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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1723) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2011
750 ml. corked ní 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 donít 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 (1148) - 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 (924) - 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 (5568) - 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 (2125) - 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 (3537) - 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 (12446) - 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 (4793) - 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 (2438) - 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.

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