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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky copper color with a one finger foamy-just off white head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a tremendous level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is bready and yeasty with lots of spice of clove and coriander. Some lighter aromas of caramelized sugar and some orange citrus fruit are there as well as some very light hints of pepper.

Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth wheaty taste as well as a smooth tangerine orange flavor. A yeast cake and spice flavor of coriander and clove quickly come to the tongue. These flavors all create a base for the brew and persist to the end while other flavors also join in. Toward the middle to the end some flavors of pepper and grassy come to the tongue. At the end a little bit of a alcohol taste to leave a nice smooth Belgian spiced orange and wheaty taste on the tongue

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation that is average to slightly below average for the style. The two combined, accentuate the very smooth flavors of the brew giving it a very easy drinking style but having just enough of an alcohol presence to keep you in check.

Overall – A very smooth and easy drinking saison. Not a flavor powerhouse and nothing super out of the ordinary, but very tasty and very easy drinking none the less.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle (no date) poured into a Karmeleit tripel glass.

Appearance: Dark amber honey, mostly translucent. Persistent 1/8" dense white foam. Thick islands and strands of lacing.

Smell: Musty, hint of tart orange peel, hint of pepper.

Taste: Lots of flavors running together, but you can pick them out, just not in the order they hit the tongue. Malt sweetness, bready, hint of yeast, fruit, mandarin oranges, hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel: Slick, approaching creamy in thickness. Just enough carbonation to take everything off the teeth and tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting, but not as strong flavored as I thought it would be. Delicate would be a good way to describe the flavors of this beer. I wonder if the meal I paired with this (burger and corn-on-the-cob) clashed a bit. A good and refreshing beer, just not amazing.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass.

A-Burnt amber body. Slightly hazy. Minimal head and lacing left on the glass.

S-Caramelized sugar, slight burnt bread crust, esters and definitely pick up on the mandarin orange. Overall pleasant and the burnt smell is very faint but there.

T-Bread crust, fruity esters, some peppercorn in the end. The yeast is definitely the main component here. The abbey yeast gives off plum and peach notes with nice phenolic spicy components. Complex saison...

M-Thin bodied. Almost the viscosity of H20. Dry finish. Effervescent for sure.

O-A good saison thats very complex in taste and smell. Overly complex for my liking. Its a great beer to have one or maybe two but after that you are looking for something more simple and straightforward.

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.