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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

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 8
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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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Chrysostom, May 14, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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

RonaldTheriot, Nov 25, 2012
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4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One if my favorite beers. Inexpensive at Costco compared to other Belgium style ales. Excellent deep gold color. Easy pour. Flavorful taste, slight hops, lots of caramel malt sweetness. Flavor lasts on the pallet as well. I have had the other Ovila's and they are good, but this beer has everything I am looking for. Very strong alcohol, and you feel it after one of the large bottles.

Jdbateman83, Aug 29, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So stoked for this to finally get released. Pours a clear, bright golden color with a large, frothy white head that takes a long time to diminish. Scent is immediately lemon and pears. Very citrusy with a ton of peppery spice. A hint of rosemary. Belgian yeasts and a nice blend of citrus and spice. Taste is just as I was hoping. Green apples and ripe pears with some tart lemon flavors. A ton of pepper to mellow out the tartness. Belgian yeast with some hoppiness, but not too much. Great balance of all flavors for this style. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and highly carbonated. Drinkability is very high. ABV well hidden. Overall, this is another great offering from the SN Ovila series. Very tasty with amazing drinkability.

DovaliHops, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Tuckersmth, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

puboflyons, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

MrJolly, Jul 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a golden yellow color with lots if carbonation for a thick, fluffy head. The aroma is very yeasty with some hints of citrus. Rich yeasty taste very filling decent spices flavors there are sure to fill your stomach. Pretty decent for an American made Belgian brew but this was still missing something to put it over-the-top.

Lemke10, May 11, 2014
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Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.