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

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns

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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013

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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in a pint glass
Hazy orange gold color that starts off with a one finger tall white head that settles to a fine layer of bubbles. The smell is of Belgian yeast esters, pale malts and wheat, oranges, lemon and a touch of pepper. The oranges are very evident in the taste along with the Belgian yeast flavors. The malt provides balance and bitterness from hops and pepper are evident in the there as well. The finish is a bit sweet, not nearly dry enough for a classic saison but it's not bad. The aftertaste is quite nice as the orange flavor lingers for a while, otherwise the finish is clean if a little sweet as mentioned earlier. I think I would like to have a bit more lively carbonation in a beer of this style as well. An interesting idea by SN ends up producing a good but not great beer. It's off the mark when it comes to matching the style but still has enough going for it that it is worth a try.

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3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a rather dark honey color with a short lived, fizzy, off white head that quickly faded into a faint collar.
S: Sweet scents of mandarin oranges dominate alongside notes of Belgian yeast and herbal, peppery, hops and spices.
T: Mandarin is very easy to pick out but not as potent as the nose. I get notes of grainy malt, peppercorn, herbal hops, and earthy yeast. Peppercorn shins in the finish and more citrus comes through in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness, lingering bready yeast flavor.
M: Heavy mouthfeel, this beer could use some drying out. Frothy foamy carbonation, medium-full body.
O: Great mandarin twist and the peppercorn add another layer of spice to the yeast. This was a bit think, heavy and frothy for me to absolutely love, but I would definitely drink this again.

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3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3


375ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear amber copper, minor eggcream colored head, minor lacing.

The aroma is dominated by an herbal spicy note that is backed by a bit of gunpowder or scorched knuckle hair atop a sweetness. certainly is complex, unique

The taste surprises in its level of uniqueness. The peppercorn is now fully revealed. Mild herbal bitter. Not much in the way of dry, the bitter sits in. Aftertaste is short lived to its benefit.
Between thin and medium bodied lifeless mouthfeel, would really benefit from more fizz. sits between a saison & a dubbel

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3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half inch bone white head on an amber orange body. Cap and collar throughout, clumpy lacing. Overall a solid looking appearance.

Smells spicy, inevitably from the peppercorn. Fresh saison yeast aromas.

Peppercorns throughout the sip but most pronounced with a sharp bite on the backend. Mardarin orange aspec lends a helping hand by adding a certain sweet citrusy note to compliment the dry saison yeast and peppercorn flavors.

Smooth and creamlike mouthfeel, different for a saison. Normally I'd prefer a little more carbonation pricklyness but this seems to work alright for this particular beer.

A solid if not a bit underwhelming beer. No overt flaws but not outstanding enough to warrant a buy unless you're a big time Sierra Nevada or saison fan. Thanks for the bottle 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Poured into a large tulip glass a clear burnt orange color with a thinner but well retained white head atop.Aromas consist of wet grain and orange peel with a tinge of mineral,there is a fain spiciness from the peppercorns detected.Flavors of spiced yeasty phenols and toasted grain stand out most on the palate up front along with juicy fruitiness and mild spice in the finish,not a big flavorful beer, more subtle nuances.Slightly medicinal and yeasty it's still not a bad beer,the black pepper will catch ya in the back of the throat after awhile, wich Iam starting to find out.

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.