Ovila Abbey Saison | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 263
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JimmyTango
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meant to pick up the Ovila Dubbel, but grabbed the wrong bottle. Oh Well…

Another good afternoon beer. Very close to the Upright #4 but with less bittering hops, more aroma hops, and none of the aspirin taste. This beer was slightly less dry than some of the other saisons I’ve had lately, which was a good change. Not a lot to say, drinks like a crisp heffe with a touch of earthiness.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

From notes... Props to my in-laws for snagging a bottle of this for me the last time they were in Duluth.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, thumb of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Grassy hops, spiced wheat, hint of cloves and bananas.

T - Much like the nose, though a bready malt comes through nicely. The grassy flavours are complemented by tart fruit notes, yeast esthers and the cloves and wheat linger on the palette.

M - Lighter bodied ale that's a tad prickly going down but finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty saison with a great flavour profile for the style. Super stoked to get a chance to try another of the Ovila series.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head. It a a foggy orange yellow with lots of carboantion coming up through the glass. Head has reduced to a decent foamy layer now.

Smell: vanilla, spices, apples, bready malts, belgian candy, pears, and some peppery notes too.

Taste: all of the above, but the flavors seem a little mellow and should be more pronounced. Some spiciness to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and easy to drink and a nice warm night.

Overall: An enjoyable saison collaboration from the two breweries. I cna see myself enjoying this every once in a while

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Pours a dark gold(slightly orange) with nice big white head.

Nose is yeasty and funky.

Taste is lemon peel, pear, Belgian yeast and hints of funk and malt in the finish.

Carbonation is just right.

Overall this is a well done saison but not quite enough umpf for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Local Provisions. From notes.

A - Cloudy golden colour, one finger of white head, good carbonation. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Orange and pepper, hay. Very basic and a little faint but welcoming.

T - Orange and pepper, spice, citrus, fruity with mild grass maybe. Mild Belgian yeast and some light malt. Seems mild as well.

M - Nice and refreshing, effervescent yet light carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Not bad but certainly not great. A basic saison with no flavour that really stands out and grabs you. All the flavours are pretty solid, there's just nothing that really seems to get the ball rolling.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An orange-ish body with an off-white head, very usual.

Grains and lemon on the nose, little pine.

Muted and subdued, but definitely peppered and lemony. Almost too smooth, not enough edge on the hops. The alcohol's covered, though. Spices are present but uncertain. It's a given that saison is not the most exciting style but this needs punctuation, something definitive.

Very soft. The head retains and the carbonation is anything but aggressive.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A creamy pillow of white head sits between one and two fingers tall, dropping off to heavy foam and leaving a good amount of thick patching well down the glass. Beneath is a very cloudy brew a coppery gold color.
This beer showcases a lot of earth and spiciness along with yeast, a mild sugary sweetness, a vinous sort of dry tartness, and some white fruits flesh. The Belgian character of the yeast is light but present, allowing for a pretty good complexity. There's a further balance between breads and very gentle leafy and citric hops bitterness.
The body is about medium and the feel of this beer is soft, creamy, smooth, flowing and fluffy without being overfilling. Crispness isn't lost in the midst of it. The mouthfeel is the best aspect, though it's very good overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A humongous pop of the cork... Voluminous fluffy crisp pure white head with a slightly rocky top... Loads of micro bubbled sized brisk paced carbonation rise randomly throughout... Rock solid retention gives way to a slightly thick slightly creamy lacing... The color is a light golden orange with a very faint haziness... Loads of lacing cling to the glass... Quite regal and sophisticated...

S - Loads of hay and grass... Lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeast component... A very subtle but intriguing funkiness... Perhaps the slightest bit of candied sugar... Touches of pear an apple... Very nice...

T - Earthy... Apples... Pears... A very little hint of pepper... Muted lemon and orange zest... Faint candied sugars... Apples... Solid, but perhaps just the slightest bit muddled and a bit too subdued...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... A touch of lushness... Very lightly carbonated... Simple and effective...

D - A solidly above average Saison... Very nice all the way around... Spot on for the style... I would drink this again without hesitation, though this one falls short of excellent... My favorite beer thus far from the new Ovila line of brews...

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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