Ovila Abbey Saison | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison
BA SCORE
71.5%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 772 Ratings
Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
772
Liked:
552
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
11.2%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 263
Photo of crow
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7.5% ABV 12.7 oz cork top

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
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 life_of_agony
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 Rootscipio
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Invinciblejets
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

seems more like tripel imo

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bnes09
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
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 FaradayUncaged
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twenteone
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found it hard to consider this a saison . . . I dunno, maybe it's just me. Overall a tasty beer and I liked it.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of z_taylor
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda hoppy finish and noticeable peppercorn flavor. A decent saison but not quite in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Scarycarrie1
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh. Not much sour and a little too sweet.

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Photo of postj4
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tlema1
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get the Orange in the nose and on the finish, a very enjoyable brew

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Photo of Krey213
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 71.5% out of 100 with 772 ratings
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