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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011)
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-18-2012 01:28:35 | More by ms11781
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, and with ultimate dryness, Sierra Nevada's second dip into the Ovila bucket carries a dry fruity ester nature with a spicy, warming finish that should appeal to appreciators of fine sparkling wines.

Pouring a deep golden color with medium yeasty haze, the beer forms a froathy white head with great persistance and intricate lace. The density of haze is a bit unusual for the style.

Pears, white pepper, apples, corriander, and a slight vinous wine note from white grape fill the nose with a zesty character. Backed by malty aromas of light sugar cookies and confectioner's sugar, the beer allows they yeasty esters and spices to command the balance of the nose.

Flavors follow suit, but with a dry bready-sweet to start, the beer takes a quick turn past the sweetness and into a crisp and clean flavor of light fruits and zesty spice in a way that reminds me of spiced pears, but with green apples included. Hop character contributes to the zest but without the signature earthy pungency that's expected from authentic Belgian varieties.

Medium malty weight to start with light, yet fleeting sweetness of powdered sugar. The beer ushers in a quick procession toward a very dry and refresheing finish with medium alcohol warmth. The classic spicy/fruity dryness is exhibited well in the finish.

Another solid effort in the Ovila series of beers. But the slight lack of complexity from blended Belgian yeast strains or the raw grassy-earthy-pungent hops keep the beer from competing with the Saison Duponts of Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 20:12:38 | More by BEERchitect
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GratefulTech

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-29-2013 12:08:56 | More by GratefulTech
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Shatter

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-06-2014 22:43:49 | More by Shatter
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2013 01:03:23 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2012 05:44:30 | More by Joshgonzales79
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CA_Infidel2o9


4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-11-2012 06:24:18 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow-orange beer with a huge 4 finger white head that dwarfs the actual beer on a light-medium pour. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. Peppery notes in the beer as well as coriander and cloves. Maybe a hint of banana, but definitely a Belgian influence here. Nice tones of bready malt and a hint of some herbal and floral hops.

Not as vibrant as the smell would have indicated, with the spices being a little more subdued than I thought they would be. That said, there is a wonderful grassy lemon citrus note throughout that combines with a somewhat bready malt for a nice herbal flavor. Some subtle peppery and clove notes come into play, but don't seem to be a main focus. However, that was the first pour of the glass. The second pour from this bottle yielded a good deal more in the spicy Belgian yeast category. The peppery notes are not as subdued and play with a soft prickle on the tongue. The clove taste has a bit more of a soft banana flavor as well, making for a nice combination with the lemon grass taste and bready malts. A juicy citrus bite in the front of the palate leads to a dryer middle and end. Virtually no alcohol tasted, except for a pleasant hint on the breath. A nice touch of herbal hops really takes it home and rounds it all out. The mouthfeel even seemed to change, being more effervescent in the carbonation than the first pour, which seemed nearly watery. Truly not the case here. It finishes bone-dry, with only a slight linger of skunkiness, but nothing too distracting.

Really a tale of two beers with this one. The first pour was certainly lackluster for whatever reason, probably the yeasty notes not being as present. Whatever the reason, don't stop after the first third of the bottle as better things seem to come. The second half was a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:44:04 | More by chodinheaven
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wembly13

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-04-2013 23:47:34 | More by wembly13
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litheum94

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2011 19:48:26 | More by litheum94
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wyatt

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 00:48:07 | More by wyatt
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... Props to my in-laws for snagging a bottle of this for me the last time they were in Duluth.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, thumb of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Grassy hops, spiced wheat, hint of cloves and bananas.

T - Much like the nose, though a bready malt comes through nicely. The grassy flavours are complemented by tart fruit notes, yeast esthers and the cloves and wheat linger on the palette.

M - Lighter bodied ale that's a tad prickly going down but finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty saison with a great flavour profile for the style. Super stoked to get a chance to try another of the Ovila series.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:59:55 | More by andrenaline
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 04:43:57 | More by codynevels
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 18:59:38 | More by kjkinsey
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 07:25:20 | More by ej285701
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-08-2014 05:45:10 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 22:35:56 | More by HopStoopid120
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 22:01:07 | More by bmur112
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Rusty18

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-20-2011 04:04:02 | More by Rusty18
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JDavidRice

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-30-2013 19:10:31 | More by JDavidRice
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GrumpyJunglist

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: poured a hazy copper color with nice fluffy white head which was nearly 4 fingers high.

S: Aromas of citrus, bread, banana, and a hint of spice at the end.

T: For the most part mirrors its smell. Gets a nice amount of a refreshing citrus mouthful with a little bit of bread. A tiny amount of funk in this but its very nice.

M: It was very light and refreshing. Carbonation is not overpowering, with a mild warming at the end.

O: this was perfect after a hot day out here in Southern California. I am digging where Sierra Nevada is going with this Ovila series. Looking forward to what the Quad is going to have in store.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 04:33:11 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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vcoggins

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-18-2013 00:16:23 | More by vcoggins
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-25-2011 01:20:42 | More by Exiled
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark yellow pour with a soapy white head that sticks around momentarily. Lacing hangs on for a good while.

S- Lemon and peach with a sweet touch of mandarin. There is a earthy/grassy note that makes it very light and refreshing. The yeast is subtle and makes you feel like you're in the bakery.

T- Lemon and peach with a bright grassy flavor. Yeast is subtle and wonderful. Alcohol is invisible.

M- Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. Light and refreshing.

O- Another excellent SN beer. Another excellent saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:48:16 | More by korguy123
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2011 22:17:30 | More by kayrex
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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