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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Not a big Quad or dubbel fan but the Ovila dubbel was quite nice so I gave this latest one a spin. A lot of malt here. Very rich. I am getting more raisin notes than anything else. The ABV is very prevalent here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins). Taste is sweet and mostly dominated by dark fruit flavors. Maybe light hints of caramel and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden but its pretty one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Chestnut colored pour with a eggshell head that left a spot or two of lacing. Actively carbonated and a little fizzy. Loads of Belgian yeast, peppery and banana notes along with dark fruits like raisin, plum and prune. Some caramel and toffee. Missing that über dark chocolate, molasses, fudgy quality that I get in the best. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3796) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a murky Maroon color with a light layer of beige head. Aroma is rooty, sweet caramel and alcohol spice. Flavor is a bit chocolatey, sweet, and dark fruit. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1253) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Deep mahogany with a healthy tan head that dissipated rather quickly to a solid film and left moderate lacing. Dark fruit aromas - plum and raisin - with rich caramel malt, bananas, clove, and hints of brown sugar. Caramel and bready malts form a solid foundation for a fruit sweetness that becomes almost tart, followed by a nice blend of spiciness and warming alcohol. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, thick creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a long complex finish. Extra points for the cause.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
(750ml bottle). Pours a dark mahogany-mostly clear-with a chunky tan head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits (figs and dates), caramel and some belgian yeast. Taste is semi-sweet with a touch of tartness and some light bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. The finish is a little harsh, but not too bad. This is a style that most American breweries fail miserably at. While not a great quad, Sierra Nevada does a respectable job with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 750mL bottle, pours a dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavour of brown sugar, toffee, Belgian spices, and some burnt caramel. Medium complexity, with a lingering spicy, sweet finish. The best of the Ovila series so far, but still nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3773) - - DEC 1, 2011
bottle. dangerous cork. pours almost black with a small, fizzy beige head. brown sugar, plum, licorice, root beer, anise, and nuts in aroma. i get a lot of licorice in the flavor and dark fruits. the palate is too over-carbonated, but a lot of quad’s are and the abv is strong at first but what did i expect for 10.4? overall, this a very well done quad. standard in design, but in a style where ’standard’ is and should stay the pinnacle. made with quality from a great brewer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2011
On tap at Khourys. Pours deep brown with a thin head. Smells of hay, yeast and light caramel. Dark fruit and caramel. Good body with a fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2011
75cl bottle. Large beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, light banana, boozy. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some banana. Medium-full body, moderately sticky.

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