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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This abbey ale is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks, at the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Belgian inspired golden ales are noted for their devilish personalities, but there is nothing mischievous about this complex ale. It is brilliant golden and layered with notes of summery apple and pear and pepperv spice from the use of a traditional Belgian yeast strain. A portion of proceeds from this ale goes toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery 1931 and planned use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearst’s, plans crumbled. these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5641) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Golden hue with a tall, frothy white head. Aroma is that of peppery spices, fruit notes, dusty yeast, flowers, straw and toasted grains. Taste is dried fruit notes, pears, sweet malt, toasted grains, light bready notes, dusty yeast, flowers, peppery spices, straw and earthy notes. Body is medium with a strong, effervescent carbonation. Feels almost over-carbonated at times. Finishes with more spicy notes, dusty yeast, flowers, dried fruit, grains, straw and earthy hops. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden with a huge foamy white head. Musty grain and earthy aroma root cellar aroma. Sweet caramel pear and apricot tastes with a sweet finish. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Sierra nevada ouvila golden--Big white head, fresh, spicy, sparkling phenols in the throat. Fruity golden glow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3083) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Tasty that feels like a standard Belgian beer. Only average malts and slightly spicy. It's good but not overly memorable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
The aroma is very much like a Belgian with yeast, dust, sweet malt, and spice. The appearance is golden with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is typical. Overall this is good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
I like this one. Nice Belgian flavor -- sweet and tart. Unusually highly carbonated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3925) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours a golden color with a big foamy white head. Good lacing. Nose is of yeast, fruits, and spice along with citrus hops. Medium in body. Smooth in the mouth. Flavor is of belgian yeasts with banana, and light fruit. Finish shows citrus. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronaldtheriot (1575) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden has a thick, spongy, white head and an initially clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with hazes up, once one pours in the bottom swished third of the bottle. The aroma is very pungent, sweet, bready, and fruity, and the flavor is similar, with sour and citrus aspects. The bitterness level is pretty low, and the sediment brings in a yeasty quality. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden finishes crisp, spritzy, and easily drinkable. The alcohol level really does not show much with this beer. Overall, I really enjoyed it and think it’s a most excellent offering. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle, gusher! Pour is blonde with a massaive white head, little retention/some lace. Aroma of banana, fruity esters, spice, lemon. Taste is lightly sweet, grassy/spicy hops, fruity esters, peach, a bit tart. Palate is dry, highly carbonated, spicy finish. Be careful when opening, the cork almost took someone’s head off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2238) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Slightly cloudy golden with a large, resilient, off-white head. Aroma of grain, citrus, banana, and spice. Taste is yeasty and a little sweet, lightly bitter, and with just a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, dry.

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