This one I have been saving. Monday was a heck of a day, so I decided to break out my Ovila Quad.
Ovila - Quad
From the label:
A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Quad brings the ceturies-old monastery brewing tradition to America.
Ovila Abbey Quad is rich and complex with laters 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 Califorian Cistercian abbey.
Uniquely identified from most other brews, this is cork-and-cap secured, and was one of the three variants on an Abbey style ale, produced by Sierra Nevada, under the label of Ovila. The purpose: Raise the funds to restore and rebuild a monastery in Northern California.
The first pop of the cork was met with almost a wine-like scent, but the ale is most definitely not wine-like. A good, dark brew, with a reddish hue when held into the light, and a perfect head when poured properly (though a patented Sam Adams glass makes the carbonation last longer). Very smooth, not too fizzy (again, carbonation held in check), and the flavor is absolutely well rounded. It tastes of the darker brews I’ve had, sweet, but without the super-thick, super-strong aftertaste.
At 10.4% ABv, this is a very well done brew. As this is the Quad, there are two others that I will have to try, the Dubbel and Golden.
For more information on the restoration project, the Quad ale, or the other brews, look no further than here: http://www.ovila.com/