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

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns

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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013

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Ratings: 601 | Reviews: 119
Reviews by generallee:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large tulip glass a clear burnt orange color with a thinner but well retained white head atop.Aromas consist of wet grain and orange peel with a tinge of mineral,there is a fain spiciness from the peppercorns detected.Flavors of spiced yeasty phenols and toasted grain stand out most on the palate up front along with juicy fruitiness and mild spice in the finish,not a big flavorful beer, more subtle nuances.Slightly medicinal and yeasty it's still not a bad beer,the black pepper will catch ya in the back of the throat after awhile, wich Iam starting to find out.

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 aquazr1
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a reddish brown with a short, one finger head.

S - I get a lot of earthiness, not something that I've come across before.

T - The peppercorns are at the forefront, with some notes of something similar to straw. I don't get a lot of the mandarin orange.

M - A medium bodied beer that is relatively easy to drink.

I like the beer, just not in love with it. You would never know the ABV is above 7%. May have to give it another shot at a later time.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Not sure of freshness, but no fresher than 8 months old.

Pours out a hazy orange color, not as big of a head as I might have expected for a Belgian, off white in color. Weak retention with no real lacing.

Lots of yeast character, perhaps of the French strain. Some citrus but not necessarily orange and hints of spice. Fairly basic.

Very similar to what the aroma indicates. French saison yeast which might add somewhat of a creamy quality, some citrus and spice but nothing telling me the extras that were added to this beer are actually there.

Light to medium in body.

Nothing special, nothing terrible.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz. corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patch. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy malt forward aroma with lots of citrus fruit hints. Upfront Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and some clove. Big hints of white and black pepper. Slight coriander hint. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, caramel, wheat, and cracker. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of the mandarin orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Sweet Belgian candied sugar. Light hints of grassy hops and some alcohol. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a yeasty and spicy malt forward taste with a big citrus orange presence. Belgian yeast with some upfront farmhouse funk, clove, peppercorn, and coriander spicing. Bready malts with a taste of grains, straw, wheat, caramel, and cracker. Big fruit presence with notes of mandarin orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Sweet notes of candied Belgian sugar. Subtle backing of grassy hops. Slight alcohol taste is noticeable. A pretty good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and slightly syrupy. Slight alcohol bite is felt.

Overall: A pretty good spin on a Saison/Farmhouse. Good mix of funk and spices with the oranges.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a light orange and yellow color, mostly orange, solid 2/3" head on it, white in color, small bubbles making up the head. Aroma was mildly citrus, in a non hop delivered way.

Taste, citrus, pepper, dry cracker malt mouthfeel. Alcohol well integrated. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. The pepper and citrus presence are pretty much existing in equal proportion on the tongue. Avoided a harsh belgian yeast presence, that was nice, thank you.

This is probably bigger than your average saison. But it does the trick, its impressive, and the old lady really likes it. I think its pretty good too.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Saison 7.5%

Medium body; with low but adequate carbonation
Some wild yeast in the sweet aroma. Hints of honey and vanilla.
Taste is similar to the nose but lightly peppery. Relatively gentle for style.
M: medium body; proper carbonation.
O: a refined and elegant saison.

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 Auraan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pretty cloudy orange with a white half finger head. It looks quite nice, like a saison should. Scents of peppercorn, mandarin orange and slight musky aromas. Good scents, but lacks the funk of some other saisons. Flavor contains notes of peppercorn and slight mandarin orange, some other citrus notes and a light cracker wheat flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Also some earthy Belgian yeast flavors. Slightly sweet, not as dry as other saisons tend to be. A good level of complexity, but the sour notes I look for in a saison are absent. A good flavor, but more sourness would make it far better. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Good, true to style. Overall it's a good saison, but far from the best available. The mandarin orange and a bit of the pepper are present, and some other flavors add to the complexity. But the lack of sour flavors and the sweet notes hold it back. Still worth trying, an enjoyable beer taken on it's own merits.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin slightly yellowed head. A bit too opaque to see much visible carbonation. Not really any lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A smooth blend of Belgian yeast, pale malts and a hint of orange fruitiness. Not an overwhelming flavor but an enticing one nonetheless. Hints of sweetness and alcohol.

T: First thing I notice is the malts and Belgian yeast. The mandarin orange comes powering through mid sip and takes over the flavor. Hints of peppercorn after swallowing but the focus seems to be on the yeast and orange. Good Belgian tone overall.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly clean finish, just a bit of stickiness from the sweetness of the orange.

Overall this beer pulls in more orange flavor than most beers I've had. On the plus side it strays away from the fake orange taste that ruins some of the belgian style beers for me. Might grab a bottle to set down for a while.

Photo of lnashsig
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

many thanks to @sierrabrettp for this one- brought back from Chico last week. Poured from bottle into RR glass. Pours a crystal clear golden orange color- surprised to see this- was expecting a little more hazel Also very little head and next to zero retention. Effervescent bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Smell- sweet bready candy sugar malt- I get the mandarin as advertised. Taste- a little bitterness (maybe from the pepper?) sweet orange fruitiness is next, leaves a lingering syrupy orange mandarin taste mixed with cracked pepper bitterness on the end. I was kinda hoping the carbonation would dry this up a little but, but it ends a bit sweet. This is a decent effort, far from "bad", but I prefer a much dryer saison. I liked the Ovila Saison base beer more.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a huge, off white head that is thick and dense and has really good retention

S - big saison yeast in the nose; spicy, pears, peppery

T - husk, spicy yeast, peppery, oranges are faint but they're there in the background, some hints of lemon zest, mildly earthy bitter finish

M - medium bodied, some faint alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This is a nice saison. I was hoping for a more forward presence from both the oranges and the peppercorns, but they're both rather subdued. The peppercorns seem to be more forward because they compliment the already spicy yeast well. The oranges are subtle and show themselves more in the finish. Overall, this is a nice saison with a very enjoyable flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer though I was a tad disappointed with the presence of the mandarin oranges.

Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice 2-finger, fluffy white head with nice retention; very little lacing. Brew is a surprisingly dark orange color, pulpy and hazy.

Belgian yeast dominates the nose, with a vague hint of citrus. Typical aroma of a Saison or BPA.

Sweet yeast is foremost on the tongue, followed by a good showing by the mandarin orange. Thick wheat-like malt base. Only the barest hint of peppercorn and tobacco, giving it just the slightest bit of bite. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable, and sufficiently unique from a typical Saison or BPA.

Nice thick and sticky mouthfeel - medium to medium-full, which is a little surprising. Very drinkable. Extremely lively, but relatively little sting, and no foaming or heat. Long sticky finish.

This is a better beer than I expected, and definitely hits the spot. The presentation of the beer from bottle to glass is fantastic. I think I'm going to buy a few more of these for the upcoming Spring and Summer days.

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 HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked 375 ml. bottle poured into a wine glass. This new version of the Ovila Saison opens with a firm pop of the cork and pours somewhat deep in color for a saison and offers a thin yet moderately lingering cap of white foam and decent lace.

Aroma of yeast and pepper are dominant, along with an inordinate hop presence with warming. If there are mandarin oranges in there I'm not feeling the love. Warming brings more intrigue to the nose yet still falls a bit short of my hopes. Taste is more muddled and less concise than the original Ovila Saison, which I notably prefer at this point.

Feel is good though argueably misguided for the style. A bit deep and a bit dark for my preference anyway. Overall I hope that Ovila survives the reality punch of the North Amerian market in which it resides. Yet I would rather see it fail than let the American market tweak its recipes.

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 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 gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Hazy copper with ok lacing.

S: Light. Sweet with funk and yeast.

T: Ugh. Lots of yeasty funk that is quite heavy with a weird aftertaste. I get no mandarins. Kind of rye with a roast.

M: Foamy with lots of smooth bubbles.

O: Quite a heavy and thick saison.

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 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 bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like peppercorns, bready malt, oranges, peaches, sweet spices, and some wheat/bready malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma. However, I think the peppery spice and wheat flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is also well carbonated. I think it's a solid overall brew. $12.99 a 4-pack.

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 fank2788
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in a pint glass
Hazy orange gold color that starts off with a one finger tall white head that settles to a fine layer of bubbles. The smell is of Belgian yeast esters, pale malts and wheat, oranges, lemon and a touch of pepper. The oranges are very evident in the taste along with the Belgian yeast flavors. The malt provides balance and bitterness from hops and pepper are evident in the there as well. The finish is a bit sweet, not nearly dry enough for a classic saison but it's not bad. The aftertaste is quite nice as the orange flavor lingers for a while, otherwise the finish is clean if a little sweet as mentioned earlier. I think I would like to have a bit more lively carbonation in a beer of this style as well. An interesting idea by SN ends up producing a good but not great beer. It's off the mark when it comes to matching the style but still has enough going for it that it is worth a try.

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.