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

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz C&C bottle : tulip

Pours a lightly hazy, burnt-orange color with a foamy, creamy off white head.

Classic, saison, bready, yeats character with light orange towards the finish and just a touch of spice.

Medium body with foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A well done saison, the orange comes through just a bit, and the peppercorn adds a very slight touch, though I would like to see a bit more from it.

vkv822, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of corysmith01
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

corysmith01, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of spartanlaker
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

spartanlaker, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12.7 fl oz bottle into tulip. cant seem to find a date or code on here.

A: definitely an orange hued body. a surprising amount of clarity. frothy, slight off-white head. good retention, lacing is minimal.

S: aroma has a sizeable amount of orange peel. sugar. not getting a whole heck of a lot from the peppercorn end. otherwise, not getting enough saison bready, dry, yeast aromas.

T: a lot of sugar on the initial sip. slight bits of sweet orange meat. caramel grist, some mild saison yeast esters, really not that much though. similar to the nose, not enough saison characteristics

M: a very fine carb level. medium bodied.

D: I kinda want to try the un-spiced version of this saison so I have a base to go off of, however I have to say I am a bit underwhelmed here. too much sweetness for a good saison and the additional flavor additives are not helping.

Jimmys, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of jpro
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a copper orange, with a thin, half-finger head of fizzy almond foam; nice retention; no lace.

S: I think the peppercorn aroma is a little more noticeable than anything from mandarin oranges; lemon peel; doughy gingerbread; not much funk or typical farmhouse aroma, though.

T: Maybe a touch of orange; bready; again - its not bad, but there's really not much saison character; kind of a lighter abbey dubbel.

M: Feel is on the full side of medium; moderate carbonation; a touch creamy; kind of sweet - definitely not dry.

O: A nice abbey ale.

jpro, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged, popped, and served in a Stone tulip.

A: Poured out a fairly translucent orange, apricot color, with a slight chill haze. The head was about 1/8 finger at best.

S: Lots of mandarin oranges here... almost dessert-like in its disposition. I definitely got some kick from the pepper as well.

T: Delicious, however, if you're looking for farmhouse funk, look elsewhere. This had a very straight-forward fruit component from start and especially the finish, not dry, and with a hint of pepper in the middle.

M: Fairly low in terms of carbonation bill, but it was all good. It was sweet, but not in the least bit sticky. Very smooth and with a slight booze burn in the middle.

O: I guess I liked this a lot more than most. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff.

Chaney, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jak, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +4.7%

MN_Beerticker, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, the presentation is beautiful for such an affordable little bottle. Pours from said pretty bottle a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate, frothy head forming on top that slips down to a bubbly covering. Smells of jammy orange sweetness, peppery yeast, caramel, honey, and herbs. Zesty citrus and Belgian yeast flavors. Grain, banana, light floral notes, and a sort of vanilla creaminess. Plush, dry, and slightly crisp in the finish. Not bad, not bad. A little sweet and not the most authentic representation of a Saison, but satisfactory.

wedge, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of marshmeli
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

marshmeli, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GeoffreyM, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

Pouring an amber orange, rather clear, with a thin but lasting white head that leaves some lacing, this looks pretty good. The nose is solid. The subtle but complex citrus character is very enjoyable, and the pepper does complement the fruit. Moderately yeasty as well. Some honey and malt character is present. Unfortunately, though, the malt character isn't particularly rustic. Still, this is solid.

The palate opens rather over-carbonated, especially for how sweet this beer is. Fruity with a blend of citrus, pepper and fennel, the flavors from the adjuncts blend well with the yeast characteristics. The mid-palate has honey, a little bit of caramel and some sugar. Medium in body, the finish is a delicate blend of honey, citrus and pepper with a moderate yeasty character that dominates the blend. A little drier and a little lower in ABV and this beer would be excellent, but unfortunately, for now, it is sweeter than I'd like. Solid

DefenCorps, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a smaller white head.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of lemon zest, oranges, spices, and yeast.

Taste is dry up front, light peppery notes, slightly creamy, bready and sweet. Finish has a mix of spices, oranges, and crisp tart lemon.

Mouthfeel is nice, good body, and snappy carbonation.

Overall, a nice Saison, very refreshing and drinkable. About a step or two below the great ones though.

flexabull, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Gambrinus1184, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

artoolemomo, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

SanFranJake, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, banana, spice, yeast, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the pepper presence being more noticeable than any sort of mandarin orange presence.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Allagash goblet. Bottled April 19, 2013.

A - Pours a bright amber color with a one finger head that lasts for the duration. The foam is snow white and extremely dense. The lacing that paints the glass is thick. I let it sit for about a half hour before drinking and the head didn't diminish at all.

S - Spicy peppercorns are evident in the nose. Big coriander floral notes and citrus pith add complexity. Candied belgian yeast sweetens the aroma.

T - Sweet from the start with honey, fleshy fruit, and corriander. I don't get much of the mandarin orange but the spicy peppercorns come through on the finish. Slight musty barnyard hay flavor.

M - Fittingly high carbonation with a medium feel. Not as drinkable as many others of the style.

O - I had high hopes for this beer, but I was a bit disappointed. The aroma is lively and complex, but the flavors are too sweet without much emphasis on the orange. It is a serviceable saison, but I doubt I will get it again.

NoLeafClover44, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

vfgccp, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Tom-Peters, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a one finger white head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has loads of yeasty spice as is typical with a Saison. Orange is quite prominent as is peach and some pepper. Quite nice and slightly above average for the style.

Lots of pepper and orange on the taste with a healthy dose of peach quickly following. Yeasty phenols and some grass along with a touch of biscuit. Light bitterness and some stickyness in the finish. A fairly full mouthfeel and not as dry and crisp as I was hoping for.

Overall, a better than average saison and a good beer from Sierra Nevada. It doesn't stack up to some Saisons out of Belgium but I would pick this up again.

rangerred, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is peppery up front. Tons of pepper and spice with somewhat normal saison characteristics. Just a hint of orange, but not as much as I was expecting. Belgian yeast and some clove. Somewhat sweet, and quite inviting. Taste is peppery up front. The peppercorns make their appearance quite early, while the mandarin oranges tend to hide away. There is a hefty amount of malt to this one for a saison. Not as light and crisp as most saisons. A little on the sweeter side as well. I dig the peppery spice on this one, but would have like the oranges to shine. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation (for a saison), with a nice finish. Drinkability is high, as this one goes down very easily. Overall, a very tasty beer that I can see many people getting into...just not quite as good as I was hoping for. Great drinkability nonetheless.

DovaliHops, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

sneaks2210, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of buckyp
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

buckyp, Jun 12, 2013
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.