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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 14, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick tan head that holds on well, but doesnít lace at all. Rich, malty sweet aroma, hints of clove and cinnamon. Full mouth feel, strong malt flavor with notes of brown sugar and caramel and a slight alcohol burn. A passable, if plain rendition of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1665) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well.

The aroma is pretty mild - some sweet caramel malts, cola and dark fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some dark fruit and cola. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, way too sugary sweet for me. A poor manís St Bernardus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Draught sample. Pours dark red/deep brown with a tan head. Smell is cherry and other dark fruits, with a touch of alcohol and some roasted malts. Taste is sweet and smooth with dark fruits prevalent. Body is highly carbonated and full. Overall, pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Tap. Pours dark brown to black with a small, creamy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, light alcohol, Belgian yeast esters and light spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, alcohol and dates, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown (with some ruby red tints) with about an inch and a half tan head. The head retention is excellent, but there isnít much lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, the brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, bready malt, brown sugar, cloves and some sweet spices (nutmeg). It tastes like dark fruit, sweet spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), caramel, and some bananas and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy, very smooth, and is well carbonated. I think itís a good overall brew and worth trying, but itís not one of my favorite Quads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear ruby color with an average to large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted caramel malty, floral, citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Pours dark amber in color with a khaki head. Smells of toffee and bread with a bit of brown sugar. A little bit of dark fruit and maybe even some yeast. Dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee flavors. Thereís some bready malt and toasted malts. A bit of yeast and maybe some molasses. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Dark Belgian candy. Maybe a tootsie roll at the end of it but not really mu going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Tap. Pours surprisingly dark for what I typically think of as a Quad. The flavor has hints of roasted malt with prevalent alcohol flavor. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steelhead3686 (258) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a large caramel head that sticks around. Sweet, rich smells of citrus and flowers. Nice sweet, rich taste. A light, creamy body with a clean, slightly bitter finish. Very good beer. I will be looking for it again next season.

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