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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - 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 (1213) - 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 (2254) - 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 (1008) - , 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 (5087) - 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 (6711) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnoud (306) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Like this one quite a bit. Not a lot of alcohol despite 10.4% abv. Subtle flavors and rich color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear red color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, booze, brown sugar, berries, bread, spices and something just a faintly bit cheesy. The taste is bread, berries, citrus, booze, brown sugar and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied, strong carbonation and significant warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a deep, mahogany-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big on the dark fruits with a nice sweetness. Some caramel, yeast, a touch of banana, and bread. Flavor is soft all-around and pretty solid. Brown sugar, caramel, and yeast up front with some bread in the middle as well as more dark fruits and a light banana. Gets a tad bit toasty towards the end and I get a hint of chocolate as well as a touch of warming alcohol. Finishes with a light, but nice bitterness and yeasty spice that balances well with a soft, light malt sweetness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a very soft, creamy, medium-high carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid quad. Very soft, balanced, and flavorful. Not the most complex, but really nice.

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