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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
The pour is a hazy, very deep burgundy with an average, pale beige, frothy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is bland is simple for a quad; spice cake, faint anise, chocolate, cinnamon ice cream?, and slight date. The flavor is a bit better; chocolate syrup, very cake-like, much richer, molasses, some clove and cinnamon, and date. The finish is fairly long, sweet and spicy, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, molasses, and an almond note. The palate is nearly lively, medium to full, velvety, and round. The nose and appearance nearly killed this one. No real fruit presence, which is usually a staple for a quad. Not really a bad beer but just too many off-notes to make for a good beer. Very simple for this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle... Poured darkish brown with a thick tan head. Big estery and toffee sweet nose. A little drying with a hint of alcohol. Loads of black pepper spice, dark raisin and fig fruits, caramel toasted sweet gains. Creamy body up front, anise flavors, vinous grapes, cocoa, and a hint of roast. Big fruit estery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, light spices, light banana, toasted caramel, dust, and dark ripe fruit. Poured deep amber/mahogany in color with a small, creamy, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, toasted caramel, banana, light spices, dust, and some raisins. Medium to full body. Viscous, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, toasted caramel, Belgian yeast, banana, slight cocoa, finish is dry. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Smell - plenty of banana, dried fruit, mild caramel/toffee notes in there. Very straightforward. Nice amount of carbonation, doesn’t seem to be overflowing. Dark brown in color, nice creamy off-white head. Taste is the same as the smell, with a good amount of honey, and some funk, apples, and finishes slightly roasty. This beer kind of reminds me of one of my college professors, brilliant, but indeed brilliantly boring. Enjoyability - 3.5/5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, candi sugar and allspice. Flavor is really sweet. Lotsof sugar up front with some more dark fruit showing up. Finish has some more candi sugar and molasses. This would get a better score but the sugar\sweetness kinda takes over everything. Maybe some age would lessen the sweetness. Alcohol is no problem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2011
750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours dark brown to dark red with a one finger off white head that reduces to a film and little eyes of foam. The aroma is dates and raisins, cherry, wood, mild alcohol. The taste is odd, there is an odd taste, especially after the swallow, almost like an ash tray would taste, but not that bad. Figs and raisins are prominent, there is a dryness to it, almost like red wine, alcohol is well in check. after sitting the weird taste I experienced subsided (but is still there), and the flavors fully develope. I have to admit that I was expecting more from every one of these Ovila beers, they just don’t quite live up to some of the real Trappist beers of Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1139) - Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Poured very dark with a thin off-white head. Arona is boozy with raisins, plums, and brown sugar. Lots of fruit. Taste is very sweet and fruity. Some yeast flavors, but not too much complexity. Finish has some caramel with plums. Overall its sweet and tasty, but not a great quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (922) - Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours a brown color with a creamy thin brown head. Smells a bit sour with some dates and grapes. Some grass and hoppy notes. . Taste is similar to aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Mahogany pour with a medium, foamy, dense brown head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, soft yeast and slight booze. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, yeast, dark fruit, and dessert-like notes (cake notes mostly). Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation and faint warmth from the alcohol. Slightly sticky from the sweetness as well. Ends with more caramel, dark and candied fruits, sweet malt, cake, yeast not and light brown sugar notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Growler from Grapevine. Pours out a dark red color with a tan head on it. Smell is very fruity, with a touch of alcohol and perhaps a bit of roasted malts. Taste is sweet and smooth, little alcohol detected. Lively carbonation. Pretty good beer considering the style and not being made in Belgium. I like this Ovila series from SN. Good stuff

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