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

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-24-2012)
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Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split between two large snifters. Poured vigorously, so any sediment is probably mixed in.

Pours very cloudy, golden, with a big white head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty, grassy, slightly spicy, hint of lemon.

Taste is surprisingly crisp, lemony, a bit hoppy/lemony, Very yeasty, bready.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is a very solid beer, though not spectacular.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bellce0
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.88/5  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 JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jinjeski
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Mtooman
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 dertyd
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 bdub32689
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Schwegler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of HalfFull
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 cwd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of bum732
3.6/5  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 stdbeerguy
1/5  rDev -73.8%

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Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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