Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Bottle corked and caged. No bottling date or additional packaging info.
I filled up my Cigar City pint glass with this liquid.
A: Poured a very slightly muddy yellow color, with a 2 finger frothy head that stuck around for a while. I looked much more like an IPA than a saison.... especially of the farmhouse, funk variety.
S: Ahhh... there it is - the farmhouse funk! Strong scent of candy sugar, with a mild bit of sourness, wrapped up in coriander, pepper, and apricot. Smells yummy!
T: Despite the appearance, this one definitely has the farmhouse flair, but it's not an in-your-face spice bomb by any means. Fruity mandarin orange/apricot fruit comb, with a dry peppery finish.
M: Not too sweet or spicy. This one actually plays the whole saison funk thing right down the middle. Even the lacing was pretty tame.
O: I've gotta admit, this is VERY drinkable.... maybe even too. A part of me wishes that this were MORE spicy and sip-inducing.... maybe that would make me slow down!
11-26-2011 22:37:06 | More by Chaney
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with almost no lacing.
S: Lots of bubblegum, bananas, and candy sugar with some pear notes as well. Some yeasty sweet bread aromas towards the finish.
T: Belgian spices at first followed by some bubblegum and candy sugar flavors, though they're not as prevalent as in the aroma. Slightly bitter bread flavors bring up the finish
M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and needs more carbonation.
O: A decent saison, though nothing special. It could use more carbonation and more depth of flavor.
11-25-2011 00:01:21 | More by n2185
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
750 mL bottle, served in a Duvel tulip.
Pours a hazy gold, almost tangerine orange. A very nice, one-finger pure white head with very tight bubbles. Really beautiful, creamy lacing around the glass. Beautiful beer.
Quite a sweet aroma. Honey plays a major part, as does a sweet wheat character that compliments it well. Grassy and earthy notes, with a touch of citrus fruit.
As the aroma would suggest, the taste is on the sweeter side. Again, lost of honey, almost a caramel malt sweetness at work. Some lemony tartness, but it's subdued. A fair amount of pepper, which imparts a nice balancing spicy kick.
Very nice mouthfeel on this beer, lush but with an appropriately moderate level of carbonation. With a totally negligible alcohol presence, this is quite easy to drink.
One of the better American-made (well, for the most part) saisons I've had. Sweeter than I normally like, but never cloying or over the top.
11-21-2011 00:07:13 | More by amphion1065
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Although very yeasty rather than spicey, and on the sweet side, it is very tasty and drinkable saison. Fruity apricot and peach and citrus and apple, some bannana, a tad of clove and white pepper, herbal. Good mouthfeel.Very drinkable.Carbonation right there.
11-20-2011 22:13:09 | More by Sammy
4.63/5 rDev +20.6%
Poured from champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.
Pours light copper with a good creamy head of white foam. Color moves light to dark, bottom to top. Belgian yeast smell, some sugar notes. Light fruity crisp taste. Subtle orange peel on the close. Light malt and citrus wrapped around.
11-19-2011 10:25:33 | More by KTCamm
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.
Apricot with a moderate haze to it. Very large white head falls to a film and leaves zero lacing.
Relatively sweet nose with a very distinct floral perfume. Plenty of phenol and ester action with sweet melons, apples, musk, cloves and fairy floss. Smattering of grapefruit pith, citrus peel and peppery spice.
Taste is less sweet, but lacks the depth of the nose. Lots of marmalade, green apple, lemon rind and white pepper. Sweet esters come through a bit more as it warms. Has a modest tartness, but no funkiness to be found.
Mouthfeel is active and verging on abrasive, but becomes more agreeable over the course.
Bit of a mixed bag. The nose verges on great, the taste is not too far behind, however the characteristic Saison funk is lacking as is the drinkability.
11-18-2011 10:12:57 | More by spicelab
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is initially lemon zest with some oranges, pepper, clove, banana, and VERY LITTLE funk. Taste is initially Belgian yeast flavors with some clove and banana. Then those flavors are overpowered by pepper and zest flavors with lemon and just a hint of peach and green apple. Very little barnyard characteristics for being a saison. Would like to see less clove and more funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, saisons are one of my favorite styles in beer, so I really enjoy this one. It is by far not one of the best saisons I've had, but it is definitely one I would recommend and drink on the regular.
11-17-2011 06:10:38 | More by DovaliHops
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.