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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caytinator (963) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Black color, complex aroma, familiar for the style. Thick beer, big body and lots of taste - nice dark fruit notes especially. A little too bitter for me overall, but warm nonetheless. I think they should tinker with the recipe a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2013
750ml bottle: pours a clear dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel and biscuity malty nose with some raisins and a hint of milk chocolate. Starts with good fullness and effervescence with sweet bready malts and toffee notes along with a hint of dates and black cherries toward the finish. Pretty true to style and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4671) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Tap at Sugar Maple. Deep ruby red brown, nice beige head. Deep dark raisin, dark plum, prune, brown sugar, toffee. Really well executed, could compete with any classic Belgian examples. Mellow, hides the alcohol expertly. Smooth yeast and malt tones. Exceptional balance. A complete pleasure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Tap at Blvd Tavern in Charleston. Pours a dark cola brown with slight tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of bitter citrus background hops. Flavor is quite strong, alcohol, sweet malty and dark fruit with grain background. Decent hop presence of lemongrass. Feels a bit syruppy on the tongue but overall, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2194) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Deep chestnut pour with a thin white head and lace. Slight roasted malt aroma. Smooth chocolate flavour with berry and winter fruits. Smooth texture. Sweet liquorice and mint finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
750ml bottle, swamp water pour with scant ivory head, rich aroma of prune, plum, rum, burnt sugar, cracklin, full, rich, and sweet with assertive carbonation, lots of plummy richness, finishes fairly dry, a very nice example of the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Pours with little head. Tastes of raisins. Sweet and sticky. Fantastic quad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2031) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On tap at Hellbenders Burritos in Davis, WV. Clear, mahogany ruby-red with small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of raisins, dates, dark fruit and roasted malt. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, raisins and dates. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (563) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Pours a medium brown with a short-lived fizzy tan head. Smells of chocolate, mango, papaya, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter and mildly sour - tropical fruit dominate, banana, mango, hint of dark chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pershing (477) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2013
12.7 ounce corked bottle with cage poured into the Ovila gold rimmed chalice glass. Nice tan head that slowly subsides but stays around thanks to the proper glassware. Sweet malty aroma of prunes and currants. Well balanced complex mouth feel and taste of ripe prune and plums with some banana and yeast. The alcohol is well hidden and this beer becomes better towards the end as it warms. Nice sweet lingering finish. One of the best quads made in America.

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