Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I picked this beer up at the Kirkwood Spec's recently, so let's give it a shot as my first beer of the evening.
Appearance: The very cold beer initially pours a hazy orange golden color with a solid 1+" head of light peach foam. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head at pretty much its original height for at least a minute before it noticeably begins to fall. There is lace trying to stick after drinking the beer, but it doesn't seem to want to hang there that badly as it keeps sinking back into the beer.
Aroma: The aroma was really clean for this style with some mild citrus and wheat malt notes being the most notable in the cold beer. As the beer sits, the hops and other citrusy aromatics are getting stronger and more complex with Orange peels being the most dominant of the bunch. The aroma is moving more toward lemon peels as the beer warms up some.
Taste: The beer is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and mouthfeel. There are wheaty notes to the flavor that are pretty unmistakable. The wheat leads to a dry, but slightly malt balanced bread dough-like finish that is interesting. The citrus is still a big thing in the flavor as well with the orange and lemon being big players here too. The mouthfeel is pretty dry and doesn't have much creaminess left after the attenuation and carbonation get through. Regardless, it finishes very well balanced. As the beer is warming further, there is a subtle honey flavor coming out that must be an interpretation of the malts.
Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer and I am really enjoying it. That said, it isn't your most "classic" Saison and may be better suited to the Belgian Pale category if we are going to try to pigeon-hole it. If you take it for "beer" it is a pretty good one and I will gladly finish my glass. I will evaluate the price if I am going to be imbibing in this one much more, but I wouldn't mind doing it again while it is around.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 23:40:02 | More by SkeeterHawk
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle purchased in a mixed sixer from Beer Temple, Chicago, IL
Poured into a sam Adams tulip
A- cloudy dark amber, visible rising bubbles, one finger heat that shakes your hand and says ”hows it going”
S- fruity, yeasty, the mandarins orange is prominent. Spice, more fruit, orange peel, black tea
T- juicy front almost like a mimosa, sweetness relieves and gives way to alcohol and citric acidity, Not as much spiciness as I'd expect, but there is something peppery to the warmth that isn't just alcohol. very nice
M- considerably light but it suits the overall fruitiness. A nice effervescent sparkle along with some varying warming aspects
O- this has been on my bucket list for a minute now. I'm happy to have given it a whirl. Definitely a step up from Brux, not the best sierra Nevada collab ever, worth a try. There's enough character here to justify it, despite the increase in releases of the saison style.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 00:51:34 | More by RhyminBelmont
3.96/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - As I was pouring it, I became a bit worried. Thin, bubbly head that quickly receded. No lace. No sparkle in the color. Hazy, but not that hazy. Golden copper in color. Not much here.
S - Similar to the appearance, there wasn't much to grab hold of here. I get the aroma of what I consider to be an "abbey" scent. Slightly musty, but in a good way, if that makes sense.
T - More Abbey Tripel than Farmhouse Saison. So I can see how the collaboration is working here. The taste follows the nose. Nice, complex flavors, ever so slight bitterness. Mild sweetness. The abbey/farmhouse funk is the lead player here. Barely noticeable alcohol on the finish.
M - A little thinner than I would like, but nice fully carbonated feel. Slightly tingly on the tongue. Want to rate higher, but just a bit too thin. Mildly dry. Cleaner than I expected.
O - As others have said before me, it's a good beer and a good value. I'm going to enjoy my bomber tonight. It will not blow your hair back, or knock your socks off. It will, however, float your boat.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 00:40:36 | More by Andrew041180
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.