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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Hearstís, plans crumbled. these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2012
750 ml. Bubbly (champagne-like) golden body. Huge, frothy white head, mostly lasting. Yeasty aroma of clove and funk. Spicy hops, pear and a hint of cinnamon and toasted grain. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter, a bitterness that lingers despite the heavy carbonation. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Taste of spices and fruits with a hint of Vitamin B in the finish. Overly sweet, though the fizz washes it away before it becomes too cloying. The lingering bitterness also helps balance the sweet. Moderately alcoholic, peppery aftertaste. Pretty straightforward strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle, pours hazy golden, stiff white head. Aroma is sour malt. Taste is sour and malt. Very solid beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2129) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle from Decicco. Hazy golden straw with lasting head. Spicy herbal unripe peach vanilla and dough aroma. Peachy vanilla fruity sweetness with very dry herbal woody finish. Perfect Belgian soft mouthfeel, which is very rare. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2012
750ml bottle, split with my bride. Pours a light amber color with a big white head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, peppery, a little bready. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, cereal, yeasty, clove, with a clean, spicy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
bottle - Pours hazy gold with a huge off-white head. It smells yeasty and fruity. The taste is sweet with apple and citrus notes and Belgian yeast spice. The finish of this bubbly brew is somewhat dry. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1721) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
This pours a golden color with a booming off-white head, but fortunately not a gusher as I thought it might be (mostly because of the warning label on the bottle). Thereís banana and citrusy esters in the aroma, with some funky yeast, clove notes, wheat, and a light cinnamon spice. All around itís a nice, fairly complex scent. Highly carbonated brew and crisp on the palate. The flavor has a pleasant dry spice that compliments the sweet fruity esters well. Apple and pear seems to come to mind. While Iíd hardly call this overly funky, thereís enough funky yeast to satisfy. A bready yeasty note thickens the body a bit but leaves it still very drinkable. I enjoyed this. Itís not world class or anything but does a lot of things right. So far Iíve been very happy with the Ovila line of beers Iíve tried so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Caged and corked 750mL pours with a deep yet sort of pale coppery sort of gold body supporting a weak dirty white head of foam. The aroma offers up spicy Belgian yeast, apple and bubble gum estery notes. The taste seems straight up Triple like to me with a mix of sweet apple notes, Belgian yeasty spices, a raisin note here and there and just a hint of wild yeast . . . maybe. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
Beer from recent Maine trip. Slightly boozy golden, but still good drinkable and more of a Belgian strong. Big foamy lasting head. Nice yeast, simple and slightly sweet. A little orange citrus. Soft mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
My Bottom Line :
This Belgian-style Strong Ale is authentic from aroma to mouthfeel, from flavor profile to finish. Great job.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A fluffy head of foam garnishes the misty blond.
-Carbonation is appropriately expansive. This is highly effervescent.
-Lots of doughy yeast flavors adorn herbal hops, bubblegum esters and light citrus fruit.
-Alcohol warmth seals each sip.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Gusher. Massive carbonation, huge white head, golden hued with a light haze. Aromas are estery, mildly malty, lightly phenolic, low 4VG clove, pepper, pear, lightly herbal hop, grassy, ripe apple. Flavors of pear, vanilla, almond, sugary (dry though), floral, sage, pepper, alcohol. Dry and herbal. Lively bubbles, very dry with mild esters and stronger phenols. Good!


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