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RATINGS: 341   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 Hearst’s plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2216) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle (750 ml) at Parker Pie. Thanks to czar for sharing this one! Dark brown with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma of raisins, Madeira (oxidation?), dark fruits, hints of sweetness and slight alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with raisins, dark fruits, malt and slight alcohol again. Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation. Very good Quad, well balanced and quite complex. I like the raisins presence in this beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdtenuta (5) - , California, USA - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Great initial taste. No Sierra Nevada hoppy taste. Smooth and good mouth feel. One of my top Sierra Nevada beers.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ContemplateBeer (1432) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Aroma of dark fruits, light rum, molasses and other semi-sweet complexities. Appearance was ruby black with slight bone head. Flavor is sweet overall; the complexities of the nose do not show themselves. Palate was medium, creamy and soft. A mediocre Quad.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Unexpected black red pour with a large frothy head. Dark, sweet and vinous. Molasses. Prunes. Dried blueberries. Celery seed. Rotted lavender. Burnt chocolate. Mulberries. Deep blue red fruit. Not what I was expecting. A step up (and away) from the Ovila Dubbel and Trippel. Clean unique taste. High alcohol is mostly hidden. Medium-thin body. Feels juicy despite some otherwise dark syrupy medicinal notes. Actually this beer is quite extraordinary.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2662) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2013
The aroma is brown sugar, caramel, fruit. The appearance is dark brown, off-white head. The flavor is raisins, fruit, caramel. The finish is sweet, with some pine neddle bittering. Medium to slightly thick in body. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Draft; from notes. Intense, sweet, gentle-yeast (not malty or fruity) aroma. Short, but thick, consistently bubbled head that dissipated slowly but steadily. Thin mouthfeel, but the flavor maintains strongly, and for several grinning seconds. A very enjoyable, mellow quad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Tap at clubhouse. Pours red/brown with solid white head. Aroma tons of dry fruit. Taste matches very sweet banana finish

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stt0229 (6) - - FEB 11, 2013 does not count
By far one of my favorite beers. Great all around taste and the flavor hits you just right. I could sip on this all day and be quite a happy camper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Dark brown with a tan head. Dark fruits and anise waft up immediately. Flavor is also of dried dark fruit, with a hint of marzipan - rather like a brandy soaked fruitcake. Full bodied - perfect for sipping.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1783) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Deep dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Strong Belgian flavor with a hint of sourness, rich dark fruit, and malt. Caramel, raisin, fig, and citrus zest. Very nice.


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