Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-22-2013 13:37:07 | More by Scotchboy
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
07-22-2013 05:03:38 | More by HalfFull
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
07-21-2013 18:15:25 | More by lnashsig
4.04/5 rDev +6%
"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
07-18-2013 03:18:18 | More by Jadjunk
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
07-18-2013 00:38:35 | More by BeernDrum
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
07-17-2013 05:28:45 | More by Murrhey
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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
07-17-2013 04:24:41 | More by BEERMILER12
3.84/5 rDev +0.8%
A-a dark orange with a fingers worth of cream colored head
S-sweet fruit, banana, caramel malt, bit of peppery spice, and Belgian yeast
T-bready malt with a mix of fruity sweetness and citrus zest, light pepper spice. Not getting much of the typically Saison yeast.
M-medium body, medium carbonation, sweet finish
Overall this isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to match the style at all. I like the Ovila offerings but probably wouldn't pick this up again.
07-16-2013 22:02:30 | More by ksimons
3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance: Orangish copper. Nice head at the start. Quite beautiful presentation.
Smell: Peppers, orange/citrus, banana, ginger, and something spicy.
Taste: Peppers and something citrusy, almost sour.
Mouthfeel: Very spritzy.
I loved the look of it. However, the head didn't last long at all. The smell was quite interesting. It had that ginger ale aspect which almost burned the nose a bit. A peppery smell also dominated the taste. The carbonation and spritzy character fills the back of the mouth. The citrus flavor is more noticeable as the drink warms. I will get this again next year.
07-14-2013 20:59:11 | More by TeamMathis
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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