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RATINGS: 178   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1886) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
On tap a few days ago at the brewery. Nice and appley sweet, a tasty after dinner treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5262) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle from The Beer Store, Nashua, NH. Pours a light golden color with a huge white head that lasts. Nose is fruity Belgian yeast and white grape skins. The flavor is yeast dominate. Banana, pears, dried apples, hay and spicy bread notes. Medium to full bodied with active carbonation. Nicely made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Sampler at the brewpub in Chico. Smells of summer fruit. Tastes of apples and pears. No real hop to speak of. Solid brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a tall white head. Aroma of yeast, pear, pepper, and minerals. Flavor of pear, yeast, apple skin, golden raisins, honey, and pepper with a moderately dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
750 ml. bottle. It pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma is fruity with tangerine, pear, grape and apples with a good peppery yeast spiciness and background floral, noble hops. The flavor is the same. Lots of fruity grape, apple and pear with a complex, fresh spicy yeast profile. Floral hops round out the balanced palate. Very nice Belgian style ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (20066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
27th April 2013
Hazy gold beer with a large white head. Palate is airy and crisp and semi dry. Strong minerals. Sweet malt. Sugary sweet floral flavours, dry. Seltzer minerals. Sweet dried fruits and peppery spice. Semi dry finish. Lots going on here but it’s all a bit dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1009) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
750 ml bottle purchased ten months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($9.89). Pours a cloudy honey-amber hue with great big long-lasting frothy white head. Appropriate that they put on the paper over the cork/cage stating the contents are under pressure...beer had actually pressure-leaked through the cork some time ago, leaving a sticky caramel-y residue on the top of the bottle. Still, there was plenty of carbonation in the pour. AROMA of white wine, musty Belgian yeast, tart apple, honey malts, and some spice. FLAVOR of mild honey, tart apple, juicy pear, musty yeast bready malts, and some dry spice. The flavor starts somewhat tart but finishes with some sweetness. Dry finish. Well hidden 8.5%. Still getting used to SN making Belgians but this one is certainly a winner...very quaffable but with a certain degree of complexity. (152, 817)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle, shared with Davey. Very lively pour, requiring stages and patience. Aroma is quite yeasty, with definite citrus notes. the palate builds on sweet malts that had a candy-corn quality for me that I wasn’t crazy about. The yeast was nice, adding interesting spicy esters. Overall just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maltman53 (448) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Ovila is another example of an overall comment I have of the entire Sierra Nevada portfolio of beers: Technically clean, but lacks depth of flavor. Sierra is the sixth largest brewery in the U.S. and its mass production level prevents it from delivering exceptional beers in any category. We owe Sierra a thanks for pioneering the craft beer business, but unfortunately, its beers have become more macro than micro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1950) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Poured with a half finger of head on a fairly clear, golden colored body. The aroma is wonderful. Lots of grain and a little bright apple and pear. The taste is a crisp fruity (apple and pear again) with a touch of lemon bitterness. Nicely balanced and light. The texture is fizzy with a crisp body. Delicious.

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