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

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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

12-18-2013 02:41:16 | More by sgttibbs
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

12-18-2013 02:40:47 | More by mkf629
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2013 20:57:00 | More by BeerGod27
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New York

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 04:03:11 | More by dogfishandi
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

12-06-2013 02:26:42 | More by Bjlps
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger ivory head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of spicy orange, Belgian and saison yeast, light bready malt; peppery. Flavor is light stone and orange family fruit, Belgian yeast and light spicing, with coriander, pepper and clove developing along with a drier character, finishing semi-dry with peppery spicing. Nice creamy medium body. A pleasant take on the saison style, starting closer to a Belgian dubbel, but finishing closer to the dryier saison style. The orange flavor spicing is deftly done and not overwhelming. I enjoyed this and found it closer to Belgian abbey styles than others in the Ovila series.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 03:45:03 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-04-2013 01:03:02 | More by BigAlofOrion
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-04-2013 00:55:07 | More by Fabiand
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2013 21:14:39 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-25-2013 04:38:50 | More by beerforpresident
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2013 02:59:24 | More by yaksurf
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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a persistent white head supported by rising bubbles. The cap holds throughout the duration with a finger atop.

The aroma comes across like candied oranges...almost a marmalde of sorts with yeasty spice and a faint clove accent. An interesting remix on a classic smelling brew.

The taste includes notes of oranges with a bit zest and almost candied like the aroma suggested with a hint io lemon and ginger. It is yeasty and earthen with a mild peppery spice.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is smooth and quite nice. Drinking this was quite effortless and I would not mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 16:38:10 | More by stakem
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-12-2013 13:51:50 | More by user785335
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine in mid-August for $3.49 each.

Beer poured a dark orange with a little white head.

Nose is funk with a whole lotta lemon.

Taste is lemon, orange, peppery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overly smooth or lively.

Overall this is a tasty brew but it lacks the Saison qualities associates with the traditional European offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:43:29 | More by arizcards
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-07-2013 02:09:09 | More by AdamP
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-05-2013 21:01:47 | More by JakeDebus
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-04-2013 23:57:47 | More by lehueve
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-03-2013 23:23:35 | More by Spider889
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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.