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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3381) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ World of Beer, Orlando. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and candi sugar and some alcohol. Sweet raisin and plum flavors with Belgian candi sugar. Slightly boozy. MEdium to full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5198) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft. Dark reddish brown, light tan head. Caramel, dried dark fruit, boozy, raisin, candy sugar, and light spice. Really I am not a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at Coleman public house. Malty, Belgian candy. This is up there with at bernardus and golden carolus. Great job Sierra Nevada!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4434) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2011
750 ml bottle. Thanks for sharing Tom! Nose of raisins, prunes and big yeast. Not overly sweet. A lot of heat in the finish here. Light, thin mouthfeel. However, we drank at room temp. Still real good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, quickly diminishing, modest but frothy, off white/light tan head foam, and wavey streaks & spots of lacing. The aroma was sweet, fruit as plum and dark cherry, with hints of spice and caramel. The flavor added a hint of vanilla to top off the dark fruit on warming, a touch of tartness, lively carbonation, some syrupy texture, medium to full body, subtle but warming alcohol, and light dryness to the finish. A tasty, cordial-like brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
750 cc from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid burnt umber toward blackish with 1-finger khaki head. Nose is dark fruit, funky yeasty rock sugary malt, mild banana, muscat grapes. Tastes malty, dark fruity, with a yeasty rock sugary malt, funky notes, cherry and blackberry, and an earthy, nutty finish. Low on carbonation, and very complex with well hidden alcohol. This one is outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12152) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bunt carmel, toffee, cola, pluym, raisin and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, brown sugar, light fruittines and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours a belgium Brown color. Sports full, frothy, somewhat spotty gray/off-white head. Smells predominantly yeasty; showcasing cobwebb, clove, and banana notes. Flavors follow suit and mimic nose...sweetness underneath brings life to the yeast-forward flavors. Body is a bit syrupy but the yeast characteristics manage to stay just below the line of cumbersome. Complexity is scarce unfortunately, this is due to both the sweetness and aggressive yeast character...so though not cumbersome, the yeast is certainly still aggressive and coupled with the sweetness here, it kind of kills any chance for the beer to come across as refined or complex. Decent though, not a drain pour at least...but the yeast comes across as an American hybrid because real belgian yeast has a hell of a lot more subtlety in my opinion....not that I have any clue what I am talking about.

   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.

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