RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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 Hearsts plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Mahogany in color, khaki colored head. Sting aroma of fruit and mainly spices. ..clove, nutmeg, plum. Light hints of alcohol burn but inviting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a chalice. Cork came out with a pretty solid pop. Poured a surprisingly dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Belgian spice in the aroma initially. Some burn sugar came out as it warmed. Lots of caramelized sugars in the flavor, some more Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent, pretty easy drinking for 10%. Fuller side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quad seems like a made up style, but this is a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
THOUGHTS: Yum. Very tasty. You could hear the fizz as it was being poured. Rather Belgian. Hid alcohol well. Very easy to drink. It started to become a little cloying by the end, but only slightly. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark rad that was nearly black in the glass with a small to average, off-white head that mostly lasted and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel, chocolate, candy sugar and chocolate syrup; moderate spicy yeast; raisin, plum, prune fig, toffee and brown sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly sour and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly acidic and slightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel, toffee, slight chocolate syrupy, black cherry, prune, raisin, plum, molasses, port wine, spicy yeast, brown sugar, candy sugar, hints of vanilla, a little citrus, and a little dark chocolate. The medium body was creamy and then dry with soft and then quite fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shamsway (13) - - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle into tall pilsner(?) glass. Satisfying pop from the cork. Pours a dark reddish brown with a hefty tan head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and something I cant quite put my finger on - fruit? Taste is malt, dark fruitiness and alcohol. Medium, enjoyable body. A tasty beer that Ill drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Darker than expected, dark ruby brown color, beige head. Aroma of yeast and roast malt. Taste of banana, roast, well balanced, not the best or truest Quad, but a good beer anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
Big bottle goes pop! Pours dark brown that has a reddish tint in the light; the head is aerated but stable. Aroma is strange; definitely smells boozy but also has a peculiar and almost off-putting smell that reminds me of an unwashed empty glass of beer sitting out on the table. Overripe dark, rich fruits like sapotes. Dark mineral-rich soil. The palate is soft and nice with gentle but lively carbonation. The flavors are a pleasant combination of sweet and spicy, with the sweetness lingering quite a bit but without becoming cloying. Its in the honey, fig, and date zone with a good splash of orange zest. Subtle spices come in late, mostly cinnamon and clove. As it warms, dark German health bread comes in and further layers of complexity emerge including a delightful mouthful of rich caramelized, spiced baked apples. All in all, a success.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
On tap. Clear dark brown with red hues and a tan slick of foam. Aroma is clove, raisin, plum, candied sugar, and caramel. Taste is sweet raisin, plum, miscellaneous dark fruit, candied sugar, noticeable alcohol through the back half, and a bit of lingering bite from the booze. Even, airy mouthfeel. Very sweet but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2012
A nice quad. It pours dark with a thick and creamy tan colored head. The aroma is of fruit and oak. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected and it is an easy beer to drink. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2764) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
Pours the color of prune juice..with nice white head. Raisins and prunes on the palate with more of the same intense dark dried fruit on the palate. Some sweet caramel as well. Solid Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Draft at Crunchys, East Lansing. Deep murky orange-red body, thick clumping puffy tan head. Nose of berries and berry skin, leathery, with some spice. Hot, prickly body with bubblegum, candy corn, and clove, leathery, tannic berries and dark fruits, and alcohol. Lots of sweet and tannic grape notes complemented by spice. Aggressive, sharp, and estery.

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