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RATINGS: 181   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 Hearstís, plans crumbled. these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Yummy abbey collaboration ale golden color light taste with a rich after taste. Another brilliantly brewer ale by Ovila. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2014
750 picked up a while back... Finally got around to it tonight... This opened with a massive POP and thankfully I kept my grasp firmly on the cork... Pours with a decent lasting 3 finger head.. the brew is clear golden. Nose is a bit clovey with some light pear and apple.... a bit of a floral hoppiness as the glass warms up... Flavor mirrors the nose but the fruitiness seems like underripe produce.. a bit of a peppery note appears with warmth.. maltiness is very soft and melds seamlessly with the esters and phenols.. a bit boozy as it gets well out of fridge temperature... drink it colder. Very carbonated.. perhaps more than even its continental cousins. Good.. but very burpy... but it is going to be a bit of a chore to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10249) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Apple and pear, and a good dose of spicy yeast dominate both the aroma and flavor. Golden Belgians usually not being my cup of tea, this was quite good, and another hit for Sierra Nevada in the Ovila line. Only fault - it was overcarbonated to the point the cork shot off like a bullet, but the palate was actually quite soft and nice after a little swirling."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: The cork shot off and hit the ceiling when I opened it. Not quite as intense as Duvel but it was even easier to drink. TECHNICAL: Drank 3/24/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, medium golden yellow with a large, ever-so-slightly off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left good lacing. The aroma contained moderate light-colored bread; moderate to heavy herbal, grassy and citric hops; Moderate to heavy spicy, peppery yeast; alcohol; and light-colored fruit. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was pale malt, white bread, honey, light fruits, apple, pear, Asian pear, pepper and other spices. The light to medium body was somewhat dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacBoost (1775) - Penfield, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
750ml bottle consumed by myself. Pours a hazed orange with an enormous white head. Aromas of clove, citrus. Taste is dry and lightly bitter. Flavors of clove, spices, yeasty esters, hot alcohol. Not quite quenching because of the alcohol heat. Finishes dry and hot. Mediocre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
This pours a golden yellow color with lots if carbonation for a thick, fluffy head. The aroma is very yeasty with some hints of citrus. Rich yeasty taste very filling decent spices flavors there are sure to fill your stomach. Pretty decent for an American made Belgian brew but this was still missing something to put it over-the-top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
750mL, corked and caged, and the cork started moving by itself as soon as I removed the baling and eventually removed itself. Nose is straightaway malt with very herbal and spicy yeast, but also pear drizzled in reduced maple syrup, light oak and vanilla, really an interesting mix! Pours bright orange-golden with strong carbonation and a soapy off-white head. Airy, lightly tangy and yeasty taste, light alcohol warmth, fat-bodied thick malt but thatís not a source of malt. Pepper yeast character and mixing fruity and herbal notes scream saison yeast or at least something closely related. Orange, straw, and, with time, red berry and very faint cherry. Overall clean and refreshing despite the size, and still very bright and fresh. Hops are muted but present enough for balance. Malt is sunny, golden, bitterness low, sweetness medium. The huge effervescence is both a positive, as this is about as close to to Champagne as Iíve come in almost 5000 beers (save the occasional traditional North German wheat beer!), and a negative, as the dense airy mouthfeel usually only encountered in gushers (this is not) loses its charm after a few ounces. Still, a mighty achievement, and an enjoyable one.

With a little warm-up toward room temperature and enough degassing, this one started to grow on me. Soft and mellow feel but intensely perky flavor. [from 3.5 to 3.8]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Poured as a taster at local shop. Pours a golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma of apple, wheat, spices. Tastes are similar, and it is quite creamy on the palate. Really nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: A billowing 3 inch of white ricky head hovering over a sea of murky golden apricot. Retention is ridiculous and just seems to get creamier. Yeast specks sprinkle the creamy head while lacing bubbles around the edges. S: Sweet stone fruits, citrus, big Belgian yeast nose, pils malt, sourdough and dried wheat. Spices and floral aroma are also present. The great yeast aroma is the heavy hitter here. Once agitated stale bubblegum comes out and the booze becomes more present. T/M: Old leather, slightly smoked grains, clove, cinnamon, white pepper, stone fruits, spice rum soaked apricots and a hefty dose of dry yeast. Finish is super dry with lingering sourdough, bitter green bananas and kale. Vivacious carbonation in a medium body that dries out the palate upon entering. O: A beautiful presentation of a delicious beer. Gotta love BSPAís. super dry, spicy and great fruit sweetness. Iím glad I was able to find this Ovila and I look forward to enjoying the quad soon. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
750 cc bottle. Pours hazy golden with off-white head. Nose is yeasty funky spice, hopcitrus. Tastes hopcitric, funky and yeasty with spicy and hoppy finishing notes.

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