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

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns

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BA SCORE
86
very good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-29-2013 04:18:45 | More by BKotch
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kojevergas

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-29-2013 02:33:35 | More by DerekMorgan
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-28-2013 23:37:56 | More by kjkinsey
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-27-2013 22:48:04 | More by scruffwhor
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nick_asian

Nevada

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2013 08:33:24 | More by nick_asian
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chebode2

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-27-2013 00:17:39 | More by chebode2
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-26-2013 17:05:02 | More by mrfrancis
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Danobold

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-26-2013 03:05:26 | More by Danobold
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-25-2013 23:40:19 | More by nickapalooza86
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nineworldseries

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-24-2013 21:49:09 | More by nineworldseries
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-24-2013 14:42:59 | More by tom10101
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Carcieri

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-23-2013 18:52:04 | More by Carcieri
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz corked & caged bottle into my Hill Farmstead tulip...wonderful value @ $2.99.

A: Dark, clear gold with a moderate amount of head & lace.

S: Semi-big warm fruitiness, mandarin orange (or clementine or tangerine...) is detectable to me, as well as plenty of bready malt backbone and Belgian yeast characteristics.

T: Follows the nose with a touch more of a spice character (not really peppery though). Fruitiness, warmth (surprised at this - is it alcohol?), Belgian yeast and pale, bready malt.

MF: Dry medium bodied with slightly effervescent carbonation; probably more 'still' than I would expect from this style.

O: Decent and tasty, good price and appropriate serving size. Wouldn't want more than a glass of this but its pretty refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 13:37:07 | More by Scotchboy
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked 375 ml. bottle poured into a wine glass. This new version of the Ovila Saison opens with a firm pop of the cork and pours somewhat deep in color for a saison and offers a thin yet moderately lingering cap of white foam and decent lace.

Aroma of yeast and pepper are dominant, along with an inordinate hop presence with warming. If there are mandarin oranges in there I'm not feeling the love. Warming brings more intrigue to the nose yet still falls a bit short of my hopes. Taste is more muddled and less concise than the original Ovila Saison, which I notably prefer at this point.

Feel is good though argueably misguided for the style. A bit deep and a bit dark for my preference anyway. Overall I hope that Ovila survives the reality punch of the North Amerian market in which it resides. Yet I would rather see it fail than let the American market tweak its recipes.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:03:38 | More by HalfFull
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-21-2013 18:56:39 | More by ColForbinBC
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lnashsig

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

many thanks to @sierrabrettp for this one- brought back from Chico last week. Poured from bottle into RR glass. Pours a crystal clear golden orange color- surprised to see this- was expecting a little more hazel Also very little head and next to zero retention. Effervescent bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Smell- sweet bready candy sugar malt- I get the mandarin as advertised. Taste- a little bitterness (maybe from the pepper?) sweet orange fruitiness is next, leaves a lingering syrupy orange mandarin taste mixed with cracked pepper bitterness on the end. I was kinda hoping the carbonation would dry this up a little but, but it ends a bit sweet. This is a decent effort, far from "bad", but I prefer a much dryer saison. I liked the Ovila Saison base beer more.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:15:25 | More by lnashsig
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-21-2013 06:57:49 | More by JSchock7
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Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

07-20-2013 03:19:05 | More by ygtbsm94
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-18-2013 13:29:03 | More by Nutwood
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"An homage to the monks' noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale." Brewed in the style of a Saison. This marks the latest limited-release collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux, the seventh in the Ovila series, and the third bottled in nifty 4 packs of miniature single-serving bottles.

Poured from a 12.7fl oz. bottle to a Ovila goblet. Served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy golden white head over a copper amber tone body, with a slight haze and moderate, relaxed carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is light and clingy and surface cover holds strong. Appearance is decent, although not particularly impressive for the style. 3.25

(Smell) Notes of clean Belgian malt bread with a very familiar Belgian yeast strain, always a safe choice for Saisons, it adds an approachable acidity to the malt as well as a touch of bright spice and wafts of tropical fruits like pear, pineapple and tangerine to the aroma. Despite the already existing fruit basket of aroma, this beer focuses around a moderate orange addition that provides a light syrupy orange sweetness as well as a modest orange-rind tartness as well. It is quite possibly mandarin based on my aroma impressions. Blending in all too nicely with the yeast's spice encore, the peppercorns add a touch of earthy zest, although not as potent as the orange character. I am glad they take a backseat lest they otherwise complicate this very inviting aroma. 4.25

(Taste) Orange accents most parts of the drinking experience, and for the most part it works out very well. The malt front is a clean, dry biscuity and light bready Belgian malt with banana esters and a subtle spritely spice- coriander and possibly peppercorn. It finishes out with with a tart citrus rind and light syrup on a mild bready malt finish, accented by a perky pepper and spice note. The mild viscosity of the citrus syrup makes this a touch heavier-bodied than predicted via the aroma but the flavors are overall very well preserved and presented, complementing each other gracefully. Despite a touch of residual sweetness, there's no doubting this as a well-crafted Saison. 4

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is slick, very lightly syrupy sweet from the mandarin. Carbonation adds a modest level of zippy carbonation for a spritely texture that gels well with the mandarin zest and spice. The body is slightly over medium for a Saison, medium overall, perhaps a touch heavier drinking than the finest-balanced Saisons manage. Alcohol presence is low, not perfectly concealed by the cleanliness this beer presents. Despite this , there are far more hits than misses in the build of the mouthfeel. 4.25

(Overall) Far and away the finest entry in the Ovila project to date- Sierra Nevada should keep working their magic on innovating these Belgian light styles. I greatly enjoyed the mandarin orange addition, even if it came out mostly in sweetness, there was some complimentary orange zest on the finish and a touch of orange body throughout. The peppercorns, while arguably underutilized, may have added some zip to the already standard Belgian yeast spice encore, and certainly brought a faint note of earthy flavor to the beer, very faint but enjoyable. I'm certainly not regretting this purchase in the least and recommend this to anybody who may be a fan of Saisons. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Saison Ale Brewed with Mandarin Oranges And Peppercorns
4.04/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:18:18 | More by Jadjunk
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BeernDrum

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unique in my mind. Smells peppery and citrusy. Don't smell the mandarins so much. Nice amber/orange color. The taste, very unique. It is smooth lots going on. You can taste the mandarins and the pepper. It also leaves a little of a peppery aftertaste. This may seem odd but I find it rather interesting. A very tasty full bodied beer with many different flavors. Maybe not a true Saison but quite delicious. One of the best packaging presentations in beer I've seen in a while.

Fathead head hunter still rules to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:38:35 | More by BeernDrum
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Murrhey

Montana

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7oz cork and cage bottle into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head on an orange body. Active carbonation. Settles down to a short white head. Nice looking beer.

S- Pink peppercorns. Smells aromatic and spicy. Not picking up the oranges though.

T- Spicy and sweet. Peppercorns, Belgian yeasts and citrusy notes. Tasty beer.

M- Creamy and wet. Finishes dry and ...foamy I guess. Nice feel.

O- Above average. A tasty saison but nothing wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 05:28:45 | More by Murrhey
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange (almost amber) color with 2 fingers of head that settles down to a thin cap. Quite a bit darker than most saisons

S: Mostly the mandarin oranges with some lightly spicy yeast and peppercorns. Some other fruits in the background as well

T: Starts off with a bit of spicy yeast and goes into the mandarin oranges and peppercorns. Get some more fruitiness and light spice into the finish along with a hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A little confused with this one. Like I said, it's quite a bit darker than most saisons (the only darker ones I've seen have been black saisons) and is a bit heavier as a result. It's still good, but in terms of style, just a bit confusing

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:24:41 | More by BEERMILER12
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-17-2013 02:40:37 | More by Boilerfood
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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