Ovila Belgian Style Golden - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
10-10-2012 00:59:37 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.
04-24-2013 01:08:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +5%
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!
09-25-2012 02:54:52 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
11-04-2012 16:58:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.23/5 rDev +11%
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.
08-03-2012 03:23:13 | More by nickfl
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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
07-14-2012 04:05:13 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
07-02-2012 02:45:03 | More by Mora2000
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
09-27-2012 21:46:11 | More by mdfb79
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
750 mL bottle, biggest pop I've ever heard opening a bottle, it hit the ceiling and then landed about 10 meters away,
A: Pours a deep gold with a fizzy white head, big bubbles, spotty lace.
S: Pear, lemon, sugar cane.
T: Soft pear and golden apple. A light tartness and hint of citrus peel throughout. Some noble tasting hops in the finish. Well balanced flavour, though a little light.
M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, crisp, not over done which is something I can always count on the Ovila beers for.
O: Probably the weakest of the Ovila beers, but still well made and enjoyable. I just wish the flavour was more intense.
10-05-2012 03:24:09 | More by Halcyondays
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-02-2012 01:19:32 | More by Zorro
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/2/2012. Cork shot the ceiling as soon as he cage came off. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple. pear, grape, herbal, floral, apricot, grass, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters. Taste of pear, apple, grape, pepper, apricot, herbal, grass, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of fruity and malty flavors; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, foamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
01-31-2013 04:05:37 | More by superspak
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-30-2013 23:13:00 | More by Stinkypuss
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
750ml bottle poured into my Allagash glass. Golden in color with a thick white foam filling nearly half the glass initially. Nice head retention as it settled down.
The aroma has a good balance to it. Zesty lemon citrus, Belgian yeast spice and bready pale malts all come together well. It's crisp, refreshing and pretty nice overall.
The taste shows a little more of the yeast spice showing up. It's got some of the zesty lemon coming through, which gives it some refreshing qualities. A little bit of the pale, sweeter malts come through with some lighter, crisp fruit flavors.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall, it was a pretty easy drinking and refreshing beer. The earthy yeast spice seemed a touch dominating in the taste, but other then that it felt pretty well balanced. Pretty solid beer of the style overall.
07-15-2012 22:12:12 | More by billab914
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
08-24-2012 05:41:09 | More by JohnGalt1
Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.