Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Clear gold to amber color. Good head initially, but it settles to rim bubbles. 10% lace on the glass.
Very mild smell. A bit earthy with some Belgian yeast thrown in.
I'd put this in the Belgian pale ale category. I do not taste any orange, although there's some pepper that shows up in the swallow. Lingering aftertaste of dry, bittering hop. Full bodied with a lighter than average carbonation.
Serving type: on-tap
06-07-2014 19:06:37 | More by smcolw
4.09/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz Bottle to tulip.
Crystal clear, burnt orange pour in to tulip.
Nose of a typical saison. Straw, some slightly sweet grain, citrus-more toward orange.
I poured this beer on the ever-so-slightly chilled side. Initial sips were pleasant citrus and straw. Very dry with only trace sweetness in its "chilled" phase. The beer became more juicy as it warmed, still on the dry side though. I enjoyed this beer the most as it reached room temperature. The straw and citrus flavors are followed by yeasty, clove esters. The black pepper(corn) is subtly intertwined in those esters. The finish is slightly grainy. After drinking about a third of the beer I noticed the black pepper lingers on the tongue. Along with the pepper, the flavor of orange zest/oil minutely prickles along the palate, it reminds of the flavor you get when you first bite in to an orange in order to peel it. I think those two nuances take this beer to another level. A great beer that I will have again.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2014 06:07:56 | More by mac31
3.03/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12.7 oz corked bottle into a Weizen glass.
A - Pours a golden red hay color, somewhat clear for a Saison. Thick creamy slight off-white head dissipates moderately fast to thin lacing.
S - Aromas of clove, banana, and mild citrus. I strained for the peppercorn spice aroma, but decided it was preconceived and not present.
T - Light toffee malt flavor dominates with warm alcohol on the back of the tongue. I detected a bitter orange, but not as much as expected.
M - medium bodied with a slight astringency.
O - Drinkable and interesting take on the style; I wished there was more of the core Saison hay/earthy notes to it, but it is a balanced beer and pours beautifully.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 02:23:03 | More by BCraig
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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