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Ovila Abbey Saison - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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261 Reviews
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Reviews: 261
Hads: 767
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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.

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Reviews: 261 | Hads: 767
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky gold, with a thick head of white carbonation. Little trace of lace, though.

Nose is fruity and spicy -- displaying a distinctly Belgian-style character. Nice.

Flavor is spiced fruitiness (berry, orange), followed by a peppery zing. Alcohol (7%) is well-masked, and this is faithful Belgian-style, but not as interesting as I'd hoped.

Additional notes: The fruitiness (and a dry booziness) comes out more prominently as this one warms.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, almost rusty orange color. There is very little head to the beer, despite it being constantly fed from a stream of bubbles.

S: Belgian yeast, slight funkiness, and some sweet malts with grassy notes and citrus peel. When I first poured it the smell hit me like a sledgehammer, but it fades pretty quickly.

T: The taste is actually different than I was expecting, and not as potent. There a slight maltiness at first, followed by the yeast, then it's really the aftertaste that brings a taste of earthy hay, funk and peppery spice.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation and dry.

O: A decent saison, but far from my favorite. It's a little too heavy on the Belgian side for my liking.

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Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Effervescent gold pour, 2 fingers of frothy white head.

Aroma, bright and grassy. Citrus, light herbal white peppercorn.

Taste, about the same. Don't get too much sweetness which I like. Earthy yeast spice, minimal pineapple. Light grass/hay and lighter funk.

Well carbonated lighter body. Drinks pretty easy and is quite refreshing. Maybe just a little restrained.

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish, golden orange with nearly 3-fingers of thick white head that is profoundly retentive. Smells peppery and citrusy with a splash of orange and lemon. Sugar and a background of whispering funk arise upon closer inspection. Fruity up front on the tongue, followed by some grain and lemon twang. An earthy aftertaste and a slight candied sweetness evolve slowly and innocuously, adding some complexity. Dry and light bodied. This is a well-balanced beer that works on many levels, but could use some spirit in the flavor department.

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Photo of Etan
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a mellow gold with a big, soft, creamy white head. Absolutely beautiful beer.

S: Perfumy pale malt and stone fruit esters. White cake, sugar, peach, mild herbal notes.

T: Similar to the nose, more on the straight BPA side for a saison. Sugary cake, a bit of peppery bitterness, nectarine and apricot, mild hop bite in the finish.

M: Great mouthfeel - creamy and light, perfect carbonation level.

O: Looks and feels really great, but the taste is a little too straight ahead BPA to be distinguished.

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

The color is a hazy amber gold, with a creamy tan head about one and a half fingers high. Dissipates fast, leaving some lacing.
The smell is weak, maybe some fruits.
Tasting the beer, the citrus fruit notes are present first, being followed by a mild yeast flavoring. More peppery spices are towards the end. A well balanced Saison, very drinkable.
Good carbonation, great mouthfeel.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rather cloudy pale amber-yellow in color. Forms a modest white head that does seem to stick around fairly well. No lacing.

S: Bright and slightly acidic with notes of lemon, black pepper, spice and a bit of yeast.

T: Rather mild and unassuming. Starts off with very mild, slightly fruity, pale malts before turning herbal and peppery. Then a hint of lemon and a light bit of yeast with lots of pepper on the finish.

M: On the lighter side with heavier carbonation, a spry mouthfeel and virtually no bitterness.

O: An acceptable, approachable, Saison: I've had better and I've had worse.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on sale for $5.99. Seemed very low priced compared to what I have seen it priced at elsewhere. Poured into a tulip glass. Huge pop of the cork. Nice bright yellow-orange color. Tons of carbonation forms a thick white head with a careful pour. Peppery, zesty, and yeasty on the nose. Fruity, spicy, and sweet on the palate. A great combination. The abv is well hidden; very smooth to drink. I was at the same store tonight and the few cases they had on discount are long gone. Damn, I should have picked up a few more bottles at that price.

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

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in mid-April for $8.99.

Beer poured light orange with a nice healthy head on the initial pour.

Nose is slight funk, grassy, lemony.

Taste is very much like the nose, with a very light pepper finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good brew, pretty close to the style. It just lacks the nice peppery finish to be a classic.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Hazy, burnt orange with an off white, one finger head that lingers. Good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, oranges, coriander.

T: Citrus, light, oranges/lemons, coriander, Belgian funk. A peppery finish.

M: Medium with lots of carbonation.

O: A decent saison. I like the Ovila dubbel and quad better, but this was worth a try.

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Photo of JimmyTango
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meant to pick up the Ovila Dubbel, but grabbed the wrong bottle. Oh Well…

Another good afternoon beer. Very close to the Upright #4 but with less bittering hops, more aroma hops, and none of the aspirin taste. This beer was slightly less dry than some of the other saisons I’ve had lately, which was a good change. Not a lot to say, drinks like a crisp heffe with a touch of earthiness.

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

From notes... Props to my in-laws for snagging a bottle of this for me the last time they were in Duluth.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, thumb of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Grassy hops, spiced wheat, hint of cloves and bananas.

T - Much like the nose, though a bready malt comes through nicely. The grassy flavours are complemented by tart fruit notes, yeast esthers and the cloves and wheat linger on the palette.

M - Lighter bodied ale that's a tad prickly going down but finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty saison with a great flavour profile for the style. Super stoked to get a chance to try another of the Ovila series.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head. It a a foggy orange yellow with lots of carboantion coming up through the glass. Head has reduced to a decent foamy layer now.

Smell: vanilla, spices, apples, bready malts, belgian candy, pears, and some peppery notes too.

Taste: all of the above, but the flavors seem a little mellow and should be more pronounced. Some spiciness to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and easy to drink and a nice warm night.

Overall: An enjoyable saison collaboration from the two breweries. I cna see myself enjoying this every once in a while

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

Pours a dark gold(slightly orange) with nice big white head.

Nose is yeasty and funky.

Taste is lemon peel, pear, Belgian yeast and hints of funk and malt in the finish.

Carbonation is just right.

Overall this is a well done saison but not quite enough umpf for me.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Local Provisions. From notes.

A - Cloudy golden colour, one finger of white head, good carbonation. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Orange and pepper, hay. Very basic and a little faint but welcoming.

T - Orange and pepper, spice, citrus, fruity with mild grass maybe. Mild Belgian yeast and some light malt. Seems mild as well.

M - Nice and refreshing, effervescent yet light carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Not bad but certainly not great. A basic saison with no flavour that really stands out and grabs you. All the flavours are pretty solid, there's just nothing that really seems to get the ball rolling.

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Photo of pants678
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An orange-ish body with an off-white head, very usual.

Grains and lemon on the nose, little pine.

Muted and subdued, but definitely peppered and lemony. Almost too smooth, not enough edge on the hops. The alcohol's covered, though. Spices are present but uncertain. It's a given that saison is not the most exciting style but this needs punctuation, something definitive.

Very soft. The head retains and the carbonation is anything but aggressive.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A creamy pillow of white head sits between one and two fingers tall, dropping off to heavy foam and leaving a good amount of thick patching well down the glass. Beneath is a very cloudy brew a coppery gold color.
This beer showcases a lot of earth and spiciness along with yeast, a mild sugary sweetness, a vinous sort of dry tartness, and some white fruits flesh. The Belgian character of the yeast is light but present, allowing for a pretty good complexity. There's a further balance between breads and very gentle leafy and citric hops bitterness.
The body is about medium and the feel of this beer is soft, creamy, smooth, flowing and fluffy without being overfilling. Crispness isn't lost in the midst of it. The mouthfeel is the best aspect, though it's very good overall.

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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.