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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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3.1
Ernest (7824) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread/nuts, popcorn), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes of candy sugar, orange peel, clove, gum, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A rather simplistic, sugary, unfulfilling rendition. Just as with the Dubbel, there isn’t much there to entice. Not that there’s anything wrong with it (other than a bit of popcorny malt), it just isn’t trying to be anything more than passable. Basic by-the-numbers caramel/sugar-driven aroma, sugary sweet in the mouth, and it’s remarkably thin and watery for its size. Probably the best thing about it is that the alcohol is well-masked. Note: I’ve tried two bottles of this...the first was badly infected with cork taint, as bad an infection of that kind as I’ve ever witnessed, wines included. Luckily I kept the receipt and returned the first bottle for the second; caveat emptor.

3.7
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Draft at Haymarket, pours hazy dark amber with white head. Aroma of plums, yeast, and brown sugar. Flavors have brown sugar, spicy yeast, caramel and a fresh doughy quality. Med body, lively feel. Booze on the backend. Really clean, good fermentation.

4.2
HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Tap flight. Glowing brown pour with a high foamy khaki head. Biscotti nose. Taste is sweet tea, white grape juice, and a little booze. Fairly clean palate with a little booze lingering. Syrupy in the mouth. My fave of the series.

3.8
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Draft at Haymarket. Pours a darker amber with a frothy head overall. Nose is tartness and cherries, dark fruit and a light peppery note as well. Hint of smoke. On tasting, contains a light tartness and some residual sweetness that manages to dry out. Quite soft and well hidden alcohol. Some more of that strange smokey note comes through as well. Really solid beer and a good Quad.

3.7
sonnycheeba (6360) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Draft. Pours dark brown with fizzy, off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is bread malt, yeast, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is bread malt, caramel, and light hops. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.6
thornecb (6066) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Solid pop on the cork. Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Mocha head crackles as it recedes to skim surface. Sweet yeast, caramel, biscuit and pit fruit aromas. Dry with sweet dough and caramel upfront turning to mild soy in the lasting toasted nutbread finish.

3.8
OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Aroma is dark fruits and yeast, with some sweet candy notes. Pour was rather dark into my tulip glass. The flavor was shockingly absent of alcohol. Lots of fruit such as, plum, cherry, candied sugar, and malt. Nicely done quad that I wouldn’t mind having again.

3.8
marcus (10684) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a generous tan head and a candi sugar and treacle aroma. There is a hearty and somewhat syrupy dark malt flavor that turns slightly sour at the finish.

3.7
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Dark fruit aroma. Pours a dark amber color. Flavors of prune, cherries, plum, and molasses. Very nice, sippable Belgian style.

3.2
maxa9 (27) - , Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Draft at Porky’s. Pours cloudy brown, light head. Aroma is sweet and rich. Taste is the same, perhaps too sweet? Watery Liked it better In the bottle.


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