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RATINGS: 380   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 Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2012
This was a very tasty brew from Sierra & their new friends the monks! Great color. Good body. This beer is strong, but well balanced with a solid malt backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pours mahogany with red-orange highlights and a creamy head (in a tall, non-goblet glass anyway). Aroma of raisin, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, and toast. Flavor of raisin, toast, brown sugar, earth, caramel, slight red wine or vinous notes, and a certain "mustiness" to it. Finishes with earth, mustiness, moderate bitterness, crackers, slight fruit, and a bit of a drying sensation. Medium-heavy body, high carbonation with a kind of fluffy mouthfeel, hot with alcohol. Overall, I remember thinking this was pretty well done. Not awesome, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6025) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Caged and corked bottle. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Opaque dark brown with a nice tan head. In the aroma I smell yeast and malt. Nothing exotic at all. The flavor is exactly as the nose would hint. Very rich and heavy malt with yeast. Perhaps a hint of hops. Lots of fruit is tasted and mostly it is darker varieties. Some chocolate emerges with warmer temperature. Alcohol is also tasted and it is significant. Yeast becomes more prominent, at during that sip. It is easy to see how monks of centuries past gained so much nourishment from beers like this. So much malt and so much malt. Maybe I will take a bottle to work and have it for lunch tomorrow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle from Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a wine glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a good light tan head. Nice lacing on the way down and a thin cap throughout. The nose carries some dark fruits and a bit of malt sweetness. Not too much there. The flavor carries Belgian yeast, but is a bit muted without much complexity. Medium body with a smooth finish. Pretty good, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Mahogany in color, khaki colored head. Sting aroma of fruit and mainly spices. ..clove, nutmeg, plum. Light hints of alcohol burn but inviting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a chalice. Cork came out with a pretty solid pop. Poured a surprisingly dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Belgian spice in the aroma initially. Some burn sugar came out as it warmed. Lots of caramelized sugars in the flavor, some more Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent, pretty easy drinking for 10%. Fuller side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quad seems like a made up style, but this is a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
THOUGHTS: Yum. Very tasty. You could hear the fizz as it was being poured. Rather Belgian. Hid alcohol well. Very easy to drink. It started to become a little cloying by the end, but only slightly. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark rad that was nearly black in the glass with a small to average, off-white head that mostly lasted and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel, chocolate, candy sugar and chocolate syrup; moderate spicy yeast; raisin, plum, prune fig, toffee and brown sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly sour and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly acidic and slightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel, toffee, slight chocolate syrupy, black cherry, prune, raisin, plum, molasses, port wine, spicy yeast, brown sugar, candy sugar, hints of vanilla, a little citrus, and a little dark chocolate. The medium body was creamy and then dry with soft and then quite fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shamsway (13) - - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle into tall pilsner(?) glass. Satisfying pop from the cork. Pours a dark reddish brown with a hefty tan head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and something I canít quite put my finger on - fruit? Taste is malt, dark fruitiness and alcohol. Medium, enjoyable body. A tasty beer that Iíll drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Darker than expected, dark ruby brown color, beige head. Aroma of yeast and roast malt. Taste of banana, roast, well balanced, not the best or truest Quad, but a good beer anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Big bottle goes pop! Pours dark brown that has a reddish tint in the light; the head is aerated but stable. Aroma is strange; definitely smells boozy but also has a peculiar and almost off-putting smell that reminds me of an unwashed empty glass of beer sitting out on the table. Overripe dark, rich fruits like sapotes. Dark mineral-rich soil. The palate is soft and nice with gentle but lively carbonation. The flavors are a pleasant combination of sweet and spicy, with the sweetness lingering quite a bit but without becoming cloying. Itís in the honey, fig, and date zone with a good splash of orange zest. Subtle spices come in late, mostly cinnamon and clove. As it warms, dark German health bread comes in and further layers of complexity emerge including a delightful mouthful of rich caramelized, spiced baked apples. All in all, a success.

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