Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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737 Ratings
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Ratings: 737
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011)
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Photo of mrskunk
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bvermilion
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pair of large snifters

Pours mostly clear (until I got to the bottom of the bottle), yellow, with fair amount of head and plenty of active carbonation. Smell is sour and funky.

Taste is mildly sour, grassy, wheaty, yeasty, a little more of the funk. But fairly mild overall.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied but fairly light. Overall, pretty good.

Photo of Ecolello87
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: An explosive situation of effervesce erupts within an oxidized orange colored body. Porous eggshell white head sits dominantly atop 2 fingers strong with time passing. Good patchwork lacing.

S: Ripe pear with a hint of pepper and honey dew fruitiness for aroma. Dry vinery.

T: For flavor a spicy twang of citrus, hint of Belgian pear yeastiness, and green melon fruitiness. Dry herbaceous notes, citronella with a soft peppery touch. Sweet malt based, toasted, semi-dry rounds things out.

M: Strong carbonation rings through in the mouthful creating a frothy nature on the hold. Dry spicy twang of citrus on the exit.

O: Overall spicy, dry with a strong carbonation presence well suited per style. Smooth flavor and transition, fruity Belgian yeasty contributions with a crisp factor ranks this as good.

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife got this for me a while ago.

Appearance- golden color, thin head, good head retention

Smell- very fruity, spices

Taste- citrus fruits, nice flavor of spices

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. Sierra Nevada always makes good beer though.

Photo of TNGabe
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ChocolateJesus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy light orange color with a 2 inch thick white, fluffy head.

S: Biscuity malt, Belgian yeast, clove, lemon citrus, pineapple, alcohol.

T: A nice biscuity malt flavor with Belgain spice up front. There's a citrus quality to it and also some tropical fruit. It finishes semi-dry with a clove spice and alcohol lingering flavor. There is a bittering hop flavor there in the finish also.

M: Medium body with high carbonation to give it a spicy feel. Finish dry and a little bit bitter.

O: Good Saison here. Flavors are there and the feel is good. I've always like the aromas that Saisons give off and this one didn't disappoint.

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of joecast
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great presentation, bottle and label. Cork goves a forceful pop when released.

Lightly cloudy golden with a touch of orange. Gorgeous pillowy head. Almost looks too good to drink. Low to medium carbonation,

Aroma has a light yeast and sort of fresh herbal character. Some hints of floral and spice but overall a bit light. This may change as it warms though.

Stronger base malt presence than expected. Not real heavy but more than I have noticed from other examples of the style. That is joined by the more typical yeast and a touch of rounding sweetness in the finish.

Overall a quality beer but less exciting than I had hoped (mind you I put very high expectations on anything from SN). Nice and certainly tasty. Will go well with the pizza that's just come out of the oven.

Photo of ninner00
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to Lukie. Poured into a Great Divide tulip.

Has an old-gold/orange hue with a nice, large, off-white head that craters and grips a little as it recedes.

Smells of citrus peel as well as citrus pips. A bit of yeast as well as spice. Some green pear as it opens up.

Taste is largely yeasty and spicy, but approachable with just a little bit of pear and apple featuring in the mix. The spice drops off quickly, while the yeast isn't over the top. Some orange comes later on as well.

A tiny bit of heat early, some booze late detract. Otherwise, it is refreshing from the carbonation as well as the yeast and spice.

Entry level saison, good, but nothing that would keep you coming back to grab a case of these. No faults, but not super memorable, merely reliable.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head; this leaves lots of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is an amber hue that shows a mostly clear, deep orange tinged, rich gold hue when held up to the light. As I pour this beer a strong note of ripe pears with a touch of apples is noticeable. This is amplified with a more focused look at the aroma, but this is backed by a touch of spiciness and a mustiness that is a bit stronger towards the finish. Aromatic specifics remind me of musty white pepper, perhaps a hint of woody ginger, ; A deep inspection of the nose makes noticeable a grainy, toasted cracker note as well as a some dried grass notes. This really has an earthy, musty note that makes me think of a damp cellar, though for some reason not a dark one, but rather one that has some nice a sunlight coming into it

Sweet and fruity tasting, a spicy, earthiness tries to balance this towards the finish, but the finish remains dominated by the bright, pear and floral apple fruitiness. There is a dried hay grain character as well a toothsome, wholesome sweet pale malt note. The finish has a phenolic spiciness that is mostly clove, but also has a warmth to it somehow that reminds me of woody white pepper and spicy ginger. While the fruitiness is certainly the most noticeable character here, it is pretty well balanced by the musty earthiness and the spiciness that is here. The body has a certain fullness to, it is not overly heavy, but it does have certain viscous character to it that sees it sticking to the palate for a bit before finally being washed clean by the lingering fruitiness and spiciness.

I prefer a Saison that is quite a bit drier and I would prefer that the spiciness and / or a bright hoppiness was the dominant character, as opposed to the fruitiness. Still this is a pretty tasty beer that I am quite happy to be drinking and would definitely have again.

Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A loving light amber/golden in color with a nice 2 finger head.

S - Earthy qualities / yeast / hops

T - A little tart and some bitterness from the hops. Dry and crisp, somewhat thin on body.

M - Light to my mouth, effervescent almost.

O - A pleasing saison that develops nicely as you drink it. I was not in awe of it but it delivered.

Photo of viaingo
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Type: Saison Ale.
Color: Golden hue.
Body: Medium carbonation. Great full bodied saison.
Head: Nice lofty white head. left a fantastic lace that really added to the flavor.
Taste: Great fruit flavor. There is definitely a citric tang in the finish. Very dry throughout.
Aroma: Spicy and fruity. Full bodied and earthy flavor with a touch of yeast.

Sunday Sunday Sunday! The Super Bowl was amazing and so was this beer! This beer was a celebration of the monks style of brewing ales. The profits of the limited series of Ovila ales goes to the Santa Maria de Oliva chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. The order of release of Ovila Ales goes as this: Dubel, Saison, Trippel. The saison was a good beer to drink during the Super Bowl. This was certainly a great beer to pair with snacks like carrots, cheese, and pita chips.


Photo of satownsend
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rustic orange color with a beautiful eggshell head. Nice thick lacing on the side of my CBS snifter. This beer is very cloudy in appearance, as expected. The nose is very citrus oriented. Orange being the key player. I also get yeast, malt, grass and spices. Nice nose. The taste is very spice oriented and earthy. Definitely some pepper in there as well. Feel is medium, with a fairly dry finish. Pepper aftertaste on the back end. Overall, a good saison, but a little short of great. I'd have this again, however. Cheers.

Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.