Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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
4.51/5 rDev +18.4%
12.7 OZ bottle.
Served in a pint glass.
Amber color, darker than most saisons I've had. Minimal head.
Smell is typical saison with sweetness from the mandarin oranges. Notes of banana.
Taste is caramel, spice, then orange in that order. Very pleasant, would have again.
07-03-2014 14:23:08 | More by ctxfenris
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
07-01-2014 23:25:43 | More by dbrauneis
3.74/5 rDev -1.8%
Pour out of 12.7oz corked bottle. Pour is clear orange with thin white head, aroma has notes of biscuit, bready malts, touch of white grape, and pear notes, touch of caramel. Taste is a nice mix of sweet white fruits with unripe banana, red apple and pear, mixing into bready sourdough and yeast. Mid-taste is earthy and slightly bitter. Lingering sweetness continues however. Finish is very long, with flavors unfolding slowly. Could be drier, but this is not a terrible thing given all the positive things about this beer. Texture starts out lively, but soon settles into chewy. It's a very nice beer, but more of a sipping beer than I would prefer in this style. Good job, Sierra. Keep these interesting offerings coming.
06-30-2014 23:50:57 | More by chickenflea
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.