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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 Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2120) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750ml cork and caged bottle. Pours dark mahogany brown with a rocky tan head that recedes slowly and shows some copper hints around the edges. Aroma is sweet with caramel malts, chocolate and lots of sugar coated dark fruits. There is also a noticeable fruity ester aroma from the Belgian yeast and even some faint peppery spiciness. The taste is also really sweet with candi sugar and caramelized malts dominating from the beginning. Also, plenty of dark fruits with plums and raisins. There is a faint roastiness in the finish with some chocolate notes and a definite alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is a tad watery for the style and not nearly in the league of the big boys in this style. Highly carbonation but not enough body to support it. This is another solid effort in the Ovila series which has consistently provided good but not great Belgian style beers. Very sweet and not as complex as the best of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3465) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Mahogany with a bubbly tan ring and a haze. Nose is dough, brown sugar, raisin and smoky banana. Sharp, medicinal buzz finishing oily and sticky. Taste is sassafras root, raisin, bitter anise and brown bread. Good quad slightly off in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12023) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe in the Ovila chalice. Pours quite dark brown with a fizzy/foamy head that didnít stay long. Aroma of plummy dark fruit transitioning to some smooth darkly roasted malt. Full bodied. Itís quite fruity - lots of plum. Heat is detectable but not bothersome. Finishes on a slightly bitter roast malt note. Great ale for a chilly winter evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4525) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2011
750 from Liquor Barn. Raisin and cocoa-cola. Some subtle chocolate. Dark fruit like plum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2346) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2011
750ML in a Trappist glass - pours dark amber/brown with light beige head and no lacing. Nose is alcohol, forest fruit, and yeast. Aroma is fruity (old-time-y fruit) and caramel malts. Sweet taste. Full-body. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1209) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours very dark, near black color. Aroma is malts, fig, dark fruit, and some yeast. Flavor is a little light but all those typical quad flavors are present. Itís made in america, so itís to be expected. Leaves a sweeter malty, and dark fruit finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
poured almost purple with a white head. smelled sweet ,molasses, raisons and prunes. tastes a little more than most quads but not good. decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2011
First off, let me say that Sierra Nevada is one of my all- time favorite breweries. They know what they are and are doing the best job of doing it. Ovila was certainly a journey away from their comfort zone. I was struck by the quality of the first two. Both were spot on. Well made, but missing something. This beer pours a deep garnet brown with a moderate head and fair lacing. The aroma is big Iso-AA. Some bubblegum, 4 VG is well balanced/not overstated, but somehow comes across as smokey. Touches of anise and raisins, but I donít get the raisins as much as some reviewers. The flavor is fairly dry but not overly so. CO2 is low for style; an issue with all in the series. The banana is really bothering me in the mouth. Just too much. If you cloudied this up, you could serve it and believe that it was some form of Weizenbock. Like I said too much. Nice spice and very well hidden alcohol. Very well hidden. The finish is exceptionally well balanced, almost too well balanced. I expect some sweet figgyness, but I am not getting that here. The mouthfeel is thin for what I would like. My minds-mouth wants dessert. This is not delivering. Really reminds me of Chimay Bleu. Good? Sure, but not perfect and not compelling. Well made? Flawless, and with the right intention, but not...compelling. So much of what makes this style wonderful are those intangible perfections. The two that come to mind are easy; Westvleterenís unbelievably cookie-like nose, Rochefortís head retention (legendary) and the incredible marshmallowy mouthfeel. This is what I would brew and be proud of it. Sure itís nice. Itís well brewed and does not deviate far from the style. It lacks the intangibles that I am looking for. I can give you some of the technicals that I am talking about, but I canít say how to do better and I know I could not. There is something heavenly that is pervasive with the examples of the style that outshine this. There is, and it sucks to not be able to put my finger on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.

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