Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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2.93/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
10-09-2013 00:38:00 | More by teromous
2.95/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
10-31-2013 22:41:36 | More by DIM
3.03/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured from a 12.7 oz corked bottle into a Weizen glass.
A - Pours a golden red hay color, somewhat clear for a Saison. Thick creamy slight off-white head dissipates moderately fast to thin lacing.
S - Aromas of clove, banana, and mild citrus. I strained for the peppercorn spice aroma, but decided it was preconceived and not present.
T - Light toffee malt flavor dominates with warm alcohol on the back of the tongue. I detected a bitter orange, but not as much as expected.
M - medium bodied with a slight astringency.
O - Drinkable and interesting take on the style; I wished there was more of the core Saison hay/earthy notes to it, but it is a balanced beer and pours beautifully.
05-24-2014 02:23:03 | More by BCraig
3.05/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
07-20-2014 22:04:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.09/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
12-23-2013 19:32:59 | More by hardy008
3.15/5 rDev -17.3%
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
06-28-2013 04:35:25 | More by impending
3.16/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
07-29-2013 04:17:21 | More by kojevergas
3.2/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-09-2013 22:00:50 | More by Brendog9
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
10-27-2013 20:12:40 | More by gillagorilla
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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