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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4294) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
The corked and caged bottle opened with a satisfying pop and poured a rich dark burn umber under light that looked very brown in the glass, raised a good size and very fine bubbled tan head, that left good lacing. Reasonably attractive. The nose that greets you is big on ripe fruit, but there is more going on with raisins, figs, and chocolate all present, Full bodied, the texture in the mouth is very smooth and creamy, The flavor is consistent with the aroma, and very malty with the ripe fruit going on and on into the chocolate like finish. A really great beer and not too boozy for me. . Reminds me of Chimay Blue, but even smoother.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopTsing (506) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Out of the bottle came a thick, rich, frothy head that had quite a bit of hang time. The taste was very malty and sweet and felt like heavy silk in the mouth. Not much obviously apparent hop flavor, but over all a very rich beer drinking experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1476) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Very dark with frothy light beige head. Smells raisiny, boozy, caramelly a bite on the nose that hints of spice and citrus. Do I get a little banana? Sweet and creamy then a little hops hit with a twinge on the tongue and a dry finish. The sweet is not overly so or cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10436) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
This beer pours a hazy dark brownish-amber color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Somewhat vinous aroma with notes of yeast and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of white grapes, sweet malt, yeast and molasses. The finish is semi-sweet with lingering fruity esters. Different take on the style, and an above average beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swillguzzler99 (174) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours a red brown with mild head. Smells of fruit and alcohol. Taste is of caramel that finishes smooth and does not linger. Yummy, for lack of better language. If the world ever ended, a cave full of these would have you set.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3545) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle - Dark brown body with a thin beige foamy head. Well balanced, complex malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, fruity, and toffee hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Texture is soft and taste is very well balanced, It carries vineous and woody notes. Ends with a warming bittersweet finish. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2906) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours out an attractive ruby color with a small off white head. Aroma is of plums, sugary dried fruits, caramel, pineapple and light caramel. Taste is of sweet plum, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, earth, some dry alcohol notes, a dry and lightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2485) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Good sized off-white head of very fine and dense bubbles in my chalice. Sweet and malty aroma with lots of dark fruit (raisins, plums), some belgian candi sugar and some spicy yeast notes. Color is a deep dark mahagony brown. Wow, pretty hot up front and then mellows out to a solid malty brew. Lots of depth and complexity with more dark fruit, roasted malts, spices, brown sugar and yeast. Finishes rather clean with a bit of lingering malt and spice. A nice complex quad but the body seems to be slightly lacking. The more I drink, it seems to be a bit on the watery side. Still a good drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours a deep brown, nice head fades slowly. Aroma is malt accented by dark fruit, hint of yeast spiciness. Flavor is similar, with fruity malts balanced by Belgian yeast character. Notes of apricot and plums, with white pepper. Nice. Not spectacular, but nice. Happy to see them starting to work in this direction, but perhaps not as big a success as the kellerbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
944play (389) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Bright deep ruby with receding tan head. Dusty, woody, stonefruit aromas. Generous crunchy malt, raisin, and tart vinous flavors. Well attenuated to a medium body with little harshness from high alcohol. Kinda hard to take, with prominent acidity, but age may treat this brew kindly. Also, I kinda wanted more bready and clovey notes, but this is a lot better than the Dubbel in that respect.

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