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

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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

On draft. Very nice, pronounced peppercorn thing going on. Works well with the citrus.

scurvydog, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

caljzy, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

pharmerdoc, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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blandmath, Aug 23, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +12%

Theoboley, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Omer tulip. Nicely textured label.

Appearance: Pours a thin, egg shell white head of half a finger with sudsy lacing. Body is a clear dark gold/copper.

Aroma: Rubbery yeast esters, hay, pear skin, citrus fruit, actual peppercorns, and wheat.

Taste: Peppercorns, medicinal yeast, bubblegum, some citrus fruit and wheat. Very nice bready malt backbone.

Mf/Drinkability: A heavier mouthfeel than I'm used to in a saison. While there is some prickly carbonation I'd appreciate a lighter body. Drying and sweet.

Overall: Solid American saison with a nice addition of pepper. The pepper really stands out in the nose and is well complimented by the yeast and citrus/wheat notes. That said, I would appreciate a lighter mouthfeel as I like my saisons a little more lively. Worth trying at least once, would go great with a salad and some goat cheese.

CowsandBeer, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

FreeKansas, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

pascilla, Aug 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Can in corked bottle, poured a two finger head in a tulip at room temp. First bottle had a sour spicy aroma and flavor, but I have to add that the second bottle was very green apple tang. Great body thickness felt awesome to pull . Good carbonation the ought mouth. Color of Apple juice . Magical in the words of a friend. I would buy again

SVan007, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

MattGrimley, Aug 10, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours honey amber with a tight knit blanket of white foam on top. Good retention with minor lacing.

S - tangy Belgian yeast, mandarin is very present along with pears, peaches, apples, and bananas. Moderate earthy spice, sweet pilsner malts.

T - sweet citrus, sugary candy malts, earthy spice, floral hops. The malt mixed with the candied citrus provides a very sweet base. Pepper and lavender are present but only in the fat background. There is some light grassiness on the back end. Finishes sweet and semi wet.

M - medium full body, plenty of active carbonation, slick and full feel.

The aroma is very nice but this is too sweet for a saison. I'm guessing the mandarins added extra sugar. I was hoping for more of a dry finish. The flavor profile doesn't stand up to the regular Ovila Saison. This reminds me more of a spicy Tripel or Belgian Strong Pale.

StaveHooks, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt with caramel notes, soft phenols, a little mandarin marmalade and dried orange peel.
Malty flavours too, with just a faint saison note. More light mandarin, the peppercorn is very restrained.

CrazyDavros, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

RandyWilde, Aug 02, 2014
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.