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RATINGS: 170   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
27th April 2013
Hazy gold beer with a large white head. Palate is airy and crisp and semi dry. Strong minerals. Sweet malt. Sugary sweet floral flavours, dry. Seltzer minerals. Sweet dried fruits and peppery spice. Semi dry finish. Lots going on here but it’s all a bit dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13252) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Sipped this one while listening to Steve Grossman telling us the tale of their relationship with the abbey and its 12th century Cistercian stone. Cloudy golden color, small white head. Aroma of dust, hay, straw, light spice. Taste is similar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a tall white head. Aroma of yeast, pear, pepper, and minerals. Flavor of pear, yeast, apple skin, golden raisins, honey, and pepper with a moderately dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11856) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours clearish gold with a fine, white head. Light tangy citrus in the nose, plenty of rich, bready malts. medium sweet flavor with some alcohol kick, dough, modest citrus, very light funk. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately warm finish with rich bread character. Nice stuff, well balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draft. Small white head, clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, candi sugar/perfume, some cantaloupe, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, spicy, some orange. Sticky medium-full body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11534) - Orange County, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11494) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
750 c&c brought from SN by Liz. Pours golden with a 4 finger creamy white head. Aroma is mildly fruity and spicy. A little citrus hop. Med body. Recognizably Belgian. Trace of banana ester. Yeast. Spice. Light fruit. Citrus and a bit of grass. Mellow. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012

Date: August 04, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: cleear gold, stable frothy white head
Aroma: dry spicy aroma, dry pale malt, spicy phenols, light fruityness
Flavor: spicy malt flavor, light fruity esters, balancing spicy phenols, dry pale malt, light breadyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10196) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Cork rises forcefully as I hold it back; no means no. Pours lightly hazy gold to orange with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is light fruity esters, Pils malt, cellar notes and spicy hops. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and bitterness, sugars, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.


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