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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Retsinis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from Notes

Ovila Saison 1st bottling (just adding that in case their is a 2nd for distinction)- 750 ml cork & caged. Opens with a generous "pop" of the cork when carefully opening, but thankfully there was no eruption.

A: Upon slow pouring into a tulip, a billowing white head rose a good 2+ inches, and hung around for a real long while. Upon settling, it left smooth lacing, not sticky, but bubbles that slowly slide down. The beer is a bright copper color, fairly clear, but with a mild haze.

S: White pepper, lemon zest, mild orange peel, and light yeast esters. Consistent for the style, but nothing that wowed me.

T: Intial draw mirrors the nose, some bread notes, a citrus lemon zest, some pepper or spice, finishing with some esters of yeast. As it warmed, I picked up a bit more flavors, a touch of banana and a very mild hay. Little detection of the alcohol, and well balanced.

M: Light mouth, but with high carbonation, not unlike the consistency of champagne.

O: Good. Consistent, balanced, and an easy sipper. I will cellar one bottle to do a side by side of all three of the Ovila series, and pick a favorite.

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jbarletto
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gutbuster
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of balinor
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Danno48
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Alex5
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Seaba
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden body with a fluffy white head that recedes into nothing; no lacing.

S: Smells include banana, white pepper, clove, yeast, fruity esters, and bready malts.

T: Kind of a weak saison flavor. All the standard flavors are there, but very thin: spices including clove, banana, pear, bready malts, and lemon zest.

M: Light body; high carbonation; tingling and crisp mouthfeel.

O: It's a nice beer, but nothing too impressive- easy to forget. Slightly off for the style and I don't think I would go out of my way to get it again. Kind of expected more on the second one in their series, but was disappointed. Definitely missing something.

Photo of Mikus
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%

This was a welcome find on a recent trip to Columbus OH. Love me some SN. Poured into a stemless wine glass. A cloudy, deep amber color with some small white bubbles dancing on top. Appetizing look. Aromas of some funk, coriander, bananas, and banana bread. Interesting. Surprisingly clean taste, some spicy notes (cinnamon, clove?). Nice, rich mouthfeel. This brew lingered nicely, and was more than expected as a whole package. Nice foray into an area I'm not too familiar with yet. Made me feel as though I was in some kind of beer time warp, back into the middle ages... I would enjoy this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ajmorriso1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of KMcG
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange hazy color, small carbonation bubbles, nice rich head that leaves a Lacey trace on the glass. The head during the pour was about 1/2 in thick. 

S: Peachy aroma combined with the traditional Belgian yeast bready scent. 

T: initial fruity flavor of citrus that doesn't last long. Then, lemon-pepper sharpness with a dry finish that leaves a slight bready taste in the mouth. 

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine grained carbonation

Drinkable and yummy!

Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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

the pour is a hazy caramel colour. the beer develops a small white head of short duration.

the nose is funky. yeast notes swirl in banana like estery tones. although this flavor is generally a sign of too warm a fermentation and is not welcome in other styles, the saison uses them to its advantage as its signature characteristic.

the taste is funky like the nose. there are definite yeast flavors among the funky tones with some candy and bit of bubblegum. there seems to be more dryness in the flavour than typically experienced. americans and their hops.

the mouthfeel is medium and supports the flavor profile well.

overall this is a good representation of the style.

Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ibbjamin
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this 750ml bottle from a friend as a wedding present. I pour into my Rodenbach tulip to review.

Not as fizzy and carbonated as your average Saison. White head of an inch in height. Transparent and gold in color with a visible tornado of rising carbonation from the bottom of the tulip. Very nice layer of retention. Not much lacing.

No surprises here really in the nose, but all of the usual in good balance; banana, clove, Belgian spice, biscuity malts, lemon citrus, grassy hop and white pepper.

Good saison taste; refreshing summer beer with citrus and grassy hops. Many of the aforementioned come together in good harmony here.

Mouth is refreshingly carbonated, but not over the top which is one of the turn offs for me with this style, so I commend them for taming that characteristic. Light to medium body and a slightly dry mouth leads to a crisp finish but lemony hop taste remains to a medium length finish.

Certainly far from my favorite style, but this was a good one and I was glad I tried it.

Photo of bpk59
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Poured into a White Birch flute glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a lacing over the top. Good head retention.

Aroma: Spicy yeasty notes with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Earthy and spicy with subtle bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation with a dry finish, refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: A good saison, I feel there are better versions out there but glad I tried it.

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

A: Cloudy, almost rusty orange color. There is very little head to the beer, despite it being constantly fed from a stream of bubbles.

S: Belgian yeast, slight funkiness, and some sweet malts with grassy notes and citrus peel. When I first poured it the smell hit me like a sledgehammer, but it fades pretty quickly.

T: The taste is actually different than I was expecting, and not as potent. There a slight maltiness at first, followed by the yeast, then it's really the aftertaste that brings a taste of earthy hay, funk and peppery spice.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation and dry.

O: A decent saison, but far from my favorite. It's a little too heavy on the Belgian side for my liking.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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