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RATINGS: 386   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 13/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... dark black currant ... dark berries nose .. dark berries .. soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft roast ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Very rich and strong, as it should be. Dark fruits, sweet malts, no hops. But to me it was lacking the complexity that would turn it into a truly great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues. Aroma is figs, dark fruits, tobacco, molasses. Taste medium carbonation, plums, bitter finish, a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Bottle, shared with my mate Barber, good work from him bringing this back from the US, as he isnít a beer geek he did ok for me there. Pours dark brown with a thin pale brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, yeast, some sweet toffee hints.Quite enjoyed it, drank pretty well, just a bit touch much alcohol in the finish for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Bottle. Pours clear. Dark brown with ruby around the edges. Nose and flavor are typical dark fruits. Nice plum. Some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
[Tap] Pint at Fat Jackís in Bloomington, IL during a Sierra Nevada tap takeover. Brown pour with red highlights. Fizzy off white head. Raisin, fig and mild alcohol hints in the aroma. Darker malts, more fruit, toffee and brown sugar in the taste. Noticeable alcohol. A decent Quad. Tasting notes from 11/2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8191) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks decent; a fairly transparent dark copper with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and sweet malt. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6094) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
Draft: Pours hazy, slightly red- brown with a short beige head. Cola, nuts, plum aromas. Cherry, caramel malt, dark fruit flavours. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1509) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pours very well - opaque w/ thin tan head that leaves a ring of lacing. Aroma is pretty subtle w/ some of the dark fruit notes standing out. The taste is complex but nothing in particular grabs my taste buds. Itís exceptionally smooth on the palate for its abv but the flavors are just a little jumbled to me. Itís still a pretty good beer - just not an outstanding one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Nice looking bottle. Pours a dark brown with little head. Huge aroma that burts with sugar plum, candy sugar, raisin,caramel, and Belgium yeast. Taste is solid. Itís what Belgium quad should taste like- complex flavors and warming alcohol. Medium heavy body. Average carbonation. Full flavored. Nice. Very nice.

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