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

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86
very good

562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of davey101
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Stoutlad
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Spaz7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Tops of the Hops Festival, Jackson, MS (several times)

A: Opaque amber with a one finger white head that stayed a while. Curtainy lacing.

S: Honey and oranges pop up with Belgian yeast in the background.

T: Light, sweet, syrupy, frothy. Picking up lemon, caramel, oranges, coriander with peppercorn on the finish. Floral esthers rule.

M: Light to medium with frothy carbonation. Loved the peppercorn finish.

O: I'd tried the regular Ovila Saison a year before and wasnt impressed. Adding the oranges and pepercorn made it pop. This was one of the standouts at the fest. A great summer drink.

Photo of Auraan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pretty cloudy orange with a white half finger head. It looks quite nice, like a saison should. Scents of peppercorn, mandarin orange and slight musky aromas. Good scents, but lacks the funk of some other saisons. Flavor contains notes of peppercorn and slight mandarin orange, some other citrus notes and a light cracker wheat flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Also some earthy Belgian yeast flavors. Slightly sweet, not as dry as other saisons tend to be. A good level of complexity, but the sour notes I look for in a saison are absent. A good flavor, but more sourness would make it far better. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Good, true to style. Overall it's a good saison, but far from the best available. The mandarin orange and a bit of the pepper are present, and some other flavors add to the complexity. But the lack of sour flavors and the sweet notes hold it back. Still worth trying, an enjoyable beer taken on it's own merits.

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brewtus
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz caged bottle. Poured into teku. Pours clear light orange with a single finger white bubbly head. Smell is a little bit of funk, some straw, some spice, some refreshing citrus. Taste starts with some sweet red velvet cake flavor, some dry wheat, some spicesome ever slight citrus from the mandarin, the peppercorn is really only present during the after taste. Overall this was really good but wasn't as funky as I prefer for a saison, also not enough peppercorn, I'd prefer some burn. Worth picking up a bottle but not as spicy and refreshing as you'd imagine from a fruity spicy saison.

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JanetCDavis
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this off the shelf because it is Sierra Nevada. The SN Pale Ale is a fave, so expected great things from the Ovila. Was not disappointed. While light on smell, this beer was unexpectedly Creamy and paired nicely with an Abbot's Cheddar Black Pepper. Very light on the orange, so not overly fruity. Pepper at the start gave the sense of a meal. Nice.

Photo of Wyattldavis
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cooper color with a smell that is lighter than you would expect from the color. The taste is toward sweet with a medium weight in the mouth. Finish is slightly heavy. Can't really taste the peppercorns but the orange does come through. I would favor drinking this in cooler seasons.

Photo of Brendog9
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375 ml cork and cage poured into a Delirium balloon glass. No date on the bottle.

I've been on a saison kick lately and had to try this out. A transparent amber pour with about a quarter inch head that fades quickly. The aroma has notes of honey and fruit. In the taste itself I get honey flavors and very suttle notes of peppercorn. Also some burn from the 7.5% ABV.

Overall, not what I was expecting. I didn't pick up any of the mandarin orange notes.

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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.

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.