Ovila Abbey Saison | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison
772 Ratings
Ovila Abbey SaisonOvila Abbey Saison

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

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.

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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 263
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 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 BigE90
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Whole Foods for $9.99

a: a great golden yellow/orange color that was clear in clarity but yet dark enough that it was not like you were looking at a Coors. Poured a 2 finger head that faded quickly though to just a lacing.

s: a great belgian smell, earthy and spicy coming from it.

t: a very natural/earthy taste to it followed by some banana/clove/spice to it. A different aftertaste followed that I am unable to place but I know that I am not to fond of it.

m: true to style, nothing great nothing bad

o: a decent saison. just like the Ovila Dubbel, a good representation of the style but not an over the top wow I gotta have more brew. Definitely worth the taste though.

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

A: A light orange tan beer, hazy with a very large and fluffy white head.

S: Slight citrus notes as well as a pear aroma. There is a refreshing berry scent, but it is is in the background mixing with an almost champaign like smell. Some typical belgian yeast characteristics. Nice.

T: There is certainly a good amount of tang in the flavor. Tart with citrus notes, a spicy flavor, and a touch of booze. This is certainly a little more intense than the smell would lead you to believe. There is a nice floral note, but the alcohol flavor seems a little high for me.

M: Light in body though it has a nice smoothness. Slightly drying, with high carbonation.

O: Overall I enjoy it, but I most likely would not buy another bottle. I think it is a little too rough around the edges, and if it smoothed out it would be real nice.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Translucent light orange colour with one finger of thick, bubbly white head.

S - Sweet grainy notes, Belgian yeast, light citrus and grassy notes. Some funk is present as well.

T - Grainy/bready malts and Belgian yeasty flavours are predominant. Light citrus and earthy notes are present as well along with some funk. The finish is very dry and has a bitterness that lingers slightly.

M - Medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

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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 Kendo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A loud, forceful "pop" upon release of the cork. Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy, tangerine/orange with a big (2-finger) ivory head.

S: Bread, citrus (lemony) and yeasty. Clean smelling.

T: Bread doughy malt, some orchard fruit (apples or pears, I think) and some yeasty banana and clove - more evident as it warms up a bit. Finishes with a clean, lemony bitterness.

M: Fizzy/airy, but not on par with the best Belgians of this style. Call it the lighter side of medium, heft-wise.

O: Good stuff. Nice balance of flavors. Not sure I'd pay $10 for a bottle again, but I'm glad to have had it once.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with a thin off white head. The head receeds quickly and leaves nothing behind except a broken film on the top.

The aroma is decent. A little banana and citrus offer a nice fruit presence, and it's accompanied by a touch of yeast spice. Pleasant enough IMO.

The taste is ok. Again some fruit is present mostly banana and citrus. Some pale malt gives a gentle grain presence and is accompanied by a bit of yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall the beer is ok. I'm not convinced it has all of the qualities I look for in a saison but it has some merit. It's a solid beer and I would be happy to visit it again.

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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 jamescain
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a White Birch flute glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a lacing over the top. Good head retention.

Aroma: Spicy yeasty notes with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Earthy and spicy with subtle bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation with a dry finish, refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: A good saison, I feel there are better versions out there but glad I tried it.

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

750 ml bottle. Bought this at Tasty Beverage, not sure the price.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light golden color. Huge, soft, billowy head. Excellent head retention. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smell: Musty yeast, lemons, apples, white grapes. Earthy, slightly herbal.

Taste: Bitter citrus pith-- bitter, but not tart. More musty yeast. A little grassy, earthy hops. More bitterness in the finish. The bitterness really detracts for me.

Mouthfeel: Nice and soft upfront, dry, bitter finish.

Overall: Looks great, smells good, tastes too bitter.

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

750ml bottle poured into a pair of large snifters

Pours mostly clear (until I got to the bottom of the bottle), yellow, with fair amount of head and plenty of active carbonation. Smell is sour and funky.

Taste is mildly sour, grassy, wheaty, yeasty, a little more of the funk. But fairly mild overall.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied but fairly light. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewlore
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Very large white billowy head that slowly reduces and hangs around the glass. A very nice hazy orange color. It's a good looking beer.

Light aroma with some spice & phenols. A slight hint of fruit in the nose as well.

Very quaffable. Finishes dry and makes you want to quickly take another sip. The taste is of yeasty phenols and malt and a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated.

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Photo of crusian
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from the local bottle shop.
As i twist the cage off, I always ave a flashing thought of the cork exploding out, as I am sure oh so many of us have. The cage comes off without the cork, so thats good. I slowly pull the cork out, glass ready, and BAM, the cork flies and I immediately get that panic, even though i was still half expecting it... glass in hand almost right away to catch all the nothing that flows from the bottle. And now I kind of feel stupid as I stand there waiting for a gusher.
Anyway... pours with a nice few finger of head a dark mustard/golden color. Head actually fades very quickly which is a bit unusual.
Nose is very bready, and actually quite boozy... then turns into a somewhat of a 99 bananas smell, but not quite AS boozy or AS banana... after it warms it turns more toward the saison... earthy with a hint of sweetness. This is very interesting smelling the changes as this changes in temperature. Smells more like a hefe when colder,then turns more to a saison.
Taste is like a cross between a hefe and a saison. it definitely has a strong wheat presence mixed with hay, boozy finish, a bit of lemon. Very dry earthy finish with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus and peppery spices in the nose, which also has notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. No dryness is apparent in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vegassommelier
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Cresant
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a hazy golden apricot color with a pithy white head.

The smell was pear. Earthy and fruity. White peppercorns. Classic saison aromas.

The taste was also fruity. Plums and pears. There was a gentle bitterness and an understated Belgian yeast flavor. The second pour seemed to bring the flavors a bit more intensely. Semi-dry and solid.

The mouthfeel was a touch thinner than expected. Well carbonated.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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 FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

692nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750 ML, C/C

App- A lighter orange with some yellow bulbous colors around the edges. A gigantic three finger head presented and fell quite nicely.
A little bit of bubbles came up from the center of the glass on this one.

Smell- Right off the bat it has that unique saison scent with a little citrus tucked back in there nicely. The bread comes in next with a little bit of layering along the lines of a damp field.

Taste- I'm not sure where I stand on this one. It's a nice saison. Nice being key word. It didn't bowl me over with a WOW or underwhelm with off flavors. It has a nice start with a little yeast and a little citrus note. A bit dry with a white pepper spike to it as well.

Mouth- It's a bigger saison and it's medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a bit of a green apple flavor behind with some spice and some yeast.

Drink- I was very excited for this second bottle in the series. I have to say I was a bit let down with this one. I expected something more than what it was. It could be my expectations vs what the brewers were going for. Thats okay. People don't have to like every beer out there. This was still nice. It had a good balance but seemed to be a bit underdeveloped and a big too thick or big so to speak. I might have this again but CA is a good mecca for beer and saisons so I don't know.

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Photo of callit
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nezelrac
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into tulip

A - hazy orange amber; pours with a nice two fingers of fine-beaded just off-white foam that subsides to a half finger

S - initially inert; opens to show bread-y, caramel malt notes covered in generically citric and spicy notes with a yeasty background; perhaps it will open further?

T - a bit quick on the palate; showing firm malt and a clear hop presence - lightly floral and spicy; a nearly creamy instant gives way to a firm tartness with more layers of hop and yeast spiciness and hints of baked orange towards the finish

M - good weight; CO2 is just right - not vigorous, but alive; there is a creaminess to the texture that is enhanced by the CO2 which I find quite enjoyable

O - this is a really good effort; a beer to be revisited again and again

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have snagged a bottle.

A: Super clear golden color with only a hint of white head. Not that much head retention but maybe it is the heat.

S: Very bready saison. Quite clean. Almost too clean. The malt is quite nice and comes through but it is lacking that yeast punch I look for in my saisons. It is made by Sierra Nevada so I get that they do not want to get funky.

T: The taste was very clean. Lots of breadiness. It was kind of lacking in complexity. Nice gentle hopping. It really needed something from the yeast.

M: Really nice mouthfeel. SN really nailed down the bottle conditioning in their 750s.

D: Good but Hennepin is cheaper and better IMO. Worth supporting the monks though. It needs some funk.

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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 772 ratings
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