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RATINGS: 378   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 Hearstís 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
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 (10582) - 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 (4007) - - 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 quadís 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 ístandardí 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 (1374) - 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 (12515) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
pours a deep mahogany color with a lasting off-white head and minimal lacing. aroma is raspberry, hops, grapes and licorice. taste is rich with leather, hops, balckberry, currants, grapes and chocolate. finish is sweet and syrupy. an enjoyable beer and an acceptable tribute to the Trappist brewing tradition but simple and overly sweet compared to the finer xamples of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3861) - Lewisburg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1097) - 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.

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