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RATINGS: 366   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.


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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1184) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Enjoyable, but nothing really special. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt. Sticky toffee. A respectable quad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ethanTHEtrill (16) - - FEB 15, 2015
12 oz bottle from 4 pack. Poured into a 14 oz tulip. Appearance is dark with nice thin head. Aroma is Belgian candy sugar and alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty then Belgian yeast comes in midway before it ends with a nice sweet complex with the fruit added and the candy sugar. A superb quad, I will go get some more of this for sure.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ShermanBierce (3) - - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
12.7 ounce bottle. Reddish black, with minimal head, quickly dissipated. Big fruity aroma. Taste is fruit, malt, spice and toffee notes. 10.2% ABV completely hidden. Easily the best American Abbey Ale I have tasted. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to stem. Dark brown with small offwhite head. Dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (957) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Walnut brown with light-brown medium-coarseness head, moderate rate of decay to ring and film. Aroma is caramelized bananas with smooth chocolate, some dry bread crust, dry somewhat spicy grass. Body is medium-medium-heavy, somewhat syrupy, carbonation is moderate, medium-fine, creamy in the finish, light burn. Flavor is sweet dense bread with light banana, touch of salt and spiced dried cherry. Slightly spicy/phenolic in the finish. This was a great American Quad (from a brewery that’s not Ommegang). Bravo! The body is top notch, and phenols are restrained and not used excessively, chocolate coated caramelized bananas are also a highlight!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1505) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2015
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a cloudy dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is sweet (almost cloying) roasted malt, dark fruit once again, caramel and molasses. Smooth and delicious, but a real sipper due to the sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (152) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer. Hazy brown with thin white head. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, caramel and malt. This is a smooth and wonderful treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1001) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to Adrien. Shared in the final minute of the Superbowl. On the edge of my seat, needed some medicine. Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is raisin, candied sugar, dates. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet, hides the abv fairly well. Butler intercepts, Pats win!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (705) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours a hazy brown. Has a fruity malt, wheat and yeast aroma. Taste is a nice mix of dark fruits (plums, prunes) malts, caramel and heavy yeast. A dry wheat aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, JJ. Very hazy dark brown, average off white head that diminishes quickly. Dark toffee, candied sugar, raisins, light musty cork. Bigger yeast signature than Stone’s quad. Tasty.


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