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RATINGS: 358   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, bread, and dates. Flavor of raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and dates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
750 ml bottle. The corks shoots off and hits the ceiling with the slightest tug. This beer pours a brown cola color with some mild head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of caramel and dark fruits. Mild cinnamon, some cherries and some toffee. Flavor is fairly heavy on the cherry and dark fruit. Some candy sugar, some caramel. Quite rich and nice. Mouthfeel isnít quite right. This is a hard style for American breweries. This isnít perfect. But itís acceptable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2011
750, corked and baled. Pours black with a loose thin tan ring around the top. Nose is a mix of soy sauce, black cherry pop, and milk chocolate. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Chocolate, black cherries, and soy sauce on the mid palate. Not sure whatís supposed to be going on here, but I am pretty sure itís not this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Clear medium brown with a fizzy off white head. Sweet caramel molasses and alcohol aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
750mL bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is initially sugary and a little sweet with some toffee hints. It then becomes sharply burnt and roasted. Almost a little ashy. Some underlying vinous pitted fruits are also present, but all in all, this aroma just doesnít seem to meld very well. Mostly transparent garnet body with some mahogany hints as well as some amber hues. Quickly dissipating, weak light tan head. There is some oily legging present. Starts sugary with plenty of fruity berry-like esters. Some vinous notes in the middle. Finishes with a rough, roasted, almost burnt huskiness and an ethanolic booziness. This is really not very good at all. It lacks cohesion, and the ethanol and harsh roast character in the nose and in the finish just donít play well with this beer or this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle:   Deep brown, strong garnet hues, moderate to large foamy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Alcohol hits you right away.   After that, some mealy soy and brinish dark pitted fruit show up.   Hmmm.....   Salty dark pitted fruit up front, and alcohol.   Yep, thats about it.   Oh, maybe a touch of sweet soy, but not enough to cover up the saltiness.   Maybe a little hairspray on the exit.   Fig flavored aquanet.   Perhaps I am being overly harsh.   Its a wee bit young, but seemingly not big enough in body to carry its own weight.   Needs more complexity other than alcohol, salty shriveled fruit, and sweet soy.   Body seems too watery.   I can only say that over time the alcohol will diminish, but not sure what is left will be that appealing.   Not my favorite Ovila release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
750ml bottle from Pickís poured into a Trappist glass. Pours dark brown with a half finger of light tan head. Aroma of Belgian sugar and dark fruit. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Caramel, a little coffee, alcohol and burnt sugar. Also a little cherry and plum. Medium bodied with a sticky and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long bittersweet finish. Overall, very good. Probably not as good as the Dubble but much better than the Saison. I would gladly drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Rating No. 2,600. The beer pours a dark, clear brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and candy sugar. I get a lot of prunes and dark cherries, as well as quite a bit of sweetness from the sugar. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cherry, raisins, prunes and grape notes, as well as some toffee malt and a lot of candy sugar. There is also a Belgian yeast component in the flavor which goes well with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable and is warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, easy to drink American-made quad.

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