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

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very good

515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 15
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JSchock7, Jul 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Nutwood
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Nutwood, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"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

Jadjunk, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of BeernDrum
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

BeernDrum, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Murrhey, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

BEERMILER12, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Boilerfood, Jul 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

kingmaker, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

ksimons, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Mattyb79, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

irishgreensoda, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

BKBassist, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

NickyBox, Jul 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

AlexFields, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

oline73, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

TeamMathis, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

outoffocus, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear deep amber orange body in a tulip, couple of fingers of off-white finely bubbled head

S: sweet malts suggesting mild fruits and some brighter notes I'll attribute to yeast; hints of peppery spice

T: peppercorn hits first, followed by the gentler malts and subtler spices; some suggestions of muted orange; earthy, herbal, and chalky elements

M: medium weight, modest carbonation, some chalkiness, some coating

O: didn't strike me as a saison, but I wasn't expecting too much here - some nice qualities, but nothing that would have me pick up another

Greywulfken, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dmart1223, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rab53, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a nice bronze hue with a finger of dense off white head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of oranges, honey sweetness, a bit of peppery spice, a tinge of bitterness and some fruity esters
T: tastes of fruitiness, a bit of bready malt, some peppery spice and a slight orangey sweetness. swallow brings some spicy yeast, a bit of cracker malt and some residual sweetness
M: light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation. a bit drying but not overly so
O: Overall, it's a solid beer. There are better examples of the style out there but it isn't too far off the mark. I think it's a bit too sweet and could stand to be a bit drier but other than that it's good.

SHODriver, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Bubbalito, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Hellpop65, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

jesus808, Jul 13, 2013
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.