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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 256
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011)
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

530veerguzzler, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

joepais, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TheBishopco, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy light golden orange with a thick one and a half finger of foamy white head. Good retention on the head with some pretty sticky lacing. Tons of carbonation evident in the glass.

S - Musky yeast, light citrus and sweet bready malt. There are some other fruits coming out, perhaps apple and pear. Some banana and spice at the end.

T - Grassy, sweet and lightly fruity. The Belgian yeast definitely stands out with some bubblegum and banana flavors. Citrus and grassy hops in the finish, which is dry and slightly boozy. Pretty spot on flavors for the style and everything is balanced well.

M - I would say it's a tad thin for the style and a little overcarbonated. Light on the lips without much stickiness.

O - A decent Saison but nothing worth spending too much effort to find. It was on sale for 3.99/750ml and it's tasty, but there are much better examples available for a little more money (Ommegang Hennepin blows this away for $4 more, for example)

BeerPhan86, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the Kirkwood Spec's recently, so let's give it a shot as my first beer of the evening.

Appearance: The very cold beer initially pours a hazy orange golden color with a solid 1+" head of light peach foam. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head at pretty much its original height for at least a minute before it noticeably begins to fall. There is lace trying to stick after drinking the beer, but it doesn't seem to want to hang there that badly as it keeps sinking back into the beer.

Aroma: The aroma was really clean for this style with some mild citrus and wheat malt notes being the most notable in the cold beer. As the beer sits, the hops and other citrusy aromatics are getting stronger and more complex with Orange peels being the most dominant of the bunch. The aroma is moving more toward lemon peels as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The beer is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and mouthfeel. There are wheaty notes to the flavor that are pretty unmistakable. The wheat leads to a dry, but slightly malt balanced bread dough-like finish that is interesting. The citrus is still a big thing in the flavor as well with the orange and lemon being big players here too. The mouthfeel is pretty dry and doesn't have much creaminess left after the attenuation and carbonation get through. Regardless, it finishes very well balanced. As the beer is warming further, there is a subtle honey flavor coming out that must be an interpretation of the malts.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer and I am really enjoying it. That said, it isn't your most "classic" Saison and may be better suited to the Belgian Pale category if we are going to try to pigeon-hole it. If you take it for "beer" it is a pretty good one and I will gladly finish my glass. I will evaluate the price if I am going to be imbibing in this one much more, but I wouldn't mind doing it again while it is around.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Tackle42, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

jophish17, Dec 25, 2011
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.

Zorro, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

snowsurfer422, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

gtermi, Dec 23, 2011
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.

SupaCelt, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of StRocco
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very hazy straw color with a head that is only a few shades off of bright white. Lots bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. As expected, there is lots of lacing around the glass.

S - strong sense of hops, not much malt. The smell has a little bit of sweetness and nothing that really jumps out at me

T - taste has that infamous Belgium yeasty taste. There is a slight bitterness.

M - this is a lighter body beer and was expected going in at only 7%.

O - this is a good beer, that's about it. It reminds me a lot of the Ommegang Hennepin.

StRocco, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rusty18, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: It's fizzy; slightly off-white bubbles coalesce and grow rapidly, superseding a cloudy dark orange/yellow liquid.

S: Aroma is very spicy with coriander, nutmeg, white and black pepper, some Belgian yeastiness and a light, watered down tangerine and lemon citrus.

T/M: The large bubbles form a sort of carbonation shield up front, bursting before the flavor hits your tongue. More tangerine citrus is prominent up front accompanied by light spicy bitterness and a faint metallic twinge.

It's saison through and through but has a few too many bubbles for my liking. I'd still love to have it again.


TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CelticAleMan, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Biketopia, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Pours a hazy, orange-amber with a nice two-finger head. Not much lacing, though retention is solid.

The aroma is quite complex, with lots of yeasty phenols, some vanilla, acidity and funk.

Flavor is somewhat grainy and wheaty at first, though the finish is bone dry. Yeast dominates the palate, with lots of spicy, peppery notes. A dirty rubber/plastic character is not too welcome in my book, and the funk seems a bit sullied. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, with a medium-light body.

This Saison has some good things going for it, yet it misses the mark in the end. I know the Saison style is inherently NOT clean, but this one seems especially grimy.

dasenebler, Dec 18, 2011
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
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.