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

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 669
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 19
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013

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Photo of NCMatt
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally I dislike Saison's. Just something about them. This was pleasantly different and unlike any Saison I have had before.

I can only assume the addition of mandarin oranges was what mellowed the spices and (for me) made this a very well rounded and enjoyable brew. Finishes dry, which I enjoyed. Overall, the Oliva Abbey beers never disappoint! (351 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a clingy 2” foam cap that quickly dissipates. S: Pepper, fruit, hints of compost, citrus, orange, floral. T: Big fruit and pepper, citrus orange and spice, soft malt character, mild alcohol presence, spicy hops with a mikld bitter hop accent. Subdued tartness. F: Rich and creamy, soft, above average carbonation gives a full mouth feel. O: the orange and pepper corns are a nice addition in this big flavored saison. (450 characters)

Photo of Terp96
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting take on a saison. However it is a bit boozy in the nose and taste. I can't seem to find the mandarin or the peppercorn bit I expected. I have had better but I'm glad I tried it. (192 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle packaged on 5th February 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear orangey copper colour with a one finger white head that slowly dissipates resulting in a thin soapy layer and stringy lacing.

Aroma: Orange and honey aromas, some Belgian yeasty notes and ginger.

Taste: Sweeter than I expected but not too sweet which is good. I get citrus orange and lemon upfront followed by honey and caramel. There is some spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dryness.

Overall: Of the SN Ovila series that I’ve tried before (the other two being the Tripel and Quad w/ plums), this was the best one. Its unlike the other saisons that I’ve tried, but still a solid beer. (775 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle served in a wide mouth taster at cellar temps. Bottled on date is 02/2015.

Appearance: dark golden yellow with no head but some bubbles poking through the liquid. Poured very light body.

Nose: oranges, bready and with some yeast character. Kinda flat nose.

Taste: The beer is almost flat, very little carbonation if any at all. Oranges, spicy phenols from the yeast, bready and malty sweetness but very restrained.

This beer just needs some carbonation to be really refreshing and delicious. It just kinda sits on your palate without the bubbles. I'll try cooling the other bottle I have to see if it makes it better. (635 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Murky orange body with thin white head

Smell - orange, honey, ginger, coriander

Taste - comes in a bit better than the smell - oranges upfront, ginger, coriander and honey to round things out

mouthfeel - medium plus body, high carbonation, citrus upfront from the orange, spices come thru after that, dry finish

Overall - very enjoyable Saison that I found to be refreshing yet full of flavor. I would re-visit this in a heartbeat. Recommended

Price Point - $3.50/ 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle (509 characters)

Photo of Shroombe
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good flavor is inherent in the first sip, aftertaste is incredibly complex. Notes of tobacco are very prominent in this brew. The taste is indescribable, however, the orange stands out while contrasted with the sharp feel of peppercorns.

Top-notch. Feel in the mouth is smooth like velvet, carbonation shines.

Highly recommended, buy on sight. (359 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouts a clear copper color with a soapy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of orange and some spiciness.

Tastes of the spiciness layered over fruits and some malts. Spices lead off with notes of pepper. This gives way to some oranges along with nectarine and peach notes. Some sweetness backs up the fruits. Toasted bread notes come through towards the end. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but the oranges feel a little out of place. (553 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange copper, with low white head. Smells of spice and rye bread. Maybe even some ginger and some steel. Taste is rich and bready that builds with a zesty and spicy fruitiness. Slight acidity, with definite orange fruitiness and some peach and nectarine followed by some sweet cream. Finishes tangy again with orange and zesty and spicy. Finishes medium dry. There is a lot of sweetness and malt up front but it is nicely balanced. A slight sweet orange builds in the aftertaste. Tastes a little odd in the aftertaste; like or and tictacs. Overall it's deep rich and comples. I like it except the orange is a little too strong for my taste and could have been a bit more restrained. (688 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the C&C 12.7 Oz bottle with no freshness date that I can see into a Samuel Smith's perfect pint glass results in a very clear burnt orange body capped by a thin cap of foam. lots of small bubbles rise to the top keeping things very lively.
Aroma is slightly astringent citrus and of course belgian yeast.
Taste has a slight tartness upfront then a little malt sweetness, the orange is there in the background but everything is tinged by the characteristic yeast. I'm not getting much of anything with the peppercorns. I guess I was hoping for more spice. Perhaps this is an older bottle and it's faded?
Nicely carbonated with a refreshing prickle. and clean finish.
Overall, a nice Saison that I'd drink again. (719 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from corked 12.7 oz bottle into snifter. Pours over a finger of frothy head, poor retention, and no apparent lacing. Clear and darker orange with some amber tones. Somewhat spicy nose, definite Belgian yeast, and some Mandarin orange. Some slight citric tartness on tongue, with nicely structured peppercorn and well-balanced yeast and malt. Banana and cloves also noted. Feels medium-highly carbonated, with tingling sensation lingering near tip of tongue. Medium body, and somewhat heated finish. Very nice brew that I was happy to try (for ~$2.50/bottle). Once again, I am pleasantly surprised with everything SN does. Perhaps it is not ideal for the style, but when I wondered about food pairings, pizza was the first thing to come to mind. (752 characters)

Photo of Jrguru
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mandarin orange and spices of the peppercorn make themselves present after the initial malt front. Flavor lingers on the pallet, but doesn't intensify in orange and spice notes, which would have been nice. Overall a solid saison with a nice twist. Very smooth mouthfeel, rich amber color. (291 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a nice sunset orange with a creamy white head, the head vanished quickly, no lacing, looks great.

A: Belgian yeast aromas right up front, peppercorns coming through, nice citrusy backend, getting some bread biscuit aromas, slight herbal aromas, smells very complex.

T: Belgian yeast flavors, nice citrus bitterness in the middle, finishes strong with pepper spice, slight heat on the end, very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a strong dry finish

O: I like this, it starts out with that Sierra Nevada Belgian yeast flavor like the Quad with Plums, some bread biscuits flavors, then dips into some citrus bitterness and a great spice dry finish, easy drinking for 7.5%, it has that Belgian beer complexity, will definitely pick up a four pack after having the single. (809 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep burnt orange body with a barely there head. Smells grainy with very spicy yeast and apricot. Very sweet saison. Overly spicy and yeasty. Pretty grainy quality. I get more banana from the yeast than I do orange peel or pepper. Mouthfeel is sticky and slick with mild carbonation. I'm not feeling this. (312 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells fruity with only a touch of coriander. Malt and pepper with a hint of orange and grape.

Starts out dry and spicy. Orange and pepper with coriander. Faint caramel flavor. Gets sweeter as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK Saison. (319 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Mandarin orange nose and flavor is citrusy orange and lemon with what seems to be Belgian yeast. Mellow for a saison. $3.90 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (321 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

An interesting, slightly unusual saison. Less golden, browner in color, without the murkiness I expect. Taste is pretty subtle: you can find the mandarins and the peppercorns, but they don't jump out. I'm tasting clove as much as peppercorn. There's a touch of sweetness as well but that is more than balanced out by a distinct sourness that, after my fourth sample, gets to be a bit too much. (393 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma of citrus with a little funk. Tart citrus flavor up front, some spicy pepper tones on the back end, very nice. Fairly thin and very creamy, as it was from the cask, but not bad for the style, good carbonation. Overall, was a very nice beer, I've had this from the bottle before, much better on cask at the brewery. (325 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken on its arrival spring 2014.

12.7oz brown bottle in sturdy and thick Ovila abbey style. Another fantastic collaboration label with a hooded monk. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A - orangish-amber with hints of brilliant golden. Head pours quite nice with a creamy texture of lace.

S - Ovila style yeast and peppercorn spices. Crisp floral notes, juicy fruits of mandarin and nearly ripe pear. A bready malt balances very well.

T - sweet but fruity mandarin notes pop up front with a slight hint of pear and breaded malt. Yeast is exceptional while flowing over the peppercorn and belgian spice notes. Some alcohol notes and an earthy undertone as it warms

M - exactly as a good farmhouse ale should be. Medium bodied and drinkable while the belgian style and spices keep you sipping. Finish is flavorful and has a slightly warm linger.

O - I love finding these bottles of Ovila Abbey ales. We get a batch every so often and they are just a great take on traditional belgian styles. Sierra Nevada have so many offerings these days and they still get me excited over new releases. (1,101 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz corked & caged bottle. poured into a tulip. No bottle date but I believe it's from early 2014

A- pours a deep amber-orange color with a small creamy & fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film on top, no lacing left behind

S- plastic phenolic notes mix with a spicy yeast and peppercorn, juicy mandarine orange sweetness with notes of pear skin, bready malt and floral notes close it out

T- initially sweet up front with big juicy mandarine notes quickly following, spicy peppercorn and Belgian yeast kicks in mid-palate, adding some must and earthy flavors, sweet finish with some alcohol and more mandarin on the linger

M- medium-full body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a warming finish

O- well rounded and very drinkable, the peppercorn and mandarine both play an important roll (852 characters)

Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on April 01, 2014; Sampled & reviewed on February 13, 2015. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a pilsner (it's all I had available).

Pours an orange-gold, slightly translucent. About a finger width head that lasts quite a while. Smell of orange, tangarine, grapefruit, with a slight spice hint just as you pull away. The taste of oranges and pepper is prominent but not at all overpowering. Aftertaste is a bit tart but not at all bitter. More sweet, really. Very smooth drinking from start to finish. I have a few more that I may age a little more and re-review later on to see how this one does in the long run. (622 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%

Clear golden transparent. Floral smell, spice and pepper-corns present. Tast is floral, elderflower, banana, pepercorn, dry citrus finish. Smooth very light mouhfeel. Clean beer, floral-spice. Seafood , halibut, veal, chicken. White/butter sauces, creamy mild spice pastas. (274 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer just showed up in the stores around me so I'm not sure why it is marked as retired.
A - This looks like very much like a hazy apple cider.
S - And it smells like apple cider too. A deep sniff suggests some spicy pepper.
T - My first sip made me think of tart apples. I don't get oranges, and just a little bite from the peppercorn.
M - Medium body, flavor leaves quickly.
O - I'm not suggesting this tastes like apple cider. This is definitely a saison with an apple flavoring to it. It's very drinkable - this bottle went down quickly - and it's a very tasty brew. Try it you will like it. (608 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle, tulip

A – Heavy, dark orange to slightly amber, some effervescent bubbles. About 2-3 inches of white foam head, moderate retention lasting a minute or so. About a cm of froth remains on top.

S – Intense peppery notes, some alcohol warmth on the initial sniff. Some bubble gum and orange peel. Sweetness comes in late.

T – Spicy, slightly fruity, some darker citrus tones. Mild earthy, herbal flavors in the background, suggesting a farm when the soil’s been freshly tilled.

M – Seems thin at first, but some effervescence on the swallow and a mild acidic bite comes through. Light residual sweetness.

O – There’s nothing particularly wrong here, just nothing that really stands out either. Enjoyable, but I won’t be able to tell you much about it six months from now. (824 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 375mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

The pour produces a two finger thick, foamy, creamy, but still fizzy, pale white head. Robust carbonation surges upwards. The body is amber-colored with a high level of clarity.

The aroma is heavily malty, bread-like, and pungent. There's a slight floral aroma, but it's mostly subdued. There's also a bit of graininess.

Orange flavor becomes more apparent, and is tasty, on the tongue. Sweet notes of caramel and honey, yeasty floral flavors, and the faintest notes of pepper all wander my palate.

Abbey Saison is creamy, but has a bit of a kick from some spice (the pepper I assume) and the yeast. It drinks sweetly with a faint tartness from citrus and has the slightest of booziness, although this bottle has been well-aged.

I think this beer has improved with age. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Maybe the best of the Ovila series. (884 characters)

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