Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 758
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 28
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in a mixed sixer from Beer Temple, Chicago, IL

Poured into a sam Adams tulip

A- cloudy dark amber, visible rising bubbles, one finger heat that shakes your hand and says ”hows it going”

S- fruity, yeasty, the mandarins orange is prominent. Spice, more fruit, orange peel, black tea

T- juicy front almost like a mimosa, sweetness relieves and gives way to alcohol and citric acidity, Not as much spiciness as I'd expect, but there is something peppery to the warmth that isn't just alcohol. very nice

M- considerably light but it suits the overall fruitiness. A nice effervescent sparkle along with some varying warming aspects

O- this has been on my bucket list for a minute now. I'm happy to have given it a whirl. Definitely a step up from Brux, not the best sierra Nevada collab ever, worth a try. There's enough character here to justify it, despite the increase in releases of the saison style. (932 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - As I was pouring it, I became a bit worried. Thin, bubbly head that quickly receded. No lace. No sparkle in the color. Hazy, but not that hazy. Golden copper in color. Not much here.

S - Similar to the appearance, there wasn't much to grab hold of here. I get the aroma of what I consider to be an "abbey" scent. Slightly musty, but in a good way, if that makes sense.

T - More Abbey Tripel than Farmhouse Saison. So I can see how the collaboration is working here. The taste follows the nose. Nice, complex flavors, ever so slight bitterness. Mild sweetness. The abbey/farmhouse funk is the lead player here. Barely noticeable alcohol on the finish.

M - A little thinner than I would like, but nice fully carbonated feel. Slightly tingly on the tongue. Want to rate higher, but just a bit too thin. Mildly dry. Cleaner than I expected.

O - As others have said before me, it's a good beer and a good value. I'm going to enjoy my bomber tonight. It will not blow your hair back, or knock your socks off. It will, however, float your boat. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orange amber hue with a quickly dissipating head. Orange citrus blossoms; floral and fruity. Taste follows nose with floral, fruity overtones, sweet orange peel, ending with spicy herbal notes . Highly carbonated with a medium thick mouthfeel. A very tasty and assertive Belgian style ale. Definitely want to have again. (328 characters)

Photo of SteveKay
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not to familiar with the Saison style (well not familiar at all... this is my first one that I know of). My over all impression is that it tastes like a wheat beer.
This beer pores clear amber. It has good flavor and is well balance. In fact it is so well balance it is hard to pick out an individual flavors at all. The 7 ABV is not very well hidden. I got a 4 pac for 7$. A very good beer for that price. (407 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange to copper color. Two fingers of white head that quickly dissipate. A tad bit of lacing.

S - The peppercorn is there. Astringent and earthiness. There's something citrusy hidden in the funk, but I can't identify it as orange.

T/M - The bottle says orange and peppercorn, and well, you get orange and peppercorn. A bit of alcohol on the end. Lots of tart, earthy yeast. The mouthfeel is dry with above average carbonation.

O - This is good, but the question I always ask on the overall score is, "will I buy this again?" Hmmm. (545 characters)

Photo of vegassommelier
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great saison considering that the store just down the street is selling the 4 pack for $9.99 (Total Wine has the 4 pack for $15.99) I could care less about pricing, however it makes a difference to me when considering the quality to price point ratio which I grade almost all alcoholic beverages by.
What a great aroma of dried citrus peel, star anise, peppercorn grinder, cumin, sage and gravel. Good acidity and a wide range of flavors make this an interesting choice for the right food.
It is slightly 'clean' for a saison.. but If its on sale, pick it up! (561 characters)

Photo of SanDNigel
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 Bottle just like the picture
A- Straw-honey colored with bigger bubble white head
S- Citrusy funk with hay type undertones Smells great
T- Tastes like it smells, but seems to be lacking just a touch in body. Still has that clean Saison thing going that bites at the back of your tongue
M- Allows you to taste the beer but whisks it away pretty quick
O- Its good and I would drink it again, but maybe not the beer I search for (429 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The beer pours out slightly hazy with an appetizing amber-orange color, only a finger's worth of foam, and very little effervescence. The beer smells of flowers, wheat, and candied fruit. Moderate hop character, but definitely fruity esters present.

The beer has a lot of body for a Saison and a surprisingly oily feel. Lots of sweetness on the palate with a good earthy spiciness to go with it. Up front I get lemon and orange marmalade. A good hit of spicy phenols accompany it at mid-palate, killing any medicinal sweetness that might exist. It finishes dry, but all the flavors seem to linger a little. Nothing dominates.

Not as spicy or earthy as some other Saisons I've had, but the style does allow a lot of room for interpretation and the flavor is undeniably pleasant. It has some nice complexity and a good balance between sweet and spicy. Really nice, but it could use more carbonation. (940 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, almost a cross between a pale and a red, nearly opaque. Thick with bubbles. Perfect 1 1/2 finger head, creamy, with excellent retention. Lacing blankets the side of the glass.

S - Dry, rye wheat; only the slightest hints of Belgian yeast and perhaps Mandarin orange. An understated aroma that gains slightly in complexity as it sits.

T - A much smoother taste that the aroma indicated. Sweet, but not hugely; a complex mix of sweet malt flavors, with just a hint of sourness. That dry rye or wheat flavor is definitely present, but on the mid-tongue, and it's a nice complement, instead of an overwhelming presence. Very satisfying taste.

M - Light-to-medium body, medium foaming, no sting. There's no alcohol flavor, but there is a definite warming effect if you allow the beer to sit in your mouth.

O - I was surprised by the mix of experiences provided in this beer. It's not as sweet as many Saisons aim, but it's definitely sweet. On the other hand, a wheaty, rye, straw-like farm ale quality is there, but not dominating. It's very well-balanced, blending all of these together into a very drinkable ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. (1,158 characters)

Photo of MarioM
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml poured into a tulip.

A: Very clear light orange color with a quick dissipating head with no lacing once gone. Medium to high carbonation.

S: Clean smelling with hints of spices and mainly citrus. Not mutch though.

T: Very clean with citrus like fruitiness and hints op spice. Not much yeast character for a saison from most likely using fast attenuating yeast with not mutch character.

M: Bitterness and fruity citrus character lingers with some spice. Alcohol also comes through even though its on the lower side compared to other saisons.

O: Too clean for my liking but glad to satisfy my curiosity. I'm glad I bought a single 375ml instead of a 750 ml or a 4 pack. Not a bad beer just not interesting compared to others. (736 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a head with good retention.
Mild sweet and sour aroma. Notes of green apple and Belgian yeast.
Great flavor, some sour funkiness, orange peel, pepper, caramel, and piney hops.
Very dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with good carbonation, 7.5% ABV is very well hidden, just having a mild numb effect.
Very good Saison, elegant sourness combined with adequate hopping. (400 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle, 7.5% abv on the label.

A- pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1" head of foam, plenty of lacing.

S- smells earthy, yeasty, spicy, kind of fruity..some citrus. Spicy goes to some notes of pepper.

T- I can ure taste the orange citrus, nice, spice is limited to light doses of pepper. Swishing the beer in my mouth brings the oranges out even more. Not much bitterness to this puppy, which I like. Slight hint of some funk the more I sip.

M- medium bodied, pretty high carbonation, it works for me.

O- This is a nice tasty Saison. I bought a single for $5 because I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not...duh. 4 packs in town are $13.99; I think I'll pick up a 4 pack or 2. (704 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of b-day bash of saisons.
This was a nice solid, relatively simple version that was enjoyable and overall pleasing.
Light fruit aroma with fairly strong pepper. Fruit was citrus with lighter fruit like pear/apple.
Quite clear. Big full white head.
Really dries out in a big way. Fairly big malt character and taste is a lot less sweet than the aroma. Light fruit and bigger yeast flavors including the pepper.
Moderate feel and really dry. Effervescent but not too filling.
Drinks nicely. Simple but hits all the marks. (524 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice thin fluffy white crest of a head rides on top of dark brown red colored murky liquid.

Light slightly funky orange aroma with lots of spice.

Malty, light, grassy, orange, lavender, creamy, high carbonation, moderate appropriate sweetness zero bitterness.

Nicely surprised. Recommended @ $3.50/375ml C&C (313 characters)

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head on it. Nose definitely has some of that saison funk to it - yeasty and slightly sour that definitely conjures up images of the farmhouse. Taste is decently sour without any residual sweetness. Feel is a bit thick and slightly heavy. (297 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a large chalice, medium golden amber in color with a nice layer of off-white carbonation that retains well

s: both clean pils malts and a low amount of sweeter, lightly toasty malts form the malt base of the aroma, aromas of fuzzy pit fruits, spicy yeast influence, pepper, fresh cut grass hops and glimpses of citrus, a lovely saison aroma with lots to hold on to

m: carbonation lively, moderate-high, with a body kicking around somewhere between light and medium

t: the typically crisp pils and pale malts are augmented here with a low dose of something a little darker - caramel perhaps - that lends a residual sweetness that hits lightly in the middle but cleans up well by the finish, some flavors of sweet tree fruits - peach, nicely spicy yeast output and bready yeast flavors, grassy hops in good balance, great range of balanced flavours leading in to a dry, peppery finish

o: quite complex for the style, exceedingly well balanced, and obviously crafted with lots of care - one of the better stateside saisons out there (1,048 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-golden and slightly hazy. Lots of small carbonation rising. A 1-finger fluffy white head. Good retention.

Aroma of hay, citrus, honey, floral notes and some yeast.

Taste has hay, tangerine, grass, green apple, musty barn and some bread. Also some slightly sweet bits in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Refreshing. Sessionable [OK, 1 bottle due to the ABV]. Nice take on the style. Missing some of the tartness of wild yeast, but still a worthy effort. (510 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with an orange tint to it, quite hazy looking but not chunkies on the first pour, white fizzy head fades quickly, no lacing.

Smell has a large citrus presence, orange being the dominate citrus aroma, slight peppery spice in the nose but nothing to make you sneeze like other brews made with heavy handed peppercorn, not much funk in this Saison.

Taste starts out with a light citrus hit, mellowed by the sweet malt backing, orange and some decent spiciness character liven things up, hops are essentially non-existent but there is a subtle earthiness to it, carbonation is on the high end and very seltzer like yet works for this beer, finishes light, crisp and a slightly dry. (706 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Ovila Abbey Season - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours golden with a tinge of copper. Slight, foamy head with decent lacing. Hazy, no noticeable carbonation.

Smell - Citrus and dry, almost like a high-quality champagne or cider with heartier overtones. If you pay attention you might smell a hint of strawberry.

Taste - Dry, crisp, and refreshing as hell with a creamy strawberry middle and a slight bitter citrus aftertaste that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel - Quite pleasing, this brew encourages you to drink more.

Overall - This is a great brew, this style isn't typically my personal style, but I would definitely get this brew again. (664 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a tulip, split it with the wife at 45F.

A - Cloudy caramel body, nice white crown with a tilted pour that lasted long into the glass, and laced strong throughout.

S - Grassy, just a little citrusy. Fresh flowers, its so reminiscent of spring.

T - Really nice, better than I expected. Nice flavor profile falling right in line with high quality Belgian ales, plus a little honey flavor. A little sweet white wine in the background.

M - The palate is great, bright and refreshing. The aftertaste is a bit funky and lingering.

O - A pleasant surprise, Saisons are not my favorite but I really enjoyed this one. (629 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, no bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy golden color with a three finger white head which as good retention and leaves a slight lacing and alcohol legs. This smell is a little toned down, faint belgian funk, a little citrus, lemon peel. The feel is medium, higher carbonination. The taste is pretty good, you get some nice citrus flavors, a little peppery finish, some belgian yeast funk, not bad. (442 characters)

Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with a friend. I am surprised that this beer is not rated higher. It is a clean, crisp saison with a satisfying taste. Pours a thin head and goes down smooth. I had Terrapins Moo Hoo after having this and although different styles this brews quality destroys Terrapins offering. It is carbonated nicely and I would buy it again.

Bottom Line: Quality beer and an offering worth its price tag. (408 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, high retention on a hazy opalescent golden body. Aroma includes tangerine, lemon peel, candi sugar and that wispy Belgian saison yeast. Taste is lemony, slightly grassy (fresh grass), ever so slight green apple tartness, and delicious yeastiness. Great American version of this classic style. Very nice. (366 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in a tulip.

A - Cloudy dull orange. Sturdy off-white head that fades gradually to a film over a couple minutes.

S - 3.5 - Upon popping the cork, the main note is fruity yeasty. Once poured, earthy yet perfumy spice, faint saison funk, faint candy sweet orange, which may be the main component of that perfumy note.

T - 3.0 - Pretty mild. There are good flavors, but fleeting and substantially fainter than you'd like. Muted. The whole thing comes across diluted, which is really unsatisfying, like the good stuff is just out of reach. The flavors fade and you're left with nothing pretty quickly. There's a twinge of tartness at the end, and a slightly bitter aftertaste that is quickly gone. Mixed with the diluted character, the bitterness comes across in a not good way. I'm not giving it a 3 because I think it's average, but because it's something good that has something wrong with it. It didn't set out to be average and succeed - it set out to be better but failed.

M - 3.5 - Light. Slightly soft. A bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue. Ends just slightly dry.

O - 3.0 - The second Ovila beer I've had, a disappointment like the quad. Not up to Sierra Nevada's standard of excellence. The cork, cage, story and pedigree seduced me, but left me wanting. Giving up on the Ovila line. As in the taste category, this isn't a 3/average because it aimed to be average and succeeded, but because it aimed to be better and failed. (1,452 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

maybe my least favorite from this series, but not a bad beer at all. it pours a very pale cloudy yellow color with a smallish white head. the aroma is grassy and wheaty, more of a hefeweizen in the nose than a saison, kind of missing that farmy aspect. the flavor is also quite grassy, like cut hay or something, more in the malts than in the yeast. there is a touch of lemon acidity to this as well, but the flavor is quite mild overall. mouthfeel is a tad undercarbonated i think, but the body is light and easy drinking. maybe the season has passed for light saisons, but this one didnt really do it for me. i much prefer the other beers in this line. (654 characters)

Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.