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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (1038) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pours dark brown-red with a small creamy cream colored head. Smells like dark fruits and a strong malty base. Tastes fruity and sweet malty. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and active mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Olvila Quad finishes with some mild fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4490) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
750ml bottle - $9.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pleasing package with a quality cork and cage yielding a good ’pop’ upon opening.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy body with a medium-to-tall, off-white head, though it soon settles back down.

Smell: Finely spicy, sweet-scented, pungently fruity nose with malty touches of bread crust and semi-sweet chocolate. A delightfully harmonious mix of aromas present.

Taste: Deeply toasty, modestly chocolaty malts with a small inkling of roast enveloped by broad fruit flavors ranging from sweet cherries to prunes to figs back to ever-so-slightly tart cherries. Dark brown sugar stirred up with spices. Picks up a bit more sugared sweetness into the mid-point, also a hint of aniseed. The alcohol, while warming (and, thankfully, never hot), helps to dry things out approaching the malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation keeping things moving well enough along the palate.

Overall: A fine big Belgian-style brew all around. I had the Stone 11.11.11., and there was a big, Belgian-esque beer I struggled through, comparatively, Ovila Quad was one that came together very nicely and, though big and bold itself, was a relatively ease to finish off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcox90 (1652) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2012
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a 2 finger off white head. Good head retention, eventually dwindling to a nice ring of lace. Sweet caramel malt aroma layered with scents of figs, cherries, dates, and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor follows the nose, nothing is left out or disappears. Just layer after layer of goodness. Full palate with good carbonation. This was delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1924) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12oz pour @ Hopleaf. Small off-white head atop murky copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, Sherry, alcohol, light cardamom. Taste is sweet, caramel, cherry, some vinous. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1036) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Poured from a draft into a goblet at the San Diego Brewing Company. Color was black with a tint of brown. About an inch of head. Nice lacing on the top. Surprisingly light amount of film on the sides. Smelled caramel, chocolate and toffee malts. Dark fruits like cherry and plum, too. The first thing I noticed about the taste was how smooth it was. It was similar to the nose with caramel, chocolate and toffee malts leading the way, but I didn’t get as much cherry/plum as the whiff. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. It was a good beer to end the day with. The smoothness was the best part of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2237) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
pours a deep ruby / brown color with a 1 finger off white head which falls quickly to a thin lacing. multiple layers of dark fruits, sugar and spices on the nose. med body with nice carbonation levels throughout. brilliant deep fruit notes - figs, raisins, dates, etc circulate throughout the mouth with spice notes up top and a smooth creamy malt presence towards the back. warming finish with caramel malts, deep dark fruits and candi sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (893) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
On tap at The Liberty in Charlotte. Pours dark amber-red with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of port, dark fruit, sherry and hints of alcohol. Medium, smooth, body. Taste is of Belgium yeast, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. Long peppery finish. Not my favorite Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle.  Pours murky brown with thin off white head.  Aroma of dark fruits, spices, and toffee.  Taste of candied sugar,  dark fruits, toffee, and caramel.  Thick mouthfeel.  Pretty good.  This series has been really good and a needed change for SN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4548) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Spirits Red Bank. Poured a super deep chestnut brown with a large fluffy beige head. Aroma is STRONG, notes of sherry, figs, prunes, plums, nutts, brown bread, vanilla extract. Flavor isn’t as forward as the aroma and there is a good dose of yeast along with dark fruits, vanilla extract, cherry juuice, berries. Medium bodied that finishes syrupy with soft carbonation. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6046) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Orlando, Fl - on tap at the new bar in Whole Foods. Deep dark brown pour, thick khaki colored head, nice sticky lacing. Aroma has some licorice hints, a bit of anise seed and just a hint of dates. Flavor is full bodied and delicious. Pick up some plums, cherries, chocolate, licorice, brown sugar and some dates. Belly filling and warm. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Very nice. Fun to drink this in the middle of a Whole Foods watching people shop.

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