Ovila Abbey Brown Ale With Mandarins And Cocoa | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey Brown Ale With Mandarins And CocoaOvila Abbey Brown Ale With Mandarins And Cocoa
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3.88/5
Very Good
95 Ratings
Ovila Abbey Brown Ale With Mandarins And CocoaOvila Abbey Brown Ale With Mandarins And Cocoa
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jaydoc on 12-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
95
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
2
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Metalsnota
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TylerJ
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Vixie
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A deep dark brown beer with a light tan head that doesn't stay around long, leaving some lacing on the surface.

The mandarins and chocolate really dominate the scent here.

Chocolate dominates the taste, with a hint of citrus from the oranges. There is a hint of caramel at the finish.

Fairly smooth on the tongue, fairly dry finish.

I'd say this is the least Belgian like of the Ovila series I have had to far. It actually reminds me more of a stout than a Belgian. It is a decent beer, just nothing that really stands out either.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Box Set Two Of Three

750ml
Caged/Corked
ABV: 7%

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which also leaves a really nice creamy big island/oil slick and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a really nice touch of chocolate/toffee, and a nice light touch of cocoa, mandarin orange, slight roastyness. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, with some chocolate/toffee, nice touch of cocoa, with some nice mandarin orange, roasty. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of baklo
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L) Pours a dark toffee brown that is still somewhat translucent. Has a nice, lightly beige head with decent retention.

S) The smell is fine, but truly it isn't very strong. No deep dark fruit or roasty notes, just a smidgen of malt and spice.

T) The cocoa and mandarin both can be detected, but they kind of take some looking for. It is interesting, but I do not know that the profile blends as well as hoped. The profile is lightly bitter, with a small amount of citrus and spice from the yeast, and a slight roast and caramel aspect from the malt. It seems lacking in any dark fruit notes or deep belgian candies.

F) Medium carbonation. Fairly crisp but not as silky a mouthfeel as hoped.

O) An interesting beer, but I don't think it truly quite came together.

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark opaque body, purple-brown highlights, very light tan head, extraordinary thin tight lacing. Pretty.

S - Dusty malts, cocoa powder and limestone, a powerful herbal note, suggesting basil or oregano. Not off putting, but a strange melange.

T - Delivers an American Brown open, with lots of doughy malt, with a drier middle of cocoa and orange blossoms, and a close of mild acidity and subtle savory notes.

M - Mild carbonation, slight stickiness that fades a bit in the close.

O - Really interesting, but with little in common with the BSDAs I've had. That said, the flavors are interesting and rewarding. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of h4ger
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

L: dark chocolate black which is disappointing for it's supposed to be a brown ale. The head was very enticing and definitely have the look that this would be a delicious beer. But gets 4.25 on look because it's dark black, not brown.
A: dark fruit, chocolate, malt, and sense of strong Belgium.
F: heavy on gulp yet thin on tongue, mildly boozy.
T: chocolatey but bitter baking chocolate, can't taste Mandarin nor any other fruit. Slightly boozy and malty and a bit bready.
O: Disappointed. I love Belgium beers and I love Sierra Nevada and thought the two together would be a great combo but it's not. Almost like they tried to create an orange chocolate chimay yet failed and can only be good to those not familiar with Belgium beers. And sure it might be argued I didn't have this fresh but to make a good Belgium beer that is corked it should hold up 3 years and this can't hold up a year. Bad decision on Sierra, they're better than this. Arrogant Bastard is the better choice if these 2 stood side by side. Sure arrogant bastard doesn't contain Mandarins but neither does this, at least not enough to tell.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Sierra Nevada Ovila 750ml Mix Pack - $23.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a goodly-sized, beige head. Light lacing.

Smell: Fire-licked breadcrusts and rough-chopped pecans for an earthy, charred toast nose, with bitterish-scented cocoa powder and a far-off hint of oily citrus.

Taste: Roasty and burnt, ash and smokey char, though given some chocolate to sooth it a smidge. Dark fruitiness, also a little bit of orange, like a spoonful of triple sec. Middling bitterness. Pinch of black pepper spiciness. Roasty, revived cocoa powder and more of those seared nuts. Never ever really feels particularly like a Belgian ale, dubbel or otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I didn't find the surprising degree of bitterish, hard chary taste to be appealing. The mandarin character came up short, but also the yeast was far from characterful.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle, caged and corked, purchased as part of a three bottle holiday box. Aged one year in the store by the time I bought it.

Pours typical lookkng brown, mocha cap, moderate lace

Muted milk chocolate sniff

the excitement started here upon the first sip....this is a simply delicious brew...I'm sure it has benefitted from the year in the bottle...its soft, smooth and nicely rounded, mellow in its flavorful yummyness....more sublime milk chocolate, raisins, ripe fruit, darker malt notes...high quality brown ale...I wish brewers made more beer loike this one..would be great with desserts, or as a tasty component of a marinade for grilled chicken....gonna try to get at leaast another of those tasty boxed sets of these food centered Ovila brews from SN...

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Ovila Abbey Brown Ale With Mandarins And Cocoa from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 95 ratings