Ovila Belgian Style Golden - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Belgian Style GoldenOvila Belgian Style Golden

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BA SCORE
86
very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-24-2012

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a dose of Belgian yeast and citrus from the hops. There is also a little bit of spice - seemingly cinnamon and coriander. The flavor has a lot of malt and yeast character, as well as some sugar, lemons and oranges. The alcohol is noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink. High, prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

That stip of paper across the cork cage sure does fit it's purpose, this cork popped better than most champagne. Do be careful.

Poured into a tulip glass, the first glass poured majority of a thick froathy head. Second glass was easily controlled, creating a golden yellow with a two finger thich head. Lacing is minimal.

Scent is strong of citrus, spice, yeast, and alcohol. The taste is of spice and lemons with a bread like after taste. Interestingly the spices come back in the very end of the flavors to finish things off.

Mouthfeel is overall average with a high alcohol burn.

Comparisons to Duvel are fairly acurate. All though I would put this as what Duvel would be if more care were put into it.

Photo of jinjeski
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good aroma and taste. nice balance of hops,etc.Good grain expressed. Enjoyed the rich taste. Very nice Belgian style beer with golden color. Odd in that when I opened it after a day in the cellar, the cork shot to the ceiling. Way too much carbonation!!! Maybe I had an unusual bottle.Big head.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer from recent Maine trip. Slightly boozy golden, but still good drinkable and more of a Belgian strong. Big foamy lasting head. Nice yeast, simple and slightly sweet. A little orange citrus, bubble gum and tropical fruit. Soft mouthfeel.Worth seeking out to try.

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Lovely golden color, perfectly pure white head. Pleasant lacing and reasonable retention. Huge amount of carbonation, and strongly translucent.

S - Very little to it: wheat or barley, some yeast, a slight sour note.

T - Subdued Belgian pale. Sweet, but not overbearingly so; the typical Belgian candi flavor comes in late, and if not in subtle fashion, then at least not huge. I get a mouthful of grain, almost like a farmhouse ale.

M - Medium, almost medium light. Refreshing, yet with clingy oils. Despite the tons of carbonation in my bottle, this is an easy beer to toss around the mouth, although there is a slight sting. Absolutely no hint of the 8.5%, which is impressive, indeed.

O - This beer could easily go down on a hot day outdoors, or as a nightcap in the study. The mixture of wheaty goodness and Belgian sugary sweetness, balancing out right in the middle, makes it pretty versatile. Paired easily with some sharp cheddar and spicy soup.

Photo of prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING! Once you remove the cage on this one, the cork will likely shoot out like a cannon! Mine certainly did! Be careful with this one!

Beglian Style Golden Ale pours a lighter golden color. It’s clear and looks a little yellowish with backlighting. Carbonation is extremely active! The head on this one is easily over four fingers in height! It’s white in color and takes forever to dissipate. It’s a bit annoying. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty good. Maybe a tad weak, but pretty good. It’s a little biscuity and fruity up front. Apple and pear scents are noted early on. It’s a bit earthy and grassy throughout. Smells like there’s a bit of mild noble hops present. Belgian yeast is in the mix and adds some light spicy notes. Smells mostly like pepper and light clove. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong in the mix. Honestly, 8.5% seems about right.

The flavor is a bit better. Enough to trigger a score bump. The malt base does have biscuity flavor. Tastes like pilsner malt. Fruit notes of apple and pear are noted early on. Belgian yeast follows and tastes really nice. It adds spicy clove and pepper flavors. Earthy, grainy, and grassy notes are prominent throughout. I can’t say for sure, but it seems like there’s some use of noble hops here. I like it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overbearing. It’s not warm at all. Finishes fruity, grassy, and a little dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation is active and a bit buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it’s not bad. It goes down easy enough. This 750 is disappearing with relative ease.

Belgian Style Golden Ale is a pretty good collaboration from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Its biggest problem is the overcarbonation. That needs to be toned down quite a bit. Pretty solid otherwise.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a half finger of head on a fairly clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is wonderful. Lots of grain and a little bright apple and pear.
The taste is a crisp fruity (apple and pear again) with a touch of lemon bitterness. Nicely balanced and light.
The texture is fizzy with a crisp body.
Delicious.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did that ever open with a pop! As soon as I uncaged this the cork shot off, their warning label was apt

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers+ of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy notes, lemon peels, & faint pear notes

T: Green apple peels, some pear & just a touch of coriander up front. Pears & a slight bit of dirt as this warms, just a bit of peppery hops & slight boozey warming. Finishes very fruitty with some phenolic twang & a little bit of lemon hop bite

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, warming

Drinks easy, no Duvel, but not bad, just wear some safety glasses

Photo of HalfFull
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a large globe glass. This Golden Ale offers an almost self ejecting cork and is firmly bottle conditioned. Pours a golden with a touch of haze and a rambunctious meringue like head. A Duvel next to it is clearer yet clearly less carbonated. Offers long retention and solid lace

Bit of lemon pepper spice on the aroma is part of a pleasant yeast profile. Light pils. malts offer a neutral bready backdrop. Quite similar yeast profile vs. Duvel but with a subtle, yet not significant, difference in malt profile and with a fuller and more consistent note. Overall a bit more malty in that regard and closer to a Tripel in structure.

Flavor segues well from the aroma with lemon and spice, some green apple and a bit of hop spice. Well attenuated, clean and dry overall. Spicy, peppery and nicely carbonated on the tongue. Carbonation and hop presence yield a full feel for the style which lingers nicely.

Overall an immaculate brew that lacks the morphing yeast aroma of Duvel but adds a depth to the feel and finish...

Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I must have gotten a bad bottle. It opened with the slightest of pops and poured nearly flat with just a small wispy white head.

The aroma is light and floral with some yeasty spice. Light pale malt mixes with some grassy hops. The yeast brings some clove and hay. Not big on the coriander which is a huge plus in my book.

The taste is of a light pils malt, cracker like. Nice floral/honey sweetness. Enjoyable clove flavors from the yeast with an appropriate touch of coriander. Some bubblegum and hay notes from the yeast as well.

The feel like the appearance is rather dead from this bottle. Very weak carbonation gives the brew some life but no where near what a BSPA should be. Sweet and light on the palate with just enough grassy bitterness.

I think I got a dud bottle so I will re-review at some point. The beer tastes good and has a nice aroma so I have no issues buying another. I expect my grade to go up.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Head is prodigious and the retention is good. bright golden ale with a touch of haze. A constant and lively carbonation that keeps the head sitting two fingers proud also fades slowly to a light decoration on the sides of my glass. Smell has light pilsner malt and healthy Belgian funk. Horse blanket, dry white wine, apples and pears. A mild peppery spiciness and soap. Taste has an almost dubbel like profile. Dark fruits, raisins, figs and cherries. A bit of oak based vanilla. Malt is light and sugary, a solid pils and faint caramel, heavy crystal. Feel is full and creamy with the lively carbonation adding to joy of sipping this one. This is a complex sipper that has a bi-polar attraction. One is the malt smoothness, the other a yeast based pepper, spice and licorice that opens up the relatively subdued hop earthiness and allows it to balance the higher but hidden abv and keep it light and drinkable. Feel is the strong point for me. Creaminess is counter by a carbonation like this, but they coexist. Fullness is countered by drinkability. Somehow this sipper quickly vanishes while being sipped. Jus a solid and enjoyable beer at this time of year. Nice

Photo of bum732
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Soft pear with some apples, touch of pepper.

L: Fairly clear golden, big white effervescent head with amazing retention and lacing.

T: Dry, slightly peppery malt, some soft pear and apple notes. Medium herbal bitterness leading to a dryness with some slight phenolics and pepper.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied. Quite effervescent.

Ok, a little one-noted for the style.

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 18, 2013.

At the pop of the cork I immediately see a nice burst of carbonated mist erupting from the bottle. The pour is golden yellow with a lasting, soft white head. It is a tad cloudy.

The nose is tickled with all of the Belgian style aromas that I like including yeast, pale malts, Belgian sugar, pear, and baked bread.

The body is full but astringent.

The taste starts out sweeter than other Belgian Strong Ales with a carbonated centerpiece of malts, sugar and then a linger drug hop finish bringing up the rear. Very nice indeed.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on May 2, 2012. A couple seconds after I got the cage off, the cork shot itself out of the bottle like a rocket and whacked the ceiling pretty good, so you might want to be careful opening this brew. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with a couple inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like pears, apples, Belgian yeast, bready malt and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pears, peppery spice, cloves, apple juice, and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with high but soft carbonation which helps make this brew easy to drink. I think it's a good overall beer, I'd certainly try it again in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.5% ABV, numbers on bottle's shoulder.

A - This Ovila comes with a "Warning: Contents under pressure" label draped over the cork and caged top, and rightfully so. Just as I released the cage from the bottle, the cork shot out with enough force to break a window. The effervescent beer poured a clear pale golden color with a pillowy white head. Moderate retention eventually leads to a thin layer of suds but no classic lacing to be found.

S - With almost as much explosive power as the carbonation, the aroma erupts from this beer with a yeasty potency. Complex spicy notes of lemongrass and clove really resonate within the lungs upon a deep inhale (the tingle in the nostrils also probably comes from abundant C02). Earthy clay and white pepper strike a chord as Ovila Belgian-Style Golden finishes with traces of floral and herbal hops and light pilsner malt sweetness.

T - Sierra Nevada does a good job of masking most of the big alcohol contained in this beer, though few phenols emerge. The flavor mirrors the aroma quite nicely, bringing the overarching yeast earthiness through in waves of complex spice with light white grape and faint banana notes trailing behind. Clay and white pepper are still present but blend into the floral hop characteristic and sweet malt balance a little more.

M - Surprisingly, this golden ale is no where near as eruptive in carbonation as the misfiring cork might lead one to believe. Strong, steady carbonation is on par with the style and not disruptive or attacking. Instead, this lighter-bodied golden is pretty smooth and nicely dry on the finish with a lingering spice and hidden kick. This is a dangerous beer.

O - Sierra Nevada has done very well with another Ovila series beer. This Belgian-style golden ale is intense and powerful with yeast complexity while remaining smooth and drinkable for a killer beer that'll knock you down. As they say, sharing is caring!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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750 picked up at the COOP a week or so ago.. Finally got around to it tonight... This opened with a massive POP and thankfully I kept my grasp firmly on the cork... Pours with a decent lasting 3 finger head.. the brew is clear golden.

Nose is a bit clovey with some light pear and apple.... a bit of a floral hoppiness as the glass warms up...

Flavor mirrors the nose but the fruitiness seems like underripe produce.. a bit of a peppery note appears with warmth.. maltiness is very soft and melds seamlessly with the esters and phenols.. a bit boozy as it gets well out of fridge temperature... drink it colder.

Very carbonated.. perhaps more than even its continental cousins.

Good.. very burpy... but it is going to be a bit of a chore to finish this one later at night... A better early evening sipper.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber. Massive white head that slowly dissipates into a mound of foam with heavy lacing. Cork exploded out the bottle on release of the wire cage. Aroma of light fruit, saison-like yeast, light malt. Flavor of apple and pear juice, sweet malt. Initially dry, the flavor has waves of apple juice sweetness until a semi-dry herbal bitterness in the finish. This is quite fun to drink. Active carbonation and medium body give a nice mouth feel. This is a distinct and satisfying take on a Belgian strong ale and in my opinion the most successful of the Ovila series. I will buy this again when it comes back through the rotation.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden has a thick, spongy, white head and an initially clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with hazes up, once one pours in the bottom swished third of the bottle. The aroma is very pungent, sweet, bready, and fruity, and the flavor is similar, with sour and citrus aspects. The bitterness level is pretty low, and the sediment brings in a yeasty quality. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden finishes crisp, spritzy, and easily drinkable. The alcohol level really does not show much with this beer. Overall, I really enjoyed it and think it’s a most excellent offering.

RJT

Photo of SHODriver
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: self removing cork poured into a duvel tulip to a clear light gold with a huge four finger fluffy white head that has excellent retention
S: spicy yeast and slightly fruity, a bit of pale malt and some lemony hop
T: fruity pear and spicy yeast, slight citrus with a bit of pepperyness, a bit of bready malt and apple like sweetness and a slight amount of funk at times. swallow is more fruitiness and spicy yeast
M: lighter side of medium on the palate due to the ample yet still somewhat soft carbonation
O: huge flavors, very complex and good qualities overall. pretty good and a solid example of the style.

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent yelllow orange, well carbonated, two finger head.

S-Grass, lemon, wheat and spice, could use a tad more hops.

T-Starts with a lot of grass with wheat balancing it out. Some bitterness, end with mild bitterness. Clove comes out as it warms.

M-Light and extremely carbonated, possibly overly carbonated.

O-The worst of the Ovila series so far. There are much better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. When opening, the cork almost shot out on its own. Be careful as the beer is under very high pressure.

A very hazy yellow/gold color with a very thick white head that remains at the top of the glass. Lots of active bubbles in the head while it replenishes itself and doesn't subside.

A nice Belgian yeast, bubble gum/banana, biscuit malt and citrus aroma.

Biscuit malts dominate up front and that flavor is quickly overtaken by a strong citrus flavor at first and then a more tame banana spice that fades into the finish with a touch of alcohol warmth, flavor, and bitterness.

Medium bodied and a very high level of carbonation. A nice peppery feel to it. May be a little too carbonated, lots of reflux going on inside.

I was pleasently surprised by this beer. A good Belgian Strong ale.

Photo of Zorro
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML corked and caged bottle with a white tape warning that the contents are under high pressure. What next Warning Water maybe wet?

Cork comes out very easily with a Champagne like pop.

Clear dark golden colored beer with a thick and massive white colored head.

Smell is honeysuckle malt and herbal hops. Scent of apples and pepper with a slight soapy aroma. Coriander scent is medium.

Starts out mildly sweet with a fruity flavor. Floral flavor with a bit of coriander. Tastes much like a Saison tastes like a field on a sunny day. Mild honey and pollen flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very good beer. No faults at all, smell could be a little more complex.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/14/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some spice flavor comes along with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours golden with a huge white head that clings to the side of the glass
S-citrus, slightly earthy, minerals, honey, yeast
T-Citrus and mineral flavor up front leading into the honey and malt sweetness with the belgian yeast lingering
M-medium-light bodied with lots of carbonation
O-very solid strong pale ale with great balance. What I would expect from sierra nevada

Photo of themind
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This thing is way to carbonated! I tried nine different ways of pouring this into a glass and every time I ended up with a glass full of foam. When I removed the cage around the cork the freaking cork blasted off and bounced off my ceiling. This was sitting in my bar for a week so it's not like someone secretly grabbed it and shook it 1000 times before I decided to drink it. The taste is decent but I only got about one glass from the bomber due to the massive amount of foam.

Bottom Line: Foam blast nothing more!

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Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.