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RATINGS: 372   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 Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (768) - 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 (25074) - 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 (2102) - 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 Wegmanís in Collegeville. Obviously, I jumped all over it (the bottle, that is) and Iím 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 wasnít much lacing, however. But in a beer as tasty and beautiful as this, I donít 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Nice and malty, this ale has a very smooth finish for a Quad. Well blended flavors include dark fruits, bread, light caramel, and grapes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dodgrblu (657) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 On tap at Sierra Nevada Tap Room & Restaurant in sampler. Very boozy, flat mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Date: December 30, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullockís
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, balancing earthyness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich chocolate, sweet esters, light earthyness, hint of phenolic spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On tap. Pours a cloudy mahogany brown with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, fig, cinnamon, sweet malt. Flavor is sweet, a bit more muddied than the aroma, lots of sweet fruits and malt mostly. It is drinkable for a quad. On the whole I find it a bit too sweet and light-bodied for the style. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2682) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown with a wisp of beige head. Aroma of stewed plums, raisins, a touch of chocolate, grass. No obvious alcohol. Silky texture, slightly vinous. Taste is quite sweet, but lightened by a little carbonation and creeping bitterness thatís slightly spicy. A little lacking in yeasty complexity but the fruits have depth and itís not overbearing. The alcohol makes its presence known after a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2379) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of nutty and caramel, light to moderate cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with date, tawny port, brown sugar and nutmeg. Head is average size, creamy, khaki tan with some spotty lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is deep mahogany. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic then finishes, then finishes lightly moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, between creamy and syrupy with a lively carbonation and a moderately to heavily alcoholic and chewy finish. The Palate seems out of balance in the fact that the alcohol feel overpowered the weight and texture. Other than that, an excellent Quadrupel.

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