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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 256
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011)
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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
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off, I really enjoy collabrative effort brews!

Very gold and amber, gyser-style bubbles, creating a massive, sparkling, fizzy white tower of foam. smooths out as it slowly recedes and becomes creamy as it settles.

Big earthy and citrus-fruity yeast aroma up-front. Lemmon zest, hearty spices and herbs, dry wheat, gentle vanilla-like smooth malty sweetnessbut subtle. Grassy and herbacious, mandarin orange pops out of the hop aroma later on.

The yeast is very, very nice, not the most complex but really good, with earthy musk, herbaciousness, wheat and grains, dry earth with sour fruits undertone, mild heat holds it down with a layer of warmth. The feel is lush, crisp, dry and earthy with a zesty earth pop. The yeast settles down and mellows and then so does the feel after a bit.

I love this style.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Bucknutty24
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head of bubbles.

S: Has a bready malty smell.With some pepper and spice.

T: The taste hit perfectly with the smell. Lots of bready,wheat flavors. With a bit of pepper and lemon.

M: Low carbination with a light mouthfeel.

O: This was my first Saison. Have to say I enjoyed this very much. I will be going back for another bottle today.

Bucknutty24, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with a thin head with barely if any lacing.

S: Aromatic with peppery notes, some malts with a carmel taste. It did have a slightly astringent smell to it.

T; Carmels ,spice, with some peppery notes .

M: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation.

O: Definitly a drinkier and this one went perfect with some calamari and lobster.

nukem5, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this 750ml bottle from a friend as a wedding present. I pour into my Rodenbach tulip to review.

Not as fizzy and carbonated as your average Saison. White head of an inch in height. Transparent and gold in color with a visible tornado of rising carbonation from the bottom of the tulip. Very nice layer of retention. Not much lacing.

No surprises here really in the nose, but all of the usual in good balance; banana, clove, Belgian spice, biscuity malts, lemon citrus, grassy hop and white pepper.

Good saison taste; refreshing summer beer with citrus and grassy hops. Many of the aforementioned come together in good harmony here.

Mouth is refreshingly carbonated, but not over the top which is one of the turn offs for me with this style, so I commend them for taming that characteristic. Light to medium body and a slightly dry mouth leads to a crisp finish but lemony hop taste remains to a medium length finish.

Certainly far from my favorite style, but this was a good one and I was glad I tried it.

ibbjamin, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a few inches of white foam; settles quickly to a thin layer, leaving a few blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: peppery, spicy hopping, fruity with a little clove and cut grass. Taste: sweet pale cut through by wheat and pepper. Spicy, dried apricot, and a little mashed banana. Creamy upfront, then dries out quickly. Pretty nice.

babaracas, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brownish-orange with very active carbonation. Despite a rather gentle pour a thick 4 finger head of dirty white foam settles on top. Very picturesque beer.

S - White pepper and citrus dominate the nose with some lemon zest coming to mind. It smells as though a wheat malt was used in this as well. As the beer warms a faint sweetness comeing into the nose along with a touch of spice.

T - Light sweetness with a sharp pepperiness. Citrus fruits quickly come in a play with the white pepper very well. Lots of lemon zest. Faint taste of coriander as it warms. Very standard saison tastes. Nothing exceptional, but certainly a strong showing.

M - Light and crisp. Very well carbonated. Rather dry finish. Hits the standards for a saison very well.

O - A very strong saison from the Sierra Nevada folks. Nothing earth shattering here, but one of the better American made saisons I have had.

ckeegan04, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BurnInLA
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz caged/corked bomber into a tulip glass.

Poured a rich, hazy amber color with a substantial amount of fine bubble carbonation that builds a thick white head about an inch and a half. Head fades quickly. No lace.

Sweet malt, citrus, floral and spice of coriander on the nose.

Flavors of citrus, coriander and more floral notes upon consumption. A very light trace of tartness on the finish. Very nice drinkable flavor....

Mouthfeel is very good; on the lighter side but very smooth.

Overall this beer is a very good Saison. This could be a session beer for sure... goes down very easy.

BurnInLA, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with lots of quickly dissipating light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy lemon zest and sourdough bread, with some grassy hops and minerals and funk.
T: It tasted like earthy lemon zest and grassy hops, with sourdough bread and a little funk and wild honey. It had a tart and clean aftertaste.
M: It was thin with lots of carbonation. Very light body.
D: This was a decent beer, but not the best saison at all. The scent and body both left me wanting. The taste was good, and the light aftertaste make it easy to drink. Ovila Dubbel was much more impressive. Not recommended.

Pencible, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from Notes

Ovila Saison 1st bottling (just adding that in case their is a 2nd for distinction)- 750 ml cork & caged. Opens with a generous "pop" of the cork when carefully opening, but thankfully there was no eruption.

A: Upon slow pouring into a tulip, a billowing white head rose a good 2+ inches, and hung around for a real long while. Upon settling, it left smooth lacing, not sticky, but bubbles that slowly slide down. The beer is a bright copper color, fairly clear, but with a mild haze.

S: White pepper, lemon zest, mild orange peel, and light yeast esters. Consistent for the style, but nothing that wowed me.

T: Intial draw mirrors the nose, some bread notes, a citrus lemon zest, some pepper or spice, finishing with some esters of yeast. As it warmed, I picked up a bit more flavors, a touch of banana and a very mild hay. Little detection of the alcohol, and well balanced.

M: Light mouth, but with high carbonation, not unlike the consistency of champagne.

O: Good. Consistent, balanced, and an easy sipper. I will cellar one bottle to do a side by side of all three of the Ovila series, and pick a favorite.

Retsinis, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of thespaceman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged bomber into a snifter:

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish-gold in color - nice white head billows to the top of the beer and stays there. Tons of bubbles streamlining up the glass - very nice.

Smell: Up front I get your typical belgian-esque aromas, cloves, banana's, and some other spices. I also get a hint of fresh apple juice - very enticing as far as aromas ago. Fruit florals pop out huge all over.

Taste: Huge layers of fruit come about here, apples, pears, banana from the yeast - as well as a beautiful boquet of spice tickles the tongue. I get some clove and some black pepper here towards the finish. Malt sweetness is subtle yet flows nicely within the flavor profile here. A little touch of toasted grain rounds out the final sip of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, although a tad bit undercarbonated for a saison - light-to-medium bodied.

Drinkability: Although not the greatest saison I've ever had - it is defintley one to give a go. I really liked the fruit florals in the nose as they are very easy to find. You can really taste every element in the beer which is great. A tad bit undercarbonated but it doesn't hurt it too much. At 7.00% ABV - it's not to hard to finish a whole bottle to yourself in a sitting which is nice. Overall, a good example of the saison style and will try again if I can get it.

thespaceman, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Poured a hazy deep yellow/golden color with a foamy white head on top. Great head retention and left behind some rather thick lacing, albeit sporadic as to where it remained.

S: Rather spicy with some white pepper and coriander. There is a nice compliment of pear and apple as well as some doughy malt.

T: The taste is rather similar to the aroma. Light fruits consisting of apples, pears, and a little bit of banana along with some doughy malt and the expected Belgian yeast flavor characteristics. Lightly spiced with coriander and pepper.

M: On the light side of medium bodied, but drinks smooth and easy. Slightly dry finish.

O: A pretty good saison, not my favorite, but nice nonetheless. If it were a bit cheaper I would probably grab some more.

mdaschaf, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 2011

A: pours a dirty grain colored ale with moderate haze and a three finger off white loose foam head. This falls rather quickly to a solid sheet of the same. No lace, wish there were.

S: Yeast, pepper, citrus and a hint of funk. Maybe a bit of plastic like whiffs at the back end. Meh, par for the coarse IMO.

T: The yeast is certainly the life blood of this one for me. The yeast is earthy and cloven - reminds me of Unibroue yeast, but toned WAY down (I hate Unibroue's yeast). There is a decent bitter bite with some evident sweetness and wheaty flavors. Again, some plastic flavor at the back end.

M: Medium bodied and sharply crisp with a dry finish. Here they hit the head nearly, prefer just the slightest resonance.

O: Well, Ovila is O for 2. Not a bad beer, not an exceptional beer, not even particularly above average. Really middle of the road with this one.

harrymel, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of willjschmidt
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a huge white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Yeast, spice, a hint of sweet malt.

T: A decent saison, but far from great. It's got nice spice notes, a hint of grass, some light tartness. The major detractor in this beer though is that it is way too sweet. Saison's are supposed to be very dry.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: A decent saison, but I would not purchase again due to the sweetness and the fact that there are much better saisons available.

willjschmidt, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of afksports
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There are few things better than Sierra Nevada pale ale. But there are many things better than Sierra Nevada's Ovila line.

The saison does it's job however, and if you want a saison you will not be let down. But as much as it won't dissapoint, it won't astound. Smells yeasty. Suppose I'll review more later.

It's a sweet and malty and yeasty (really, Brendan?) 7.0 percent beer. But dudes - are you standing in the keg room of your favorite bar?

Didn't think so.

Saison is ok.

afksports, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a slightly cloudy shade of orange with a two finger white head....the head was huge before I let it settle and poured some more in there. Typical for a saison, maybe a little darker

S- spicy. Yeasty. Smells....very Belgian.

T- it's very sweet, that's for sure. The Belgian yeast totally dominates.

M- the body seems pretty thick, but I think a lot of that is the strength of the yeast talking....I'd prefer it a little thinner

O- I wish they toned this down a little bit. I like my saisons crisp....this one is a little sweet for my taste

bigfnjoe, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Infamous7100
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from bomber into snifter a dark golden, near copper color. Very thin white head.
S: grass, pepper, citrus fruits. Nice blend.
T: a tad spicy up front, with a bit of fruit mixed in, apple maybe? Fades to a tartness at the back. The grassy, earthy scents don't seem to come through in the flavor.
M: medium carbonation with some spicy sharpness. Very at the end.
O: pretty good beer. Not my favorite saison, but a good representation of the style.

Infamous7100, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy copper color with a white head that left waves of lacing behind.

S - yeast and earthy spices.

T - spices and yeast are blended well in this tasty beer that finishes dry with slight tartness.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation that tingles the tongue.

O - a good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 21, 2011
Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.