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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1637) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Summer 2011 - Highlight of my visit to Falling Rock in Denver. Highlight of the afternoon, wandering around Denver. Highlight of a week filled with lots of beer adventures. Maybe even the highlight of a summer that witnessed me and my friend traveling the span of Colorado in search of good beer. The Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a masterpiece, and I had the pleasure of making out with it in the stylish basement of the Falling Rock tap house. Beer drinking might get better than this, (Cantillon in a Belgian field at sunset?) but I think I’ve come close. It was too dark to ogle the color, so I went straight to inhale the perfume coming off the beer. I’m sure I looked like a geriatric patient clutching at an air mask, but it felt like I had broken through smog and got to inhale my first breath of fresh sequoia forest. Blood orange, red grapes, strawberries, gentle prods of cocoa, a rounded edge of malt, and the kind of Belgian yeast aroma that inspired so much of the craft beer revolution. The flavor follows in suit, featuring A light orange citrus zest, and underneath that there is champagne, more of those sweet, desiccated red grapes, Palisade peach, deep cherry notes and even an apple crispness that might be cousin to the champagne flavors I already noted. I also detect smaller but no less appreciable flavors of golden raisins and vanilla beans in the nose, only after the beer has had some time to warm up to its environs. Similarly, with a little warmth the beer provides some lovely brown sugar notes, opening up the spectrum of dark sweets in further. This beer is, frankly, a masterpiece, and deserves all the credit its earned. I don’t know who brought more to the table - Sierra Nevada or their Belgian, theist counterparts - but this tastes something like a work of a higher being. Bravo!


3.6
Madrid (9) - - JUN 30, 2017 does not count
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3.7
kyzr (1593) - Montana, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Dark brown pour with small off white head. Big nose of dried fruit, alcohol and chocolate. Flavor of plum, pruin with a touch of chocolate and roast malt. Warm chunk of alcohol on the finish.

3.3
thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2016
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a softly carbonated opaque except at the edges dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy dough and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish fruity aftertaste. The odd tasting vinous flavor contained notes of a fruityd ark malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again. I was not sure how much of it I could continue drinking.

3.6
Sammy (12610) - 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
Dervock (1416) - 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
JohnGalt1 (1721) - 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
oldrtybastrd (5003) - 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
JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, 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
DeliriumT (543) - 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
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.


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