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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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
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 (4851) - 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 (6411) - 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 (301) - 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 (10888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, some dark fruits, chocolate, and roast. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Caramel and yeast aroma with light spice and light dried fruit. Toffee and caramel flavor with dried fruit and light yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and dried fruit linger with caramel and light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Poured from bottle. Nice clear brown color. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavor was warm and slightly bitter. Hints of vanilla and caramel but enough dry hops for the bitterness. I actually preferred the Dubel even though I normally adore Quads. Still, its a solid offering from SN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
This is not what I expected from Sierra Nevada. Don’t get me wrong, SN is a decent session beer, but not a huge fan. This blew me away. This was probaly my favorite SN beer and a great example of a quad.Popped the cork and the aroma of sweet dark fruits and molasses filled the air.Poured dark with a thin head.Flavor was a great balance of dark fruits, caramel, molasses with a nice warming feeling.

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