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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Pours a dark gold(slightly orange) with nice big white head.

Nose is yeasty and funky.

Taste is lemon peel, pear, Belgian yeast and hints of funk and malt in the finish.

Carbonation is just right.

Overall this is a well done saison but not quite enough umpf for me.

Photo of gkunkle
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of tbeckett
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Local Provisions. From notes.

A - Cloudy golden colour, one finger of white head, good carbonation. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Orange and pepper, hay. Very basic and a little faint but welcoming.

T - Orange and pepper, spice, citrus, fruity with mild grass maybe. Mild Belgian yeast and some light malt. Seems mild as well.

M - Nice and refreshing, effervescent yet light carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Not bad but certainly not great. A basic saison with no flavour that really stands out and grabs you. All the flavours are pretty solid, there's just nothing that really seems to get the ball rolling.

Photo of RyanGustner
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pants678
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An orange-ish body with an off-white head, very usual.

Grains and lemon on the nose, little pine.

Muted and subdued, but definitely peppered and lemony. Almost too smooth, not enough edge on the hops. The alcohol's covered, though. Spices are present but uncertain. It's a given that saison is not the most exciting style but this needs punctuation, something definitive.

Very soft. The head retains and the carbonation is anything but aggressive.

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A creamy pillow of white head sits between one and two fingers tall, dropping off to heavy foam and leaving a good amount of thick patching well down the glass. Beneath is a very cloudy brew a coppery gold color.
This beer showcases a lot of earth and spiciness along with yeast, a mild sugary sweetness, a vinous sort of dry tartness, and some white fruits flesh. The Belgian character of the yeast is light but present, allowing for a pretty good complexity. There's a further balance between breads and very gentle leafy and citric hops bitterness.
The body is about medium and the feel of this beer is soft, creamy, smooth, flowing and fluffy without being overfilling. Crispness isn't lost in the midst of it. The mouthfeel is the best aspect, though it's very good overall.

Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Jhatwig
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of AlphaKing414
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A humongous pop of the cork... Voluminous fluffy crisp pure white head with a slightly rocky top... Loads of micro bubbled sized brisk paced carbonation rise randomly throughout... Rock solid retention gives way to a slightly thick slightly creamy lacing... The color is a light golden orange with a very faint haziness... Loads of lacing cling to the glass... Quite regal and sophisticated...

S - Loads of hay and grass... Lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeast component... A very subtle but intriguing funkiness... Perhaps the slightest bit of candied sugar... Touches of pear an apple... Very nice...

T - Earthy... Apples... Pears... A very little hint of pepper... Muted lemon and orange zest... Faint candied sugars... Apples... Solid, but perhaps just the slightest bit muddled and a bit too subdued...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... A touch of lushness... Very lightly carbonated... Simple and effective...

D - A solidly above average Saison... Very nice all the way around... Spot on for the style... I would drink this again without hesitation, though this one falls short of excellent... My favorite beer thus far from the new Ovila line of brews...

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ng85
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BrewVet
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada never disappoints. I was expecting a bastardized hop bomb masquerading as a Saison. Not the case. This beer is true to style and very nice.

Pours a cloudy dark gold/orange color with a delicately bubbled white head. Head retention is average. A little lacing.

Smell is great. Lemon zest and yeast and funkiness.

Taste is more of the same. The lemon zest and funk are just right for the style. A nicely crafted Saison, as good as some imports

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, a little sour and funky. Nice.

This is an impressive American take on a Saison. I would have this one again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a thick one finger white head and lacing. Looks nice. Fairly complex aroma of caramel malt, banana, light fruit and Belgian spices. Starts with a medium sweet malt and light fruit flavor and abruptly finishes dry with pepper, citrus, a hint of funk, Belgian spices and a light hop kick. A very different flavor progression. A bit too dry on the finish for my taste, but very well made and interesting enough to keep my interest.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Split with Stavehooks

P: huge head frothy and ceamy. Great retention. Blonde cloudy with beautiful bubbles. 

S: sweet candy and citrus fruits crisp clean a tad musty. Alcohol is evident but not a huge player. Earthy maybe somewhat grainy. 

T/M:  very dry with good carbonation. Smell is better than the taste. Spicy with good mouthfeel. Tad on the tart side but not overpowering at all.  Dry grass and apple peels and a slight bitterness of orange rind on the finish.  Touches of funky wheat.  Yeasty once beer warms 

O:  smell is outstanding and Tate is well done. Great for the style. I could smell this all day. Another great addition to the SN line up.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this one with Hopswagger.
Half of a 750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with 1.5 fingers of white head.

S - Floral hops, lemon and orange citrus, dry chalky yeast, orchard pears, apples, and bright stone fruit. Straw dust, there's a musty but clean damp basement aroma going on.

T - Orchard fruit-pears, apples skins, stone fruit, tangerines, earthy grass, wood, spicy musty yeast, the sweet pale malt quickly dries out on the finish.

M - Soft effervescent carbonation, medium bodied, dries out on the finish.

This was better than I expected. All the flavors played their part. It was fruity, musty, and dry. This is worth seeking out. Wish I had another bottle.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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