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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 15
Gots: 37 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Sammy, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

djrn2, May 25, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Piggybacking upon the success of Ovila Saison, it seems that the clean complexity of fruit esters, phenol spice and dry malt is not enough. There has to be something new, unique and enticing to draw in the culinary palates- and mandarin oranges and pepper spice serves just this option!

And like the standard Ovila Saison, the ale pours with a deep golden color and a medium yeasty haze. The beer forms a frothy white head with great persistence and intricate lace. The density of haze is a bit rich for standard Saisons.

Oranges are evident, but additional pear, apple and white grapes esters lurk closely behind. A balance of white pepper,coriander, clove, and a slight vinous wine note from white grape fill the nose with a zesty character. Backed by malty aromas of light sugar cookies and confectioner's sugar, the beer allows they yeasty esters and spices to command the balance of the nose.

Similarly, the taste starts with dry bread-sweetness and light honey malt, but the beer takes a quick turn to fruity oranges, lemons and apples. Light sultans and clove mingle in the middle for a seamless transition to spice. In finish a Clean, crisp, and with ultimate dryness, Sierra Nevada's second dip into the Ovila bucket carries a dry fruity ester nature with a spicy, warming finish that should appeal to appreciators of fine sparkling wines.

Pouring a deep golden color with medium yeasty haze, the beer forms a froathy white head with great persistence and intricate lace. The density of haze is a bit unusual for the style.

Pears, white pepper, apples, coriander, and a slight vinous wine note from white grape fill the nose with a zesty character. Backed by malty aromas of light sugar cookies and confectioner's sugar, the beer allows they yeasty esters and spices to command the balance of the nose.

Flavors follow suit, but with a dry bready-sweet to start, the beer takes a quick turn past the sweetness and into a crisp and clean flavor of light fruits and zesty spice in a way that reminds me of spiced pears, but with green apples included. Hop character contributes to the zest but without the signature earthy pungency that's expected from authentic Belgian varieties.

Medium malty weight to start with light, yet fleeting sweetness of powdered sugar. The beer ushers in a quick procession toward a very dry and refreshing finish with medium alcohol warmth. The classic spicy/fruity dryness is exhibited well in the finish.

Another solid effort in the Ovila series of beers. But the slight lack of complexity from blended Belgian yeast strains or the raw grassy-earthy-pungent hops keep the beer from competing with the Saison Duponts of Belgium.-rich peppery character exacerbates alcohol warmth and gives new life to the malt and fruit in an unexpected balance. Its zesty and racy finish wakens the taste buds much like peppery Chardonnay.

Medium malty weight rises early, but the fleeting sweetness of powdered sugar leaves the palate refreshed. This results in a semi-dry and quenching finish with spicy and bready-wine finish.

As a variation of the standard Ovila Saison , the solid effort in the Ovila series of beers brings about obvious pepper additions but less obvious fruit complements. Sure the beer is orange-y, but most of the mandarin character could easily be chocked up to esters. This keeps the beer authentically tasting- yet to timidly so.

BEERchitect, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

kjkinsey, Jul 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Knapp85, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

oberon, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

largadeer, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

SocalKicks, Jun 27, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the newest I think from the ovila series, I really like this one. it pours a surprisingly clear shade of orange, not unfiltered and raw like the style usually is, but its got a nice light copper glow and a lasting white head about two inches high. the nose is peppery yeast for sure, not positive if its from the peppercorns too or not, but the mandarin oranges are obvious, strong, sweet, and bright. in terms of flavor, there is a lot of semisweet malt base to this, and the yeast isn't quite as up front as I like saisons to be. in its place though is a lovely fruity twist from the oranges that give this beer a nice summer feel and a whole lot of life. slight spice in the finish, but again, I wouldn't know its peppercorns if the label didn't say so, I would have attributed it to the yeast. lovely carbonation and a drinkable lighter than medium body. overall what I like most here is the use of oranges, it contributes more than the usual orange peel bitterness. an excellent drinkable saison for summer, and brilliantly priced at just $3.29 a pop.

StonedTrippin, May 30, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

jlindros, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

oline73, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold to amber color. Good head initially, but it settles to rim bubbles. 10% lace on the glass.

Very mild smell. A bit earthy with some Belgian yeast thrown in.

I'd put this in the Belgian pale ale category. I do not taste any orange, although there's some pepper that shows up in the swallow. Lingering aftertaste of dry, bittering hop. Full bodied with a lighter than average carbonation.

smcolw, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MarkyMOD, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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+

kojevergas, Jul 29, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

stakem, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden orangish yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass quickly and a light amount of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lightly toasted malts as well as lighter aromas of grainy malts. There are moderate aromas of citrus/mandarin orange rind and spicy yeast/black peppercorns. There are light notes of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy and toasted malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/mandarin orange and citrus/mandarin orange rind. There is a light to moderate amount of spiciness from the yeast as well as the black peppercorns. Mild amounts of bitterness in the finish, mostly from the spices, which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very lightly stick with touches of dryness in the finish.

O: Another nice offering in the Ovila series from Sierra Nevada - I like the addition of the mandarin oranges and black peppercorns to the saison, makes enough new complexity and flavors/aromas to keep me interested. Alcohol is well hidden and this one is refreshing + easy to drink.

dbrauneis, Jul 01, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/22/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange, peppercorn, clove, herbal, honey, light caramel, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes with the spicing; and good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange, pepper, clove, honey, herbal, caramel, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, honey, herbal, caramel, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 07, 2013
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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.