Brewsday: Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad with Plums

Beer: Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad with Plums (brewed in collaboration with monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux)-10.2% ABV

Appearance: Dark with a very slight reddish copper hue. It's nice and all but it also looks like flat Dr Pepper. There was barely any head and the head that was there had dissipated quickly. 4

Smell: This beer shines in the aroma department. It smells sweet like a pastry. I would consider baking with this but I wouldn't know where to begin. Obviously you will be smelling a heavy amount of plums. This would be a good beer to help explain the "stone fruit" aroma. There wasn't any detectable hop aroma. I'm sure the hops are there, they are just taking a back seat. Also, the beer smells sticky. Is that a thing? 5

Mouthfeel: Thick. This beer is almost a meal. It's a meal and a nap. It's a whole freaking bed and breakfast. The carbonation is low which results in light bubbles that dance on your tongue. Each sip fills the mouth with an abundance of flavor. It drinks smooth and feels like a blanket for your mouth. My nose was right, it is rather sticky. 5

Taste: The alcohol is hidden remarkably well. 10.2% may not be "high" for some but for most it's as high as they are willing to go, but you can barely taste it. The sweetness walks a fine line between pleasant and overpowering. The line is so fine that my opinion changes with each sip. I would have liked a higher ABV to help balance the sweetness. The taste is similar to DogFish Head Raison D'extra(or perhaps it's lower ABV brother Dogfish Head Raison D'Être). 4

Overall:  I would buy this again. It's not as groundbreaking as I had hoped. The cool label and cork may have guided my purchase a bit too much. You'll be glad you tried this. It may age better but it already tastes a bit like an aged Ommegang Three Philosophers. It definitely grows on you as you drink it. It's a good Winter warmer. 4.5