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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 Hearst’s plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Tap flight. Glowing brown pour with a high foamy khaki head. Biscotti nose. Taste is sweet tea, white grape juice, and a little booze. Fairly clean palate with a little booze lingering. Syrupy in the mouth. My fave of the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Draft at Haymarket. Pours a darker amber with a frothy head overall. Nose is tartness and cherries, dark fruit and a light peppery note as well. Hint of smoke. On tasting, contains a light tartness and some residual sweetness that manages to dry out. Quite soft and well hidden alcohol. Some more of that strange smokey note comes through as well. Really solid beer and a good Quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3901) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Draft. Pours dark brown with fizzy, off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is bread malt, yeast, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is bread malt, caramel, and light hops. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4637) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Solid pop on the cork. Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Mocha head crackles as it recedes to skim surface. Sweet yeast, caramel, biscuit and pit fruit aromas. Dry with sweet dough and caramel upfront turning to mild soy in the lasting toasted nutbread finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1300) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Aroma is dark fruits and yeast, with some sweet candy notes. Pour was rather dark into my tulip glass. The flavor was shockingly absent of alcohol. Lots of fruit such as, plum, cherry, candied sugar, and malt. Nicely done quad that I wouldn’t mind having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6974) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a generous tan head and a candi sugar and treacle aroma. There is a hearty and somewhat syrupy dark malt flavor that turns slightly sour at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (622) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Dark fruit aroma. Pours a dark amber color. Flavors of prune, cherries, plum, and molasses. Very nice, sippable Belgian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxa9 (27) - , Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Draft at Porky’s. Pours cloudy brown, light head. Aroma is sweet and rich. Taste is the same, perhaps too sweet? Watery Liked it better In the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7212) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Caged and corked 750mL bottle pours brown with copper hues and modest looking mocha like head. The mild aroma is kind of spicy with yeast to start and then becomes sweet with dark fruity esters such as cherry candy and prunes. The taste pretty much follows suit with prunes and cherries and hints of dates mixing with thin layers of caramel and molasses. At the edges of the flavor I get some spicy yeastiness. All in all a pretty nice Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
This beer was pretty dark for a quad, a pretty deep red and a huge off-white head. Aromas were fruity and yeasty, only hinting at the 10.4% count. The taste was full and sweet; lots of yeast and a bit roasty with a pleasant cherry background. The finish was mellow and warm, with a rich aftertaste of caramel. The alcohol is very well hidden among the complexity. Quite the session-able brew from Sierra Nevada - and I hope to see more soon.

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