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

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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 15
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Omer tulip. Nicely textured label.

Appearance: Pours a thin, egg shell white head of half a finger with sudsy lacing. Body is a clear dark gold/copper.

Aroma: Rubbery yeast esters, hay, pear skin, citrus fruit, actual peppercorns, and wheat.

Taste: Peppercorns, medicinal yeast, bubblegum, some citrus fruit and wheat. Very nice bready malt backbone.

Mf/Drinkability: A heavier mouthfeel than I'm used to in a saison. While there is some prickly carbonation I'd appreciate a lighter body. Drying and sweet.

Overall: Solid American saison with a nice addition of pepper. The pepper really stands out in the nose and is well complimented by the yeast and citrus/wheat notes. That said, I would appreciate a lighter mouthfeel as I like my saisons a little more lively. Worth trying at least once, would go great with a salad and some goat cheese.

08-20-2014 03:31:32 | More by CowsandBeer
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-16-2014 23:39:10 | More by FreeKansas
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-16-2014 14:04:16 | More by pascilla
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Can in corked bottle, poured a two finger head in a tulip at room temp. First bottle had a sour spicy aroma and flavor, but I have to add that the second bottle was very green apple tang. Great body thickness felt awesome to pull . Good carbonation the ought mouth. Color of Apple juice . Magical in the words of a friend. I would buy again

08-16-2014 02:44:11 | More by SVan007
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-14-2014 05:27:43 | More by sjrodriguez
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4.04/5  rDev +6%

08-11-2014 21:21:04 | More by Acubflem
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-10-2014 22:51:50 | More by MattGrimley
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

A - pours honey amber with a tight knit blanket of white foam on top. Good retention with minor lacing.

S - tangy Belgian yeast, mandarin is very present along with pears, peaches, apples, and bananas. Moderate earthy spice, sweet pilsner malts.

T - sweet citrus, sugary candy malts, earthy spice, floral hops. The malt mixed with the candied citrus provides a very sweet base. Pepper and lavender are present but only in the fat background. There is some light grassiness on the back end. Finishes sweet and semi wet.

M - medium full body, plenty of active carbonation, slick and full feel.

The aroma is very nice but this is too sweet for a saison. I'm guessing the mandarins added extra sugar. I was hoping for more of a dry finish. The flavor profile doesn't stand up to the regular Ovila Saison. This reminds me more of a spicy Tripel or Belgian Strong Pale.

08-09-2014 20:24:56 | More by StaveHooks
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-09-2014 00:04:07 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-07-2014 12:52:45 | More by thereal_adam
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-03-2014 20:04:34 | More by JoelClark
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt with caramel notes, soft phenols, a little mandarin marmalade and dried orange peel.
Malty flavours too, with just a faint saison note. More light mandarin, the peppercorn is very restrained.

08-03-2014 11:15:45 | More by CrazyDavros
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-01-2014 23:14:10 | More by RandyWilde
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-31-2014 23:58:07 | More by Hypersomnia
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-31-2014 20:30:54 | More by JFear
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New York

4.76/5  rDev +24.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a very cool corked 12.7 oz bottle. The label has a brief description and lists the abv at 7.5% abv.

Appearance: The body has a nice amber color with a very slight haze. Carbonation is also lively and helps support the head. It’s head is creamy, off white in color and long lasting. Lacing coats the glass and slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full and inviting. It’s has nice fruity and yeasty notes. I get notes of clove, banana and fresh bread.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor starts with light malt sweetness blended with fruity and bready yeast. I also pick up some light sweet orange notes. This quickly turns dryer as some dry yeasty spice notes and notes from the peppercorns move across the tongue. The finish adds a light touch of floral spice and mild bitterness. The palate feels smooth and creamy and it’s 7.5% abv is well hidden in its flavor profile.

07-31-2014 05:39:04 | More by generallee
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-30-2014 21:26:27 | More by blakkorchid
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

07-27-2014 23:22:32 | More by MystikCelt
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4/5  rDev +5%

07-24-2014 23:59:09 | More by muddyh2oblues
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4/5  rDev +5%

07-23-2014 05:10:25 | More by GRG1313
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-22-2014 02:03:09 | More by scott2269
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-18-2014 23:44:21 | More by watsontiger98
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-18-2014 04:01:53 | More by kwjd
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-17-2014 21:35:31 | More by tmcarter23
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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.