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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 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 (553) - 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 (3114) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2013
draft, dark brown pour with a minimal head. Aroma of fruits and alcohol. I’m usually not a fan of heavy quads, but this one is nicely done, even for my hoppy palate. Complex brew, sweet fruits, (could be the 10.4%abv), but balanced. Alcohol taste is strong, but does have a tart finish to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
December 2011. Corked and caged bottle. Pours red brown with a tan head. Spicy and fruity aromas that are following by sweet flavors of dark fruit, malt and spice. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
P: Pours a vivacious nut brown with a taupe crown of froth that fades to a creamy film in top. Sloppy lacing grabbing for the sides. S: Dark sugar malt, brown sugar, rich caramel, booze, the inside of an old leather boot, rye bread, plums, figs, prunes and a subtle spices. T/M: Lots of rich dark malt, aged oak, apples, spiced rum soaked dark fruits, candied pecans, roasted caramel and earthy bitterness. Earthy and spicy hops round out the dry roasty finish. Hints of coffee in the midst of the bready belgian yeast. Full bodied with a prickly bite. Nice warming. O: A spicy and rich quad that has multiple layers of flavors that keeps your palate guessing. I really enjoyed this because of the balance it achieved. I have enjoyed all the Ovila brews so far. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (4889) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
on tap at the house de 1000. very dark brown. bareky any co2. simple clean aroma. no volatile effects. no way this is over 10%. its too mild. goes down way too easy. nice head. a tad tart, unsurprizingly. i could get to like this beer. good example of a well behaved and refined quad. its almost from the old country but possibly better. has manners. yes, that tartness is barely perceivable but its there and makes itself known. mild tart sour backbone. one of the best quads I’ve effer tasted. you go oolivia girl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (6158) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Pint at Woodlands Tavern on 5/1/13. Dark reddish brown pour with a thin beige head. Malty and phenolic nose with notes of banana, caramel, cherry and paint thinner. Caramel malt flavor with banana, cherry and some booziness before a dank finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkraft (1) - - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
tap at Whip In. full flavored, somewhat complex, I feel a tad of hops too. slightly dry finish. will drink again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
I thought this was a very good beer. Very rich in flavor with a dark fruit undertone and a spice/caramel overtone.

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