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

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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

SanFranJake, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -2.1%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

vfgccp, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Tom-Peters, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +1.3%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

sneaks2210, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

buckyp, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Saison 7.5%

Medium body; with low but adequate carbonation
Some wild yeast in the sweet aroma. Hints of honey and vanilla.
Taste is similar to the nose but lightly peppery. Relatively gentle for style.
M: medium body; proper carbonation.
O: a refined and elegant saison.

chinchill, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of yamar68
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt orange body with hues of tobacco brown and amber. A creamy half finger of off-white head retains well, leaving trace amounts of lace behind.

The nose definitely screams farmhouse... dry yeast, wet hay, apple skins, subtly sweet pale fruits... the peppercorn addition was well executed I think, offering just a bit of spice.

The fresh saison notes are joined with a mellow caramel malt character and leafy tobacco. Honestly, I wish the oranges were more apparent on the palate. Nevertheless, it's a tasty beer. Easy to drink, but not quite as thirst-quenching as you might expect for the style.

yamar68, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

cjs61679, Jun 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Lob, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ezperkins2, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

HinghamRick, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dfecteau, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jjcote, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another addition in the Ovila series.

Pours out a decently dark golden type of orange with a finger of an off-white head.

The aroma has a big punch of orange right up front along with some fruity yeast esters. There are some subtle clove and banana notes, a straw type of smell, some bready malt and a bit of peppery spice.

The taste also has a huge amount of a sweet orange and a nice amount of fruity yeast esters up front. There are some very subtle notes of banana and clove and some of that bready malt on the back end. The spiciness is there, but it's not as spicy as I would have thought given the addition of peppercorns.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp with a decent amount of carbonation. The ABV is hidden very well.

This is a nice take on a Belgian style, but just like with the Ovila Quad the Belgian breweries do these styles much better. A very nice beer and certainly worth trying though.

JohnnyMc, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

AlexChillton, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Horbar, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

firstlighthiker, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

fehrminator, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Janeinma, Jun 03, 2013
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.