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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3742) - 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 (3304) - 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 (10884) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2730) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle: Golden pour with a large beige head. Nice aroma of spices, citrus, and yeast. Translates well to the flavor too. Good balance of spice and fruity bits, without being too fruity, and yeast. Nice little peppery kick. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (414) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Looks and smells like a Duvel clone tastes like one too. Gold with huge rocky white head; pear and saaz aromas; stony dry finish. Nice but Duvel not suprisingly slightly better.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle... Poured crystal clear pale golden with a thick fizzy white head. Must also mentioned the cork removed itself on its own once the cage was removed (which was expected from the warning attached). I noticed a lot of sweetness initially with this. With drying, highly attenuated yeast spices towards the finish. A little biscuity and cracker-like too. Resinous hops and black pepper spice with light fruits and other fruity esters.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11532) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
750 c&c brought from SN by Liz. Pours golden with a 4 finger creamy white head. Aroma is mildly fruity and spicy. A little citrus hop. Med body. Recognizably Belgian. Trace of banana ester. Yeast. Spice. Light fruit. Citrus and a bit of grass. Mellow. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6787) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours golden with a large fluffy white head and a citrus aroma. There is a typical Belgian ale flavor, yeast-laden and fruity with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
(750ml bottle) clear gold, lasting white head. Nose is herbal, golden raisin, spicy Belgian yeast, fresh and nicely aged hops. Taste of golden raisin, spicy, dry, really well done, drinkable, light white pepper, Different from duvel but similar and less hoppy. Really enjoyed it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
First off, within 30 seconds of taking off the cage, the cork popped itself off. Luckily, I was outside at a party when it happened. Pours a bright gold with a super thick white head. Aroma is bready with some honey and spicy yeast and a hint of spicy hops. Taste is strongly spicy with a hint of clove and hops. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Very fizzy carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, great. I have a feeling this one may explode if stored over time though.


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