Ovila Abbey Tripel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey TripelOvila Abbey Tripel

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

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bccocx on 07-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by EvanWilliams:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Inspiration and innovation spawning a taste of the Belgian abbey in northern California, the trappist-minded taste of tripel ale comes to life in pure and elegant form.

Ovila Abbey Tripel pours with a creamy and arid weight- hazy straw, the ale delivers a bready appearance with glimpses of chardonnay. The nose picks up on just those wine influences as sparkling white wine, citrus and orchard fruits wrap around a powdered sugar and sugar cookie sweetness.

Its middle blossoms with floral hops, fresh-cut grass, orange, pear and apple. Its sweet and bready taste is gradually replaced with tangy acidity, showing its vinous undercurrent. With white grape, peppercorn, faint cumin and clove working to balance the fruit-forward flavor, its spicy hops begin to show.

Remaining creamy-dry to finish, a fuller appreciation of body is felt as the expressive carbonation reinforces a bready texture rather than a spritzy effervescence. Warm, spicy and firmly bittered with stem and leaf, this American-made tripel has a simpler fruit and spice balance, richer texture and less rustic than those abbey versions of Belgium, but is outstanding in its own right.

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Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice yellow orange color with a decent sized white head. The head does leave a bit of lacing as it dissipates.

Smells strongly of yeast and citrus, hint of pepper and floral mixed with a bit of pine.

Starts out on the sweet side, citrus and other fruit notes as well. Finishes with a bit of pine and floral from the hops.

The feel is very solid for the style, fairly thick and smooth.

Overall, on of the better US made triples I have had. It has a very Belgian character to it, and has the flavor profile I expect from the style. It's not quite the best triple I have had, but better than many that have tried the style but not succeeded.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/8/14.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, cracker, earth, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of spice and yeast qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

I guess I'll start with the packaging, which is absolutely badass with it's black woodcut monk on a tea-stained label - always something so dark and cool about monks. Pours a gorgeous deep amber, banana hits my nose from a couple of feet away; huge banana, bubblegum, spicy, yeasty funk all in the nose - smells ridiculously good.

Light on the tongue but not lacking presence, flavors presented in the aroma don't back off at all. Sweet and a little hot, but not as much as you would think for an 8.8. Pomme fruit and a bit of cherry on the back end. Nice carbonation the whole way through and finishes slightly dry. Nice. Everything I love about a tripel.

Really masterful, this stuff. Not sure why the other reviews are so low.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is malty with that hint of bread, yeast, and hops to balance things out. The hops are not very bitter but you can feel them trying to come to the front. There is an apple like quality to this beer and the overall mouthfeel is light. That's the biggest downfall is that the beer feels too light in the mouth, like watered down. The AMAZING thing about this beer is that it has 8.8% abv in it. If I were to guess I'd be WAY off, you can't taste the alcohol. Ohhhh you can certainly feel it after you are done with the beer though! Very easy to drink and it tastes nice. Comparing it to other great Belgian beers (or American Belgian beers like Allagash's Tripel) it falls a bit short. Still a fun beer to drink. I wish more American breweries had the guts to make more Belgian style ales. I'm thankful I got to try this one.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rsquared59
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joe_McCewl
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an ok tripel . . . Just nothing exciting going on and in my opinion a shade below par or average. Has some of the basic elements here but nothing comes together to produce a nice example of the style.

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

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Roguer
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear golden brew. Two bottles have yielded inconsistent heads: one with about a 1/2 finger of white foam, and the other with virtually no head.

Belgian yeast aroma, candi sugar, bananas, spices, and cloves.

Strong and spicy flavor. Not getting a ton of individual flavors: yeast, sugar, spice, and a bit of citrusy hops. Strong alcohol presence.

While this comes across as a pretty traditional Tripel, it doesn't come across as a very good one. I'll have to try another bottle to make sure I'm giving it a fair shake, but I am very unimpressed.

Very lively, medium sting, sticky. Long finish with a hint of skunk on the very end.

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

Photo of KensWorld
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A solid American Tripel. Sierra Nevada never disappoints! 4 80

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Photo of Irishmonster76
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Tharnold89
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jack27
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Been wondering if the Ovila/Sierra Nevada crew would come up with a Tripel for a while so glad to see this on a recent outing. Poured into a large wine glass from a corked 375 ml. bottle. Bottle opens with just a light pffft and pours initially with a light cap of foam, though perhaps a bit cold. Light golden in color and with a touch of chill haze.

Aroma started a bit slow but then ramped up swiftly, adding pleasant yeast notes, some tropical fruit and a subtle waft of here and there ethanol wrapped in spice. Aroma expands with warming and reminds me a bit of St. Bernardus Watou in a good way. Bit of muddled lemon emerges with time.

Taste is spritzy but a bit subued, yet without flaw or apparent sweetness to offset to a degree. A second pour revitalizes things a bit with more foam and vibrancy. Feel is solid and full, bready and yeasty though again lacking the sweetness often found at the ABV thanks to a lightly coarse texture.

Overalll a bit of a quandary. Light on the candi sugar I would guess and quite well done, yet lacking the close in some way. Will have to do a side by side with a few other favorites to better determine.

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Photo of briancathy
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of vancean2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Ovila Abbey Tripel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 222 ratings