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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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BA SCORE
86
very good

706 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | 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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EinWeizenbitte

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2012 04:38:11 | More by EinWeizenbitte
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ZDePaolo

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-27-2012 02:51:05 | More by ZDePaolo
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JOEnobody001

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-25-2012 19:13:32 | More by JOEnobody001
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a hazy straw color.
The head is a short lived white bubbly affair.
No lacing

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-23-2012 00:59:07 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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willbrown

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-22-2012 14:24:36 | More by willbrown
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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
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MisterGrizz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2012 22:30:16 | More by MisterGrizz
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2012 02:52:56 | More by Elfastball7
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cp29

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-19-2012 01:57:49 | More by cp29
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2012 06:40:15 | More by chrispoint
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

01-15-2012 04:07:13 | More by bkbergen
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-15-2012 02:43:04 | More by bigbeers84
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-14-2012 20:10:22 | More by GrindFatherBob
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-14-2012 19:31:24 | More by JAHMUR
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ONN8

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-14-2012 00:56:34 | More by ONN8
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BryanRex

Virginia

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
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2012 21:19:15 | More by ant880
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TexAggie011

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-11-2012 05:17:29 | More by TexAggie011
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mfreeman10

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-10-2012 21:43:27 | More by mfreeman10
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TicoCali

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-05-2012 07:43:04 | More by TicoCali
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stewarbd

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-01-2012 16:59:38 | More by stewarbd
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carbonhaze74

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-31-2011 18:02:00 | More by carbonhaze74
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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-31-2011 08:22:02 | More by smithmd4
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.