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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
750mL bottle, caged & corked. 3rd Ovila offering. Vintage 2011. (broken cork, had to use a corkscrew.)
Dark pour, black color. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of roasted grains, alcohol, very little dark fruits. Creamy texture, perfect body. Tastes of roasted malts, some chocolate, and alcohol. It is a more roasted version of the Ovila Dubbel. Overall somewhat disappointed with this one. Not that this is far from a premium beer, it is again, still, one of the best offerings from Sierra Nevada. It just doesnt live up to style. Belgian Stout perhaps? I was really looking forward to this one after having the last two Ovila offerings, Oh well.
Merry Christmas 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4708) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Deep brown with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of raisins, candy sugar, yeast, prune. Taste is of brown sugar, bread, caramel, cinnamon, prune.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Rich dried fruit, fruitcake, cooked sugar, toffee, and brown sugar. The look is reddish brown, beige colored head. The taste is multiple sugars, yeast, dried fruits, sweet, and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Dark brown pour, creamy beige head. Musty aroma, dates, old woody notes. Sweet flavor, figs, dates, warm alcohol. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. dark raisiny colored pour. creamy head. Sweet malts, light maple syrup & dark dried fruits fill the aroma, a tad light though. Flavor is red winneiness, dark fruits, raisins, sweet maltiness. Flavor is decent but needs to mellow & smooth out. The flavors are pretty spot on & with a little tweaking would be wonderful. Shows 10+5 pretty well. A nice beer that i will come back to in a while

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (8474) - Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
12/24/11. On tap. Dark brown pour, touches of red, with a nice thick tan head that cuts to a film but sticks and laces in small rings. Tons of aromas hit me fast and hard... dark fruits, yeast, roast, burnt caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Really nice flavors... yum. Dark fruits abound, burnt caramel, nice estery yeast characteristics, and a slight alcohol burn. I dig this brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3586) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ World of Beer, Orlando. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and candi sugar and some alcohol. Sweet raisin and plum flavors with Belgian candi sugar. Slightly boozy. MEdium to full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft. Dark reddish brown, light tan head. Caramel, dried dark fruit, boozy, raisin, candy sugar, and light spice. Really I am not a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5876) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at Coleman public house. Malty, Belgian candy. This is up there with at bernardus and golden carolus. Great job Sierra Nevada!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5560) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!

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