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RATINGS: 353   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 Hearstís 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 donít 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; Westvleterenís unbelievably cookie-like nose, Rochefortís head retention (legendary) and the incredible marshmallowy mouthfeel. This is what I would brew and be proud of it. Sure itís nice. Itís 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 canít 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2001) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Good aroma of rich malt and dark earthy fruit. Opaque dark brown color, very thin rim head, no lace. Appearance is still and flat. Taste is dark roasted caramel malt that smoothly introduces earth and dark fruit in the palate before turning to noticeable alcohol in a long lingering finish. No hops or carbonation is present. Made for sipping on a cool evening, perhaps accompanied by a fine cigar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (814) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Really really good beer. Complex nose and flavors of dark fruit, caramel, and a slight hint of alcohol. Full bodied with a sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1159) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Let it warm up. Alcohol well hidden. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, plum, prune. Low carbonation. Malt complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (228) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle, 18 months old. Pours very dark maybe a slight brown highlight, a bit of head. Nose is plumbs, boozy almost rummy, chocolate, raisin, burnt sugars. Taste matches nose , burnt sugars, plum, raisins, sweet, finishes with chocolate, bakers chocolate, charred. Not nearly as much booze in the taste as in the smell. Pretty thick mouthfeel. The only thing I'm missing is a Belgian yeast character. I really like this though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (600) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
750ml. Bought Feb/13. Pours a clear dark caramel with an off white head. Aroma has big sweet notes of dark fruit, cherries, and a big, maltyness. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Dark fruits, with a bit of a creamyness. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Silky texture with a dry finish. Overall a tasty brew. Darker fruits with a nice sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3466) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark ruby pour with a thick tan head. Sweet dark fruits in the aroma with a ton of malt and a lot of prevalent alcohol. Sticky sweet plums and caramel at the start of the flavor with a strong alcohol burn still. Sweet malts and fruits with a dry and bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14279) - 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 ...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (436) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Very rich and strong, as it should be. Dark fruits, sweet malts, no hops. But to me it was lacking the complexity that would turn it into a truly great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (734) - Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues. Aroma is figs, dark fruits, tobacco, molasses. Taste medium carbonation, plums, bitter finish, a pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Bottle, shared with my mate Barber, good work from him bringing this back from the US, as he isnít a beer geek he did ok for me there. Pours dark brown with a thin pale brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, yeast, some sweet toffee hints.Quite enjoyed it, drank pretty well, just a bit touch much alcohol in the finish for me.


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