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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

724 Ratings
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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 28
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange/gold colour with a fluffy white cap. Lemony aroma, very floral, grassy and peppery, bready, some coriander and faint apple. The flavour profile was a bit different, more of a focus on spiciness (peppery with some coriander) with a dry maltiness. Citrus and floral character was more muted, though there was still a light apple sweetness. Slight warmth, peppery and grassy finish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, fairly dry. I enjoyed it and would purchase again, particularly if I found it on tap.

DrJay, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy straw. Thick head disappates down to one finger with almost no lacing.
S- Smell is heavy on the pepper and clove. Lemon and banana are also present.
T- Somewhat sweet at first but it's quite peppery and spicy. As it warms the banana and lemon notes come through more and more.
M- Medium-light for style. Medium carbonation.
O- It almost is like a sturdy, peppery hefe rather than your stereotypical funky saison, but that's ok. I enjoyed it and would gladly drink it again.

jsprain1, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: Smelled of that typical saison barnyard funk, along with a fruity aspect and malt.

T: Tasted of fruit (apples), malt, some pepper and the aforementioned barnyard funk. A solid, well-rounded flavor that is oddly satisfying.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, yet earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better American versions of saison.

avalon07, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, fruity, earthy, and yeasty. In the taste, fruity, tart green apple, yeasty and a hint of earth. A sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour green apple in the aftertaste. Almost Fantome like, very enjoyable.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of mocktm
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle, into a snifter.

Straw yellow in appearance with abundant carbonation, laying the foundation for three fingers of thick, yet delicate white head. Champagne like almost.

Nose is spicy, white pepper and clove predominantly, plus aromas of barnyard hay and bananas. Mild funk, but the complexity factor is just not really there.

As with the nose, this just seems a bit muted overall. As it warms, the banana flavor overtakes all others turning this into more of a Hefe than a Saison. The advertised citrus twang is also noticeably absent, which so happens to be my favorite attribute within the style.

Mouthfeel is medium, effervescent and semi-dry, plus a moderate creaminess that's kind of off-putting.

Overall, this just isn't what I look for in a Saison. Some may like it, but I won't be picking it up again.

mocktm, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of jale
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a light straw with a finger of white head.

S: Banana and clove. A hint of spice.

T: Banana and clove upfront followed by mild spice and light hops. Very nice clean finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: A nice saison. would drink another.

jale, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of hwwty4
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my to to saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a grainy amber with a massive 4inch head that sticks around for days. Lacing is minimal but there is a bit sticking to the inside of the glass. The aroma is mild and fairly approachable. A bit of white pepper, intermingling with a bit of wet hay and nondiscript flower petals. Some estery yeast aromas are present too. The flavor is mild. Up front starts with just a bit of mild grains. Caramel and toast with just a bit of green Apple. Very little spice to the flavor profile compared to the nose. As it warms, I feel like I have to point out that there is a distinct banana flavor. I wonder what type lot yeast was used. While not unheard of in a saison, its not my favorite flavor in the style. The mouthfeel is just wrong. On the back of the bottle it mentions that this is supposed to be a dry and refreshing need. It's really the opposite. It has this odd creaminess to it. Reminds me almost of the mouthfeel you get in a beer on nitrous. A sort of artificial creaminess. No bueno. Overall its a very approachable beer for the style. Not my favorite though. Fix the mouthfeel and get back to me.

hwwty4, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of fo5s
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked & caged, poured into a tumbler and paired with some chipotle. Cork pops quit loudly. No dating, but this is a one-off and is relatively fresh.

A- pours with a massive head but limited lacing.

S- peppery, earthy, grainy.

T- equal mix of funky and citrus, but somewhat muted on the whole. Peppery finish. Smooth.

M- Dry, yet slick. A touch creamy.

O- Overall a fine, unoffensive saison. Somewhat muted, but a nice intro to the style. There are certainly better, widely available saisons at the same pricepoint, and bottles won't be around for much longer. Worth trying, but no need to hunt these down if they become tough to find.

fo5s, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time in forever where the cork broke trying to twist it out. Anyway...

A: Golden and slightly cloudy with a bubbly white head with good lasting quality.

S: Bananas, citrus, yeasty and bready. No surprise here.

T: Peppery and lively at first, fades to a banana and bubblegum flavor. Very buttery.

M: Full and smooth, heavy on the palate.

O: Very good for the style, I wouldn't mind if it were a bit cleaner tasting though.

wifehatesthebike, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mcallister
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark golden colored with a thick, frothy head. Chunky and molten with long life. Showing some yellow hints and great retention.

Terrific aromas. Very floral, earthy with large amounts of yeast esters. Lemon and lime, white pepper, wild berries, fennel, coriander, carbonation.

A little off in the mouth. Especially the mouthfeel which hurts the overall picture. Good amount of hops bitterness, yeast, bread, hints of an almost brett like farmyard in the finish, lime zest, berries, pepper, grass, pine and more.

The mouth is weird it gives the impression that the carbonation isn't really there which in turn makes the flavors get lost and just ooze to quickly over the palate. But I think it may actually be so overcarbonated that its exploding on the tongue when it hits and is lost. Creamy but just lost.

mcallister, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge bright white head that slowly faded into a thick fluffy film that left a few streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Dominating notes of cardamom with hints of pears, lemon zest, orange, spicy hops and bready yeast.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of cardamom, pear, lemon, spicy earthy hops, pepper and bubblegumy bready yeast. The finish is a lightly sweet, and the aftertaste is just barely bitter.
M: Frothy airy carbonation bubbles up in my mouth over the medium body. The mouthfeel is airy but finishes slick.
O: An easy drinking saison and a great attempt from one of my favorite breweries. Not the best but I would drink this again.

scottfrie, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generic, easy, and approachable take on a saison.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Old fashion label trying to look non-sierra and antique themed, overall quite unremarkable image of faded abbey arches in muted pistachio green. Back offers notes about the collaboration with the abbey, main characteristics of the brew, and how a part of the benefits will go to an effort to restore a transplanted medieval building in California. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy gold pour with a good 1" of frothy head, moderate retention, with fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is fair earthy and yeasty with a soft fruitiness with a peppery touch and a hint of caramel.

T - Fruity and lightly zesty, soft yeasty sense with a touch of spice. The hint of caramel is also there in the lingering finish.

M - Light/medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Quite quaffable, nothing memorable but a good drink.

Notes: Not sure where SN is going with these takes on Belgium styles. They are quality but pretty generic, and in that context they feel a bit too expensive, at least to pick them up for a second time, and certainly considering competing options sitting next to them with better pricing and more interesting flavor profiles...

Daniellobo, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Fresh cut grass off the bat, some citrus spiciness, grapefruit juice, black pepper.

L: Slight hazy orange amber, lots of bubbles rising to the surface, carbonated off-white head that dissipates.

T: Spicy malt with a green grass component. Slightly grapefruit citrus, medium low bitterness leading to some grapefruit juicebut mostly semi-dry spicy malt. Finishes semi-dry with just a touch of white pepper.

M: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Liked it, aroma was very good, taste doesn't quite match this. A lot of fresh cut grass and grapefruit, but worked for the most part.

bum732, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a White Birch flute glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a lacing over the top. Good head retention.

Aroma: Spicy yeasty notes with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Earthy and spicy with subtle bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation with a dry finish, refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: A good saison, I feel there are better versions out there but glad I tried it.

jamescain, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and caged bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thick creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a thin collar with a stream of bubbles feeding it.

Aroma is spicy initially with some black pepper and coriander as well as plenty of sweet malts and hints of Belgian yeast though there isn't a lot of fruitiness in the nose. There is a hint of lemon zest and herbal grasses.

Taste is a little sweeter than the aroma and has some of the fruity esters that the aroma lacked. The spices are dialed down a bit though there is a peppery finish in the end. The lemons are present up front with some grainy malts underneath.

Mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation and medium bodied. It's not quite as dry as I would expect in a top-tier saison.

I don't think I like this one as much as the dubbel but it's another good interpretation of a Belgian style from Sierra. A little too watery to be world class for me.

gford217, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle that went right from the fridge into my Duvel tulip.

Ovila Saison pours a nice goldenrod, and there's some visibility through to the other side of the glass (though I wouldn't call the beer clear). The head is absolutely massive, four fingers plus of white foam. Head retention is very good, but lacing is spotty at best, which is a bit of a disappointment. The smell is a very nice blend of herbal, peppery and citrusy aromas, with the first two probably outshining the latter. The flavor brings not even a hint of sweetness, just a bone dry beer allowing the above flavors to fill in the flavor profile. I'd say herbs is the lead player here, with white pepper and lemon citrus supporting it, definitely in that order. The body is nice and light, the beer really is super attenuated. Carbonation is a little lacking though, it could stand to be more active. Ovila Saison is a fine beer, and miles ahead of the Ovila Dubbel, but it feels like a very rote, by the numbers version of what can be a very versatile style.

axeman9182, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle pours a hazy golden body with a large offwhite head. Good patchy lacing is left on the tulip glass.

Aroma features grassy hops, dusty yeast, fruity ripe pears, and vague funky farmhouse notes.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste mirrors the aroma. Grassy and floral hops, a hint of fruity pripe pears, earthy yeast, wheat malt, spicy white pepper notes, and a bit of yeasty funk.

A solid saison, certainly, but not outstanding. I would prefer a Hennepin for an American brewed saison most days of the week.

merlin48, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

25 oz bottle, corked and caged, opens with a fierce pop. Pours a cloudy straw, with a large foamy head and some lace. Aroma of bubblegum, white pepper, and citrus. In the flavor, estery Belgian yeast, wheat, clove and a mild bittering balance. Mouthfeel is loose, wet and cleansing. Overall, a decent saison style beer with big yeast elements. Pretty nice.

Stinkypuss, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Sierra Nevada date stamp code on bottle says this was bottled on May 26, 2011. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like peppery spice, citrus, dried fruit, bananas and some wheat. The brew tastes like bready malt/wheat, grass, peppery spice, cloves and a bit of fruit. There's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and is well carbonated. I think it's decent enough and worth trying. $9.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of pitasoup
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: satisfying pop from the cork. pours straw golden yellow with nice fine and foamy two fingers of white head that is slow to subside, slight lacing as well. somewhat hazy body - i can see the outline of my fingers through the glass, but not much else.

S: wheat, dust, belgian/saison yeasts. a touch of peppers, lavender, and other floral notes are buried but present.

T: slight hop bitterness that slips into cloying saison yeast. muddled lemons, wheat.

M: feels overcarbonated, thin body doesn't hide the alcohol/phenols.

O: drinkable but nothing exceptional. too belgiany and phenolic for my tastes right now. i'd love to try it again in a year or two.

pitasoup, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of julian
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light coppery/brass color with a respectable creamy white head and decorative lacing. Looks like adequate carbonation too. 4

S: Everything is very subtle. Earth, herbal, pepper, mild fruit and some caramel malt sweetness. Not sure how else to explain this, nothing is dominant enough to really punch me in the face. 3.5

T&M: Mild spice, mild fruit, some lingering sweetness in the back, mouthfeel is dry and to style but the flavor is lacking IMO. 3.5 / 4

O: This didn’t wow me, but maybe it’s just because I’ve had a Fantome Hiver and Boulevard Saison-Brett before this. It’s probably one of the most original Belgian styles I’ve tried from Sierra Nevada, but not as impressive as Boulevard, and definitely eclipsed by Fantome. 3.5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey glazed oranges in color with a tall fluffy white head with modest density. The beer has a slight haze in it's clarity.

Aroma is fresh and refreshing. Malts are the dominate aroma here with wheat malts yeast and some pepperery spice.

Taste is spicy malts and yeast.

Thin in body with a tart spicy dryness and finishes smoothly.

A good beer to drink thats pleasing to look at smell and taste. Refreshing and smooth and tart.
Very good in my opinion. Would work well in the upcoming autumn leave piping season or watching hurricanes dart by I don't know.

micromaniac129, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. In a room service glass, the beer was a dark gold color with a small white head.

Sweet candy aroma. Outdoorsy. Peppery spice.

Yeasty taste, wheat. Banana and citrus. A bit of spice.

Medium-bodied, very smooth. Great beer to drink while watching the Red Sox.

lordofthewiens, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: poured a hazy copper color with nice fluffy white head which was nearly 4 fingers high.

S: Aromas of citrus, bread, banana, and a hint of spice at the end.

T: For the most part mirrors its smell. Gets a nice amount of a refreshing citrus mouthful with a little bit of bread. A tiny amount of funk in this but its very nice.

M: It was very light and refreshing. Carbonation is not overpowering, with a mild warming at the end.

O: this was perfect after a hot day out here in Southern California. I am digging where Sierra Nevada is going with this Ovila series. Looking forward to what the Quad is going to have in store.

GrumpyJunglist, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

An slightly hazy light orange body sits underneath a huge, foamy paper white cap. No discernible lacing. A band-aid, medicinal funk takes control of the nose while banana, clove and pepper hold down the back end. The flavor profile mimics the nose exactly. Band-aid funk, banana, clove and pepper. Light body with an effervescent/astringent feel.

Overall, this is a quality take on the style. Nothing groundbreaking, just a solid, straightforward interpretation of the style.

ColForbinBC, Aug 28, 2011
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.