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Ovila Abbey Tripel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: bccocx on 07-10-2014

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is malty with that hint of bread, yeast, and hops to balance things out. The hops are not very bitter but you can feel them trying to come to the front. There is an apple like quality to this beer and the overall mouthfeel is light. That's the biggest downfall is that the beer feels too light in the mouth, like watered down. The AMAZING thing about this beer is that it has 8.8% abv in it. If I were to guess I'd be WAY off, you can't taste the alcohol. Ohhhh you can certainly feel it after you are done with the beer though! Very easy to drink and it tastes nice. Comparing it to other great Belgian beers (or American Belgian beers like Allagash's Tripel) it falls a bit short. Still a fun beer to drink. I wish more American breweries had the guts to make more Belgian style ales. I'm thankful I got to try this one.

Photo of Roguer
3.22/5  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.

Photo of KensWorld
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A solid American Tripel. Sierra Nevada never disappoints! 4 80

Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Been wondering if the Ovila/Sierra Nevada crew would come up with a Tripel for a while so glad to see this on a recent outing. Poured into a large wine glass from a corked 375 ml. bottle. Bottle opens with just a light pffft and pours initially with a light cap of foam, though perhaps a bit cold. Light golden in color and with a touch of chill haze.

Aroma started a bit slow but then ramped up swiftly, adding pleasant yeast notes, some tropical fruit and a subtle waft of here and there ethanol wrapped in spice. Aroma expands with warming and reminds me a bit of St. Bernardus Watou in a good way. Bit of muddled lemon emerges with time.

Taste is spritzy but a bit subued, yet without flaw or apparent sweetness to offset to a degree. A second pour revitalizes things a bit with more foam and vibrancy. Feel is solid and full, bready and yeasty though again lacking the sweetness often found at the ABV thanks to a lightly coarse texture.

Overalll a bit of a quandary. Light on the candi sugar I would guess and quite well done, yet lacking the close in some way. Will have to do a side by side with a few other favorites to better determine.

Photo of jellikit
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mostly yellow with a light orange hue. Small head. Mostly clear with a ever so slight haze.
Smell: lemon peel. Herbal. Pepper.
Taste: light to medium esters. Followed by herbs and hops.
Mouthfeel: highly carbonated. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: decent tripel. Pretty flavorful. I think I should have aged it a bit longer. Tasty. I like this style, but its a bit on the different side.

Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Little darker color than I expected. Floral Belgian yeast smells. Bubblegum taste , smooth , slightly boozy. A very good trippel

Photo of StoutHunter
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Ovila Abbey Tripel last week for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I've never heard of this beer from Ovila Abbey series and since I haven't had a Tripel in a while I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple label that seems to suit this beer, the label isn't too eye catching, but the smaller corked and caged bottles are. It poured a cloudy slightly darker yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of dense off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking Tripel, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a sweet malt and bready aroma , Up next comes a fruity aroma that starts off with some citrus rind aromas that lead right into the Belgian yeast with some clove and banana aromas coming through and it seems like no single aspect seems to stick out the most. Towards the end I get just a little bit of floral hops with a very slight alcohol like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight candied like flavor to it with the a fruity flavor being the first to show up, it's similar to how it was in the aroma, but this time the orange rinds don't really show up and instead there's a light apple juice like flavor that takes it's place and it combines with the banana flavors. Up next comes the clove which is just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they seem to stick out a little more and the alcohol is hardly noticeable. On the finish there's a light amount of medium bitterness with a sweet and fruity aftertaste. This was a decent tasting Tripel, but it didn't seem as bright as some of the better example of the style.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and true to style.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of a Tripel, most things about this beer seemed to be true to style, but it seemed like for every good aspect there was something that was just a little off from where it should be. This beer had a decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think one would be enough for me, any more than that and I might start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was how well the alcohol was hidden when it came to the taste the alcohol was very well hidden. What I liked the least about this beer was that it started to get just a little bland when it got to the taste and it didn't turn out as bright as some of the better examples of the style. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, I didn't love it, but it was priced nicely and I wouldn't turn one down if I was offered it. I can't say I would recommend this as a good Tripel, but I still think it's worth trying once to see how you feel about it. All in all I was a little disappointed with this beer, I've only had one beer from this series and it was the plum quad, it was pretty good so I had good expectations for this beer, but in the end it just didn't come together as well as it could have. This isn't my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada or my favorite from this series and it's not a favorite of the style either, it pretty much falls right in the middle. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use a little work, better luck next time.

Photo of Ronan201
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong, but flavorful beer. I approve!

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and fruity with a distinct bubblegum aroma. Lesser scent of apricot. Fainter yet are scents of coriander and pepper.

Starts out mildly sweet and fruity. Spicy with a dried apricot flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall a tasty tripel from California.

Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 corked caged bottle
A-pours a slight hazed lemon yellow color with a thin white head
S-floral hops and white fruit notes sweet bready malts
T-white fruit start of apples and pears with belgian yeast some floral hops nicely drinkable with ABV well hidden
M-sweet and low carbonation a dry finish
O- worth a try a nice bottle and label but probably not a repeat purchase

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic Tripel. Everything was about what I'd expect out of a tripel.

Photo of predikit
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank this for New Years. Don't remember much about it now, but after La Fin du Monde, I was disappointed.

The fruity yeast and malty character was there in spades, but it didn't paint a good picture, a bit off on the aftertaste.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Photo of AndrewGoria
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this for free. Not my favorite.

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. My 100th tripel!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a rather thin finger of white foam; usually there's a little more head to a tripel, but overall not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a bit of alcoholic heat. Not bad, but it lacks some of the fruity character I so love in the style.

Taste: sweet malt with a little orchardy fruitiness. There's also a little bit of a chalky character (which I like) and a little bit of that alcohol from the aroma. Finish is a little syrupy for my taste.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good smoothness and a pretty good carbonation and creaminess. Not at all bad.

Overall: this beer is a little sweet and I feel like it lacks a certain finesse, but it's a decent enough take on the style.

Photo of stephens101
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thin covering of tan froth upon a golden brew.

Smells of spice, green apple and taffy.

Other light fruits spice from the yeast with a floral hop end.

Dry and medium bodied with a slight and quick alcohol burn.

I keep waiting for something in this brew to strike me as interesting, but it's not going to happen.

Photo of lighthabit
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 :)

Photo of bnes09
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent, golden color. Thin, soap bubble head. Recedes to a thin ring around the glass with minimal lacing.

Wonderful, floral, citric aroma. Very fresh smelling with weeds, grass and white pepper blended in. Spicy, fresh and well rounded.

Mild, bready malt with a semi-sweet flavor. Honey and lemon. Hop quality is herbal, soapy with a mild citrus edge. Subtle garlic and white pepper in the back add a comfortable level of spice. Well balanced on the palate.

Medium to full bodied. Slightly syrupy/sticky on the tongue and lips. Well carbonated.

One of the better tripels I've had.

Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another adorable little 4-pack! cork-topped 12.7 oz bottles.

A: 3.5 - Slightly hazy gold color. I couldn't get much of a head out of it at all, and what was there faded quickly.
S: 3.75 - Light fruity scent, with a bit of sweetness.
T: 3.75 - Initial taste is sweet, with light malt flavor, and pleasant floral fruitiness, with a touch of vanilla.
M: 3.5 - A bit thin and watery.
O: 3.75 - Though not bad, it's a disappointment. The other Ovila collaboration beers have been better.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked 375 ml bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy lighter golden-straw color with a billowy and thick white head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite strong of a yeasty and very spicy smell of coriander, clove and a little bit of white pepper. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a biscuit smell as well as a little bit of lemon and banana. A decent showing of a grassy and hay-like smell are there as well mixing with the rest to produce a nice, drier, and rather strongly spiced Belgian triple aroma overall.

Taste – Upfront the taste is strongest of a drier biscuit malt flavor mixed with a good showing of a yeasty and moderately spiced taste. The spice begins mainly as a clove and coriander nature, with these growing stronger and stronger as the taste moves onto the end, and being joined by a little more yeast and some pepper as well. Along with these flavors comes some lighter sweet tastes of a banana and candied sugar, which combined with a grassy flavors and all the bigger flavors that were present upfront, to leave a still rather dry and quite spicy and yeasty triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for the 8.8 % abv. triple with the beer containing a carbonation level that is rather average to a little bit higher then normal. For the drier flavors of the brew, the feel is fantastic and matches well the crisp and spicy flavors nicely.

Overall – A quite nice, drier triple with lots of spice and a nice blend of biscuit, hop, and yeast. This was a rather enjoyable triple overall.

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Peach, a touch of pear, green apple, with a lightly toasted, bready backbone. Dangerously drinkable, for the abv.

Photo of NCMatt
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roughly 3oz pour at a beer festival. Will try to update after I drink a bottle I currently have.

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Ovila Abbey Tripel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.