Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad

Sierra Nevado Ovila Quad
Tasting: April 11, 2013
Style: Belgian Quadruple
Beer #: 455

Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with plums
(c)2013 popsonhops

Sierra Nevado Ovila Quad. The Ovila series of Belgian style ales is an ongoing, collaborative brewing project of two California institutions – Sierra Nevada Brewing and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. No mention on this label, but in previous projects a portion of the proceeds raised went to the restoration of the historic Ovila building on the grounds of the abbey. Some background – in 1931, this twelfth-century stone house made its way from Spain to California through the efforts and wealth of publishing magnate, William Randolph Hearst. Hearst had plans to reconstruct the building in California, but for some reason, the plans were never realized, and the stones fell into disrepair and were forgotten. In 1994, the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux gained possession of the ruins, and began the painstaking task of reconstructing the historic abbey on their grounds.

This project is a Belgian-style quad, which means that it’s essentially four times the alcohol strength of a regular ale. This collaboration project is made with sugar plums grown on the abbey grounds. As you can see from my photo, this ale comes packaged in a cork and cage bottle with an attractive old world style label. This Ovila quad pours a rich cola brown in my oversized snifter. First impressions, this quad has nice sophisticated flavors of clove, banana from the yeast as well as some mellow caramel and dark fruit of raisin and plum. I would have liked to have had a bit more on the plum or currant flavor – but it is really just a wisp of flavor tucked way in the back of the palate. At 10.2% ABV – the heat and ethers are nicely concealed. Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a nice and very drinkable ale. I’ll put it at 85 a very respectable 85 points.

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