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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (989) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2682) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2143) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - MAR 22, 2013
Gold, clear, huge rocky white head. Aroma of biscuity malt, a corriander-like spiciness. Flavor of dry, crackerlike malt, prickly effervescent carbonation, earthy spice, a little light fruitiness. Well balanced and drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Split a 750ml bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was some light fruits, pepper notes with yeast character. Flavor was a touch dry, pepper notes, touch of sweetness. Alcohol was pretty well masked. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Appearance was a golden pale color with about 3 finger white head with both tight and large bubbles. Aroma has the Belgian yeast characteristics with lemon zest, pepper and prickly bear. Taste hits you up front with Belgian Flavors then with white grape and pear. It follows with a peppery bite. Mouthfeel has a light body with the prickly carbonation that could be predicted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2838) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Poured from a 750ml bottle. The cork put a dent in my ceiling, but there is a warning. The fruity aroma from the yeast filled the room. The flavor was filled with fruits, soft caramel, pilsner malts, some berries. A tasty golden Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle. Dry sparkling wine aroma, slightly sweet taste, dry across the palate, with a wheat or toast finish. The high abv is not overbearing but contributes to the wine like experience. This is not my type of beer but and I honestly think that there is much better in this style.

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