RateBeer
overall
97
95
style

bottled
common

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours clearish gold with a fine, white head. Light tangy citrus in the nose, plenty of rich, bready malts. medium sweet flavor with some alcohol kick, dough, modest citrus, very light funk. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately warm finish with rich bread character. Nice stuff, well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pretty beer, lightly hazed gold with a lovely lasting head. Aroma is lightly of pils malts and faint Belgian yeast spice. Flavor is similar, but with a nice fruity note in the background, mostly apple and pear. Very well done, especially for an American brewer taking on a Belgian style. Enjoyable in a Duvel style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1053) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Pours a golden orange color with white foam head. Has an aroma of lemongrass and banana. Sweet spicy taste with nice hope layer. Crisp. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1929) - New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
A nice clear golden color with a big head that faded to a thin coating, some lace and a good presence of carbonation. Light toasted malts upfront but mostly fruity esters and barnyard yeast notes on the nose. Flavor had a nice sweetness to it, apples came to mind and a slight candied sugar. A nice twang from the yeast off set the sweetness. Mild toasted malts. A decent amount of carbonation that seemed to only elevate the body and finish,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially large, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper, gum, apple skin, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Easily the best of the four Ovila beers so far. Itís still fairly simplistic, as with the others, but the nose and flavor balance are both quite pleasant. Very peppery. A bit too fizzy, but not really out of character. WARNING...heed the paper that covers the cork...this thing is so overcarbonated that as soon as I freed the sides of the cage from the lip, the cork exploded outward with incredible force and a report like a gun shot. Scared the crap outta me, even though I am always somewhat fearful of champagne-style beer enclosures (see also Moa Imperial Stout, Hanssens Mead The Gueuze).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 20, 2012
750ml bottle. Grabbed the cork and could tell it was under extreme pressure. I eased it out with a huge pop and no gushing. Clear golden with a foamy off white head. Aroma of musty yeast, honey, apple, spicy peppercorn and light alcohol. Flavor of zesty spice and yeast, alcohol, sugary malt and a light tartness. Medium body with active carbonation. Really nice beer, easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, mid orange with creamy foam, yeasty pineapple aromas with sweet candied sugar , husky , nice beer

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3623) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Cloudy golden. good white head. Slim wheat and Belgian yeasty aroma. Cloudy golden color. Very thin white head. Aroma and flavor have some banana and some carrot- sweetness, but not flavor. If youíve ever had 100% carrot juice then you know what Iím talking about. A full bodied Belgian double. Thatís it. If you like that you found a good beer. Otherwise keep scanning the barizen, err horizon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pour is a cloudy blonde with a large white head. Aroma is very fruty, spicy and peppery. I also get some vanilla in there. Flavor is fruit with some honey, white pepper and finishes with a nice green hop. Leaves a nice citrus spice on the tounge. Mouthfeel is light with tons of carbonation. I guess this is a Duvel clone and It doesnít disapoint. Very fresh and flavorful. Also an adventure as this is the first beer with a "warning contents under pressure" label Iíve had. The cork came out with a loud pop but nothing violent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012

Date: August 04, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: cleear gold, stable frothy white head
Aroma: dry spicy aroma, dry pale malt, spicy phenols, light fruityness
Flavor: spicy malt flavor, light fruity esters, balancing spicy phenols, dry pale malt, light breadyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 9 10 11  12  13 14 15 » 17


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50