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RATINGS: 179   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 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 (4437) - 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 (1688) - 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 (1853) - 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 (2424) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
750 C&C bottle. Bright clear copper gold pour, with a large bubbly head, good retention. Fruity esters, peppery, floral, stone fruit, light banana, dry grain, and a touch of honey. Really nice actually, I usually don’t like this style too much, but this was good. Fairly dry, just the right amount of sweetness, and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear gold pour with a huge white head. Malty nose with slight funk, fruit and a touch of banana. Malty flavor with honey sweetness, Belgian esters and a crisp finish. Tasty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of pale malts, grains, Belgian yeast, coriander, spices, banana, some farmhouse smells, lemon zest, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of pale malts, grainy malts, coriander, and lemon zest. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast esters come through with some more fruity esters, spices, and a bit of banana. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast esters, spices, lemon zest, and a touch of booze. M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and estery finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice BSPA. Good balance of malts, spices, and yeast flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2487) - 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.

   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.

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