Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours out a light orange and yellow color, mostly orange, solid 2/3" head on it, white in color, small bubbles making up the head. Aroma was mildly citrus, in a non hop delivered way.
Taste, citrus, pepper, dry cracker malt mouthfeel. Alcohol well integrated. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. The pepper and citrus presence are pretty much existing in equal proportion on the tongue. Avoided a harsh belgian yeast presence, that was nice, thank you.
This is probably bigger than your average saison. But it does the trick, its impressive, and the old lady really likes it. I think its pretty good too.
08-07-2013 23:01:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/22/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange, peppercorn, clove, herbal, honey, light caramel, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes with the spicing; and good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange, pepper, clove, honey, herbal, caramel, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, honey, herbal, caramel, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
08-07-2013 04:14:50 | More by superspak
3.51/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks to my friend Ricky for sharing.
Mostly clear golden tan color, no sediment somehow for a bottle conditioned beer which is strange, decent fizzy head fades fairly quickly.
Nose light saison, little wheat and grainy, citrus peel, zest, sweet candy syrup like, light coriander like spices.
Taste sweet candy syrup, wheat and grainy malts, light candy spices and coriander, little orange zest, fake spices like, hint of pink like peppercorns, little esters, light booze, light fruitiness. Finish is syrupy, light lingering spices and citrus, light ester booze.
Mouth is med bod, decent carb.
Overall meh. Nothing really special, spices are not so great, saison characters are also not the best, too syrupy sweet too for a real saison, just not their best take.
08-05-2013 16:49:59 | More by jlindros
4.36/5 rDev +14.4%
A) Dark orange to copper in color. When it was poured a thin white head formed and didn't linger for long. A perlage slowly and constantly flows from the bottom to the surface of the beer.
S) Slight Hops hit your nose than you get the sweetness and citrus aromas form the mandarin oranges. The peppercorns leave a buttery almost oaked smell to the beer as well.
T) The beer is extremely complex. There is an acidic quality to the flavor that gives way quickly to the sweetness of the orange. Then the peppercorns come in leaving you with a little heat and an almost woody finish. The peppercorns linger in the finish of the beer on the tip of your tongue. As well as a nice hopped under note.
MF) Smooth creamy and velvety, a nice amount of carbonation is present. The peppercorns dance around on the tip of your tongue. It leaves with a nice clean finish.
08-05-2013 16:30:43 | More by ChristopherTenore
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from an unmarked, corked bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Poured with a half-finger, slightly off-white head. The beer itself is a deep brownish golden that was slightly cloudy.
Aroma: Crisp aroma with slight funk, but overall, not much aroma.
Taste: Sour/tart. Slight funk and spice, with some of the spice probably due to the peppercorns. Bready up front, with a mild lingering sourness.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, with an appropriate body for this style (fairly light).
Overall: This beer seems to be a good, typical example of this style. (This style is one of my favorites.) Though the flavor profile is not too complex, it is an interesting and refreshing beer. The lack of a more assertive aroma is somewhat disappointing but not a show-stopper. I'll look forward to having this one again as a "special occasion" beer (a bit pricey for an everyday beer).
08-05-2013 11:48:43 | More by breakingbland
3.99/5 rDev +4.7%
A - orangish amber with a huge, off white head that is thick and dense and has really good retention
S - big saison yeast in the nose; spicy, pears, peppery
T - husk, spicy yeast, peppery, oranges are faint but they're there in the background, some hints of lemon zest, mildly earthy bitter finish
M - medium bodied, some faint alcohol warmth, well carbonated
This is a nice saison. I was hoping for a more forward presence from both the oranges and the peppercorns, but they're both rather subdued. The peppercorns seem to be more forward because they compliment the already spicy yeast well. The oranges are subtle and show themselves more in the finish. Overall, this is a nice saison with a very enjoyable flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer though I was a tad disappointed with the presence of the mandarin oranges.
08-03-2013 23:16:29 | More by tdm168
4.16/5 rDev +9.2%
It is very unusual to see a beer shipped in 12.7 oz. bottles, and a four pack of smaller bottles like this closed with a cork and wire cage. The unusual packaging, label art, and beer style promised something different. The beer poured out reddish amber in color, with a very small ring of bubbles forming on the top. The smell of funky yeast, spicy and floral in its overtones, was just perfect for the style. Pepper was evident when I took deeper whiffs. The taste was very citric, as lemon juice, orange peel, and grapefruit seemed to burst across the tongue. The pepper was only noticeable in the finish. The beer was very dry on the palette because of the sour and pepper combinations, but I like my Saisons on the dry side. If I was to fault anything, I would say there was not enough pepper in here. Next time kick that up a few notches please.
08-03-2013 04:42:01 | More by rajendra82
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
First of all I have no idea what an Abbey Saison is but I am excited to try it.
A- Poured into a large tulip glass from the corked 375ml bottle. Cork opens with a nice bang and the beer pours with a slightly hazy dark orange body. A creamy and silky white head forms to just over a finger high and retains quite well. A nice frothy cloud and ring stays on the beer for a long time. Lacing is fairly spotty.
S- Aroma remind me of a Trappist yeast with some Saison mixed in. Citrus and spices are prevalent. Pepper, herbs, general Belgian spice and some darker fruit/raisin sugars come to mind.
T- Really takes some time to get a feel for this one. It has the feel of both a Trappist and Saison yeast strain which throws my taste buds all over. With time the beer has a very herbal and spicy feel overall with hints of pepper, nutmeg, thyme and spiced raisins. The addition of oranges gives of a slightly bitter zesty flavor that blends in nicely. I get a slightly cracked grain and candi-sugar feel as far as malts go.
MF- Super silky and somewhat creamy body that has a medium-light consistency. Carbonation is foamy but still creamy and super smooth at a pretty high level. Herbal and spicy bitterness on the palate.
Really feels like a well-done blend of two "styles." The Saison aspect comes in nicely with the citrus and peppery feel. The Abbey feel has a nice Candi-sugar and spicy yeast feel. The complexity and originality is nice, underrated beer IMO.
08-01-2013 03:20:53 | More by cbutova
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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