This Ale was created in Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Trappist-Cistercian Monks at Abbey of New Clairvaux both in California. The brewery is located in Chico while the abbey is located in Vina. The monks may be trappist Monks but this is not an official Trappist beer but an Abby Ale. The “Ovila Abbey Quad with Plums” is what has been born out of this collaboration. The beer pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge and a brown head. The aroma consists of malts, sweet fruitiness, plums and other dark fruits and maybe a hint of alcohol. The flavour is of sweet malts, dark fruit like plums, caramel, sugar, yeast and some alcohol. The alcohol content of this brew comes in at 10.4%. I would have to say the Monks and Sierra Nevada have come up with a great beer worthy of some day bearing the Official Trappist logo!
Commercial Description: Ovila Abbey Quad is heady with aromas of caramel, rich malt, and dark fruit balanced by the spiciness and delicate fruity notes of a traditional Belgian yeast. This complex beer is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It features sugar plums grown on the grounds of the Abbey and harvested by the monks in Vina. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale. 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.
Food pairing as per Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: smoked meats, game, gouda, sharp cheddar, plum-walnut tart.
Located in the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy is the Brasserie de Rochefort brewery near Rochefort in Belgian. This is a Trapist monastery and as such makes Trapist beer such as this “Trappistes Rochefort 6″. This authentic Trapist beer pours a deep coppery brown with a tan head. There was some noticeable sediment present in the beer although it did not affect the flavor of the beer. The aroma of this ale was of apples, fruit and yeast. The flavor of the beer was of apple juice, fruit, yeast and a touch of alcohol. The beer is quite sweet but nothing like a berry lambic or anything. The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 7.5%. This is another great beer made by the Monks at Brasserie de Rochefort!
From the Brewery Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven located at the O.L.V. Koningshoeven Abby in the Netherlands comes the “La Trappe Tripel” a Belgian Tripel. This is the only Trappist brewery located outside of Belgium and only 1 or 7 in the world. These Monks know their beer and laws have been passed to make sure only they can call their beer Trappist beer. This beer pours a cloudy unfiltered amber colour with an off white head. To the nose you will get a sweet yeasty aroma with apple, pear, candied sugar. The flavor is complex with some apple, pear, banana, grapes with a strong yeasty character. This beer is fairly sweet overall but not overpowering with no alcohol flavor what so ever. This is one of my favorite Trappist Beers to date. The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 8%.
Located in the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy is the Brasserie de Rochefort brewery near Rochefort in Belgian. This is a Trapist monastery and as such makes trapist beer such as this “Trappistes Rochefort 10”. The beer pours an orange brown with an off white head. This beer has a great aroma of alcohol and darker fruits. There is a ton of flavor to this beer including fruit, yeast, malts, woody smokiness and a slight alcohol taste that has a slight burn down the throat just like a hard liquor. This beer is not too sweet and has a really nice flavor. The alcohol content of this beer is quite high at 11.3%. I did see some sediment in the bottle but it was not an issue.
The Chimay Brewery is located inside a trapist monastery in Belgium named Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey. There are strict guidelines and laws around the world that lay out if you are legally aloud to call your brewery a trapist brewery. This beer from Chimay is called “Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve” although you will not find this anywhere on the bottle but on their website. Beers produced by Trapist monks are sold and the profits are donated to social services near the monasteries. This beer pours a cloudy deep amber colour with a white head. The beers dominant smell is of apple cider and some yeast. The flavor is again dominated by apple cider with a yeasty note and some minor hops bitterness. When you drink this beer you do not notice the 9% alcohol content one bit! This beer is very tasty and is rated a 100/100 on ratebeer.com