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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2011
First off, let me say that Sierra Nevada is one of my all- time favorite breweries. They know what they are and are doing the best job of doing it. Ovila was certainly a journey away from their comfort zone. I was struck by the quality of the first two. Both were spot on. Well made, but missing something. This beer pours a deep garnet brown with a moderate head and fair lacing. The aroma is big Iso-AA. Some bubblegum, 4 VG is well balanced/not overstated, but somehow comes across as smokey. Touches of anise and raisins, but I don’t get the raisins as much as some reviewers. The flavor is fairly dry but not overly so. CO2 is low for style; an issue with all in the series. The banana is really bothering me in the mouth. Just too much. If you cloudied this up, you could serve it and believe that it was some form of Weizenbock. Like I said too much. Nice spice and very well hidden alcohol. Very well hidden. The finish is exceptionally well balanced, almost too well balanced. I expect some sweet figgyness, but I am not getting that here. The mouthfeel is thin for what I would like. My minds-mouth wants dessert. This is not delivering. Really reminds me of Chimay Bleu. Good? Sure, but not perfect and not compelling. Well made? Flawless, and with the right intention, but not...compelling. So much of what makes this style wonderful are those intangible perfections. The two that come to mind are easy; Westvleteren’s unbelievably cookie-like nose, Rochefort’s head retention (legendary) and the incredible marshmallowy mouthfeel. This is what I would brew and be proud of it. Sure it’s nice. It’s well brewed and does not deviate far from the style. It lacks the intangibles that I am looking for. I can give you some of the technicals that I am talking about, but I can’t say how to do better and I know I could not. There is something heavenly that is pervasive with the examples of the style that outshine this. There is, and it sucks to not be able to put my finger on it.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10680) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
The original. SN as in many of its beersw makes championship quality even though bigger batch. Bang on the style, its like a good drinking wine,with a nice sweetness and smooth mouthfeel.A natural brown-winish colour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (850) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle - dark pour with a reddish twinge. Aroma is sweet lots of dried fruit and sugar, bit of malt in there too. Taste is sweet up front then a transition into a dry bittersweet finish, fruit and roast malt come through.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2016
Decent pour tonight at FD for $6... okay price.. decent tan head... okay lacing as the walnut colored brew drops. Nose is complex, but not as much so as some of the best continental bottles, but still nicely done... dark toast crusts and raisins... fig and maybe a little pepper and light clove. Big maltiness... dark toast... brown sugar essence... dried cherry and a bit of fig... medium body with quite a bit carbonation.. perhaps a bit too much for given the body... Gets significantly better with warmth.... seems to bloom and jump out of the glass much more as it approaches room temperature.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, and some woody notes. Flavors of dark malts and fruits, fig, and some tobacco notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Dark brown with a hint of ruby when held to the light. Quicker diminishing beige head. Dark malt and fruit aromas along with some pipe tobacco. Sweet flavors, with some berries, bananas and toasted wheat. Alcohol id quite hidden. Quite dangerous, but not that appealing to make one go to wild. 11/11

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliriumT (459) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours black with soft pillowy head. Aroma of brown sugar, plums, dates and figs. Flavour is sweet and complex. Rich dark fruits dominate with a whack of dates and raisins. Lovely beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stepthom (8) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2016 does not count
On tap at growler bar. Black with a tan head. Sweet malt nose. Roasted malt caramel flavor. Strong notes of dried fruit, raisin or prune. Sweet overall. Not to boozy for the high ABV.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockey9930 (239) - - DEC 27, 2015
Black with frothy long lasting one finger tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma with a little coffee and earthiness. Powerful dark roasted flavor with strong alcohol. Has a somewhat of a Bourbon barrel flavor with dark fruits such prunes and raisins. A heavy palette; a bit thick and oily. Really enjoyable. I will get this again.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1503) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a sweet malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1472) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Aroma of plums and fruit, dark brown color with a thin tan head. Medium body with a taste of fruit and a hint of malt.


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