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Ovila Belgian Style Golden - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of koes0024
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of NickyG213
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Lordkrystic
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Philousa
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork pops with a bang. The foam nearly overflows on its own into my Duvel tulip, but it does not spew out after I fill the glass. The beer is very clear with a dull brass color that catches the light like polished metal. The head is big and billowy and calms down to cover the glass in thin, irregular clumps. The aroma makes me feel like I'm on a wheat farm. I get hay, coppery dirt, coriander, and a little honey. Spices like pepper and clove are there as well, but the aroma mainly stays on the light end of the spice spectrum. The hops are there under the malt and yeast, floral with bit of nectar. Taste starts sweet, like honey, with some clove hitting the nasal cavities and a pungent Pilsner malt. There are lots of spices in the middle, mostly pepper and clove, but also some coriander and a little lavender. The Pilsner malt carries through, a bit metallic, to bitter, nectar tinged hops. The feel is tending towards watery and the finish is predictably dry, despite the somewhat uncharacteristically sweet taste.

This is a great example of a Belgian Golden Strong brewed by an American brewery. It leans against the style guidelines, not going into wild flavors or techniques. I think it speaks to what they are trying to do since this beer stays true to the Belgian traditions and expectations. There are better Belgian Golden Strongs out there, but this one is solid.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good one from Sierra Nevada. Pours a fairly clear golden color from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. The cork pressure was not as powerful as advertized but still produced a resounding pop. Big delicately bubbly head with great retention and some lacing.

Smell is light fruit...apples and pears with some black pepper thrown in. Still fairly mild

Taste is very good. The fruit presence and some sweetness are strong and inviting. There is a little hoppines and bite from the pepper and other spices (coriander??) and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich. The spices and alcohol provide a nice balance from the fruity sweetness.

It ain't Duvel but it is still a very tasty beer, true to style.

Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Snodman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 cvm4
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours just like the name says, a clear golden in color with a huge billowing white head.

S - Yeast, sweet malts, spicey... About it.

T - Starts off sweet with a hint of pears. Then the yeast and sweet malts come out with hints of belgian funk.

M - Light, effervescent and highly carbonated.

O - I like this style. It's just a clean & crisp beer that would satisfy a lot of palettes.

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BeerFMAndy
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!

Photo of Vixie
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow with a hint of orange. Forms a huge white head which lingers. Pour slowly, doesn't take much to overflow your glass.

Very fruity smell, seems to be mainly apple and pear. Reminds me a bit of the smell of apple juice. There is also a bit of a pepper smell to it.

Starts out a bit fruity, I would say mainly apple, maybe a hint of pear. There is spice as well, mainly pepper and a hint of coriander. Finishes with a bit of a hop bite, adding a floral note to it.

Goes down nice and smooth, feels like what I expect from the style.

Another nice beer in the Ovila line. It has a very Belgian flavor to it, and one I would happily try again.

Photo of Focusf111
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.


Photo of hayesjw
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DovaliHops
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.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of ThomasG19
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +5%

Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.