Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
i was craving a saison earlier....i couldnt resist this when i saw it. the smell is sweet with a slight earthiness to it. the taste has sweet citrus notes with a creaminess to it. also the sasion earthy flavor comes along. also i do get a little spicy i am assuming from the peppercorns. over all if i was craving a typical sasion i wouldnt reach for this- but this is a great beer in its own way. its pretty complex, and great.
07-11-2013 21:01:02 | More by mattkoon
3.61/5 rDev -5.2%
A: Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Not much lace or visible carbonation. Doesn't look terrible, but I'm used to a bit more head than this.
S: Orange blossom, lemon curd, lots of bready malt, some caramel and a bit of a floral perfume-like scent.
T: Starts pretty sweet with a load of bready malt hitting the palate right away. The orange tries to work its way in there, but it never really gets past the malt. A touch of lemon, mandarin and maybe some white pepper, but the malt just weighs everything down in here for me. The mouthfeel is way heavy and there's little carbonation to lighten things up. I'm not really getting "saison" from any part of this. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't call it a good saison.
07-11-2013 00:42:33 | More by notchucknorris
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Piggybacking upon the success of Ovila Saison, it seems that the clean complexity of fruit esters, phenol spice and dry malt is not enough. There has to be something new, unique and enticing to draw in the culinary palates- and mandarin oranges and pepper spice serves just this option!
And like the standard Ovila Saison, the ale pours with a deep golden color and a medium yeasty haze. The beer forms a frothy white head with great persistence and intricate lace. The density of haze is a bit rich for standard Saisons.
Oranges are evident, but additional pear, apple and white grapes esters lurk closely behind. A balance of white pepper,coriander, clove, and a slight vinous wine note from white grape fill the nose with a zesty character. Backed by malty aromas of light sugar cookies and confectioner's sugar, the beer allows they yeasty esters and spices to command the balance of the nose.
Similarly, the taste starts with dry bread-sweetness and light honey malt, but the beer takes a quick turn to fruity oranges, lemons and apples. Light sultans and clove mingle in the middle for a seamless transition to spice. In finish a Clean, crisp, and with ultimate dryness, Sierra Nevada's second dip into the Ovila bucket carries a dry fruity ester nature with a spicy, warming finish that should appeal to appreciators of fine sparkling wines.
Pouring a deep golden color with medium yeasty haze, the beer forms a froathy white head with great persistence and intricate lace. The density of haze is a bit unusual for the style.
Pears, white pepper, apples, coriander, and a slight vinous wine note from white grape fill the nose with a zesty character. Backed by malty aromas of light sugar cookies and confectioner's sugar, the beer allows they yeasty esters and spices to command the balance of the nose.
Flavors follow suit, but with a dry bready-sweet to start, the beer takes a quick turn past the sweetness and into a crisp and clean flavor of light fruits and zesty spice in a way that reminds me of spiced pears, but with green apples included. Hop character contributes to the zest but without the signature earthy pungency that's expected from authentic Belgian varieties.
Medium malty weight to start with light, yet fleeting sweetness of powdered sugar. The beer ushers in a quick procession toward a very dry and refreshing finish with medium alcohol warmth. The classic spicy/fruity dryness is exhibited well in the finish.
Another solid effort in the Ovila series of beers. But the slight lack of complexity from blended Belgian yeast strains or the raw grassy-earthy-pungent hops keep the beer from competing with the Saison Duponts of Belgium.-rich peppery character exacerbates alcohol warmth and gives new life to the malt and fruit in an unexpected balance. Its zesty and racy finish wakens the taste buds much like peppery Chardonnay.
Medium malty weight rises early, but the fleeting sweetness of powdered sugar leaves the palate refreshed. This results in a semi-dry and quenching finish with spicy and bready-wine finish.
As a variation of the standard Ovila Saison , the solid effort in the Ovila series of beers brings about obvious pepper additions but less obvious fruit complements. Sure the beer is orange-y, but most of the mandarin character could easily be chocked up to esters. This keeps the beer authentically tasting- yet to timidly so.
07-08-2013 05:52:51 | More by BEERchitect
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip
A - Dark hazy burnt orange in color with 1.5 finger white head. I expect a bigger head on a Saison.
S - Sweet and spicy. Citrus, orange, bready yeast, straw, and white pepper. Enjoyable scent for a Saison.
T - A light orange, citrus that seems watery. Some yeast, straw, and cracker with light pepper spice. Easy to drink on a hot summers day. Not too complex even though it mentions how complex it is.
M - Light body, wet, crisp, refreshing with ow carbonation, medium bodied. Bit of spice lingers afterwards.
O - Easy drinking Saison with nice orange flavor and hints of spice. Enjoyable, but there are better Saisons available. Just seems to be missing something to bring me to want to buy it again.
07-03-2013 22:39:03 | More by Ri0
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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