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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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704 Ratings
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | 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 andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured into a tulip. The color is light straw almost golden, quite clear. There is a 2 inch head that shrinks to about an eighth inch layer of foam.

This smell nice and zesty. There is some sweet spice and some nice peppery hop in the aroma.

The taste is very pleasant, delivering a little bit of sweetness with a nice peppery yeast driven finish.

The body is light to medium. This doesn't drink quite as crisply as I'd like for a saison, and borders on being a Belgian pale ale.

This is tasty but doesn't quite scratch my saison itch, making it a middling to above average offering.

08-19-2011 21:24:29 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of tlazaroff


2.78/5  rDev -27.6%

Took this out of the fridge 30 minutes before drinking to warm it up a bit.

A: Pours a honey color, slightly on the orange side. Carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass to support the fluffy light tan head.

S: Smells like a Belgian beer. Yeasty, tart fruits, and maybe a little pepper dominate the aroma. Smells quite wonderful.

T: I don't get as much funk as I like in my Saisons. There are hints of hay and oats, and defiantly grassy notes too. Just didn't deliver on what the aroma promised, kinda sad really.

M: Very light bodied (almost creamy) and carbonated, also incredibly smooth, neither of which I was expecting. I don't think this fits the style very well.

D: Quite drinkable, but I'd rather have other saisons.

08-19-2011 18:22:50 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Translucent light orange colour with one finger of thick, bubbly white head.

S - Sweet grainy notes, Belgian yeast, light citrus and grassy notes. Some funk is present as well.

T - Grainy/bready malts and Belgian yeasty flavours are predominant. Light citrus and earthy notes are present as well along with some funk. The finish is very dry and has a bitterness that lingers slightly.

M - Medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

08-19-2011 03:14:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Very nice looking yellow beer, tons of head, very beautiful looking. Aroma was pretty dry and neutral outside of some small lemony citrus type of phenols.

Taste, very clean, crisp, pear bread (like banana bread, but with pears), love the flavor of the yeast, isn't clovey or heavy, its dry. Definitely some crossover with the belgian pale ale style, yeast similar to Westmalle. Moderate spice, don't agree with the heavy descriptions.

Another winner from Sierra Nevada, and that's not even counting the lack of a rarity grade boost that lesser beers in lower production will get up in here.

08-18-2011 20:36:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of CampusCrew


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Amazing saison with some actual body. Great malt backbone and decent hop profile. I love the super spicy flavor and balance with the Belgo yeast. This is not a light saison and very full bodied for the style. Love this paired up with some funky cheeses.

08-18-2011 18:47:58 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some light hoppy notes and not much ester discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some lightly sweet Belgian style malt with a dry hoppy finish. Lacks a bit of ester and yeast is quite tame. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I was expecting a bit more character from this beer.

08-18-2011 17:57:29 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev +4.2%

I was hoping this beer would be more impressive than the Dubbel that was put out not too long ago. This beer poured out as a nice hazy looking yellow color with a good fizzy and foamy head on top. The smell wasn't too much like a farmhouse but it did have some floral and grainy aromas that were quite nice. The taste of the beer was a little citrusy and earthy, overall this beer was much better than the Dubbel in my opinion. Still waiting for the Quad to come out!

08-17-2011 19:31:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Big 750 ml bottle of Saison from the folks at Sierra Nevada. Plours a big deep golden haziness, looks like a bowel of honey in my La Chouffe chalice. Big white head forms thick carbonation is bursting the cork hit my ceiling and bounced off of three other surfaces. Spicy yeast notes with a touch of black pepper, fruity hints of citrus apple and an airy perfume note. Flavor is flowing with a mix of apples/citrus fruit tones and a spicy peppery yeast highlight. A solid earthy herbal background hop content, pretty nice solid clouded saison. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a strong sturdy carbonation I spoke about earlier, really a dry finish though with the yeast profile. Overall high quality Belgian style ale that will just get better with some age on it.

08-17-2011 05:27:24 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of popery


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

From notes 7/21/11. It’s a gentle, pleasant saison that drinks easily but lacks any great depth of character. I would have liked to see SN push things a bit more with this beer. The aroma is fresh grain, bananas, lemons, mild pepper and some more spice - maybe, a little clove and coriander. It kinda tends toward German wheat beer flavors. The taste starts sweet with a little tang and finishes mildly dry with a very nice grassy, citrus hop note. Mouthfeel is kinda low on carbonation for the style but fine, otherwise. Appearance is a translucent and fairly light orange amber with a big white head. This is a good saison but too safe and a touch too sweet for me.

08-16-2011 01:44:48 | More by popery
Photo of brotherloco


3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

750ml C&C bottle. No date, but this is the first batch released. Served in a tulip.

Pours cloudy amber with a huge off-white head. Settles down to a finger of foam. Mild lacing.

Aroma is a blend of peppery Belgian yeast and bright citrus notes. Getting some lemon, apple, orange, and tangerine. Finishes with some floral and funky notes.

Flavor is a let down, as it is weaker than I expected. The label doesn't lie, as grass and pepper dominate the flavor, but are a touch dull. Hardly any fruit in the flavor, although some emerges late in the finish, along with some sourness. Dry, but not really crisp.

Medium-low body with a bit above medium carbonation. Pretty nice overall mouthfeel.

Overall, the flavor is never stellar, but definitely gets better as the beer warms.

08-15-2011 00:42:21 | More by brotherloco
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

A solid Saison. I hope to see the Abbey brewing their own one day. Pours golden with a nice high head that settles to a respectable cap. Smells yeasty, slightly sweet, and lightly bready, with some subtle fruit notes of apple, pear, and a bit of white pepper. Quite nice. The taste is a little bit hot, and the fruit notes aren't as clear, but otherwise the taste shares much with the aroma. Not quite as crisp and bracing as I like my Saison's, this seems almost in the direction of Belgian Pale. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it well enough.

08-14-2011 18:50:05 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of EgadBananas


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice mix of orange and yellow, with a brilliant white spongy head. Aroma notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, light pepper and herbal notes with a tiny bit of juicy citrus. Taste is nicely peppery, with a predominant yeast note. Slight bits of fruity esters, herbs and lemon rind. Crisp, but far from effervescent. Carbonation is more tame than I see in other Saison examples. Feels good on the palate though. Drinkabilty is high.

I definitely enjoyed this Ovila offering over the Dubbel (though my girlfriend would argue otherwise!). It's not a top tier Saison, but it's very good, drinkable and refreshing in this heat.

08-13-2011 18:23:29 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of ngeunit1


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Pours a cloudy and bright orange-yellow color with a huge layer of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon and yeast scents. There is also a bit of light spices and funkiness mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some lemon and yeast flavors and just a touch of light spices. Through the middle, the flavors get a bit stronger with a bit of banana and funkiness coming thorough. The finish is again a mix of rich yeast and lemon flavor with just a touch of bready yeast flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied with fairly strong carbonation. Feels very smooth and lively on the tongue with a nice dry mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Not quite the complex balance of a true Belgian saison but very close. The mouthfeel is right on through.

08-13-2011 05:13:16 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of racer2k


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured 22oz. bottle into one of my Belgian beer tulip glasses

A - Beer pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation and
a 2 finger ivory colored head which dissipates pretty quickly

S - Biscuit, citrus, yeast and spices are present. Very clean textured aroma. There is a distinct hint of lemon in this beer.

T - Fresh baked bread, moderate malt, fruity flavors including pears and apples and some clove spices are all present. This is a very balanced beer with a clean dry finish. The taste profile becomes even more appealing as the beer warms.

M - Lots of fizz and carbonation but not overwhelming.

O - Great beer and a great cause. Very drinkable solid version of the style. Not quite as complex and funky as some Saison offerings.

08-12-2011 21:57:41 | More by racer2k
Photo of garbercury


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Grabbed a bottle and decided to review...Poured into Chimay chalice...

A---Nice Orange hue to this guy. Not much lacing but a good color to it...

S---Get a lot of pear in the nose, sweet too, not real funky...

T---Classic Saison flavor profile, a bit of a bite to it, but overall the usual apple/pear flavor with a peppery finish...

O---This was a nice brew to consume on a nice sunny Friday afternoon, enjoyable and a recommended choice particularly if you enjoy the style...

08-12-2011 21:22:01 | More by garbercury
Photo of DoubleJ


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

On-tap at The Pint House and served in a Chimay chalice. On to the beer:

Morning sunshine orange in color with a creamy, thin lace that covers the top and leaves some thin layers on the glass. It has a good aroma, not over the top, relaxed. Quite dry with lemon and horse blanket.

This is where Ovila gets its name. The taste is very easy to approach and does not overpower in any one aspect. Lightly sweet; suggestions of pear, bubblegum (more specifically Bubble Tape brand), and pleasant spice. The fun doesn't stop there; its smooth and chalky body are extremely pleasing and helps create a very worthwhile experience.

08-12-2011 21:06:24 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

A: A loud, forceful "pop" upon release of the cork. Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy, tangerine/orange with a big (2-finger) ivory head.

S: Bread, citrus (lemony) and yeasty. Clean smelling.

T: Bread doughy malt, some orchard fruit (apples or pears, I think) and some yeasty banana and clove - more evident as it warms up a bit. Finishes with a clean, lemony bitterness.

M: Fizzy/airy, but not on par with the best Belgians of this style. Call it the lighter side of medium, heft-wise.

O: Good stuff. Nice balance of flavors. Not sure I'd pay $10 for a bottle again, but I'm glad to have had it once.

08-11-2011 16:31:41 | More by Kendo
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 750 ml cage-corked bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Deep gold with a slightly chilled haze beneath a three-finger head of dense, bubbly white foam that lingers but fades like champagne carbonation.

S: Spicy, slightly sweet and tart, with a peppery, minty and fruity aroma to match a bit of alcohol and dried lemon peel.

T: Dry, sweet and biscuity up front with increasing herbal, fruity notes around mid-palate. Malts lend sweet, mildly tart, floral, citrus flavors to the brew and a spicy, peppery, dry finish is brought about by Belgian yeasts and sugars. The finish is dry, lingering and slightly bitter with a grassy, white pepper aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with a dry, bubbly carbonated mouthfeel and a slightly alcoholic tinge and pucker.

O: A very flavorful, decidedly Americanized Saison, Ovila takes the pride, quality ingredients and hop-fetish of Sierra Nevada and combines it with a rustic, traditional farmhouse recipe straight from Belgium. The 7% ABV seems on the high end, but there's no real interruption of the fine layers of flavor presented here.

08-11-2011 01:16:19 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of iadler


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap, served in a tulip glass.

A- Hazy honey color with a two finger head that leaves some thin lines of lacing.

S- Banana, clove, vanilla, peppery spice, green apple, white grape, biscuit malt, citrus and floral hops.

T- Follows the nose with banana, clove, vanilla, belgian candi sugar, peppery spice and floral notes. There is a bit of bitterness from the green apple and grapefruit. A decent biscuit malt backbone in present as well.

M- Medium carbonation and body that has a slightly crisp mouthfeel.

O- A nice saison from Sierra Nevada. Not one of my favorites for the style, but it's worth checking out.

08-10-2011 05:51:40 | More by iadler
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - What a monster cork popoff this was, exploded straight up to my celling and bounced off, wow!. Light golden yellow, killer 2 inch creamy white head. Tons of lacing. Very nice looking in the glass.

Smell - Floral fruits, apple, lemon, pineapple, orange, banana, grassy/earthy. Sugars, spices, some hops round this beer out.

Taste - Floral fruity with a malt presence. Spicy and hoppy also. Has a sort of cream flavor. Yeast is certanly there, along with lots of lemon and banana, and the trademark saison grassy flavor. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Its thin and not overly strong but palette gets bitterness from hops, tounge gets sweetness from the sugars and yeast. Aftertaste is peppery and malty.

Overall - Pretty solid brew. Enjoyed the malt backbone along with all the floral flavors. Yeasty but not as much as most farmhouse ales are. A nice twist on the style, rather impressed.

08-10-2011 00:09:53 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of mudbug


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

From the large bottle (750?) into a large wine chalice results in a very nice cloudy orange with a one inch rocky head of foam.
Aroma is inviting, astringent clove and spice, very clean and light. Taste is complex, some clove, sweet malts, balanced by a hint of tartness, wet hay and grass in the aftertaste and a slight mushroom quality.
This is one fine beer, And Kudos to Sierra Nevada for expanding their horizons in such a good way.
I will buy this again and again.

08-09-2011 04:39:04 | More by mudbug
Photo of zeff80


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

A - Poured out a hazy, golden, yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thick rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of lemon, cut grass with strong yeasty. It was slightly phenolic, too.

T - Great spicy/peppery flavor with some sweet caramel. Good yeasty flavor with some notes of lemon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really good saison. I was glad to fine this on my travels.

08-09-2011 02:48:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of nickthetick


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

A: pours hazy burnt orange into a DFH signature glass with a solid white head and doesn't leave any lacing.

S: oranges, apricot, bananas, hoppy and spicy.

T: soft yellow fruits, green apples and a bit of plums. Yeasty and a tad spicy with some good bread and hop notes.

MF: light and smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: this is a good saison for its nice hop quality but I'd like there to be more there.

08-09-2011 01:28:40 | More by nickthetick
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +4.2%

A solid saison across the board. A touch of barnyard, but not too much. Indistinct notes of apple and orchard fruit, with some bright, white wine notes toward the finish. Firm malt backbone with lively carbonation. Barest bit of pepper at the finish.

08-08-2011 13:13:26 | More by Brent
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%

A - This beer pours a beautiful golden orange color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. the head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some specs of lace behind.

S - It smells of belgian yeast and a lot of spices right off the bat. There is also a good lemon zest and other fruits such as green apple and apricot. There is also a nice bit of barnyard smells.

T - The taste starts off with fruit flavors, spice, and some belgian yeast. There is some malty sweetness and a nice spicy hop presence as well.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a nice creamy feel to it. There is a nice bit of spice and hop presence. There is also a bit of sweetness in the background. Spices linger on the palate.

O - Great drinkability here. With each sip I found myself wanting more. This wasn't as funky as a lot of the other saisons I've had, but it is a damn fine beer none the less. I really enjoyed this and would recommend picking some up.

08-08-2011 10:32:06 | More by JizackFH
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.