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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

552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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%

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Darkmagus82, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

damndirtyape, Aug 24, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -67.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

grissom51, Aug 24, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

mikem0487, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml C+C bottle into a goblet. Julian date puts this one at June 18th, 2013.

Pours a rather clear amber body. Awfully dark for a saison. A fingers worth of thick white foam with nice lacing but minimal retention. Aroma is of dried oranges, cloves, pepper, wheat, and yeast. Awfully earthy and the mandarins are noticeable, I was just hoping for something a bit fruitier.
Taste is subtle oranges, grass, and wheat with a somewhat harsh wave of pepper and earthiness washing it over. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall this is just decent, especially given the price point. It's also much better when colder.

davey101, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and a deep golden with an orange hue. Streaming effervescence and plenty of tall, pillowy head to last and last. Left passionate lace. Nose was mandarin oranges, light and sweet and pepper as promised. Deep but not heavy spice with a little coriander and a stone fruit back drop that hints of peaches. Belgian yeast on the nose and it's tart and a little sour. There is sweet clover honey on the nose too . The malt is light caramel and a little bread. Floral and dry . Taste follows all the way. The light caramel is pretty sweet and steps out a little too far to overshadow the tart and sour yeast just a bit. The bread gives it palate and nuance. The fruits are sweet and juicy and deep. The spices dry it out a little and take it to a dry finish. There's some wheat dryness as well and when it all comes together in the finish, that caramel is not what lingers in the aftertaste. The balance was a little off and a little towards the malt but it's not unpleasant or cloying. It does drink a little heavy but the pepper and orange in the aftertaste are worth it. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is lively and adds to the refreshment.

This is a stand up saison that combines a very sweet fruit character with a deep malt and comes up a winner with some honey and a spice that tingles. The pepper is so well done and authentic. The That pepper smacks at the back of the throat and stays there throughout the drink keeping a decent balance. There's lemon as it warms and that adds to the drink and lets the spice really shine through.

utopiajane, Aug 21, 2013
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Stoutlad, Aug 20, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 375ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmstead Stemmed Tulip. My 150th review I believe.

Appearance- Very nice orange/red with little to no head.

Smell- Definantly mandarin orange, light pepper, yeast, solid malt back bone. The orange dominates, but the spicy characteristics are still there as well.

Taste- Follows the nose exactly to the T. Heavy mandarin orange, lighter pepper notes, belgian yeast. Pretty much how they described it.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonation with a lighter body. Very nice summer beverage. No hint of booze heat either.

Overall- A nice beer fruited saison from Sierra Nevada. Pleasantly surprised with this one.

Seanniek91, Aug 19, 2013
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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.