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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%


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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teromous

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly hazy orange and light brown color with a foamy white head. Alright head retention, some lacing.

S: Very faint muskiness accompanied by a distant lemon scent. There's a bit of Belgian yeast character, giving it this spicy scent. It is nice smelling but very very faint.

T: There is a lot of sweet malt flavor up front, with a bit of light cedar. It doesn't really have any Saison character to it. No funk, no sourness, nothing really. I don't taste any contribution from the oranges or peppercorns, from what I can tell. It has a definite Belgian flavor to the beer, but it just doesn't taste like a Saison.

M: The mouthfeel is light to medium with low bitterness. Not real spectacular.

O: It was petty good as just a "Belgian Beer" so if you're looking for that then you're set. While it smelled similar to a Saison, it really didn't taste like one. It also felt too sweet in both the flavor and body (not dry enough). It just tasted like an average beer to me. I didn't get anything from the oranges or peppercorns. I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:38:00 | More by teromous
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear, semi dark golden color; pours with a small, short lived head.

s: Maybe its the gentle carbonation, but I couldn't pull much out of this. Some orange and some Belgian yeast character in the form fruity esters (pear and grape). Maybe some grassy hops?

t: Orange dominant; and while it is a pleasant flavor, sweet and juicy, it kind of clashes with the saison elements. On the sweet side overall, almost candy like. The finish is a bit boozy with plum and pear estery flavors and a hint of barnyard yeast. I did not taste the peppercorns.

m: Heavy and under carbonated, not very saison like.

o: My least favorite SN offering so far, everything else has been top notch. Too much O.J. not enough saison. Tasted blind, I would have probably called this a dubbel. I need to try more of these Ovila offerings. Hope I like the rest more than this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:41:36 | More by DIM
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with a 1/2 finger off white head which fades quickly. Has a very strong hop forward citrus aroma, smells just like mandarin oranges, as listed on the bottle. Also can pick up a pepper aroma from the peppercorns. Not very complex, or Belgian, in the aroma.

Tastes much like it smells with mandarin oranges, peppercorns, pears, and plenty of caramel for sweetness. Nothing Belgian about the taste either. No Belgian yeast in the taste or aroma. Tastes pretty good and smells pretty good, but not to style in my opinion.

Medium bodied with below normal carbonation for the style. A little syrupy compared to most Saisons. Does nopt finish dry like most Saisons do. Pretty good tasting, but definitely not done to style. I'm not sure if this is a fairly old bottle or not. There is no clear legible date, so I will grade this as though it is a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 19:32:59 | More by hardy008
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impending

California

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

C

375ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear amber copper, minor eggcream colored head, minor lacing.

The aroma is dominated by an herbal spicy note that is backed by a bit of gunpowder or scorched knuckle hair atop a sweetness. certainly is complex, unique

The taste surprises in its level of uniqueness. The peppercorn is now fully revealed. Mild herbal bitter. Not much in the way of dry, the bitter sits in. Aftertaste is short lived to its benefit.
Between thin and medium bodied lifeless mouthfeel, would really benefit from more fizz. sits between a saison & a dubbel
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 04:35:25 | More by impending
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kojevergas

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 7.5% ABV confirmed. "Ale brewed with mandarin oranges and peppercorns." "Collaboration with monks of the abbey of New Clairvaux." Expectations are above average. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of beige-light khaki colour. Okay thickness. Limited creaminess. Not frothy at all. Complexion is mundane. Okay lacing as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a clear dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Perplexing that it's transparent; all the good saisons I've ever seen have at least been hazy. Limited vibrance.

Atypical of the style and not looking great. Not unique or special by any means.

Sm: Clean malts, grains, pepper, spice (allspice), banana, biscuity character from the yeast, and a mild fruitiness - which hardly evokes mandarin orange in particular. Pepper is subtly executed here. No real noticeable hop character. No alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma which is appealing for the style, but far from ideal.

T: Pepper, certainly. But also more of a fruit presence than the aroma promised: white/green grape, apple, and pear. It's also got some spiciness, with coriander and clove coming through. Flirts with wine character. Bready and grainy body. Pilsner malt, biscuit malt, maybe even munich malt. Strangely clinical and filtered for the style. No hop profile is noticeable. I don't get any alcohol. It's a tasty beer with average flavour intensity and depth, but unfortunately it doesn't bring much in terms of complexity or subtlety - and what a crime that is in a saison. I don't find any mandarin orange here. Yeast is biscuity with some rough spiciness. Okay balance overall, but it's not gestalt or even particularly cohesive.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some roughness from the spiciness. Overcarbonated. Decent body and thickness. Suits the flavour profile generally well though it doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing. Lightly crisp.

Dr: A downable try at a saison that hides its ABV fairly well. By no means an exemplary beer in the style, but a passable one with a surprisingly high pricetag considering the brewery. Wouldn't recommend it to friends; wouldn't get it again - but it's not bad. Certainly above average. Meets meagre expectations.

C+

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:17:21 | More by kojevergas
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375 ml cork and cage poured into a Delirium balloon glass. No date on the bottle.

I've been on a saison kick lately and had to try this out. A transparent amber pour with about a quarter inch head that fades quickly. The aroma has notes of honey and fruit. In the taste itself I get honey flavors and very suttle notes of peppercorn. Also some burn from the 7.5% ABV.

Overall, not what I was expecting. I didn't pick up any of the mandarin orange notes.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:00:50 | More by Brendog9
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 20:12:40 | More by gillagorilla
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 1 finger of an off white head. Body is moderately hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Floral, clove, cereal grain, spices, earth.

Taste: Spices, bready malt, green peppercorns, apple, with a hint of citrus. There's a slightly off putting aroma as well, that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The peppercorns are a nice touch and improved the beer, but overall I was not a fan of this. Probably will not drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:17:05 | More by Jonada
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scottfrie

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a rather dark honey color with a short lived, fizzy, off white head that quickly faded into a faint collar.
S: Sweet scents of mandarin oranges dominate alongside notes of Belgian yeast and herbal, peppery, hops and spices.
T: Mandarin is very easy to pick out but not as potent as the nose. I get notes of grainy malt, peppercorn, herbal hops, and earthy yeast. Peppercorn shins in the finish and more citrus comes through in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness, lingering bready yeast flavor.
M: Heavy mouthfeel, this beer could use some drying out. Frothy foamy carbonation, medium-full body.
O: Great mandarin twist and the peppercorn add another layer of spice to the yeast. This was a bit think, heavy and frothy for me to absolutely love, but I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 23:18:45 | More by scottfrie
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an essentially clear, amberesque body with a two-finger-high cap of near white foam.

Smell: Lightly toasted bread, toasted grains with a layer of sweet-scented candied glaze. Faint flash of sourishness. Banana, aromatic orange, coriander, pepper.

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee in the foreground atop the malted wheat. A little, light banana. Candied orange (a bit tangy) dusted with a little pepper, a little coriander. Some stern florals ahead of a stronger, bitterish orange oil presence. Still remains rather candyish, sweetish on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, fighting back some stickiness.

Overall: Don't get me wrong, I am still on-board for this whole Ovila deal, but I WAAAY preferred the no-thrills Ovila Saison over this new, "now with more stuff!" version.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 15:50:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:03:38 | More by HalfFull
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lnashsig

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:15:25 | More by lnashsig
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12.7 fl oz bottle into tulip. cant seem to find a date or code on here.

A: definitely an orange hued body. a surprising amount of clarity. frothy, slight off-white head. good retention, lacing is minimal.

S: aroma has a sizeable amount of orange peel. sugar. not getting a whole heck of a lot from the peppercorn end. otherwise, not getting enough saison bready, dry, yeast aromas.

T: a lot of sugar on the initial sip. slight bits of sweet orange meat. caramel grist, some mild saison yeast esters, really not that much though. similar to the nose, not enough saison characteristics

M: a very fine carb level. medium bodied.

D: I kinda want to try the un-spiced version of this saison so I have a base to go off of, however I have to say I am a bit underwhelmed here. too much sweetness for a good saison and the additional flavor additives are not helping.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:38:23 | More by Jimmys
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When shopping at my local store, I saw these 4 pack of corked and caged bottles for 15 bucks, and had to pull the trigger.

Pours a copper color with a thin head.

Smell is of sweet malts and a bit of spice.

Taste is interesting. Doesn't really remind me of a saison, more of a watered down dubbel or octoberfest. There is a bit of orange that comes through, along with some clove and bready malt.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Overall, too sweet and not nearly dry enough for a saison, but still a decent brew. Think of this as a more fall like saison. kind of a cross between a saison and octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:10:09 | More by taylor714914
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Brewforia Eagle for about $4... definitely more expensive than other places in town, but I was in Eagle, so.. oh well.

Pours with a surprisingly short lasting white head atop a clear orange brew.

The aroma shows clovey phenols combining with the citrus... quite a bit of residual pale maltiness IMO.

Flavor is more leaning toward the esters with some pear and banana.. still a decent amount of clove... the citrus and peppercorn flavor merge more toward the finish... still too malty

Body is heavy for a saison... carbonation is also a bit light adding to the heavier body.

Decent beer at a decent price if I purchase elsewhere.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.25/3.5

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:38:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

Pouring an amber orange, rather clear, with a thin but lasting white head that leaves some lacing, this looks pretty good. The nose is solid. The subtle but complex citrus character is very enjoyable, and the pepper does complement the fruit. Moderately yeasty as well. Some honey and malt character is present. Unfortunately, though, the malt character isn't particularly rustic. Still, this is solid.

The palate opens rather over-carbonated, especially for how sweet this beer is. Fruity with a blend of citrus, pepper and fennel, the flavors from the adjuncts blend well with the yeast characteristics. The mid-palate has honey, a little bit of caramel and some sugar. Medium in body, the finish is a delicate blend of honey, citrus and pepper with a moderate yeasty character that dominates the blend. A little drier and a little lower in ABV and this beer would be excellent, but unfortunately, for now, it is sweeter than I'd like. Solid

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 19:48:06 | More by DefenCorps
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wedge

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, the presentation is beautiful for such an affordable little bottle. Pours from said pretty bottle a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate, frothy head forming on top that slips down to a bubbly covering. Smells of jammy orange sweetness, peppery yeast, caramel, honey, and herbs. Zesty citrus and Belgian yeast flavors. Grain, banana, light floral notes, and a sort of vanilla creaminess. Plush, dry, and slightly crisp in the finish. Not bad, not bad. A little sweet and not the most authentic representation of a Saison, but satisfactory.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:06:23 | More by wedge
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Ricky for sharing.

Mostly clear golden tan color, no sediment somehow for a bottle conditioned beer which is strange, decent fizzy head fades fairly quickly.

Nose light saison, little wheat and grainy, citrus peel, zest, sweet candy syrup like, light coriander like spices.

Taste sweet candy syrup, wheat and grainy malts, light candy spices and coriander, little orange zest, fake spices like, hint of pink like peppercorns, little esters, light booze, light fruitiness. Finish is syrupy, light lingering spices and citrus, light ester booze.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh. Nothing really special, spices are not so great, saison characters are also not the best, too syrupy sweet too for a real saison, just not their best take.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 16:49:59 | More by jlindros
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aquazr1

California

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:00:58 | More by aquazr1
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

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, banana, spice, yeast, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the pepper presence being more noticeable than any sort of mandarin orange presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:33:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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vkv822

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz C&C bottle : tulip

Pours a lightly hazy, burnt-orange color with a foamy, creamy off white head.

Classic, saison, bready, yeats character with light orange towards the finish and just a touch of spice.

Medium body with foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A well done saison, the orange comes through just a bit, and the peppercorn adds a very slight touch, though I would like to see a bit more from it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 08:53:44 | More by vkv822
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Brewing_Rob

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber and crystal clear. Thick foam that dissipates to a thin lasting head.

Smell: Malt, spice and fruit.

Taste: Bready malt, spice, light orange.

Mouthfeel: Rounded smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Very nice Saison. Would prefer it to be a touch dryer but a great attempt by SN.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:11:39 | More by Brewing_Rob
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Greywulfken

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear deep amber orange body in a tulip, couple of fingers of off-white finely bubbled head

S: sweet malts suggesting mild fruits and some brighter notes I'll attribute to yeast; hints of peppery spice

T: peppercorn hits first, followed by the gentler malts and subtler spices; some suggestions of muted orange; earthy, herbal, and chalky elements

M: medium weight, modest carbonation, some chalkiness, some coating

O: didn't strike me as a saison, but I wasn't expecting too much here - some nice qualities, but nothing that would have me pick up another

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 16:53:45 | More by Greywulfken
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notchucknorris

California

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Not much lace or visible carbonation. Doesn't look terrible, but I'm used to a bit more head than this.

S: Orange blossom, lemon curd, lots of bready malt, some caramel and a bit of a floral perfume-like scent.

T: Starts pretty sweet with a load of bready malt hitting the palate right away. The orange tries to work its way in there, but it never really gets past the malt. A touch of lemon, mandarin and maybe some white pepper, but the malt just weighs everything down in here for me. The mouthfeel is way heavy and there's little carbonation to lighten things up. I'm not really getting "saison" from any part of this. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't call it a good saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 00:42:33 | More by notchucknorris
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Wyattldavis

Texas

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cooper color with a smell that is lighter than you would expect from the color. The taste is toward sweet with a medium weight in the mouth. Finish is slightly heavy. Can't really taste the peppercorns but the orange does come through. I would favor drinking this in cooler seasons.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:54:52 | More by Wyattldavis
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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.