Ovila Saison - Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 2
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Photo of Fetusonfire
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. I had this at the Torpedo Room in Berkeley. Listed as 10.2%

Poured a bronze golden color with thin foaming.

Wonderful aroma, with some light funk, a lemony peel, lemongrass freshness along with a light oak character.

The flavor is smooth and spicy, with a saison-kick complementing a barrel-aged smoothness. I found this one simple, direct, and delicious.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Had on tap, 6 oz pour in a taster size tulip.

The rye barrel has totally drowned out any saison in this saison, but that's not necessarily all bad. Caramel, oak, and vanilla on the nose. Pretty much the same follows in the taste, with that distinct spice you get out of rye whiskey and just a little bit of saison funk on the end. Funk and earth come out a bit as it warms. Retains a little saison body with a nice carbonation. Medium bodied and viscous.

I'm torn on this beer. It's not a saison at all anymore, but it shows off the rye barrel characters nicely. It tastes good, so fuck it.

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Ovila Saison - Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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