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RATINGS: 352   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours a cloudy almost opaque with a vague orange hue. Pruney, phenollic aroma with quite some heavy booze. Solid body, heavily pruney, brown sugars and friendly phenols. Warming alcohol finish. 030312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. Courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a dark brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14176) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (13851) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2012
Tap @ the brewery. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are dark dried fruits, rich malt,caramel and hops. Nice and sweet but quite balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13346) - 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
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown and with some haze. The aroma is plummy and a little bit raisiny. Sweet and soft body with light plums, hints of dates, brown sugar and the finish has some alcohol. Not ultra-complex but a good, clean, enjoyable quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, bread, and dates. Flavor of raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and dates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2011
75cl bottle. Large beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, light banana, boozy. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some banana. Medium-full body, moderately sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe in the Ovila chalice. Pours quite dark brown with a fizzy/foamy head that didn’t stay long. Aroma of plummy dark fruit transitioning to some smooth darkly roasted malt. Full bodied. It’s quite fruity - lots of plum. Heat is detectable but not bothersome. Finishes on a slightly bitter roast malt note. Great ale for a chilly winter evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Date: December 30, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, balancing earthyness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich chocolate, sweet esters, light earthyness, hint of phenolic spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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