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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 222
Reviews by Jadjunk:
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

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 rongcsc
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Papa_Lafayette
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Photo of RochefortChris
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of blandmath
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Nunya
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Fordknox
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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