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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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3.28/5  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.

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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.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy peach color with two fingers of bright white head. A touch of wet lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of bubble gum, apricot, pepper, yeast and candy sugar.

Tasted of light fruit, apricot, clove, yeast and black pepper. A medicinal/herbal tinge to the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

Not great, but a pretty good saison and worthy of a try.

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

Hazy peach colour, 2 fingers of rocky white head, some lace left behind. Smell is yeasty with lots of fruit notes, lemon rind, spices, white pepper, mildly earthy. Taste is fairly yeast driven and quite dry, earthy, lemony citrus, floral notes come and go, light tartness in the finish with long spicy aftertaste. Medium body, high prickly carbonation, light-med feel. Very nice stuff, nice and dry and very drinkable, a 750ml was finished solo with no fatigue setting in whatsoever, wish I had another.

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From notes...

Thick, creamy head tops a cloudy golden-yellow brew. Sticky thin lacing hangs on the sides of the glass as the head falls.

Aroma is somewhat soapy but flowery. Notes of lavender are soft yet firm, caught somewhere between fresh spring flowers and laundry detergent. Rather feminine actually.

First taste brings peppery sweet flavors to the palate, with some lemon mixing things up. The flavor continues to be subdued and light as I continue to sip with a faint citrus character marking the taste's progression. The beer finishes with a mildly grainy aftertaste.

A very soft and delicate beer. I was expecting more funk from this style. It was either lavender or soap that was throwing the aroma off for me, I went in expecting some yeasty spice but got mostly flowers. The flavor was delicate as well, as the initial peppery spice did not carry through towards the end.

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