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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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Aroma is intense with tootsie roll, dark fruits, and notes of molasses. Pours deep brown/red with a substancial lingering head. Taste is equally intense with many of the same fruit/chocolate notes. Finishes with just a little wood. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown and with some haze. The aroma is plummy and a little bit raisiny. Sweet and soft body with light plums, hints of dates, brown sugar and the finish has some alcohol. Not ultra-complex but a good, clean, enjoyable quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2012
deep brown pour with a cream fluffy head. now is dried fruits, big caramel malts, yeast, spices, alcohol, and sweet. great on the palate, big dark fruits up front, followed by alcohol burn, rich caramel, toffee, and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Corked bottle: Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with hints of yeast, banana, and a mild alcohol presence. Malty flavor is rich with hints of dark fruits and caramel. Has a sticky creamy texture with a roasty finish. A fairly well-balanced beer that is intense and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1164) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Poured dark brown, dark but thin head. Thinner palate. Alcohol present with roasty notes. Real nice and reminds me a classic Belgian brew. Happy to see another new product from Sierra Nevada.

   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 (6720) - 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 Rick’s 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.

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