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RATINGS: 176   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Nice pour with big thick white head. Citrus and spice combine for a great nose. The taste is similar but the alcohol is prevalent. Overall it is a good, tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (930) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 5, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a light golden with a decent white head that lasts. Lots of carbonation. Taste is of wood, fruit, yeast, raisins, grass and spice. Similar, but cleaner aroma. Has a nice body. The finish is a bit woody, slightly dry and a touch warming. Has a clean aftertaste. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. One of the few bigger beers that I would pick up again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur d’agrume avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-orangée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #4580)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle - Popped open like champagne, whoa! Golden pour with great head. Aroma of sour yeast and bananas. Flavor has peppery and citrus notes, and notes from aroma. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Sampled on 12/21/2012. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a slightly hazy medium to light orange gold color from the 750ml cork and caged bottle. Large sized white foamy head with good retention and long lasting lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, estery and slightly spicy. A medium bodied Golden Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice fruity/estery golden ale with a nice spiciness at the finish. Very nice sipping beer. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2981) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2013
This is a nice beer. These belgian SN beers are all quite good and this is no exception. Like a tripel but i can deal with that. Spicy yeast and fruity notes with a grainy maltyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/2/2012. Cork shot the ceiling as soon as he cage came off. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple. pear, grape, herbal, floral, apricot, grass, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters. Taste of pear, apple, grape, pepper, apricot, herbal, grass, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of fruity and malty flavors; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, foamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Good hoppy golden with rich thick yeast flavors, close to a good triple, pretty nicE

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akoeninger (577) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pear and green apple provides a fruity resin aroma. Malt kicks in with the taste. Golden, carbination, and fruit from the yeast give it a wine-like character. Crisp, refreshing, complex. Wife says it?s yum-yums.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
clear golden pout with a tall white head. Very fruit forward aroma with lots of nice pear, apple, tons of grape, and golden raisin notes. A mild booziness, sweet pale malt and sugar, some banana, clove, and coriander. A hint of white pepper and yeast, too. Intense white grape flavor to this. Good pear, apple, golden raisin, and banana, too. Moderate malt sweetness and spiciness of clove and white pepper. A hint of citrus peel on the finish.

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