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Ovila Abbey Tripel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
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221 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bccocx on 07-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
221
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
68
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Uconnelmo
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vbs1980
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 32 oz growler at TBG into a tulip glass. First pour.

A - Hazy, yellowish gold with a one finger fluffy head that dissapates quickly to a thin lace.

S - Belgian yeast notes, clove and spices.

T - In line with nose, some muted mild sweet notes and wheat, no noticeable heat. Grape, vinous notes more noticeable on the 2nd pour.

M - Low carbonation, medium feel, semi-dry finish. A little sticky.

O - A light tripel that is worth giving a go if it comes around again

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Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 08/05/2014. Consumed 02/14/2016.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Ovila Abbey Tripel's golden color and brillian foam hide an incredible depth of flavor. It maintains a perfect balance between slightly sweet and bready malts, floral hop notes, and the fruity aromatics of a traditional Belgian yeast. Tripels were first created by Belgian monks, and this beer is our homage to the original blonde abbey ale." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel Ale, available in 12.7 oz bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. One-time offering under the Sierra Nevada Ovila label.

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a pale off white head of a short-lived crisp, frothy consistency over a moderately hazy golden amber body with mild flecked sediment and light, rapid carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma of yeasty bread malts, lightly spiced banana bread, fermented honey, clove, coriander and candied syrups. Sits a bit heavy on the nose with a rich malt and dominant yeast presence, potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Light candied sugar sweetness with a delicate biscuit malt body, spiced pear fruit juice, finishing on a fruity note with cloves and banana bread. Nice yeast profile of fruit, and a surprisingly light drinking tripel in terms of body and gruffness, very little alcohol presence and very accessible drinking for the style. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly fruity, phenolic and spicy over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A nicely presented Tripel with a reserved depth of body and more fruit flavors from the yeast profile, a somewhat rare treat for me as per the style. I'm used to heavier bodied and boozier Tripel ales, but I find this one stands easily classified as a Tripel and does a nice job of differentiating itself from the pack for its delicacy and attention to yeast detail. Enjoyable. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Ovila Belgian Style Abbey Tripel
3.66/5.00

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from last year's craft expo.

Look : Dark amber, 20% opacity, 2 finger head.

Smell : Banana, yeast, plum, wheat, blood orange.

Taste : Lots of yeast out front, with a hop bite and wheat. Blood orange and Banana finish with more dry yeast. Alcoholic bite.

Feel : Light to medium bodied, creamy, semi-dry. Ends semi-dry with yeast character.

Overall : Good Tripel with yeasty overtones and mild fruit backbone, namely blood orange and banana.

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Photo of SavageHopHead
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy straw-amber with medium soapy head. nose; pear juice and pulp. taste; toasty malt, pear & apple juice, honeyed biscuit, mild hops and a touch of spicy peppercorn. strong honey & biscuit notes on the aftertaste. most notably, the belgian yeast properties are absent. the 8.8% abv is almost totally under the radar here. this is certainly not a tripel proper, but as the bottle states, "an homage to the style", being much more fruit-dense and sweeter.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andyjeigh
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zaximas
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of majorbase2
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a small fizzy white foam head the immediately recedes, leaving absolutely no lacing.

Aroma of coriander, clove, and yeast.

Taste of bready malts, yeast, clove, pepper and saltines. Although the taste is fine and all the flavors work well together, there's not much going on here to differentiate this beer or take it to the next level.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Absolutely no bite from the nearly 9% alcohol, which was quite impressive. This is the definition of a sneaky beer. Crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall, it is clear SN is out of their element here. It's not bad, but there's always a little extra "oomph" that separates the decent/good beers from the great beers, and this beer is definitely missing that oomph.

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Photo of Hunter
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Clear amber-gold ale, thin head with zero tracing.

Smell: Spicy sugared notes

Taste: The spicy-sweet notes in the nose come through on the palate. Not much alcoholic heat despite the nearly 9% ABV.

Feel: Thin, almost wispy, even for a tripel

Overall: Not bad, but somehow neutered. The Belgians still rule this style.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Ovila Abbey Tripel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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