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RATINGS: 166   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a yellow-gold color with a large foamy yellow-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and tart citrus, tangy sugar and golden fruits. The flavor was dryish yet tangy with notes of sugar, candied fruits and yeast. Medium length tangy golden fruit finish. Medium body. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAY 15, 2013
The nose is full of biscuit malt, with a dose of Belgian yeast and citrus with a little bit of cinnamon and coriander. The flavor has a lot of malt and yeast character, as well as some sugar, lemons and oranges. The alcohol is noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2013
750ml corked and caged bottled. Opens with a trememdous pop. Unfiltered yellow-orange-tan body, lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Fluffy off-white head. Pleasant dry noble hop aroma, some rustic, almost barnyard notes. Creamy yeast tones, delicate dryness. This is a really great, world-class Belgian Golden Ale. Bold in flavor, but captures the true drinkable lively effervescence. A really great beer.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Silverbush85 (59) - - MAY 3, 2013
Getting honey, hops, and a bite. Too bitter to salvage anything else. If you can avoid.. You would be wise ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (390) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Nice. Liking this one. I’m thinking hickma, pear, apple, and maybe hearts of palm. This is smooth and balanced. Wish I could rate it higher but it just doesn’t pop. Complex flavour and aroma are there but a bit subdued.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamah (213) - - MAY 1, 2013
The nose was very yeasty with a little spice. Just like the name it poured a clear golden with lots of pillowy foam. The was mildly sweet with some bitterness of the front end. For the price I’d say its a decent smooth beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. Le bouchon a décollé pour l’espace avant même que j’ais fini de le détacher (mais heureusement pas d’explosion mousseuse). De couleur dorée-orangée et légèrement voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, léger de pommes, notes de poires) et épicées (poivre doux, léger de coriandre), de pain, moyen-léger de houblon floral et légèrement herbeux) et léger de céréales sucrées. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement élevé-moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux faibles notes crémeuses et croustillantes. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes et zeste, léger de poires, traces de pommes et de pêches), épicées (poivre, léger de coriandre)et aux notes terreuses lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de pain avec un léger goût de céréales sucrées. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une légère-moyenne amertume asséchante de houblon floral et herbeux jusqu’en finale où des notes d’alcool s’y démarquent. Post-goût moyen-long et sec, composé d’un goût de levures fruitées (zeste d’agrumes) et légèrement épicées (poivre doux) avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux et floral ainsi qu’avec des traces d’alcool.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (866) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2013
Poured into a goblet of a 750ml bottle. Pours a clear deep gold with a fluffy two finger white head. The head never really goes away thanks to the abundant carbonation but there is also not a whole lot of lacing. Big Belgian citrusy note on the nose with tons of pear and peaches. Some peppery spicyness along with clove and a touch of banana. Not bad but not quite as sharp and in your face as some others. The taste is somewhat muted which is disappointing because there is really so much potential. Nice spice along with lots of pear. A little peppery as well with some light hints of biscuit. Mouthfeel is very soft and spritzy and really is perfect for the style. Finish is moderately dry with just a little stickyness and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a nice attempt by Sierra Nevada at a beer that can be difficult to get right. While it is not as good as some of the top of the line Belgians, it is a great job by a large brewery in the States.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1486) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle pours clear straw yellow with a foam white head with lots of staying power from the unending carbonation. Obviously filtered. Nose of grass, earth, bubblegum, and malt. Taste begins sweet, then is rounded out by lots of grass and earth on the finish. Body is light and the carbonation is prickly. Sweetness hangs on the tongue for a bit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle shared by TakticMtl.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with white foamy head.
Aroma : Yeasty and spicy with light floral notes.
Taste : Dusty yeast with floral and spicy hops. Some alcohol. Yeasty finish, quite spicy, light alcohol, quite bitter.
Overall : Not bad but a bit too spicy for my taste. A bit too much alcohol too. Not really my thing.


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