Ovila Abbey Saison
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison
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Belgian Saison
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 263 | Ratings: 772
Photo of JackRWatkins
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: prominent smooth 3 finger head, clear orange in color, I prefer my beer hazier than this
S: grassy and dry, subtle bitterness
T: prominent malt and yeast, grassy and piney bitterness, very dry and crisp, a touch of bitter orange rind, the sweetness of the malt gives way to a mentholated and herbal note almost basilesque.
A somewhat hop forward saison that is also a tad boozy
M: dry but also oddly syrup, could be having it closer to room temp
O: This is a grassy and dry, hop forward saison, it is not incredible, but it does have it's own identity, which should be seen as a point of pride for this collaboration, worthy of a try if the price is right

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Massive white head, yellow slightly hazy. Aroma was arid and dry, a little bit of lemon going on, not the pungent belgian yeast.

Bready, dry, clean mouthfeel and taste. Really American. Spice rack kept in check.

Enjoyed this on a summer day around the pool. Not rare, barreled, uber hoppy or sour, won't make waves.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the over-age bottle, it pours a nice amber with a small head - possibly due to age. Some fruit on the nose. A bit of malt, along with lemon (?) on the tongue. Despite its age, it is enjoyable.

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Photo of KensWorld
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Way too malty and sweet. Way off balance. Almost no head. I remember having this a few years back and it was good. Something might have went wrong with this batch or its out of date. Bottle has a 2/9/2015 bottle date. Did not like at all, way too malty and butterscotch sweet 2.50

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. This pours a light clear golden color with a nice fluffy head. The Ovila is less hazy than some saisons. The head dissipates quickly and does not leave a lot of lacing. The aroma includes spiciness from the yeast and hops and a little malt. The malt sweetness also comes through initially in the flavor but it diminishes during the dry finish. I think Sierra Nevada does a real fine job with the carbonation and mouthfeel. It is medium bodied and refreshing. It is very clean tasting and it lacks some of the uniqueness (both good and bad) found in other saisons.

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Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: A robust, cloud-like head, with nice retention and awesome lacing. Ever slightly hazy straw/apricot in color.

Nose: Lemon, tangerine, apricot, and pear. Honey and spices.

Taste: Bitter lemon and bread. Yeasty with nice carbonation.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

This beer is good, but I do not pick up the Mandarin oranges that were promised on the label. On the poor there is no head. The color is a cloudy (more foggy) reddish orange. Coriander, alcohol (other might call this funk), some citrus, and other spices (clove). Taste is bland - coriander, leads the way on the finish. Some bread on the very end.
Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer. It is incredibly smooth. Very easy drinking. This is a good beer, good because of the over the top mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mikus
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

This was a welcome find on a recent trip to Columbus OH. Love me some SN. Poured into a stemless wine glass. A cloudy, deep amber color with some small white bubbles dancing on top. Appetizing look. Aromas of some funk, coriander, bananas, and banana bread. Interesting. Surprisingly clean taste, some spicy notes (cinnamon, clove?). Nice, rich mouthfeel. This brew lingered nicely, and was more than expected as a whole package. Nice foray into an area I'm not too familiar with yet. Made me feel as though I was in some kind of beer time warp, back into the middle ages... I would enjoy this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper filtered with a lot of carbonation and 2 fingers of off white yellowish head.

S: Fruity orange and spice, black pepper, Belgian yeasts, funkiness, butter, licorice.

T: Light orange creamsicle, a Belgian yeast quality, nail polish remover, some sweet corn on the end.

M: Thin body, lots of foamy carbonation leaving it creamy.

O: Some nice light summery fruity orange qualities, refreshing and light on the palate. Drank July 21, 2014, in Boca Raton. Got in North Carolina.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a stunningly clear orange from the bottle with a bubbly white head that leaves quickly. Smells of hay, grass, citrus and some yeast. Tastes of oranges, some spice and a touch of earthiness. Light, crisp mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. A very traditional, easy-drinking ale that recalls Saison Dupont.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a small corked bottle into a small tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber body topped by a good head and lacing.

Very limited Belgium funk in both the taste and the aroma, but Belgian yeast is evident.
Slightly dry. Very clean finish for style. Well hidden ABV.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/17/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and bananas.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In review is a 2012 bottle.

A - Pours medium gold color with a three fingered snow white head and a generous stream of carbonation.

S - Barnyard funk, lemons, yeast, spice, seeds of paradise (light pepper), musty. The nose has lost some momentum due to aging.

T - Some light funk and tang, light lemons, yeast, a little earthiness. The lingering taste on the palate is slightly tart with a hint of green apples and peppery spiciness.

M - Thin medium body and some lingering tartness.

O - Next time won't age this bottle, the beer was good but lost a lot of the saison "zing".

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

750ml Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $10

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Apples, corn, breads/grains, yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some bread/grains/yeast and a bit of banana, almond, and clove.

Overall - Not outstanding, but very good nonetheless. Well balanced and a nice array of flavours.

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Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in a mixed sixer from Beer Temple, Chicago, IL

Poured into a sam Adams tulip

A- cloudy dark amber, visible rising bubbles, one finger heat that shakes your hand and says ”hows it going”

S- fruity, yeasty, the mandarins orange is prominent. Spice, more fruit, orange peel, black tea

T- juicy front almost like a mimosa, sweetness relieves and gives way to alcohol and citric acidity, Not as much spiciness as I'd expect, but there is something peppery to the warmth that isn't just alcohol. very nice

M- considerably light but it suits the overall fruitiness. A nice effervescent sparkle along with some varying warming aspects

O- this has been on my bucket list for a minute now. I'm happy to have given it a whirl. Definitely a step up from Brux, not the best sierra Nevada collab ever, worth a try. There's enough character here to justify it, despite the increase in releases of the saison style.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - As I was pouring it, I became a bit worried. Thin, bubbly head that quickly receded. No lace. No sparkle in the color. Hazy, but not that hazy. Golden copper in color. Not much here.

S - Similar to the appearance, there wasn't much to grab hold of here. I get the aroma of what I consider to be an "abbey" scent. Slightly musty, but in a good way, if that makes sense.

T - More Abbey Tripel than Farmhouse Saison. So I can see how the collaboration is working here. The taste follows the nose. Nice, complex flavors, ever so slight bitterness. Mild sweetness. The abbey/farmhouse funk is the lead player here. Barely noticeable alcohol on the finish.

M - A little thinner than I would like, but nice fully carbonated feel. Slightly tingly on the tongue. Want to rate higher, but just a bit too thin. Mildly dry. Cleaner than I expected.

O - As others have said before me, it's a good beer and a good value. I'm going to enjoy my bomber tonight. It will not blow your hair back, or knock your socks off. It will, however, float your boat.

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

Cloudy, orange amber hue with a quickly dissipating head. Orange citrus blossoms; floral and fruity. Taste follows nose with floral, fruity overtones, sweet orange peel, ending with spicy herbal notes . Highly carbonated with a medium thick mouthfeel. A very tasty and assertive Belgian style ale. Definitely want to have again.

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Photo of SteveKay
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not to familiar with the Saison style (well not familiar at all... this is my first one that I know of). My over all impression is that it tastes like a wheat beer.
This beer pores clear amber. It has good flavor and is well balance. In fact it is so well balance it is hard to pick out an individual flavors at all. The 7 ABV is not very well hidden. I got a 4 pac for 7$. A very good beer for that price.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange to copper color. Two fingers of white head that quickly dissipate. A tad bit of lacing.

S - The peppercorn is there. Astringent and earthiness. There's something citrusy hidden in the funk, but I can't identify it as orange.

T/M - The bottle says orange and peppercorn, and well, you get orange and peppercorn. A bit of alcohol on the end. Lots of tart, earthy yeast. The mouthfeel is dry with above average carbonation.

O - This is good, but the question I always ask on the overall score is, "will I buy this again?" Hmmm.

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Photo of vegassommelier
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great saison considering that the store just down the street is selling the 4 pack for $9.99 (Total Wine has the 4 pack for $15.99) I could care less about pricing, however it makes a difference to me when considering the quality to price point ratio which I grade almost all alcoholic beverages by.
What a great aroma of dried citrus peel, star anise, peppercorn grinder, cumin, sage and gravel. Good acidity and a wide range of flavors make this an interesting choice for the right food.
It is slightly 'clean' for a saison.. but If its on sale, pick it up!

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

750 Bottle just like the picture
A- Straw-honey colored with bigger bubble white head
S- Citrusy funk with hay type undertones Smells great
T- Tastes like it smells, but seems to be lacking just a touch in body. Still has that clean Saison thing going that bites at the back of your tongue
M- Allows you to taste the beer but whisks it away pretty quick
O- Its good and I would drink it again, but maybe not the beer I search for

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The beer pours out slightly hazy with an appetizing amber-orange color, only a finger's worth of foam, and very little effervescence. The beer smells of flowers, wheat, and candied fruit. Moderate hop character, but definitely fruity esters present.

The beer has a lot of body for a Saison and a surprisingly oily feel. Lots of sweetness on the palate with a good earthy spiciness to go with it. Up front I get lemon and orange marmalade. A good hit of spicy phenols accompany it at mid-palate, killing any medicinal sweetness that might exist. It finishes dry, but all the flavors seem to linger a little. Nothing dominates.

Not as spicy or earthy as some other Saisons I've had, but the style does allow a lot of room for interpretation and the flavor is undeniably pleasant. It has some nice complexity and a good balance between sweet and spicy. Really nice, but it could use more carbonation.

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

A - Dark amber, almost a cross between a pale and a red, nearly opaque. Thick with bubbles. Perfect 1 1/2 finger head, creamy, with excellent retention. Lacing blankets the side of the glass.

S - Dry, rye wheat; only the slightest hints of Belgian yeast and perhaps Mandarin orange. An understated aroma that gains slightly in complexity as it sits.

T - A much smoother taste that the aroma indicated. Sweet, but not hugely; a complex mix of sweet malt flavors, with just a hint of sourness. That dry rye or wheat flavor is definitely present, but on the mid-tongue, and it's a nice complement, instead of an overwhelming presence. Very satisfying taste.

M - Light-to-medium body, medium foaming, no sting. There's no alcohol flavor, but there is a definite warming effect if you allow the beer to sit in your mouth.

O - I was surprised by the mix of experiences provided in this beer. It's not as sweet as many Saisons aim, but it's definitely sweet. On the other hand, a wheaty, rye, straw-like farm ale quality is there, but not dominating. It's very well-balanced, blending all of these together into a very drinkable ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

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Photo of MarioM
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml poured into a tulip.

A: Very clear light orange color with a quick dissipating head with no lacing once gone. Medium to high carbonation.

S: Clean smelling with hints of spices and mainly citrus. Not mutch though.

T: Very clean with citrus like fruitiness and hints op spice. Not much yeast character for a saison from most likely using fast attenuating yeast with not mutch character.

M: Bitterness and fruity citrus character lingers with some spice. Alcohol also comes through even though its on the lower side compared to other saisons.

O: Too clean for my liking but glad to satisfy my curiosity. I'm glad I bought a single 375ml instead of a 750 ml or a 4 pack. Not a bad beer just not interesting compared to others.

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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 772 ratings