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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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3.6
anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. Courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a dark brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

4.2
Travlr (25219) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Draft. Deep and clear maroon color, small tan head with decent lacing. Aroma of brown bread dough, prunes, dates. Taste is dark fruit, pumpernickel. Delicious.

3.6
Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours a cloudy almost opaque with a vague orange hue. Pruney, phenollic aroma with quite some heavy booze. Solid body, heavily pruney, brown sugars and friendly phenols. Warming alcohol finish. 030312

3.3
cgarvieuk (24792) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... dark black currant ... dark berries nose .. dark berries .. soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft roast ...

2.6
fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle, corked and caged, from Happy’s Market, Ellensburg, WA
Cloudy darker shade of blond with small compact head. The aroma presents some bubblegum, banana, vegetables; and I’m not in the mood to forgive this un-Belgian idea. Smooth mouthfeel; indiscernible malt flavor, with little residual sweetness, vegetables, phenol, some spicy yeast, and topped with a hint of alcohol.
Glorious mess.

4
saxo (18800) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2012
Tap @ the brewery. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are dark dried fruits, rich malt,caramel and hops. Nice and sweet but quite balanced.

3.2
mcberko (18065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 750mL bottle, pours a dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavour of brown sugar, toffee, Belgian spices, and some burnt caramel. Medium complexity, with a lingering spicy, sweet finish. The best of the Ovila series so far, but still nothing spectacular.

3.8
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown and with some haze. The aroma is plummy and a little bit raisiny. Sweet and soft body with light plums, hints of dates, brown sugar and the finish has some alcohol. Not ultra-complex but a good, clean, enjoyable quad.

3.8
yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
On tap at the Pizza Port Carlsbad brewpub. It’s a reddish dark brown beer with a small beige head. Lots of dried fruits on the nose, a little roasted hint, caramel and some alcohol hints. Lacks a bit on complexity, but very nice anyway. Raisins, prunes, caramel, some dark sugar and a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the flavor. Full body, lightly warming and with a silky carbonation. Lacking a little bit on complexity, but it’s definitely a nice quad anyway. Like it. 130813

3.8
jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark purplish brown with tan head. Nose and taste of vanilla, rum raisin, dark fruit, oak, caramelized Belgian sugar and toffee. Body on the lighter side of medium for the style. Very drinkable. Almost no detection of alcohol. Smooth. Vanilla is most dominant note in flavor profile.


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