RATINGS: 388   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 Hearst’s plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

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sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Tap. Pours surprisingly dark for what I typically think of as a Quad. The flavor has hints of roasted malt with prevalent alcohol flavor. Pretty good overall.

steelhead3686 (270) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a large caramel head that sticks around. Sweet, rich smells of citrus and flowers. Nice sweet, rich taste. A light, creamy body with a clean, slightly bitter finish. Very good beer. I will be looking for it again next season.

magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Draught. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of brown sugar,.raisins. tastes heavy sweet. Pretty good.

jmohno (1620) - Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Dark with a clear red hue,tan head creamy foamy decending lacing. Aroma of ripe fruit a little plum/chocolate maybe vanilla and a bready/yeasty likeness. Good mouthfeel maybe hops in flavor but overall is a sweet cherry like with mild vanilla tones bit of chocolate, carmelly maltiness,kind of woody and dry.Mouthdrying mildly tart candy citrus likebitterness,kinda boozie in the finish

KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle. Smokey anise aroma. Dark, black body with thin tan, lasting head. Flavor begins with anise and smokey malts, hints of molasses and caramel, with a lingering smokey finish. An interesting quad that I enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed.

SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pours dark brown-red with a small creamy cream colored head. Smells like dark fruits and a strong malty base. Tastes fruity and sweet malty. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and active mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Olvila Quad finishes with some mild fruitiness.

ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
750ml bottle - $9.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pleasing package with a quality cork and cage yielding a good ’pop’ upon opening.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy body with a medium-to-tall, off-white head, though it soon settles back down.

Smell: Finely spicy, sweet-scented, pungently fruity nose with malty touches of bread crust and semi-sweet chocolate. A delightfully harmonious mix of aromas present.

Taste: Deeply toasty, modestly chocolaty malts with a small inkling of roast enveloped by broad fruit flavors ranging from sweet cherries to prunes to figs back to ever-so-slightly tart cherries. Dark brown sugar stirred up with spices. Picks up a bit more sugared sweetness into the mid-point, also a hint of aniseed. The alcohol, while warming (and, thankfully, never hot), helps to dry things out approaching the malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation keeping things moving well enough along the palate.

Overall: A fine big Belgian-style brew all around. I had the Stone 11.11.11., and there was a big, Belgian-esque beer I struggled through, comparatively, Ovila Quad was one that came together very nicely and, though big and bold itself, was a relatively ease to finish off.

mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2012
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a 2 finger off white head. Good head retention, eventually dwindling to a nice ring of lace. Sweet caramel malt aroma layered with scents of figs, cherries, dates, and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor follows the nose, nothing is left out or disappears. Just layer after layer of goodness. Full palate with good carbonation. This was delicious.

hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12oz pour @ Hopleaf. Small off-white head atop murky copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, Sherry, alcohol, light cardamom. Taste is sweet, caramel, cherry, some vinous. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

User134089 (1644) - - JAN 2, 2012
Poured from a draft into a goblet at the San Diego Brewing Company. Color was black with a tint of brown. About an inch of head. Nice lacing on the top. Surprisingly light amount of film on the sides. Smelled caramel, chocolate and toffee malts. Dark fruits like cherry and plum, too. The first thing I noticed about the taste was how smooth it was. It was similar to the nose with caramel, chocolate and toffee malts leading the way, but I didn’t get as much cherry/plum as the whiff. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. It was a good beer to end the day with. The smoothness was the best part of this beer.

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