Ovila Abbey Tripel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | 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
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Joe_McCewl
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Roguer
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Irishmonster76
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jack27
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of vancean2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of aaholmes
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thelargeone
1.88/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of BrunEngr
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeccaH
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Ovila Abbey Tripel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.