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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3449) - 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 (366) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Dark brown. Black currant and some prune flavors along with maltiness on the full bodied palate. Hoppiness adds a bright dimension as well. Absolutely fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2132) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Dark, clear, ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, alcohol, toast, bubblegum yeast, and a touch of wet dog. The taste is malty and a bit sweet with spice and yeast flavors. Somewhat mild for a quad, but that just increases its drinkability. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread/nuts, popcorn), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes of candy sugar, orange peel, clove, gum, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A rather simplistic, sugary, unfulfilling rendition. Just as with the Dubbel, there isnít much there to entice. Not that thereís anything wrong with it (other than a bit of popcorny malt), it just isnít trying to be anything more than passable. Basic by-the-numbers caramel/sugar-driven aroma, sugary sweet in the mouth, and itís remarkably thin and watery for its size. Probably the best thing about it is that the alcohol is well-masked. Note: Iíve tried two bottles of this...the first was badly infected with cork taint, as bad an infection of that kind as Iíve ever witnessed, wines included. Luckily I kept the receipt and returned the first bottle for the second; caveat emptor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Draft at Haymarket, pours hazy dark amber with white head. Aroma of plums, yeast, and brown sugar. Flavors have brown sugar, spicy yeast, caramel and a fresh doughy quality. Med body, lively feel. Booze on the backend. Really clean, good fermentation.

   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 (4100) - 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 (4694) - 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.

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