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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glenD (31) - - DEC 17, 2012
Beer pours a yellowish wheat beer color, with a huge white head that sticks around for a while. The flavor is mostly carbonation and sweet floral notes. Besides that the only thing of mention about this beer is that the alcohol is hidden very well. Apparently this is an 8% beer. Could have fooled me. Finally, it’s a much more carbonated belgian than I am used to, which might be due tot he Sierra Nevada Collaboration. Sort of like a mild belgian with a heavy pale ale style carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
750mL bottle. Poured near-clear medium golden with a well-retained, tight-bubbled white head. The aroma picked up cloves, white pepper, and sweet floral notes over honeysuckle and crusty bread.. a hint of melon right on the back of the nose.. warm, somehow airy combination.. very good! The flavor opened with sharp carbonation and black pepper, with pear and honey sugars following.. bracing carbonation the whole way through.. floral notes, cloves, fruit skins, and more pepper around.. finished with a lot of spice and just enough bready sweetness to keep it afloat. Medium-bodied but very filling on the palate due to huge carbonation.. tangy and engaging at times.. a lot going on, but it felt clean and calculated.. I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5685) - 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 (3096) - 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 (4322) - 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 (4123) - 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 (1597) - 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

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