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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Dark brown pour, creamy beige head. Musty aroma, dates, old woody notes. Sweet flavor, figs, dates, warm alcohol. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. dark raisiny colored pour. creamy head. Sweet malts, light maple syrup & dark dried fruits fill the aroma, a tad light though. Flavor is red winneiness, dark fruits, raisins, sweet maltiness. Flavor is decent but needs to mellow & smooth out. The flavors are pretty spot on & with a little tweaking would be wonderful. Shows 10+5 pretty well. A nice beer that i will come back to in a while

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
12/24/11. On tap. Dark brown pour, touches of red, with a nice thick tan head that cuts to a film but sticks and laces in small rings. Tons of aromas hit me fast and hard... dark fruits, yeast, roast, burnt caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Really nice flavors... yum. Dark fruits abound, burnt caramel, nice estery yeast characteristics, and a slight alcohol burn. I dig this brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ World of Beer, Orlando. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and candi sugar and some alcohol. Sweet raisin and plum flavors with Belgian candi sugar. Slightly boozy. MEdium to full body with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4359) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft. Dark reddish brown, light tan head. Caramel, dried dark fruit, boozy, raisin, candy sugar, and light spice. Really I am not a big fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at Coleman public house. Malty, Belgian candy. This is up there with at bernardus and golden carolus. Great job Sierra Nevada!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3331) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3185) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2011
750 ml bottle. Thanks for sharing Tom! Nose of raisins, prunes and big yeast. Not overly sweet. A lot of heat in the finish here. Light, thin mouthfeel. However, we drank at room temp. Still real good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2425) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, quickly diminishing, modest but frothy, off white/light tan head foam, and wavey streaks & spots of lacing. The aroma was sweet, fruit as plum and dark cherry, with hints of spice and caramel. The flavor added a hint of vanilla to top off the dark fruit on warming, a touch of tartness, lively carbonation, some syrupy texture, medium to full body, subtle but warming alcohol, and light dryness to the finish. A tasty, cordial-like brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
750 cc from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid burnt umber toward blackish with 1-finger khaki head. Nose is dark fruit, funky yeasty rock sugary malt, mild banana, muscat grapes. Tastes malty, dark fruity, with a yeasty rock sugary malt, funky notes, cherry and blackberry, and an earthy, nutty finish. Low on carbonation, and very complex with well hidden alcohol. This one is outstanding.


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