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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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87
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735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
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 Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although very yeasty rather than spicey, and on the sweet side, it is very tasty and drinkable saison. Fruity apricot and peach and citrus and apple, some bannana, a tad of clove and white pepper, herbal. Good mouthfeel.Very drinkable.Carbonation right there.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light honey orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grass, yeast, spices, and a citrus aroma. There is a slight honey smell that comes about as the beer warms. Taste is of grass, bread, yeast, spice, citrus, and some pepper notes on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some great flavors. Very easy to drink too.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

djrn2, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a good white head. Really nice retention and a good deal of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of light fruit plus grain. Faint earth and a bit of spice as well. Flavor hits those same notes, focusing a bit on the graininess, though the yeast doesn't slack. Good body with active carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pretty good brew.

Thorpe429, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nmann08, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus and peppery spices in the nose, which also has notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. No dryness is apparent in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

metter98, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some light hoppy notes and not much ester discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some lightly sweet Belgian style malt with a dry hoppy finish. Lacks a bit of ester and yeast is quite tame. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I was expecting a bit more character from this beer.

Phyl21ca, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head, hazy yellow gold color some scattered lacing

S: very nice spicey hop and belgian yeast aroma.

T: initially zesty and spicey with a mellowed out musty and earthy finish with yeasty notes.

M: medium to high carbonation, light to medium body. Dry finish.

Overall: a little too dry but drinkable. Nothing memorable but not too bad.

kylehay2004, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Provisions

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is fairly citrusy with orange peel and lots of floral notes. A fair amount of phenolics and yeast with a mild bready note. There is just a tiny bit of coriander to it.

T: Decently phenolic and spicy with a nice citrus peel. Orange and lemon peel with a light floral note and lots of bread and wheat. There is a bit of sweetness to it, along with some yeast and apple skin.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: Perhaps I just had overly high expectations, but this was just okay to me. Not as good as the Dubbel.

womencantsail, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping this beer would be more impressive than the Dubbel that was put out not too long ago. This beer poured out as a nice hazy looking yellow color with a good fizzy and foamy head on top. The smell wasn't too much like a farmhouse but it did have some floral and grainy aromas that were quite nice. The taste of the beer was a little citrusy and earthy, overall this beer was much better than the Dubbel in my opinion. Still waiting for the Quad to come out!

Knapp85, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $9.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, darkened gold body with a tall, white head that just fluffs out instantaneously.

Smell: Softly bready malts, with a bit of hinted at sweetness, a bit of tanginess to it, too. Little notes of lemony, zesty citrus, dew-moistened orchard fruits, and the humble banana. Modest spiciness.

Taste: Faintly grainy malts, some influences from malted wheat, maybe some pilsner as well. Light sweetness. Doughy, yeasty accents. Hint of sliced French loaf. Mild touches of bananas and tart orchard pears, maybe a sliver of Granny Smith apple and a couple basic white grapes, too. Pinch of finely ground spices. Sprinkling of flower petals. Scantly grassy, citrusy hops with ample bitterness present. A few drops of melon juice. Dry, fluffy finish with a light lingering tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated keeps things lively throughout.

Overall: Presents a good blend of flavors (more and more as it opens up), closes out nicely dry, and has excellent carbonation all the while. I liked it.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden, yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thick rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of lemon, cut grass with strong yeasty. It was slightly phenolic, too.

T - Great spicy/peppery flavor with some sweet caramel. Good yeasty flavor with some notes of lemon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really good saison. I was glad to fine this on my travels.

zeff80, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

maybe my least favorite from this series, but not a bad beer at all. it pours a very pale cloudy yellow color with a smallish white head. the aroma is grassy and wheaty, more of a hefeweizen in the nose than a saison, kind of missing that farmy aspect. the flavor is also quite grassy, like cut hay or something, more in the malts than in the yeast. there is a touch of lemon acidity to this as well, but the flavor is quite mild overall. mouthfeel is a tad undercarbonated i think, but the body is light and easy drinking. maybe the season has passed for light saisons, but this one didnt really do it for me. i much prefer the other beers in this line.

StonedTrippin, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle of Saison from the folks at Sierra Nevada. Plours a big deep golden haziness, looks like a bowel of honey in my La Chouffe chalice. Big white head forms thick carbonation is bursting the cork hit my ceiling and bounced off of three other surfaces. Spicy yeast notes with a touch of black pepper, fruity hints of citrus apple and an airy perfume note. Flavor is flowing with a mix of apples/citrus fruit tones and a spicy peppery yeast highlight. A solid earthy herbal background hop content, pretty nice solid clouded saison. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a strong sturdy carbonation I spoke about earlier, really a dry finish though with the yeast profile. Overall high quality Belgian style ale that will just get better with some age on it.

WVbeergeek, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/17/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and bananas.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, May 18, 2014
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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.