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Ovila Abbey Tripel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bccocx on 07-10-2014)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Inspiration and innovation spawning a taste of the Belgian abbey in northern California, the trappist-minded taste of tripel ale comes to life in pure and elegant form.

Ovila Abbey Tripel pours with a creamy and arid weight- hazy straw, the ale delivers a bready appearance with glimpses of chardonnay. The nose picks up on just those wine influences as sparkling white wine, citrus and orchard fruits wrap around a powdered sugar and sugar cookie sweetness.

Its middle blossoms with floral hops, fresh-cut grass, orange, pear and apple. Its sweet and bready taste is gradually replaced with tangy acidity, showing its vinous undercurrent. With white grape, peppercorn, faint cumin and clove working to balance the fruit-forward flavor, its spicy hops begin to show.

Remaining creamy-dry to finish, a fuller appreciation of body is felt as the expressive carbonation reinforces a bready texture rather than a spritzy effervescence. Warm, spicy and firmly bittered with stem and leaf, this American-made tripel has a simpler fruit and spice balance, richer texture and less rustic than those abbey versions of Belgium, but is outstanding in its own right.

BEERchitect, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a nice yellow orange color with a decent sized white head. The head does leave a bit of lacing as it dissipates.

Smells strongly of yeast and citrus, hint of pepper and floral mixed with a bit of pine.

Starts out on the sweet side, citrus and other fruit notes as well. Finishes with a bit of pine and floral from the hops.

The feel is very solid for the style, fairly thick and smooth.

Overall, on of the better US made triples I have had. It has a very Belgian character to it, and has the flavor profile I expect from the style. It's not quite the best triple I have had, but better than many that have tried the style but not succeeded.

Vixie, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/8/14.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, cracker, earth, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of spice and yeast qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of BeerWizard
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

I guess I'll start with the packaging, which is absolutely badass with it's black woodcut monk on a tea-stained label - always something so dark and cool about monks. Pours a gorgeous deep amber, banana hits my nose from a couple of feet away; huge banana, bubblegum, spicy, yeasty funk all in the nose - smells ridiculously good.

Light on the tongue but not lacking presence, flavors presented in the aroma don't back off at all. Sweet and a little hot, but not as much as you would think for an 8.8. Pomme fruit and a bit of cherry on the back end. Nice carbonation the whole way through and finishes slightly dry. Nice. Everything I love about a tripel.

Really masterful, this stuff. Not sure why the other reviews are so low.

BeerWizard, Sep 20, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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Photo of lighthabit
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

appearance - bottle and label for this series is, as always, beautifully presented. pour is middle of the pack, faint copper hue to the golden color, not much head though. nose - faint banana, a bit of clove, a hint of fresh grass and lemon, fresh, but not quite showing the sweetness i was hoping for. taste is mild tripel with that hint of grassy lemony zest, kinda kicks the candy sugar off center. feel is solid tripel territory. overall, a nice, unique offering from SN.

30 minute edit - let it warm a bit, the flavors mellow well :)

lighthabit, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear golden brew. Two bottles have yielded inconsistent heads: one with about a 1/2 finger of white foam, and the other with virtually no head.

Belgian yeast aroma, candi sugar, bananas, spices, and cloves.

Strong and spicy flavor. Not getting a ton of individual flavors: yeast, sugar, spice, and a bit of citrusy hops. Strong alcohol presence.

While this comes across as a pretty traditional Tripel, it doesn't come across as a very good one. I'll have to try another bottle to make sure I'm giving it a fair shake, but I am very unimpressed.

Very lively, medium sting, sticky. Long finish with a hint of skunk on the very end.

Roguer, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Ovila Abbey Tripel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.