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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Nice and malty, this ale has a very smooth finish for a Quad. Well blended flavors include dark fruits, bread, light caramel, and grapes.

2.9
Dodgrblu (756) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 On tap at Sierra Nevada Tap Room & Restaurant in sampler. Very boozy, flat mouthfeel.

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Date: December 30, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, balancing earthyness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich chocolate, sweet esters, light earthyness, hint of phenolic spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
LilBeerDoctor (4193) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On tap. Pours a cloudy mahogany brown with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, fig, cinnamon, sweet malt. Flavor is sweet, a bit more muddied than the aroma, lots of sweet fruits and malt mostly. It is drinkable for a quad. On the whole I find it a bit too sweet and light-bodied for the style. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

3.8
hawthorne00 (4115) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown with a wisp of beige head. Aroma of stewed plums, raisins, a touch of chocolate, grass. No obvious alcohol. Silky texture, slightly vinous. Taste is quite sweet, but lightened by a little carbonation and creeping bitterness that’s slightly spicy. A little lacking in yeasty complexity but the fruits have depth and it’s not overbearing. The alcohol makes its presence known after a while.

3.7
glennmastrange (2922) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of nutty and caramel, light to moderate cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with date, tawny port, brown sugar and nutmeg. Head is average size, creamy, khaki tan with some spotty lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is deep mahogany. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic then finishes, then finishes lightly moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, between creamy and syrupy with a lively carbonation and a moderately to heavily alcoholic and chewy finish. The Palate seems out of balance in the fact that the alcohol feel overpowered the weight and texture. Other than that, an excellent Quadrupel.

3.1
LinusStick (3510) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Meh. This wasn’t terrible, but it was very sweet and cloying. Obviously American. Aroma was big and full. Plum and other dark fruits with a heavy yeastiness to it. Pour was a dark black with a one finger tan head. Looked like an imperial stout. Taste was very sweet. The dark fruit filled the mouth first, but gave way to sweet rich malt. Way too sweet. Plum, dates and figs with sweet candy clinging to the mouth. After the swallow, the mouth is left almost numb from the sweetness. Carbonation was OK at first but left quickly.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10812) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a dark copper/mahogany with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, raisins and plums. The flavor has more sweet candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, cocoa and dark fruits. This was decent, but not a standout. Fairly smooth, but you know the alcohol is lurking.

3.8
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Dark brown pour with hints of red. Creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is dates and brown sugar with a hinto abv. Flavor is light raisins and abv. A hinto brown sugar and breadiness. A sweet maltiness as well. A medium full bodied beer with nice carbonation.

3.6
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Appearance: Pours a midnight amber with a lasting active 1/4 inch layer of light tan foam.

Aroma: Potpourri and bubble gum. Dark dried fruit.

Taste: Spicy yeast. Burnt sugar , toast, spicy hops. A little bubble gum in the background, but by no means a bubble gum bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was rather conservative for a beer aiming to be a traditional trappist style beer. Not bad, but didn’t knock my socks off.


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