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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

472 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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Reviews by sweemzander:
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep orange hue. Some white froth with decent retention.

(S)- A bright lively zesty combo of a biscuity yeast with lemony orange citrus. Ever so slight aroma of wet stone and subtle spice. Fairly clean, but with an ever so slight hint of funk. The orange really starts to show more as it opens up.

(T)- Quite zesty overall spice-wise, but not strongly like pepper necessarily. An assertiveyeast to it that lends some bitterness. I will say it goes well with the orange citrus, but the fruit is fainter than I had hoped.

(M)- A nice carbonation level for the style. The yeast is assertive which does up the bitterness a bit, but the orange citrus fits this well; just wish it was present more.

(O)- Overall, I like this. The idea works; just maybe amped up a touch. For the $$ in this style, this is also quite affordable for a 4pack of these

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 23:43:19 | More by sweemzander
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

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3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

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Arkansas

4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.