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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2012
750ml Bottle. Very dark reddish brown pour, almost black, with a foamy tan head that lasts a little while. Aroma has lots of earthy, chocolatey malt plus notes of cherries, vanilla, banana, toffee and berries. Taste has a definite sweetness but is still quite dry with flavours of chocolate, spice, port, berries and caramel with a hint of funkiness. Fairly thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation, well integrated alcohol and a lingering sweet and spicy finish. Good example of this style, a little drier and spicier than the classic Belgian quads but a fine brew in its own right. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 6, 2012
A little bit too cold at first, but this warms up nicely. Not as sticky sweet as the double, this is quite good. A very easy strength, little to no alcohol notes. Some brown sugar and chewiness. Good. Raisins in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Earthy Belgian dark notes. Berry and some tawny grape. Touch of port wine. Belgian funk. The appearance is middling head-retention. Brick red, touch of brown. The flavor is earthy malts, berries, cherries, sweetness, but with a dry, Belgian funk to balance it. The aftertaste is so dry and tawny. A little saccharine at the end, but doesn’t detract. Feels thick and slick, buttery and oily. It’s a dry, darkly sweet and funky Quad. Packs a punch, but a brotherly one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
The aroma is fantastically complex and sweet with brow n sugar, spice, and fruit. The appearance is brown with a tan head. The taste is not like the aroma and astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall a decent beer but did not live up to what I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
strong beer, while there some strong flavors of heavy dark malts, fruit and caramel. the palate is major thin with a bit a little hops/. its strong but very drinkable. I love a good collaboration beers. this is a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2020) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Chimay glass. Pours deep dark brown with ruby red highlights; has a medium beige dissipating head. Aroma is peppery, molasses, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste is sweet and meaty, a little tart. Carbonation is soft and the body is full. Pretty tasty. I meant to compare this to two Boulevard quads last weekend but I passed out! Three 750 ml quads all to oneself is definitely too much for me anymore. Anyway, it seems better than Sixth Glass but lacks the complexities of the Bourbon Barrel Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (830) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
On tapa atr Rubicon for beer week. Aroma is really of dark fruits, nice. Flavor is similar. Very good! Better than the dubbel which I may have rated prematurely. So tasty, nice caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours a cloudy almost opaque with a vague orange hue. Pruney, phenollic aroma with quite some heavy booze. Solid body, heavily pruney, brown sugars and friendly phenols. Warming alcohol finish. 030312

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 29, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours deep brown with a fizzy head that quickly fades to a ring. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee and an earthy, musty yeast scent. Flavor is lots of sweet candi sugar and dark fruit with some tart yeast, alcohol is well hidden. Medium body with average carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This is a nice solid Quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2150) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Awesome quad!! I wish I could have enjoyed this all on my own, but my wife stole half the bottle! Actually, she found it first over at Wegman’s in Collegeville. Obviously, I jumped all over it (the bottle, that is) and I’m glad we did. This is a fantastic quad! It poured a very dark brown color with a thin and bubbly tan head. The head seemed to disappear quickly after the initial pour, but a sizable ring survived around the edge of the snifter. There wasn’t much lacing, however. But in a beer as tasty and beautiful as this, I don’t care much about lacing. The nose is sweet and full of complex malt, candi sugar, soil, alcohol and molasses. The flavors are sweet also, but toned down a little with a complex balance of sweet malt, bread, light hops, candi sugar, a slight hint of cream or butter, alcohol, raisins, earth and molasses. The finish is strong and also a bit sweet, but very, very delicious!

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