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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 Hearst’s plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Dark pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of belgian malts and dark sweet fruit. Taste is wonderful, very well crafted and balanced with notes of sweet belgian malts , dark fruits and a tobacco hint on the finish. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwoodward (560) - - JAN 17, 2014
Had a glass on tap as part of a flight at Ashley’s. Way too big and boozy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (706) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours a very deep dark, blackish color, but clear. Lots of dark fruit in the aroma, sweet, mild Belgian yeast like phenolics. Sweet, dark fruit, plums, very mild bitterness. Pretty tasty overall. Not overly sweet, dark fruit character is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aluman (21) - Grants, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Dark and rich pour, foamy head. Tastes like goods dark chocolate pudding, with just a hint of the plums coming out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with thin ring of lacy tan head that leaves moderate spots. Aroma is lots of dark fruity esters from the sweety malts and Belgian yeast, a bit of booze on the back end. Taste is toffee and caramel, followed by a big fig and cherry middle, then a nice warming ending with nice spice notes. Incredibly smooth for the abv, soft carbonation, bit of boozy burn. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a reddish brown color with a bubbly off white head. Notes of dark fruits, spice, yeast, and dark caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Thanks dentist Pours unusually dark brown with fleeting yellow foam. Smells of apples skins, belgian yeast, dark cherries and some alchol. Flavor is sweet with lots of candy flavors and some molasses and cherries - not impressed. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I am glad to have received this one for free. It’s below avg IMO. Serving type: bottle 03-22-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3163) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2013
On tap @ Rattle N’ Hum. This is a clear golden one with a small but impressive lacing just off-white head. On the nose it gives me sweet banana yeast with a little bit of vanilla and bright candied sugar. Not bad at all. It has a soft carbonation and good oily mouthfeel. More soft yeasty things in the taste also and it has lots of sweetness. Sharp lovely sting in the finish with raisins lingering. A really good one. 13.06.2013

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
SN Ovila Quad: Bottle, shared on Thanksgiving day. Pours a deep auburn color with a thing ring of beige head. Wonderful nose, almost dessert like and in swirling in decadence. Belgian candies/sugar, yeast, dark fruits, raisons, figs, caramel, and leather. I could sit here and sniff this all day long. The taste is a subdued version of the aroma; yeast, faint cloves, raisons, leather, and some earthy florals. Not as sweet at the aroma would suggest, but hearty and well balanced. A nice viscosity, but one minor flaw (imo) would be a bit too much carbonation. Overall nice flavor depth and a good finish. The nose is simply above and beyond though…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1570) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
I’m currently rating every SN brew I’ve ever had in one clean sweep. I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks!

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