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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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very good

740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Absolutely delicious.

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3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light honey orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grass, yeast, spices, and a citrus aroma. There is a slight honey smell that comes about as the beer warms. Taste is of grass, bread, yeast, spice, citrus, and some pepper notes on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some great flavors. Very easy to drink too.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be my second beer from the SN - Ovila line of ales (the Dubbel was my first). I have long awaited these beers as I am a big fan of both Belgian ales and Sierra Nevada. I poured this one from a unique 750ml bottle that looked like an over sized bomber bottle.

A= This ale poured an orangey gold color with a 1" white head that was pretty restrained for the style. Cloudy, with a steady carbonation release. The head retention was truly awesome, keeping a thick foamy cap going for a long time. Decent lace/stickage.

S= This smells of sweet pils malt, candi sugar, and a big ester kick of citrusy fruit. Faint dusty yeast present as well.

T= Started off with a battle between the sweet pils malt and the fruity esters. Epic citrus flavors of tangerine and orange going on here. Powdery yeast adds some Belgian character, but what it adds is more reminiscent of a tripel than a saison. The alcohol was well in check, yet noticeable enough to cut the sweetness considerably and add some complexity of its own. No hop flavors to speak of, but enough hop bitterness to balance the sweet end of things. Finished nice and dry.

MF= Well attenuated light-ish body with a decent carbonation level. I think the body was fine but the carbonation could stand to be upped a touch.

D= This is a very drinkable ale and one that I found quite enjoyable. As with the Ovila Dubbel however, I find this to be lacking in Belgian character. The flavor reminded me more of a tripel than a saison. In my opinion, saisons are extremely complex and this is lacking in that depth of complexity. Still, a well brewed beer that I would drink again with pleasure.

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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.