Ovila Abbey Saison
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
772
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  28
Gots
  69
SCORE
87
Very Good
Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison
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Reviews by thehooksman:
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Hazy, burnt orange with an off white, one finger head that lingers. Good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, oranges, coriander.

T: Citrus, light, oranges/lemons, coriander, Belgian funk. A peppery finish.

M: Medium with lots of carbonation.

O: A decent saison. I like the Ovila dubbel and quad better, but this was worth a try.

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Photo of Photchkiss
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rather cloudy pale amber-yellow in color. Forms a modest white head that does seem to stick around fairly well. No lacing.

S: Bright and slightly acidic with notes of lemon, black pepper, spice and a bit of yeast.

T: Rather mild and unassuming. Starts off with very mild, slightly fruity, pale malts before turning herbal and peppery. Then a hint of lemon and a light bit of yeast with lots of pepper on the finish.

M: On the lighter side with heavier carbonation, a spry mouthfeel and virtually no bitterness.

O: An acceptable, approachable, Saison: I've had better and I've had worse.

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Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a thick one finger white head and lacing. Looks nice. Fairly complex aroma of caramel malt, banana, light fruit and Belgian spices. Starts with a medium sweet malt and light fruit flavor and abruptly finishes dry with pepper, citrus, a hint of funk, Belgian spices and a light hop kick. A very different flavor progression. A bit too dry on the finish for my taste, but very well made and interesting enough to keep my interest.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrBobPierce
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

maybe my least favorite from this series, but not a bad beer at all. it pours a very pale cloudy yellow color with a smallish white head. the aroma is grassy and wheaty, more of a hefeweizen in the nose than a saison, kind of missing that farmy aspect. the flavor is also quite grassy, like cut hay or something, more in the malts than in the yeast. there is a touch of lemon acidity to this as well, but the flavor is quite mild overall. mouthfeel is a tad undercarbonated i think, but the body is light and easy drinking. maybe the season has passed for light saisons, but this one didnt really do it for me. i much prefer the other beers in this line.

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

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ggregkwt
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Thomas_Greiner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bnes09
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Ajmorriso1
4.13/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tlazaroff
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Took this out of the fridge 30 minutes before drinking to warm it up a bit.

A: Pours a honey color, slightly on the orange side. Carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass to support the fluffy light tan head.

S: Smells like a Belgian beer. Yeasty, tart fruits, and maybe a little pepper dominate the aroma. Smells quite wonderful.

T: I don't get as much funk as I like in my Saisons. There are hints of hay and oats, and defiantly grassy notes too. Just didn't deliver on what the aroma promised, kinda sad really.

M: Very light bodied (almost creamy) and carbonated, also incredibly smooth, neither of which I was expecting. I don't think this fits the style very well.

D: Quite drinkable, but I'd rather have other saisons.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lionhearted1987
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mix of orange and yellow, with a brilliant white spongy head. Aroma notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, light pepper and herbal notes with a tiny bit of juicy citrus. Taste is nicely peppery, with a predominant yeast note. Slight bits of fruity esters, herbs and lemon rind. Crisp, but far from effervescent. Carbonation is more tame than I see in other Saison examples. Feels good on the palate though. Drinkabilty is high.

I definitely enjoyed this Ovila offering over the Dubbel (though my girlfriend would argue otherwise!). It's not a top tier Saison, but it's very good, drinkable and refreshing in this heat.

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Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rarrar
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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