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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10472) - 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 (7915) - 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 (1409) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
750mL bottle, caged & corked. 3rd Ovila offering. Vintage 2011. (broken cork, had to use a corkscrew.)
Dark pour, black color. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of roasted grains, alcohol, very little dark fruits. Creamy texture, perfect body. Tastes of roasted malts, some chocolate, and alcohol. It is a more roasted version of the Ovila Dubbel. Overall somewhat disappointed with this one. Not that this is far from a premium beer, it is again, still, one of the best offerings from Sierra Nevada. It just doesn’t live up to style. Belgian Stout perhaps? I was really looking forward to this one after having the last two Ovila offerings, Oh well.
Merry Christmas 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Deep brown with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of raisins, candy sugar, yeast, prune. Taste is of brown sugar, bread, caramel, cinnamon, prune.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4639) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Rich dried fruit, fruitcake, cooked sugar, toffee, and brown sugar. The look is reddish brown, beige colored head. The taste is multiple sugars, yeast, dried fruits, sweet, and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10738) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7353) - 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!

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