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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 Hearst’s, plans crumbled. these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1931) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden under a huge off-white soapy head that takes its sweet time receding...dang, when will I be able to stick my nose in this thing? Ok, there we go. Aroma is strong in Belgian yeast, imparting clove, pepper, fruit (apples or pears), SweeTarts. Taste starts out lightly sweet and meaty before becoming a little tart and dry in the finish. Highly carbonated. Well made, but it’s no Duvel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle-thanks to Ibrew2or3 for this fine beer-pours hazy orange with a very soapy white head with various bubble sizes-this head doesnt go away!!!! very big nose-lots of fruits, phenols, spice (gop, corriander), and some lite grains (but not in the wet cardboard way). flavors are pretty matching to the nose-lots of phenolic spice, lite fruit and some lite alcohol heat, but not that detracting. pretty straight forward BSA that has alot of trippel character to it. nice work SN!!! I will buy more of this when i see it next!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Had a warning on the cork - ’WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER HIGH PRESSURE. PLEASE OPEN WITH CARE’. They weren’t kidding...I opened this outside due to the warning, and it shot the cork 50+ feet away and gushed all over my deck. Gold color with a large sized white head. Aromas of yeast, bread, honey, and some fruitiness. Tastes of bread, cookie dough, honey, citrus, and some fruitiness.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (3521) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottles at BCTC. Light orange with some sediment. Cloudy with a half finger head. Citrus honey but very weak on the nose. Taste is very weak straw honey notes but it’s drinkable. some spices just not to enjoyable. More of a wit than a saison.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1516) - Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Appearance: rich bright gold with a hint of haze, a thick white head slowly shrinking to a fat cap, and a very active bead. Aroma: fresh-baked white bread, with loads of spicy yeast notes, some honeyed grains, and some pear. Taste: cracker/biscuit notes immediately balanced by a tart bit of apple, pear, sweet green grapes, honey, clove, and white pepper. Finish: a yeasty zing slowly fades with a hint of lemony, bitter hops; there’s just a hint of alcohol. Notes: Phenomenal. Palate was full and creamy without being too slick. Alcohol was well hidden. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3706) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
750ml bottle. Cork shoots off when you take of the cage, so watch out. Pours a bright golden color with a thick white head that settles into a medium white head. Aroma of bready dough, honey, spicy belgian yeast and mild hops. Flavor has strong bread and spicey belgian esters, mild clove, some bitterness. Nice, effervescent mouthfeel. Finishes with a touch of leafy herbal hops. Pretty good, as typical for the Ovila beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4645) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2012
750ml bottle in a plastic cup. Pours cloudy copper/golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, caramel malts, and some floral and light citrusy hops. Flavor the same, with a good blend of everything. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Sampled from a bottle at Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear golden color with a large pillowy head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel, bread, butter, citrus and spice. The taste is citrus, bread, herbal and spice notes, apples and slight warmth. Light bodied, high carbonation, complex. A nice surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours hazy and gold into the Duvel glass with a good sized white head (fading to an even layer of foam). Aroma is grassy overall with hints of dust, mushrooms, pepper, and sourdough bread. Flavor follows with grass and pepper initially, but there’s an earthy, slightly doughy malt presence, and other earth/hay qualities. Finishes with yeast qualities of mushroom and funk coming through. Slightly dry on the throat, not bitter, but the hops are noticed in the presence of more pepper and grass. Decent Duvel-esque beer. Medium-heavy, plenty of carbonation, always creamy and fluffy in mouthfeel. Very nice, well put together.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pour out of bottle at the Denver Summer Brew Fest, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of sweet white fruits, grape, some slight peach, hints of biscuit, bread and some spice and yeast notes as well. Taste is a nice mix of white fruits, honey, some slight vanilla in there going into a spicy, floral middle, some grass as well, finishing fairly sweet with a hint of pepper. Pretty decent, enjoying this series so far.


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