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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6305) - 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 (3771) - 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 (10005) - 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 (13444) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - 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 (4959) - 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 (346) - 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 (4035) - 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.

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