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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Quad brings the centuries-old monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Quad is rich and complex with layers of flavor including notes of intense dark fruits, and caramel-like maltiness. Rich and complex, this ale should be shared among friends in the true spirit of the season. A portion of the 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 in 1931 and planned to 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours a cola brown with a short light tan head. Cherry fruit roll up and grape nose. Full but lifeless moutfheel. Cherry lifesaver overarching some toffee. Meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4638) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
750mL, corked and caged, 333th rating for this brew. Nose sweetly malty and lightly yeasty, just tons of stone fruit, swirling eddies of heavy plum with lighter peach, over sturdy base toffee and red berry, even some faint earth and smoke. Pours deep dark brown, almost black, with some ruby before the volume accumulates, and a creamy pale tan head. Taste is sweet with light tang, heavy berry, strong but seductive and pleasantly soft warmth in the throat and chest, heavy plum, faint earth and toffee, with a nice yeasty resolution. It’s obviously very big but the alcohol is handled masterfully here, and the big picture is clean, fresh, and well-executed. Very low bitterness, but the subtle hop spices emerge in the mid-body and maintain their grip. Soft vanilla and wheat character, medium but appreciable ester and phenol development, smooth medium-full body. There will inevitably be some sniping from the peanut gallery about supposed American boorishness here, but I can’t come close to agreeing; this is clearly the stroke of a master, and one to hold up against more established examples (though I’d gladly take a dash more Special B per bottle!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1063) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle from Ale Yeah! Pours black, with a small, beige head. Aromas of dates, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, and toffee. Very sweet, with a lot of savory spices. Heavy body, sticky, and slightly warming. Overall, this is a pretty good attempt at an American Quad, but still lacking the complexity and balance I’d expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6367) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Draft. Spices and dark fruits in the flavor and aroma. A decently mqde american qquad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (395) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Poured as a taster at local shop. Pours a rich clear brown with reddish hints and very little head. Aroma - grape, raisin, toffee, and subtle alcohol. Taste is a bit boozy, brown sugar, cherry, vanilla, and malt. It is thick and oily on the palate and has a nice long lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft. Wood, alcohol, and cherry-raisin malt aroma. Chestnut with small head. Sweet woody cherry cola and toffee malt flavor. Mild alcohol finish. Body a bit light. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (1685) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at Freshcraft. Dark brown appearance with a tan head. Aroma of fruity esters, sweet malts, yeast, candi sugar and light earthy hops. Similar flavor, adding caramel and notes of clove, banana, and light spices. Rich and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4363) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Deep red color with a small head. Prune and raisin aroma, with a bit of banana. Malty flavor. A bit metallic. Very boozy. Some fruit character, maybe banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
catface5326 (144) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Great beer. Drank from a bottle. Full bodied and great quad taste. Highly recommended

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (203) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Sweet brown sugar aroma with a whiff of stiff whiskey and a dark amber color. Has a sweet whiskey flavor and long burn finish.

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