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RATINGS: 179   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5289) - 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 (610) - 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 (15203) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, pear, pineapple asnd light white pepper. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, light pineapple and light white pepper with a crisp dry lingering peppery fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is a nice Golden ale that is relatively easy-drinking. It has a huge white ale. Good blend of flavors, lemon, coriander, slight banana, and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1578) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle with a warning that contents are under pressure. Heed the warning! The cork started popping out on its own as soon as I took the cage off. Pours a crystal clear gold with a gigantic fluffy white head, great retention, outstanding lace, and tons of rising bubbles. Light fruity aromas featuring lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, light malts and Belgian yeast. Pepper flavors accentuate a mostly light malt sweetness, with the aforementioned fruits adding a modest tartness. Light body, exciting effervescence, sticky mouthfeel, and a crisp finish. And extra points for the cause.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Golden pour with white head. Nose is fruity, peppery, clove and esters. Flavor is esters, banana, fruit. Very clean beer. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Poured from bottle into glass light amber color with large white head. Aroma of yeast and lemon citurs. taste is on the light side for a Belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (752) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Hazy golden color in the glass with a large head. Aroma has grains, yeast and a touch of citrus. Taste has lemons, mild hops and a dryness. Lots of carbonation on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2117) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Solid pop of the cork. Deep hazy amber with rocky white head. Moderate to heavy carbonation. Soft nose of lemon citrus, biscuit, light vanilla, clove, spice, and yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet biscuit and wheat malt with gentle spice. Finishes slightly tart and acidic with lemon citrus and a light carbonic kick. Carbonation clears the delicate sweetness and leaves behing a clean dry finish. Another success in the series.

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