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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

687 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 51 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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PaulUH

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-29-2014 21:03:54 | More by PaulUH
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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-31-2011 08:22:02 | More by smithmd4
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-01-2012 21:01:36 | More by olympicgatorade
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-16-2012 01:54:48 | More by ninner00
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-15-2014 23:45:39 | More by Loco_Joe
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cw13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-23-2013 01:26:47 | More by cw13
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ejw127

Nevada

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-03-2011 22:35:10 | More by ejw127
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-18-2013 15:02:49 | More by jbarletto
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abrodsky

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-02-2012 02:24:02 | More by abrodsky
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fisherbray

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

05-28-2012 01:58:31 | More by fisherbray
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a nice copper orange color with a beautiful white creamy head. Some aromas of orange and lemon as well as yeast... typical spicy notes too.

Tastes good enough I guess. Rather average I'd say. Slightly fruity, maybe a little lemon twang, along with your typical Belgian yeast flavors.

A good tasting saison. Nothing amazing or earth shattering, but a very drinkable, average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 20:35:22 | More by Buggies
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(750ml bottle from Papago). Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with off-white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has lots of wheat, some citrus and loads of yeast--much like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. There is a bit of an off-taste, but its not too distracting. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Smooth finish. Not that traditional for a saison, but a decent beer. I though the dubbel was closer to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:57:12 | More by trappistlover
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged bomber into a snifter:

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish-gold in color - nice white head billows to the top of the beer and stays there. Tons of bubbles streamlining up the glass - very nice.

Smell: Up front I get your typical belgian-esque aromas, cloves, banana's, and some other spices. I also get a hint of fresh apple juice - very enticing as far as aromas ago. Fruit florals pop out huge all over.

Taste: Huge layers of fruit come about here, apples, pears, banana from the yeast - as well as a beautiful boquet of spice tickles the tongue. I get some clove and some black pepper here towards the finish. Malt sweetness is subtle yet flows nicely within the flavor profile here. A little touch of toasted grain rounds out the final sip of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, although a tad bit undercarbonated for a saison - light-to-medium bodied.

Drinkability: Although not the greatest saison I've ever had - it is defintley one to give a go. I really liked the fruit florals in the nose as they are very easy to find. You can really taste every element in the beer which is great. A tad bit undercarbonated but it doesn't hurt it too much. At 7.00% ABV - it's not to hard to finish a whole bottle to yourself in a sitting which is nice. Overall, a good example of the saison style and will try again if I can get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:36:38 | More by thespaceman
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DMc8ride

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-20-2012 20:19:14 | More by DMc8ride
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mttdls

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-19-2012 19:17:40 | More by mttdls
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

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

Pours a light orange with hints of yellow with a big, fluffy head.

Smells of spice, some sweetness, spicy hop notes.

Tastes up front spice with sweetness and citrus coming in the middle. Finishes dry with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. It is dry but not as dry as some of the saisons I've had. I like a bit more dryness.

This is a fantastic saison that has overriding spice and citrus notes. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:54:07 | More by TenHornsProud
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darcange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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gutbuster

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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hsus0225

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-29-2013 23:28:47 | More by hsus0225
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crusian

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from the local bottle shop.
As i twist the cage off, I always ave a flashing thought of the cork exploding out, as I am sure oh so many of us have. The cage comes off without the cork, so thats good. I slowly pull the cork out, glass ready, and BAM, the cork flies and I immediately get that panic, even though i was still half expecting it... glass in hand almost right away to catch all the nothing that flows from the bottle. And now I kind of feel stupid as I stand there waiting for a gusher.
Anyway... pours with a nice few finger of head a dark mustard/golden color. Head actually fades very quickly which is a bit unusual.
Nose is very bready, and actually quite boozy... then turns into a somewhat of a 99 bananas smell, but not quite AS boozy or AS banana... after it warms it turns more toward the saison... earthy with a hint of sweetness. This is very interesting smelling the changes as this changes in temperature. Smells more like a hefe when colder,then turns more to a saison.
Taste is like a cross between a hefe and a saison. it definitely has a strong wheat presence mixed with hay, boozy finish, a bit of lemon. Very dry earthy finish with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 20:10:09 | More by crusian
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-23-2012 02:33:22 | More by Mullinger1980
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:32:39 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.