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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to stem. Dark brown with small offwhite head. Dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Walnut brown with light-brown medium-coarseness head, moderate rate of decay to ring and film. Aroma is caramelized bananas with smooth chocolate, some dry bread crust, dry somewhat spicy grass. Body is medium-medium-heavy, somewhat syrupy, carbonation is moderate, medium-fine, creamy in the finish, light burn. Flavor is sweet dense bread with light banana, touch of salt and spiced dried cherry. Slightly spicy/phenolic in the finish. This was a great American Quad (from a brewery that’s not Ommegang). Bravo! The body is top notch, and phenols are restrained and not used excessively, chocolate coated caramelized bananas are also a highlight!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1535) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2015
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a cloudy dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is sweet (almost cloying) roasted malt, dark fruit once again, caramel and molasses. Smooth and delicious, but a real sipper due to the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (282) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer. Hazy brown with thin white head. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, caramel and malt. This is a smooth and wonderful treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1245) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to Adrien. Shared in the final minute of the Superbowl. On the edge of my seat, needed some medicine. Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is raisin, candied sugar, dates. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet, hides the abv fairly well. Butler intercepts, Pats win!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (767) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours a hazy brown. Has a fruity malt, wheat and yeast aroma. Taste is a nice mix of dark fruits (plums, prunes) malts, caramel and heavy yeast. A dry wheat aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, JJ. Very hazy dark brown, average off white head that diminishes quickly. Dark toffee, candied sugar, raisins, light musty cork. Bigger yeast signature than Stone’s quad. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle @ home via the rot box. Pours a hazy brown appearance with a lasting brown head. Some cardboard, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, light smoke, and dark fruits in the nose. Medium low carbonation. High sweetness. Medium low bitterness. Graham cracker, cognac, brown sugar, and grapes in the flavor. A little bit spicy. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle 75 cl. Pours near cola brown in color with a tan head. There’s some nice, quite smooth notes of plums mixed with bit of earthyness and some sweet almost fudgelike notes in aroma at first. More of the dark fruityness appears in taste, but also some sweet brown sugary notes are present. Notes of yeast with some hints of vanilla and earthlike greens are present later on and has a slightly warming effect in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6728) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"they did it again! another great effort by Sierra Nevada to just nail a Belgian Style. pretty much what i’m thinking when thinking of what a quad is supposed to taste/look/smell like. Lots of dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of booze. Maaaaaaybe a touch of hops. The only thing I really thought could be improved was the carbonation. A little too high, but nothing a little swirling couldn’t fix. My favorite of the Ovila line (no surprise as this is my favorite style of the 3) and they nailed all 3. Sierra Nevada continues their fairly rapid ascent from mediocrity (IMHO, of course) thanks to the AV beers, Life & Limb, Old Ale, Hoptimum, and now these 3. Bigfoot and Celebration were really the only ones I was a fan of before..."

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