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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Delicious beer. Probably not loved by some for it’s balance and subtlety. This is not heavy handed. The pour is dark brown not black. There are fruit aromas and flavors not just malt, roast, coffee, and licorice. I would like to see this in a year or two to see how it stands up to aging. I think it has the potential to do very very well in the short term. Not a long term aging beer though. Probably does not have the weight. But who knows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours cola brown with a smallish beige head. Dark boozy fruits on the nose, with some toffee as well. Very sweet - not a lot of dryness to counter. Slightly boozy, lots of fruit with some brown sugar and toffee. Not a lot of hops to counter in here, and it’s more of a flatter sweetness -- it doesn’t really have the complexity of a real Belgian quad. Definitely tasty, but for the price, I’d take a St. B’s any day of the week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Tap. Delicious brew. Deep mahogany pour with a minimal white head. Aroma is dark fruit. Rich palate. Taste is dark fruit and some sweet caramel. ABV is almost completely masked. Terrific.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2012
There is a distinct alcohol and wood flavor that overtakes the belgian style beer. Medium head, cloudy brown appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown body under a small frothy beige head that had excellent retention. The nose is very malty and sweet with lots of rich dark fruits and caramel. Just a little alcohol noted. The flavor is just as robust and rich, lots of depth to this, tastes right on par with some of the classics from Belgium. The heavy caramel and rich dark fruits coat the tongue linger on in the finish leaving behind a slight alcohol heat. Full bodied and chewy with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being overly heavy. Really well hidden alcohol. This is one of tbe best American efforts at duplicating the classics. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2012
(750 ml from Bootleggers) Very dark brown with half a finger of tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Velvety smooth palate. Light weepy broken lacing. Flavor of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel, lightly toasty. Light alcohol burn but pretty well-integrated into flavor. Tasty, big and elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2012
750ml bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, lots of caramel and chocolate malts with a little roasted malts, and some dark fruits. Flavor the same, with a lot of malts. Smooth texture. A good beer.

   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 (5640) - 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 (1499) - 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.

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