Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
Pours a hazy straw color.
The head is a short lived white bubbly affair.
A mild nose- perhaps very mild. Hints of yeast, a pinch of hops, something reminds me of wild flowers.
Flavor is light- but with a definite ale character- dry, mild bitterness, hints of citrus and effervescence. Overall flavor body is thin-- initial flavor dissipates quickly.. flavor is not particularly complex even for a Saison.
Mouthfeel is cordial-- finish fades quicker than I'd like.. but nevertheless the stage is set for another sip.
Overall this is an enjoyable beer-- maybe even a fine summer-time drink chilled.
01-24-2012 22:32:39 | More by gueuzeonhigh
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
750 ml cage-corked bottle that opened with a loud "pop" -
Pours hazed golden with a decent thin bubbly head. Dotted lacing sticks.
The smell is of lemongrass with citrus notes. Not as "funky" as some other examples, but pleasant. Pleasant enough to give it the higher of two scores that originally came to mind.
The taste is lemony, fairly tart with some sweetness. Orange and floral notes mix in. Again - not as "funky" as some classic examples, but there is a range of funkiness in this style I have notice, and what is here works well enough to fit. It has a refreshing character - a bit of yeast with citrus and floral notes. Very slight alcohol is detectable. It has a dry, refreshing finish.
Light and crisp, it is a bit thin at times, but holds together well enough.
While not the boldest saison, it is a pleasant one. It's a nice brew! Glad I had the chance to try it - worth getting while it lasts!
01-23-2012 15:50:02 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-21-2012 04:44:04 | More by chodinheaven
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
This isn't the boldest Saison around, but it's definitely a well crafted ale. It tastes like a Belgian Pale Ale with more tartness and wheat evident in the flavor. Recent reviews hit it dead on... it has an earthy wheat aroma, the first sip is both sweet and tart with a distinct apple flavor. The finish is spicy, dry and bitter. It has a nice flavor and the nice mouthfeel makes it very drinkable. Regardless of what style you prefer, you will probably like it. Although it may not be your favorite, I still haven't met anyone who didn't enjoy it.
01-12-2012 23:35:03 | More by BryanRex
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.