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

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this bottle at Bully's on Main in Columbia PA.

The color is a slightly dark than golden, perhaps apricot color with slight haze and pillowy thick white cream which has average sized bead and is visibly carbonated with subtle lace. The smell is very pleasant with a strong yeast aroma with slight tart wheat tang in the nose w/ light toasted grain and mild tropical fruit accents. The body is semi-full with moderately strong carbonation and moderate hop acidity with sliht creamy presence and light nutty/earthy texture with semi dry finish.

The taste of this saison is good with mostly tropical fruit from the yeast with a light tanginess from what I gather to be wheat with some hints of pineapple and almond with slight element of hops which could be adding floral notes, but seem to favor citrus with slight peppery and herbal quality. The yeast and malt work together to make a light spice and bready flavor which is very pleasant with light woody notes and mild toasted sweetness. The Saison works for me on the drinkability, I really enjoyed this and could have consumed the whole bottle if I wasn't sharing it with my wife and friend Steve.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Lemon grass, white pepper & hay

T: Pineapple, grassyness, some bready notes, white pepper & subdued phenolic notes up front. Pineapple & apricot as this warms, more phenols & some dryness. Finishes with pineapple, dryness, grassyness& grainy bread notes

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation, nice balance. Carbonation becomes creamy as this warms along with a touch of coarseness

Really enjoyed this, liked this way more than the dubbel

Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just over a finger of thick off white head. The head retention is very good and it leaves some lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet and a bit fruity. I'm picking up hints of herbs and yeast along with the malt.

Taste: Less sweet than the smell. Yeast with fruity notes as well as some mild herbal notes. The finish has a mild bitterness to it along with a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thin side with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: Not bad. I didn't love the alcohol in the finish, but everything else was pleasant enough. I don't know that I'd buy more at the price I paid, but I would have another if offered.

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

Beer on tap. Beer is yellow and heavily carbonated with tiny bubbles, white head, lots of lacing, interesting overall.

Aroma is sweet and quite yeasty, bready, biscuit, orange slightly.

Beer is thin, very thin and has a spicy finish to it. Interesting overall but not my favorite saison, mildly sweet on the front with a big yeast palate in the middle. I don't think I'll repeat this beer.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/16/11 notes. Picked this up on my way onto LBI in NJ this past weekend and drank it later that night. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and head retention for a few minutes, with an inch throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of mint, Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, cloves, and bready malts. Lots of yeast and bananas; a really enjoyable nose.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, light bananas and fruit, and bread. Not quite a s much bananas as the nose, but still good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, the body is smooth and very creamy. Very easy to drink and great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really nice saison. Would definitely have it again sometime.

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of fruit, with some orange and peach notes. I also get some Belgian yeast as well as some wheat and biscuit malt.

The flavor is also very fruity. I get oranges, peaches and apricots, as well as some wheat and biscuit malt. There is a nice amount of spice, mainly coriander and white pepper. There is also a little bit of alcohol. Overall, the fruit in this beer is very juicy tasting and goes very well with the other saison notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a yellow-orange with a medium white head, average retention, some spotty lace.

S: Lots of pear and yellow apple, the Belgian yeast is apparent. Some light spice.

T: Pears and apricots with a hint of orange. Some residual sugar keeping everything in balance. Hop flavour is minimal, but adds a pleasant earthy backbone.

M: Soft carbonation, easy drinking, medium-bodied overall, very smooth.

O: Sierra Nevada's Ovila label impressed with the dubbel and now with the saison. This is a fantastic American saison beer.

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, $10.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

No freshness or bottling date info.

Pour is cloudy, orange/cantelope hued amber, moderate off white head, showing little retentive abilities. Some slippery spots of lacing.

Nose of more oranges, some ripe melon

Soft, fruity with moderate sweatness and minor spice. Flavorful, flowery, earthy and quality saison. Subtle peppery note, with light mint and a hint of tea adds up to decent complexity. Well done and quite enjoyable. Washed down a raw clam or two and some crackers and goat cheese in a fine style.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Saison. I hope to see the Abbey brewing their own one day. Pours golden with a nice high head that settles to a respectable cap. Smells yeasty, slightly sweet, and lightly bready, with some subtle fruit notes of apple, pear, and a bit of white pepper. Quite nice. The taste is a little bit hot, and the fruit notes aren't as clear, but otherwise the taste shares much with the aroma. Not quite as crisp and bracing as I like my Saison's, this seems almost in the direction of Belgian Pale. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it well enough.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Poured a hazy deep yellow/golden color with a foamy white head on top. Great head retention and left behind some rather thick lacing, albeit sporadic as to where it remained.

S: Rather spicy with some white pepper and coriander. There is a nice compliment of pear and apple as well as some doughy malt.

T: The taste is rather similar to the aroma. Light fruits consisting of apples, pears, and a little bit of banana along with some doughy malt and the expected Belgian yeast flavor characteristics. Lightly spiced with coriander and pepper.

M: On the light side of medium bodied, but drinks smooth and easy. Slightly dry finish.

O: A pretty good saison, not my favorite, but nice nonetheless. If it were a bit cheaper I would probably grab some more.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Pint House and served in a Chimay chalice. On to the beer:

Morning sunshine orange in color with a creamy, thin lace that covers the top and leaves some thin layers on the glass. It has a good aroma, not over the top, relaxed. Quite dry with lemon and horse blanket.

This is where Ovila gets its name. The taste is very easy to approach and does not overpower in any one aspect. Lightly sweet; suggestions of pear, bubblegum (more specifically Bubble Tape brand), and pleasant spice. The fun doesn't stop there; its smooth and chalky body are extremely pleasing and helps create a very worthwhile experience.

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell is sweet and flowery with a stout dose of coriander. Mainly honeysuckle and flowers in scent. Little bit of herbal hop.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong flavor of flowers. Mild bitterness and a strong coriander taste. Tasty and mild this is a sweeter version of Hennepin.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable beer. The drier Hennepin edges this out in my book; but if you like a little sweeter beer this is for you.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a racing carbonation of big bubbles. There is a bubbly light beige head on top that last for a good bit. The beer gets hazier with each pour.

S- The soft citrus fruity esters have a very faint yeasty quality that take on a phenolic coriander as the beer warms up.

T- The dry crisp fruit hints have citrus and red grapefruit qualities wit a bit of alcohol to dry out the finish. There is some spice hop qualities that turn more green as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a soft alcohol note in the finish that turns into a much larger alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

O- This beer is a bit too big to be refreshing and although it does have dry and fruity character it doesn't have the yeasty qualities that I enjoy in this style. The alcohol and phenolic characters are just to overpowering and the fruity esters are just odd aswell.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

25 oz bottle, corked and caged, opens with a fierce pop. Pours a cloudy straw, with a large foamy head and some lace. Aroma of bubblegum, white pepper, and citrus. In the flavor, estery Belgian yeast, wheat, clove and a mild bittering balance. Mouthfeel is loose, wet and cleansing. Overall, a decent saison style beer with big yeast elements. Pretty nice.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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