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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
Draught @ Pizza Port, Carlsbad, CA
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, raisin, plums, alcohol and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
On tap at the Pizza Port Carlsbad brewpub. It’s a reddish dark brown beer with a small beige head. Lots of dried fruits on the nose, a little roasted hint, caramel and some alcohol hints. Lacks a bit on complexity, but very nice anyway. Raisins, prunes, caramel, some dark sugar and a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the flavor. Full body, lightly warming and with a silky carbonation. Lacking a little bit on complexity, but it’s definitely a nice quad anyway. Like it. 130813

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
On tap at Pizza port . Pours dark brown south a small of white head. Aroma of red apples, apple peel, malt, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with some apple peel ,spicy notes, brown sugar and warning alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (409) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2013
Real good quad! Dark fruits and caramel dominate the taste with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2013
12.7 oz. bottle. Dark brown, short lived light khaki head, a little bit of lacing. Very earthy yet sweet to the nose. Dark fruit, figs, molasses, west coast hops, yeast and alcohol. Taste is really smooth. Silky texture, tamed hops paired with brown sugar plum and raisin with the Belgian yeast adding that spicy element and texture. This is my second one and it is amazing that a few months in the basement has really mellowed out the hops a bit and exposed the complexity of the malt. Really, really like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ryanmalkmus (17) - Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2013
From slow beer in melbourne, Australia. Boozy nose, fruit and brandy coming through. Big thick mouthfeel with the high abv and tonnes of residual sugar. Lots of roast, but sweet not dry. Belgian yeast comes through, but could use some cellaring to bring all those flavours together and hopefully dry it out a little. There's a Trappist abbey in California!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JesseBones (60) - - JUL 22, 2013
*Bottle conditioned for one year* Aromas of molasses and dried figs. Mostly dark color and a little cloudy. A minuscule bubble and thin syrup palate make it so the sweet fig and raisin flavors are at the front followed with malt and hints of smokey carmel. With a toffee and bitters finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of fig, brown sugar, raisin, creamy ands smooth across the palate that coats your mouth with a toffee and bitter finish. In my cellar for a year and did not really change over that time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (623) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
Very dark brown. Chocolate malt aromas with a presence of alcohol. Sweet chocolate, which moves into dry coffee through the mid palate and then a lactose and even cola sweet finish. Impeccably balanced with the alcohol completely hidden except when it hits your head. Great luscious mouthfeel. -

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that left stringy lace. Aroma of caramel, rasins, dark fruit and a hint of toffee. Flavor was slightly sweet with caramel, dark fruit, raisins, toffee, alcohol and a hint of brown sugar. Nice balanced and complexity of flavors with a medium body and had a silky texture.

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