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RATINGS: 344   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - OCT 7, 2012
Deep amber-brown pour. The nose is a little bit fruity and slightly spicy. Rich toffee and some heavy spice. Vineous yet sweet with a touch of clove and nutmeg. Peppery yet spicy. Fruity and a bit grapey. A touch of spice and some cinnamon. Rich but not cloying. A touch of soft plum and some fruit along with some spicy yeast. Balanced yet chewy. Lovely brew. Very authentic. Lookin forward to trying this with a year on it.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (196) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear. Dark brown with ruby around the edges. Nose and flavor are typical dark fruits. Some alcohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2227) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
[Tap] Pint at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL during a Sierra Nevada tap takeover. Brown pour with red highlights. Fizzy off white head. Raisin, fig and mild alcohol hints in the aroma. Darker malts, more fruit, toffee and brown sugar in the taste. Noticeable alcohol. A decent Quad. Tasting notes from 11/2011.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks decent; a fairly transparent dark copper with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and sweet malt. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
Draft: Pours hazy, slightly red- brown with a short beige head. Cola, nuts, plum aromas. Cherry, caramel malt, dark fruit flavours. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (807) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pours very well - opaque w/ thin tan head that leaves a ring of lacing. Aroma is pretty subtle w/ some of the dark fruit notes standing out. The taste is complex but nothing in particular grabs my taste buds. It’s exceptionally smooth on the palate for its abv but the flavors are just a little jumbled to me. It’s still a pretty good beer - just not an outstanding one!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1152) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Nice looking bottle. Pours a dark brown with little head. Huge aroma that burts with sugar plum, candy sugar, raisin,caramel, and Belgium yeast. Taste is solid. It’s what Belgium quad should taste like- complex flavors and warming alcohol. Medium heavy body. Average carbonation. Full flavored. Nice. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1436) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
On taps at Hopjack’s. Dark burgundy pour. Some nice red fruit and butterscotch with heavy HEAVY belgian yeast notes. Goes a bit overboard on that belgian spice/sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (726) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Murky dark reddish brown pour with a half-inch layer of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma of dark fruits, caramelized sugars, Belgian yeast and toffee. The flavor delivers on that promise with a healthy dose of candi sugar, caramel malt and raisin notes upfront along with some plum, grape and oak to round it out. Naturally chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dark sugary fruit finish. Another respectable take on a classic Belgian style from the Ovila label.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
(tap) clear amber colour with a small brown head; aromas of citrus, ash; lightly bitter flavour with a long medium bitter finish - strange for a quad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (3675) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Clear dark brown with copper highlights, under a thin foamy off-white head. Nose has a bright pink bubblegum note spiked with dates and dried cherries. The taste is very quad-like; boozy dark sweet malts, some raisin, Belgian yeasty eccentricity, some bubblegum and an almost cloying yeast tone on the finish. Not as much plum and cherry but more bubblegum and malty maloasses-ish tones. Sweet and nice, but not "Belgian" enough.


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