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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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very good

740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 28
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of patre_tim
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

692nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750 ML, C/C

App- A lighter orange with some yellow bulbous colors around the edges. A gigantic three finger head presented and fell quite nicely.
A little bit of bubbles came up from the center of the glass on this one.

Smell- Right off the bat it has that unique saison scent with a little citrus tucked back in there nicely. The bread comes in next with a little bit of layering along the lines of a damp field.

Taste- I'm not sure where I stand on this one. It's a nice saison. Nice being key word. It didn't bowl me over with a WOW or underwhelm with off flavors. It has a nice start with a little yeast and a little citrus note. A bit dry with a white pepper spike to it as well.

Mouth- It's a bigger saison and it's medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a bit of a green apple flavor behind with some spice and some yeast.

Drink- I was very excited for this second bottle in the series. I have to say I was a bit let down with this one. I expected something more than what it was. It could be my expectations vs what the brewers were going for. Thats okay. People don't have to like every beer out there. This was still nice. It had a good balance but seemed to be a bit underdeveloped and a big too thick or big so to speak. I might have this again but CA is a good mecca for beer and saisons so I don't know.

Photo of callit
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nezelrac
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into tulip

A - hazy orange amber; pours with a nice two fingers of fine-beaded just off-white foam that subsides to a half finger

S - initially inert; opens to show bread-y, caramel malt notes covered in generically citric and spicy notes with a yeasty background; perhaps it will open further?

T - a bit quick on the palate; showing firm malt and a clear hop presence - lightly floral and spicy; a nearly creamy instant gives way to a firm tartness with more layers of hop and yeast spiciness and hints of baked orange towards the finish

M - good weight; CO2 is just right - not vigorous, but alive; there is a creaminess to the texture that is enhanced by the CO2 which I find quite enjoyable

O - this is a really good effort; a beer to be revisited again and again

Photo of aerozeppl
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have snagged a bottle.

A: Super clear golden color with only a hint of white head. Not that much head retention but maybe it is the heat.

S: Very bready saison. Quite clean. Almost too clean. The malt is quite nice and comes through but it is lacking that yeast punch I look for in my saisons. It is made by Sierra Nevada so I get that they do not want to get funky.

T: The taste was very clean. Lots of breadiness. It was kind of lacking in complexity. Nice gentle hopping. It really needed something from the yeast.

M: Really nice mouthfeel. SN really nailed down the bottle conditioning in their 750s.

D: Good but Hennepin is cheaper and better IMO. Worth supporting the monks though. It needs some funk.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a racing carbonation of big bubbles. There is a bubbly light beige head on top that last for a good bit. The beer gets hazier with each pour.

S- The soft citrus fruity esters have a very faint yeasty quality that take on a phenolic coriander as the beer warms up.

T- The dry crisp fruit hints have citrus and red grapefruit qualities wit a bit of alcohol to dry out the finish. There is some spice hop qualities that turn more green as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a soft alcohol note in the finish that turns into a much larger alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

O- This beer is a bit too big to be refreshing and although it does have dry and fruity character it doesn't have the yeasty qualities that I enjoy in this style. The alcohol and phenolic characters are just to overpowering and the fruity esters are just odd aswell.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours toffee-amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, spicy peppery phenols and lemon notes.
Flavours are very similar but with a bigger emphasis on the doughy wheat/yeast.
Carbonation seems a bit full-on.
Nails the style pretty well.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.