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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
September 2012. Botle. Golden yellow with a white head. Citrus, lemon, hay, malt and yeast aromas. Some banana flavors blended in. Hops on the finish. Fantastic brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3466) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Une bouteille de 750ml avec bouche de liège près de l’arme qui a faillit faire perdre un œil à SlovakSniper. Le liquide est dorée translucide. De activité dans le verre digne du Old Faithful. Un nez épicé, houblonné et frais. Une bouche piquante par le gaz carbonique, c’est explosif. Une finale sèche et passablement agréable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3647) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Une bouteille de 75 cl partagée avec Yan. Une robe qui n’étonne pas avec sa couleur or. Une belle grosse mousse démesurée. Une très grande agitation dans mon verre: les bulles sont folles. Au nez, un travail honnête de la levure. Je sens des pommes vertes et du poivre. Des parfums houblonnés participent à la conversation épicée. Les céréales sont celles du style: dorées et légèrement mielleuses. Sur les papilles, une affirmation bien piquante: les forces de la levure et des houblons sont mises en évidence. Je goûte toujours des fruits à chair blanche. En bouche, le corps du liquide est gonflé par les bulles. Le pétillemement est beaucoup tros fort. Je dois prendre de petites gorgées et encore. En finale, une prestation asséchante offerte par des notes fruitées et épicées.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle. Moderate light bread and hay for the malt, perfume and lemon for the hops, light dough and soap for the yeast with unripe pear and white wine in the background. Head is average size, creamy to frothy, white with some slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is murky medium amber. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, between dry and watery, with a fizzy carbonation. Light and refreshing, with a nice Belgian flair in this tasty Belgian Strong Ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dapierce17 (110) - Pasco, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours a golden yellow with lingering frothy head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruits and very slight hop. Sweet but tart citrus hits the palate. Very dry and carbonation makes it very refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5245) - 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 (4917) - 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 (63) - - 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 (427) - 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.


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