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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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86
very good

605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013

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Ratings: 605 | Reviews: 120
Photo of popcornlips
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful beer. Would like to taste a different yeast character perhaps to ace this one.

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the citrus tones and level of carbonation. A solid brew.

Photo of Jrguru
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mandarin orange and spices of the peppercorn make themselves present after the initial malt front. Flavor lingers on the pallet, but doesn't intensify in orange and spice notes, which would have been nice. Overall a solid saison with a nice twist. Very smooth mouthfeel, rich amber color.

Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a nice sunset orange with a creamy white head, the head vanished quickly, no lacing, looks great.

A: Belgian yeast aromas right up front, peppercorns coming through, nice citrusy backend, getting some bread biscuit aromas, slight herbal aromas, smells very complex.

T: Belgian yeast flavors, nice citrus bitterness in the middle, finishes strong with pepper spice, slight heat on the end, very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a strong dry finish

O: I like this, it starts out with that Sierra Nevada Belgian yeast flavor like the Quad with Plums, some bread biscuits flavors, then dips into some citrus bitterness and a great spice dry finish, easy drinking for 7.5%, it has that Belgian beer complexity, will definitely pick up a four pack after having the single.

Photo of goochpunch
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep burnt orange body with a barely there head. Smells grainy with very spicy yeast and apricot. Very sweet saison. Overly spicy and yeasty. Pretty grainy quality. I get more banana from the yeast than I do orange peel or pepper. Mouthfeel is sticky and slick with mild carbonation. I'm not feeling this.

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells fruity with only a touch of coriander. Malt and pepper with a hint of orange and grape.

Starts out dry and spicy. Orange and pepper with coriander. Faint caramel flavor. Gets sweeter as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK Saison.

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Mandarin orange nose and flavor is citrusy orange and lemon with what seems to be Belgian yeast. Mellow for a saison. $3.90 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Qbdoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

An interesting, slightly unusual saison. Less golden, browner in color, without the murkiness I expect. Taste is pretty subtle: you can find the mandarins and the peppercorns, but they don't jump out. I'm tasting clove as much as peppercorn. There's a touch of sweetness as well but that is more than balanced out by a distinct sourness that, after my fourth sample, gets to be a bit too much.

Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma of citrus with a little funk. Tart citrus flavor up front, some spicy pepper tones on the back end, very nice. Fairly thin and very creamy, as it was from the cask, but not bad for the style, good carbonation. Overall, was a very nice beer, I've had this from the bottle before, much better on cask at the brewery.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken on its arrival spring 2014.

12.7oz brown bottle in sturdy and thick Ovila abbey style. Another fantastic collaboration label with a hooded monk. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A - orangish-amber with hints of brilliant golden. Head pours quite nice with a creamy texture of lace.

S - Ovila style yeast and peppercorn spices. Crisp floral notes, juicy fruits of mandarin and nearly ripe pear. A bready malt balances very well.

T - sweet but fruity mandarin notes pop up front with a slight hint of pear and breaded malt. Yeast is exceptional while flowing over the peppercorn and belgian spice notes. Some alcohol notes and an earthy undertone as it warms

M - exactly as a good farmhouse ale should be. Medium bodied and drinkable while the belgian style and spices keep you sipping. Finish is flavorful and has a slightly warm linger.

O - I love finding these bottles of Ovila Abbey ales. We get a batch every so often and they are just a great take on traditional belgian styles. Sierra Nevada have so many offerings these days and they still get me excited over new releases.

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz corked & caged bottle. poured into a tulip. No bottle date but I believe it's from early 2014

A- pours a deep amber-orange color with a small creamy & fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film on top, no lacing left behind

S- plastic phenolic notes mix with a spicy yeast and peppercorn, juicy mandarine orange sweetness with notes of pear skin, bready malt and floral notes close it out

T- initially sweet up front with big juicy mandarine notes quickly following, spicy peppercorn and Belgian yeast kicks in mid-palate, adding some must and earthy flavors, sweet finish with some alcohol and more mandarin on the linger

M- medium-full body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a warming finish

O- well rounded and very drinkable, the peppercorn and mandarine both play an important roll

Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on April 01, 2014; Sampled & reviewed on February 13, 2015. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a pilsner (it's all I had available).

Pours an orange-gold, slightly translucent. About a finger width head that lasts quite a while. Smell of orange, tangarine, grapefruit, with a slight spice hint just as you pull away. The taste of oranges and pepper is prominent but not at all overpowering. Aftertaste is a bit tart but not at all bitter. More sweet, really. Very smooth drinking from start to finish. I have a few more that I may age a little more and re-review later on to see how this one does in the long run.

Photo of Beerswag
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%

Clear golden transparent. Floral smell, spice and pepper-corns present. Tast is floral, elderflower, banana, pepercorn, dry citrus finish. Smooth very light mouhfeel. Clean beer, floral-spice. Seafood , halibut, veal, chicken. White/butter sauces, creamy mild spice pastas.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer just showed up in the stores around me so I'm not sure why it is marked as retired.
A - This looks like very much like a hazy apple cider.
S - And it smells like apple cider too. A deep sniff suggests some spicy pepper.
T - My first sip made me think of tart apples. I don't get oranges, and just a little bite from the peppercorn.
M - Medium body, flavor leaves quickly.
O - I'm not suggesting this tastes like apple cider. This is definitely a saison with an apple flavoring to it. It's very drinkable - this bottle went down quickly - and it's a very tasty brew. Try it you will like it.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle, tulip

A – Heavy, dark orange to slightly amber, some effervescent bubbles. About 2-3 inches of white foam head, moderate retention lasting a minute or so. About a cm of froth remains on top.

S – Intense peppery notes, some alcohol warmth on the initial sniff. Some bubble gum and orange peel. Sweetness comes in late.

T – Spicy, slightly fruity, some darker citrus tones. Mild earthy, herbal flavors in the background, suggesting a farm when the soil’s been freshly tilled.

M – Seems thin at first, but some effervescence on the swallow and a mild acidic bite comes through. Light residual sweetness.

O – There’s nothing particularly wrong here, just nothing that really stands out either. Enjoyable, but I won’t be able to tell you much about it six months from now.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 375mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

The pour produces a two finger thick, foamy, creamy, but still fizzy, pale white head. Robust carbonation surges upwards. The body is amber-colored with a high level of clarity.

The aroma is heavily malty, bread-like, and pungent. There's a slight floral aroma, but it's mostly subdued. There's also a bit of graininess.

Orange flavor becomes more apparent, and is tasty, on the tongue. Sweet notes of caramel and honey, yeasty floral flavors, and the faintest notes of pepper all wander my palate.

Abbey Saison is creamy, but has a bit of a kick from some spice (the pepper I assume) and the yeast. It drinks sweetly with a faint tartness from citrus and has the slightest of booziness, although this bottle has been well-aged.

I think this beer has improved with age. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Maybe the best of the Ovila series.

Photo of scurvydog
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

On draft. Very nice, pronounced peppercorn thing going on. Works well with the citrus.

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Omer tulip. Nicely textured label.

Appearance: Pours a thin, egg shell white head of half a finger with sudsy lacing. Body is a clear dark gold/copper.

Aroma: Rubbery yeast esters, hay, pear skin, citrus fruit, actual peppercorns, and wheat.

Taste: Peppercorns, medicinal yeast, bubblegum, some citrus fruit and wheat. Very nice bready malt backbone.

Mf/Drinkability: A heavier mouthfeel than I'm used to in a saison. While there is some prickly carbonation I'd appreciate a lighter body. Drying and sweet.

Overall: Solid American saison with a nice addition of pepper. The pepper really stands out in the nose and is well complimented by the yeast and citrus/wheat notes. That said, I would appreciate a lighter mouthfeel as I like my saisons a little more lively. Worth trying at least once, would go great with a salad and some goat cheese.

Photo of SVan007
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Can in corked bottle, poured a two finger head in a tulip at room temp. First bottle had a sour spicy aroma and flavor, but I have to add that the second bottle was very green apple tang. Great body thickness felt awesome to pull . Good carbonation the ought mouth. Color of Apple juice . Magical in the words of a friend. I would buy again

Photo of StaveHooks
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours honey amber with a tight knit blanket of white foam on top. Good retention with minor lacing.

S - tangy Belgian yeast, mandarin is very present along with pears, peaches, apples, and bananas. Moderate earthy spice, sweet pilsner malts.

T - sweet citrus, sugary candy malts, earthy spice, floral hops. The malt mixed with the candied citrus provides a very sweet base. Pepper and lavender are present but only in the fat background. There is some light grassiness on the back end. Finishes sweet and semi wet.

M - medium full body, plenty of active carbonation, slick and full feel.

The aroma is very nice but this is too sweet for a saison. I'm guessing the mandarins added extra sugar. I was hoping for more of a dry finish. The flavor profile doesn't stand up to the regular Ovila Saison. This reminds me more of a spicy Tripel or Belgian Strong Pale.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt with caramel notes, soft phenols, a little mandarin marmalade and dried orange peel.
Malty flavours too, with just a faint saison note. More light mandarin, the peppercorn is very restrained.

Photo of generallee
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: It was poured from a very cool corked 12.7 oz bottle. The label has a brief description and lists the abv at 7.5% abv.

Appearance: The body has a nice amber color with a very slight haze. Carbonation is also lively and helps support the head. It’s head is creamy, off white in color and long lasting. Lacing coats the glass and slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full and inviting. It’s has nice fruity and yeasty notes. I get notes of clove, banana and fresh bread.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor starts with light malt sweetness blended with fruity and bready yeast. I also pick up some light sweet orange notes. This quickly turns dryer as some dry yeasty spice notes and notes from the peppercorns move across the tongue. The finish adds a light touch of floral spice and mild bitterness. The palate feels smooth and creamy and it’s 7.5% abv is well hidden in its flavor profile.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Contrary to most saisons I've had, it pours a completely clear copper color. In fairness, it's a beautiful copper shade, but it's also too clear for a saison. No dregs, either...but there's a ton of carbonation rising to the top. There's about a finger's worth of white-colored head - while it's not very high, it has surprisingly good retention. A tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass. Looks great, just not very saison-y.

S: The respective adjuncts (orange and peppercorn) are showed off fairly well, with nice tones of citrus and pepper (whodathunkit?) On the other hand, I just don't pick up much 'saison' here. The yeast has a good bread/spice quotient in fairness, but otherwise comes off formless and generic. Notes of wheat are also found. Not bad, but again: it's just not very saison-y.

T: Orange is very prevalent to start - it's even somewhat close to being a fruit beer. Just like with the nose, the adjuncts end up being my favorite part of this beer. The fruity start is quite pleasant, and the gently spiced finish works well. The problem is that there isn't much beyond the additions of orange and peppercorn: the yeast is dreadfully generic, and isn't complex in the least. Taking its shortcomings into consideration, it's actually pretty decent. But I'm going to say it once more: it's just not very saison-y.

M: While it's not as bone dry as I like my saisons, it still has a nice lightness to it. Along with the crisp finishing bite, it goes down very easily (7.5%? Drinks closer to 6%). Carbonation is impactful while stopping short of being harsh.

O: At the end of the day, I still kind of like this brew. It's light and crisp, with a nice orange character. It's just not very saison-y (THERE'S THAT SENTENCE AGAIN). Not at all. It's not rustic, it's not bone dry, nor does it have any unique yeast notes. I wouldn't buy it again, but it's still worth a try.

Photo of ctxfenris
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 OZ bottle.
Served in a pint glass.
Amber color, darker than most saisons I've had. Minimal head.
Smell is typical saison with sweetness from the mandarin oranges. Notes of banana.
Taste is caramel, spice, then orange in that order. Very pleasant, would have again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden orangish yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass quickly and a light amount of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lightly toasted malts as well as lighter aromas of grainy malts. There are moderate aromas of citrus/mandarin orange rind and spicy yeast/black peppercorns. There are light notes of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy and toasted malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/mandarin orange and citrus/mandarin orange rind. There is a light to moderate amount of spiciness from the yeast as well as the black peppercorns. Mild amounts of bitterness in the finish, mostly from the spices, which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very lightly stick with touches of dryness in the finish.

O: Another nice offering in the Ovila series from Sierra Nevada - I like the addition of the mandarin oranges and black peppercorns to the saison, makes enough new complexity and flavors/aromas to keep me interested. Alcohol is well hidden and this one is refreshing + easy to drink.

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.