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

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554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 45 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Coduhhh, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

smartassboiler, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Danno48, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

RichardMNixon, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured rom bottle into tulip. Huge 3 finger head over a burnt orange/copper color. Bready peppery and a hint of citrus aroma. Dried fruit with peppery Belgian yeast/banana notes. Very faint mandarin/orange flavor but it is noticeable, followed by some bready malts, but nice. Really smooth...but heavy. Nice brew overall...not quite the "style" of saison, but a really good brew. Id get again for sure.

DrinkSlurm, Sep 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

mikeburd1128, Sep 08, 2013
4/5  rDev +4.7%

BUNZILLA, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

bigbeers84, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

csurowiec, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

oceanpeak, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Sonofalime, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz. corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patch. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy malt forward aroma with lots of citrus fruit hints. Upfront Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and some clove. Big hints of white and black pepper. Slight coriander hint. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, caramel, wheat, and cracker. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of the mandarin orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Sweet Belgian candied sugar. Light hints of grassy hops and some alcohol. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a yeasty and spicy malt forward taste with a big citrus orange presence. Belgian yeast with some upfront farmhouse funk, clove, peppercorn, and coriander spicing. Bready malts with a taste of grains, straw, wheat, caramel, and cracker. Big fruit presence with notes of mandarin orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Sweet notes of candied Belgian sugar. Subtle backing of grassy hops. Slight alcohol taste is noticeable. A pretty good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and slightly syrupy. Slight alcohol bite is felt.

Overall: A pretty good spin on a Saison/Farmhouse. Good mix of funk and spices with the oranges.

MattyG85, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

randysandals, Sep 03, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin slightly yellowed head. A bit too opaque to see much visible carbonation. Not really any lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A smooth blend of Belgian yeast, pale malts and a hint of orange fruitiness. Not an overwhelming flavor but an enticing one nonetheless. Hints of sweetness and alcohol.

T: First thing I notice is the malts and Belgian yeast. The mandarin orange comes powering through mid sip and takes over the flavor. Hints of peppercorn after swallowing but the focus seems to be on the yeast and orange. Good Belgian tone overall.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly clean finish, just a bit of stickiness from the sweetness of the orange.

Overall this beer pulls in more orange flavor than most beers I've had. On the plus side it strays away from the fake orange taste that ruins some of the belgian style beers for me. Might grab a bottle to set down for a while.

CloudStrife, Sep 02, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When shopping at my local store, I saw these 4 pack of corked and caged bottles for 15 bucks, and had to pull the trigger.

Pours a copper color with a thin head.

Smell is of sweet malts and a bit of spice.

Taste is interesting. Doesn't really remind me of a saison, more of a watered down dubbel or octoberfest. There is a bit of orange that comes through, along with some clove and bready malt.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Overall, too sweet and not nearly dry enough for a saison, but still a decent brew. Think of this as a more fall like saison. kind of a cross between a saison and octoberfest.

taylor714914, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

nzerbe, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

prototypic, Aug 31, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours an amber/orange color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like peppercorns, bready malt, oranges, peaches, sweet spices, and some wheat/bready malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma. However, I think the peppery spice and wheat flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is also well carbonated. I think it's a solid overall brew. $12.99 a 4-pack.

bluejacket74, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

themanilow, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Paul_Apsley, Aug 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

wtkphoto, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Sammy, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

maketheheartglad, Aug 28, 2013
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.