Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Ovila Belgian Style Golden - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ovila Belgian Style GoldenOvila Belgian Style Golden

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 55
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.65%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-24-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 55 | Hads: 204
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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 (612 characters)

Photo of Jdbateman83
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (1,985 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium gold color with just a hint of haze. Head is white, thick and active on pouring, but fades quickly. Lots of lace.

S - Beautiful aromas of bread, green apples and low cut grass. Yeast is evident as a low fruitiness and cotton candy, but not overly assertive for a Belgian style. Aromas are clean and crisp.

T - Low bready malt is quickly outshone by green apple and grassy hops. Finish is dry with mown grass lingering. Clean but not overly interesting.

F - Low to moderate hops bitterness. Light to medium body. Moderate but prickly carbonation. Surprisingly low alcohol presence for the 8.5 % ABV.

O - This is a well-made, clean, crisp example of the style. It lacks a little in depth and complexity for me, but is very enjoyable. (799 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly but leaves only light lace.

S - Herbal hops and thick, bready malt with some vanilla notes.

T - Thick, rich malt up front with notes of bread, herbal hops, and vanilla. Some pear and spicy notes of coriander and pepper in the middle. Finishes with black pepper, pear, spicy hops, and thick, sweet malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very good, this is a classic tripel with great malt and yeast character. Just a touch too sweet in the finish but otherwise perfectly executed. (646 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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... (1,057 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Monster 4+ inch foamy, creamy head with insane amount of lacing. Golden tan color , much like a ipa. Looks amazing in the glass.

Smell - Very floral, yeasts, malts, lots of spices. Plenty of lemon. Very grassy and farmhouse like.

Taste - AS with the smell, very floral frutty notes at first sip. Lots of lemon, grapes, pineapple and pear. A huge spice kick comes in with a little alcohol to warm things up. Nice yeasty sugars mixed with malts to balance out and add more drinkibilty.

Mouthfeel - Fruity notes hit tounge first, then the spices pepper it up. Palate gets more fruits, and lots of yeasts. The finish is sweet, fruity and a little spicey.

Overall - Tasty and well done. Lots of flavor and easy to drink. The spice kick was a surprize, adding some real tang. Compairable to duvel, not quite as smooth though. A well done ale, probily my favorite from this ovila series. (943 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with half a glass worth of bubbly white head, which is no surprise given the force that the cork came out with

S: Intensely aromatic, with funky, fruity, and spicy yeast notes and some faint malt undertones

T: Follows the nose with the yeasty notes, which include pear, apple, grape, and maybe some banana, spices, and a little funk. Alcohol also come through slightly, providing more fruity esters and general warmth

M: Light-medium bodied with ample carbonation. Very champagne-like

O: A solid BSPA that has a very intense Belgian yeast strain that brings out the best of the style. Some of it is lost in the taste, but it's all in the nose. A very good job by the monks at the Abbey. Also, thanks to SN for allowing this to happen (774 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a bright golden with a huge, billowing, thick, bright white head that slowly collapsed into a dense film leaving streaky lace down the glass.
S: Huge peppery, spicy and fruity notes of dry grains, Belgian yeast and golden fruits. I get hints of pears, green apples, golden apples, black pepper, clove, and slight minty bubblegum as well. There is a mineraly quality, and pale grains come through as well.
T: Follows the nose with fruity and spicy flavors. Pear and apple come through alongside yeast, pepper, dry grains, slight lemon, and earthy hops. The finish is lightly sweet and minerally, and the aftertaste is full of apple and spices.
M: Medium body with a ton of fuzzy carbonation that bubbles up in my mouth. Very airy yet smooth. Mouthfeel is crisp and highly drinkable. Refreshing overall.
O: A clean and easy drinking Belgian pale. Flavors work well and the beer is refreshing overall. (941 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at The Pony Bar on the UES in NYC, leftover from their SN event 2 nights ago. Served as an 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of pears, apples, fruity malts, pepper, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, wheat, and some light lemon and citrus. Very fruity and nice...lots of pear.

t - Tastes of pears, pepper, spices, cloves, apples, fruity malts, Belgian yeast, grains, bananas, wheat, light lemon, citrus, bready malts, and some earthy notes. More spice and pepper than the nose had. A very tiny step down for me.

m - Medium body moderate carbonation, the body is super smooth. Quite easy to drink.

o - Overall I'm glad I ordered this because I think it is my favorite Ovila series beer of their (not including the BA Dubbel). The nose is great with a lot of fruit, and the taste is very nice too, though it has a little more spice and pepper. Worth checking out and I'd have it again. (1,039 characters)

Photo of mlichens
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a caged, corked bottle into a belgian goblet. Very carbonated, perhaps a bit too much for a Belgian. The head took some time to go down and then remained consistent for the entire drink. It's a golden, cloudy colour.

Taste is not too sweet, but does have a caramel after taste. It is subtle, but I do taste it. Goes down smoothly, but again is carbonated quite a bit. I'd love to taste a flat or nitro pint if it ever becomes available.

Overall, a great American take on a Belgian, with some fine monastic influences. I'll be excited to try the rest of the line. (577 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ovila Belgian Style Golden
Sierra Nevada Brewing

APPEARANCE: 750 ml bottle corked and caged. When the cage is open the cork works it own way out for the most part and opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a solid golden color with a chill haze and huge lather like foam.

SMELL: Earthy bready Belgian yeast character is definitely noticeable. Faint lemony citrus. Also smells like a fresh sea breeze coupled with spice and fruits.

TASTE: Belgian yeast with soft unripe green apple and pear notes. Mild citrusy like notes and acidity which can be defined by the yeast or the hops. There is a well rounded earthy bitterness and even a slight spicy note to balance this ale. No real noticeable alcohol presence. Muted funk from the yeast. Fairly expressive.

FEEL: Medium bodied but at the same time light and airy. The finish is very clean and refreshing and almost dry.

OVERALL: A nice simple Belgian Strong Pale Ale might even come close to a Tripel in its flavor. Very enjoyable and fresh tasting. (996 characters)

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (1,183 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (372 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra nevada continues to march through the more popular styles of Belgian ales for the bennefit of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This time, they do so with the ever ellusive elegance found in few Belgian strong pale ales, even within the boarders of Belgium.

With a quick pop of the cork, the beer sounds off with Belgian confidence right out of the shoot. Not a gushing beer, but the careful decantment yields a billowing foam structure that easily topples the tulip. As the beer separates from the froth, the golden elixir underneath is a thing of beauty. A modest haze allows the beer to glow with shades of goldenrod. Persistent head retention and intermittent lacing reinforces the beer's Belgian authenticity.

Sweet and succulent notes of floral hops, honey, and fruit swirl in just the right balance to remind me of honeysuckle. Backed by the supple malt of biscuit and pilsner, the beer's cracker-like breadiness grounds the esters, hop oils, sweet scent and gives the aromas structure. Balancing notes of white pepper, clove and dried orange peel offset the sweeter fruitier notes and offers yet another layer of complexity to the overall scent.

Flavors ride the same consistent line of that in aroma. A medium-sweet captures the taste of honey and powdered sugar before developing into a dry-fruit taste of apples and pears- reminding me of Riesling or drier French ciders or perry. The light bready base of biscotti and animal crackers rein in the esters and sweetness and give the spicy balance a springboard in which to jump. White pepper, coriander, and curacao orange peel accompany milder tones of clove and cardamom as the beer dries out wonderfully headed into finish. A late stance of hop bitterness matches that of spiciness but never rivals for command in balance.

Medium-light in body, the early firmness is aided by residual malt sweetness and a rich grainy-sweet body. But the carbonation pulls the malt from the tongue and favors an arid dryness of fruit and spice. Finishing off-dry, the beers 8.5% strength delivers a warm and soothing finish with high drinkability and lightness.

Sierra Nevada's philanthropic endevors leads them to a very classy and authentic tasting Belgian strong pale ale that's on par with those like Delirium Tremens, Piraat Ale, and Lucifer. But it must be drier to match that of Duvel. Still, it's a pleasure to sit with a bottle of the beer! (2,400 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pale malts, grains, Belgian yeast, coriander, spices, banana, some farmhouse smells, lemon zest, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of pale malts, grainy malts, coriander, and lemon zest. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast esters come through with some more fruity esters, spices, and a bit of banana. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast esters, spices, lemon zest, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice BSPA. Good balance of malts, spices, and yeast flavor. (775 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a bit of haze to the body and a mammoth, unbelievable effervescence. Head is about 2-3 fingers in the glass I poured and, as opposed to dissipating, is actually growing as it sits. I keep skimming the foam from the top of the glass, but then it grows back. If there's something more in the BSPA style in the appearance category, I don't know what it is.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a fair bit of toasty character. Overall, not bad, but it's kind of one-dimensional for the style.

Taste: sweet malt with a good fruitiness; mostly pear with a little bit of white wine character. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an absolute mammoth carbonation. My only complaint is that it might be *too* big. It's creamy, but a bit overwhelming. Shazam!

Overall: I'm all over the board with this beer. It is tasty, if sweet; it's creamy, if over-the-top; and, my god, it's been like 10 minutes since I started this review and the head is *still* growing! What an odd beer. Definitely worth a try. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (816 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.