says. That she is unsure if she likes there is a dark fruity after taste that she does not like she gives a 2 but the plums are bothersome after taste and she does not like
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate), with notes of overripe banana, alcohol, raisin.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Simple, like the other Ovila brews, but certainly drinkable. About average. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
From bottle. Aroma is dark caramel syrup, cola, sharp alcohol, browned banana, cardboard, wood oil and apple. The alcohol becomes overbearing as it warms and begins to resemble herbed spirits. Some dirty yeastiness in the aroma smells somewhat like marmite yeast extract and circus peanuts. Full body, sweet, low carbonation, sticky and syrupy in the mouth with some hotness from alcohol. Rough and raw.
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2014
On tap. Pours a transparent ruby color with a thin white head. Aroma is yeast, hay, and spice. Taste follows the aroma. Not as much of a plum or dark fruit presence as I would have liked. mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Murky brown with a khaki head. Nose is dried fruits, yeast, Plum, sweet, candied sugar, and malty. Great palate, yeast, sweet, dried fruits, rich malts, and a nice finish. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"A tiny step down from the original (non sugar plum release) due to a bit more residual sweetness and alcohol bite, but still damn good. Dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, tobacco, sugary sweet. Almost overwhelming, but quite tasty. Kinda going towards a three Phils with the quad fruit hybrid." KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2014
Tap at the Old Toad. Orange-brown, cloudy, with lace. Nose of plums, cinnamon and spice, caramel, apples or mulled cider. A bit too light for a quad, in color and body. More like a big fruity tripel. Good, but has that typical "American attempt to brew a quad" lack. jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Aroma is sweet and a little boozy. Notes of dried fruit (raisins), cherry. The plummy warmth creates a sherry-like quality. Smells almost liqueur-like. Taste is very sweet initially (a little cloying) with sweet-ripe fruit. More cherries, plums. Toasty-malt residue before a light spicy bitterness. Some alcohol warmth. Decent balance and super flavor profile. Just a feeling that the alcohol taste needs reigning in a touch . Good sipper.