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

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very good

561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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The beer pours very little head but what head does come out is white and creamy. The beer itself is a clear dark orange color with shades of brown. The smell has a strong sweet mandarin orange smell with bits of peppercorn but not much else. The taste is very similar to the smell with strong sweet orange notes with peppercorn and Belgian sugar. The mouthfeel is smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent beer and make but could be better.

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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.

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12 oz Bottle to tulip.

Crystal clear, burnt orange pour in to tulip.

Nose of a typical saison. Straw, some slightly sweet grain, citrus-more toward orange.

I poured this beer on the ever-so-slightly chilled side. Initial sips were pleasant citrus and straw. Very dry with only trace sweetness in its "chilled" phase. The beer became more juicy as it warmed, still on the dry side though. I enjoyed this beer the most as it reached room temperature. The straw and citrus flavors are followed by yeasty, clove esters. The black pepper(corn) is subtly intertwined in those esters. The finish is slightly grainy. After drinking about a third of the beer I noticed the black pepper lingers on the tongue. Along with the pepper, the flavor of orange zest/oil minutely prickles along the palate, it reminds of the flavor you get when you first bite in to an orange in order to peel it. I think those two nuances take this beer to another level. A great beer that I will have again.

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.