Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by danmouer:
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Sierra Nevada is a very competent brewery. I expect they will do things well. However, when producing a beer like saison, I hope to find a creative flair that sings "genius." Ovila saison succeeds at tickling my high-expectations fancy. This is a very fine beer.
The beer pours a nice traditional orange-amber, raising an energetic foamy head that fall to a satisfying foam ring, leaving little lace on my chalice. A very pretty opalescent haze is just right for saison.
The aroma caught me unprepared. I expected a professionally competent pilsner malt nose with some Belgian yeast spice. Instead I found a nice little bit of funk. The aroma is grassy hop transmuting to a wet- old-hay nose that is then followed by a bit of good spice. The malt is there, but the more earthy components win my attention.
The flavor is rich, complex, deep, all stitched together with a pleasant hop bitter backbone. No single component dominates. The mixture is luscious, intriguing and continually changing. Very nice beer.
The real crown in this achievement is the mouthfeel. Ovila Saison gets it exactly right. Light-medium body, excellent balance, crisp and mouthfilling fine carbonation,and clean bone-dry finish: incredibly refreshing.
Well done Sierra Nevada. Please make some more of this wonderful beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2011 22:26:51 | More by danmouer
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A: Copper filtered with a lot of carbonation and 2 fingers of off white yellowish head.
S: Fruity orange and spice, black pepper, Belgian yeasts, funkiness, butter, licorice.
T: Light orange creamsicle, a Belgian yeast quality, nail polish remover, some sweet corn on the end.
M: Thin body, lots of foamy carbonation leaving it creamy.
O: Some nice light summery fruity orange qualities, refreshing and light on the palate. Drank July 21, 2014, in Boca Raton. Got in North Carolina.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 04:52:56 | More by patre_tim
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.