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RATINGS: 352   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 Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Draft at fireworks pizza. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Nose is boozy and full of molasses and brown sugar. I get a hint of roasted malt on the tongue but also a slight raisin vibe. Clean finisher. Itís a big beer lacking in complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Thanks emacgee for sharing. Pours a muddy hazelnut brown with off-white ring of lace. Nose is quite estery with lots of bananas, booze, brown sugar, light dark fruit character. Medium body, a tad sticky, with soft carbonation and a sweet and mildly bitter finish, slightly abrupt finish. Heavier flavor, dark fruits more prominent, booze a little too high, and not very complex. Iíve had much worse quads, but this is just average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
75cl bottle. Dark brown color with a smallish beige head. Retention isnít that great. Lots of dried fruit soaked in alcohol and some chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is more boozy dried fruit, burnt sugar and spice, and a little smokey chocolate. Body is medium with fizzy carbonation. They did the style well, but this somehow still lacks a real soul. Itís just so hard to copy someone elseís style this closely and come off as original. And without originality, why should I buy your beer? The price certainly isnít convincing... This and the dubbel are both fine beers (the saison was a miss...) but at $10 a bottle, I have a few Belgian beers that are still going to take priority every time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1051) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Pours a dark brown color with a white foam head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and vanilla. Sweet caramel taste with some bit and notes of dark fruit. Creamy. Smooth. Spot on for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Dark brown with a tan lasting head. The aroma has fruit and sugar, some caramel and a hint of booze. The flavor has the same. It has a lively mouth feel and a good after taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (744) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
Dark pour with small tan head. Aroma is strangely citrusy with some caramel coming through. Taste is slight caramel, dark fruits and a fizzy carbonation. This beer much improved as it warmed pretty much up to room temperature. Very thin mouthfeel for a quad and not much in complexity. Everytime I see a quad on tap I get excited, as this is my favorite beer style, but this was a big disappointment.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
I have to say I rather enjoy this. Okay, sure for the price Iíd rather get a St. Bernardus or Chimay Red, but this is one of the better íAmericaní attempts at a Quad Iíve had. Aroma of bread pudding, mellowed fruit, brown sugar, touch of alcohol, really nice here. Flavor follows, bit of metallic banana and brown sugar, nice alcohol note, bit of toasty bread, honey, adequate balancing bitterness. I suppose the body could use a bit more, carbonation feel is thinner than I want.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy light beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, cherry and a bit of prune with some light spice and a sweet bready character. Flavor starts with the dark fruit, the black cherry coming out more this time, still a light bready and spice character going into a creamy brown sugar and caramel finish. Medium to medium full creamy body and a soft carbonation. Decent quad

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (3981) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours a clean deep garnet brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose shows lots of ephemeral dark fruits and spice with some alcohol coming through, lightly raisiny with a caramel sweetness and hints of leather. First thing I notice in the flavor is some Munich or Biscuit malt, something toasty. Dark fruits for sure with some phenolic spice from the yeast. Light sweet notes and some alcoholic warmth. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Nice aroma, malty, caramel, plum and a bit of vanilla. Fairly dark pour, tan color. Sweet flavor, and a hint of saltiness in there. The head fades quickly. Not appreciably carbonated. Finish is a bit off - it is abrupt and somewhat bitter. Overall, an interesting offering, but I think Sierra Nevada can do better than this.


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