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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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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 05:52:51 | More by BEERchitect
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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 23:32:51 | More by oberon
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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 19:13:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a light orange and yellow color, mostly orange, solid 2/3" head on it, white in color, small bubbles making up the head. Aroma was mildly citrus, in a non hop delivered way.

Taste, citrus, pepper, dry cracker malt mouthfeel. Alcohol well integrated. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. The pepper and citrus presence are pretty much existing in equal proportion on the tongue. Avoided a harsh belgian yeast presence, that was nice, thank you.

This is probably bigger than your average saison. But it does the trick, its impressive, and the old lady really likes it. I think its pretty good too.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:01:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 04:14:50 | More by superspak
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
7.5% ABV

A - Dirty apricot orange in color, this saison is hazed through completely and topped by a thin, creamy ivory head that leaves little lace behind.

S - Peppercorn-rubbed orange marmalade spread over a toasted biscuit influences this saison heavily as subtle rustic yeast wanders through the background, casting out suggestions of over ripe honeydew melon, white clay, and wet rocks.

T - Sierra Nevada maintains the rustic saison character in the flavor but beyond the dry earthiness that mirrors the aroma there is little yeast character that truly harkens back to the classic Belgian style. Pepper sticks almost exclusively to the aroma, lending little spice in flavor but chunky orange marmalade spread across a cool, toasted English muffin is a welcome finish to this beer.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, this saison is dry through and through with a nice little twang of orange citrus and hint of pepper spice on the finish for a balanced and easy drinking American saison.

O - Mandarin oranges and peppercorns are a welcome addition to the earthy citrus characteristics of a saison but Sierra Nevada plays it a little too safe with this Ovila, opting for conservative incorporation of both. More striking though, is the absence of the classic bouquet of typical saison yeast, even for an American-made style. Good regardless, this beer keeps complexity and interest alive but could stand being taken to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:44:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like peppercorns, bready malt, oranges, peaches, sweet spices, and some wheat/bready malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma. However, I think the peppery spice and wheat flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is also well carbonated. I think it's a solid overall brew. $12.99 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:14:52 | More by bluejacket74
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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Saison 7.5%

Medium body; with low but adequate carbonation
Some wild yeast in the sweet aroma. Hints of honey and vanilla.
Taste is similar to the nose but lightly peppery. Relatively gentle for style.
M: medium body; proper carbonation.
O: a refined and elegant saison.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 03:50:15 | More by chinchill
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a huge, off white head that is thick and dense and has really good retention

S - big saison yeast in the nose; spicy, pears, peppery

T - husk, spicy yeast, peppery, oranges are faint but they're there in the background, some hints of lemon zest, mildly earthy bitter finish

M - medium bodied, some faint alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This is a nice saison. I was hoping for a more forward presence from both the oranges and the peppercorns, but they're both rather subdued. The peppercorns seem to be more forward because they compliment the already spicy yeast well. The oranges are subtle and show themselves more in the finish. Overall, this is a nice saison with a very enjoyable flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer though I was a tad disappointed with the presence of the mandarin oranges.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:16:29 | More by tdm168
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter.

A - Opaque cloudy amber, orange along the bottom. A thin layer of off-white head.

S - Bread, Belgian yeast, peppery spice, citrus, clove.

T - Big yeast flavours up front with clove and peppery spice. A sweet bready flavour is present throughout and the mandarin orange shows up in the finish. Very sweet overall for a saison.

M - Medium body. Somewhat dry. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 13:14:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky copper color with a one finger foamy-just off white head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a tremendous level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is bready and yeasty with lots of spice of clove and coriander. Some lighter aromas of caramelized sugar and some orange citrus fruit are there as well as some very light hints of pepper.

Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth wheaty taste as well as a smooth tangerine orange flavor. A yeast cake and spice flavor of coriander and clove quickly come to the tongue. These flavors all create a base for the brew and persist to the end while other flavors also join in. Toward the middle to the end some flavors of pepper and grassy come to the tongue. At the end a little bit of a alcohol taste to leave a nice smooth Belgian spiced orange and wheaty taste on the tongue

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation that is average to slightly below average for the style. The two combined, accentuate the very smooth flavors of the brew giving it a very easy drinking style but having just enough of an alcohol presence to keep you in check.

Overall – A very smooth and easy drinking saison. Not a flavor powerhouse and nothing super out of the ordinary, but very tasty and very easy drinking none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:57:12 | More by Darkmagus82
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flexabull

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a smaller white head.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of lemon zest, oranges, spices, and yeast.

Taste is dry up front, light peppery notes, slightly creamy, bready and sweet. Finish has a mix of spices, oranges, and crisp tart lemon.

Mouthfeel is nice, good body, and snappy carbonation.

Overall, a nice Saison, very refreshing and drinkable. About a step or two below the great ones though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 19:27:45 | More by flexabull
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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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First of all I have no idea what an Abbey Saison is but I am excited to try it.

A- Poured into a large tulip glass from the corked 375ml bottle. Cork opens with a nice bang and the beer pours with a slightly hazy dark orange body. A creamy and silky white head forms to just over a finger high and retains quite well. A nice frothy cloud and ring stays on the beer for a long time. Lacing is fairly spotty.

S- Aroma remind me of a Trappist yeast with some Saison mixed in. Citrus and spices are prevalent. Pepper, herbs, general Belgian spice and some darker fruit/raisin sugars come to mind.

T- Really takes some time to get a feel for this one. It has the feel of both a Trappist and Saison yeast strain which throws my taste buds all over. With time the beer has a very herbal and spicy feel overall with hints of pepper, nutmeg, thyme and spiced raisins. The addition of oranges gives of a slightly bitter zesty flavor that blends in nicely. I get a slightly cracked grain and candi-sugar feel as far as malts go.

MF- Super silky and somewhat creamy body that has a medium-light consistency. Carbonation is foamy but still creamy and super smooth at a pretty high level. Herbal and spicy bitterness on the palate.

Really feels like a well-done blend of two "styles." The Saison aspect comes in nicely with the citrus and peppery feel. The Abbey feel has a nice Candi-sugar and spicy yeast feel. The complexity and originality is nice, underrated beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 03:20:53 | More by cbutova
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged, popped, and served in a Stone tulip.

A: Poured out a fairly translucent orange, apricot color, with a slight chill haze. The head was about 1/8 finger at best.

S: Lots of mandarin oranges here... almost dessert-like in its disposition. I definitely got some kick from the pepper as well.

T: Delicious, however, if you're looking for farmhouse funk, look elsewhere. This had a very straight-forward fruit component from start and especially the finish, not dry, and with a hint of pepper in the middle.

M: Fairly low in terms of carbonation bill, but it was all good. It was sweet, but not in the least bit sticky. Very smooth and with a slight booze burn in the middle.

O: I guess I liked this a lot more than most. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 22:43:17 | More by Chaney
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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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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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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.