Ovila Abbey Saison | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
773
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
70
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of fruit, with some orange and peach notes. I also get some Belgian yeast as well as some wheat and biscuit malt.

The flavor is also very fruity. I get oranges, peaches and apricots, as well as some wheat and biscuit malt. There is a nice amount of spice, mainly coriander and white pepper. There is also a little bit of alcohol. Overall, the fruit in this beer is very juicy tasting and goes very well with the other saison notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Pint House and served in a Chimay chalice. On to the beer:

Morning sunshine orange in color with a creamy, thin lace that covers the top and leaves some thin layers on the glass. It has a good aroma, not over the top, relaxed. Quite dry with lemon and horse blanket.

This is where Ovila gets its name. The taste is very easy to approach and does not overpower in any one aspect. Lightly sweet; suggestions of pear, bubblegum (more specifically Bubble Tape brand), and pleasant spice. The fun doesn't stop there; its smooth and chalky body are extremely pleasing and helps create a very worthwhile experience.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 aasher
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice rich and cloudy gold with a one finger off white head. It poured medium in body. It gives off aromas of sweet bananas, cloves, and a heap of Belgian yeast. It has a pretty nice nose. Initially, it's appealing but the longer you sip it it gets a little old. The flavors are of sweet and bitter Belgian yeast with a banana and clove lead. That's all it is really and doesn't feature too much complexity. It drinks medium in body and actually drinks pretty well. Overall this is an ok saison but I'd prefer a Belgian or a Sofie.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head; this leaves lots of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is an amber hue that shows a mostly clear, deep orange tinged, rich gold hue when held up to the light. As I pour this beer a strong note of ripe pears with a touch of apples is noticeable. This is amplified with a more focused look at the aroma, but this is backed by a touch of spiciness and a mustiness that is a bit stronger towards the finish. Aromatic specifics remind me of musty white pepper, perhaps a hint of woody ginger, ; A deep inspection of the nose makes noticeable a grainy, toasted cracker note as well as a some dried grass notes. This really has an earthy, musty note that makes me think of a damp cellar, though for some reason not a dark one, but rather one that has some nice a sunlight coming into it

Sweet and fruity tasting, a spicy, earthiness tries to balance this towards the finish, but the finish remains dominated by the bright, pear and floral apple fruitiness. There is a dried hay grain character as well a toothsome, wholesome sweet pale malt note. The finish has a phenolic spiciness that is mostly clove, but also has a warmth to it somehow that reminds me of woody white pepper and spicy ginger. While the fruitiness is certainly the most noticeable character here, it is pretty well balanced by the musty earthiness and the spiciness that is here. The body has a certain fullness to, it is not overly heavy, but it does have certain viscous character to it that sees it sticking to the palate for a bit before finally being washed clean by the lingering fruitiness and spiciness.

I prefer a Saison that is quite a bit drier and I would prefer that the spiciness and / or a bright hoppiness was the dominant character, as opposed to the fruitiness. Still this is a pretty tasty beer that I am quite happy to be drinking and would definitely have again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the COOP a while back... I'm watering the lawn and boxing beer... it is still freaking hot outside and in the house... the saison is sounding refreshing.

Poured into my Portsmouth goblet.... Scant 1" white head dies pretty quickly... no real lacing to speak of... the brew is a hazy lite orange.

The nose seems a bit tame IMO.. mildly phenlolic with some citrus and bready notes... not alot more surprisingly.

Flavor is better with better ester profile.. some pear and maybe apricot playing around... the spicy elements are the bigger player... white peppercorn and a touch of clove... some banana shows with warmth and seems a little out of place..

Body and carbonation are about right..

Not the best saison in the USA.. but still is pretty good.. I will buy it again certainly... I may even pick a few up for the cellar. I am digging the Ovila series and respect the motives for it... good work and God's work :-)

3.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

25 oz bottle, corked and caged, opens with a fierce pop. Pours a cloudy straw, with a large foamy head and some lace. Aroma of bubblegum, white pepper, and citrus. In the flavor, estery Belgian yeast, wheat, clove and a mild bittering balance. Mouthfeel is loose, wet and cleansing. Overall, a decent saison style beer with big yeast elements. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a yellow-orange with a medium white head, average retention, some spotty lace.

S: Lots of pear and yellow apple, the Belgian yeast is apparent. Some light spice.

T: Pears and apricots with a hint of orange. Some residual sugar keeping everything in balance. Hop flavour is minimal, but adds a pleasant earthy backbone.

M: Soft carbonation, easy drinking, medium-bodied overall, very smooth.

O: Sierra Nevada's Ovila label impressed with the dubbel and now with the saison. This is a fantastic American saison beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell is sweet and flowery with a stout dose of coriander. Mainly honeysuckle and flowers in scent. Little bit of herbal hop.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong flavor of flowers. Mild bitterness and a strong coriander taste. Tasty and mild this is a sweeter version of Hennepin.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable beer. The drier Hennepin edges this out in my book; but if you like a little sweeter beer this is for you.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Saison. I hope to see the Abbey brewing their own one day. Pours golden with a nice high head that settles to a respectable cap. Smells yeasty, slightly sweet, and lightly bready, with some subtle fruit notes of apple, pear, and a bit of white pepper. Quite nice. The taste is a little bit hot, and the fruit notes aren't as clear, but otherwise the taste shares much with the aroma. Not quite as crisp and bracing as I like my Saison's, this seems almost in the direction of Belgian Pale. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it well enough.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is prototypical saison, with honey, light clove, and some underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this nicely crafted beer, with the sweet honey and clove dominating. There's some bitterness on the finish which helps to counter the sweetness a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a faily long, slightly bitter finish.

Though nothing extraordinairy, this is still a solid beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: An explosive situation of effervesce erupts within an oxidized orange colored body. Porous eggshell white head sits dominantly atop 2 fingers strong with time passing. Good patchwork lacing.

S: Ripe pear with a hint of pepper and honey dew fruitiness for aroma. Dry vinery.

T: For flavor a spicy twang of citrus, hint of Belgian pear yeastiness, and green melon fruitiness. Dry herbaceous notes, citronella with a soft peppery touch. Sweet malt based, toasted, semi-dry rounds things out.

M: Strong carbonation rings through in the mouthful creating a frothy nature on the hold. Dry spicy twang of citrus on the exit.

O: Overall spicy, dry with a strong carbonation presence well suited per style. Smooth flavor and transition, fruity Belgian yeasty contributions with a crisp factor ranks this as good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a racing carbonation of big bubbles. There is a bubbly light beige head on top that last for a good bit. The beer gets hazier with each pour.

S- The soft citrus fruity esters have a very faint yeasty quality that take on a phenolic coriander as the beer warms up.

T- The dry crisp fruit hints have citrus and red grapefruit qualities wit a bit of alcohol to dry out the finish. There is some spice hop qualities that turn more green as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a soft alcohol note in the finish that turns into a much larger alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

O- This beer is a bit too big to be refreshing and although it does have dry and fruity character it doesn't have the yeasty qualities that I enjoy in this style. The alcohol and phenolic characters are just to overpowering and the fruity esters are just odd aswell.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy orangeish-gold color with about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma was the typical combination of grain, yeast and spice that is expected from the style. On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, a nice, grainy base, a bit of a yeast tang and some spiciness floating in the background.

The body was also pretty typical, medium body without being heavy or thin. Drinkability was good, but I find most saisons to be very drinkable. Overall, a very nice, but not particularly notable, example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it, but I'm not sure it's worth the $12.95 price tag I've seen the 750's going for.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle, 7.5% abv on the label.

A- pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1" head of foam, plenty of lacing.

S- smells earthy, yeasty, spicy, kind of fruity..some citrus. Spicy goes to some notes of pepper.

T- I can ure taste the orange citrus, nice, spice is limited to light doses of pepper. Swishing the beer in my mouth brings the oranges out even more. Not much bitterness to this puppy, which I like. Slight hint of some funk the more I sip.

M- medium bodied, pretty high carbonation, it works for me.

O- This is a nice tasty Saison. I bought a single for $5 because I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not...duh. 4 packs in town are $13.99; I think I'll pick up a 4 pack or 2.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color. Poured a 3 finger coarse white head with good retention to a 2 finger cap. Decanted continually. Laced the glass in thin, wavy rings.

S: Light-colored fruit; pear and white grape. Slight bready malt aroma commingles with sour funk. Earthy and herbal in the background. Very complex nose.

T: Fruit, malt and funk in the taste are very consistent with the nose. Add clover honey and coriander. Finish is slightly resiny, spicey and dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Starts a little coating and creamy, but clears quickly with carbonation, spice and dry finish.

O: Complex; a lot going on - in a good way. Moderate ABV and odd balance make it very drinkable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Sierra Nevada date stamp code on bottle says this was bottled on May 26, 2011. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like peppery spice, citrus, dried fruit, bananas and some wheat. The brew tastes like bready malt/wheat, grass, peppery spice, cloves and a bit of fruit. There's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and is well carbonated. I think it's decent enough and worth trying. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: Smelled of that typical saison barnyard funk, along with a fruity aspect and malt.

T: Tasted of fruit (apples), malt, some pepper and the aforementioned barnyard funk. A solid, well-rounded flavor that is oddly satisfying.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, yet earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better American versions of saison.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange/gold colour with a fluffy white cap. Lemony aroma, very floral, grassy and peppery, bready, some coriander and faint apple. The flavour profile was a bit different, more of a focus on spiciness (peppery with some coriander) with a dry maltiness. Citrus and floral character was more muted, though there was still a light apple sweetness. Slight warmth, peppery and grassy finish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, fairly dry. I enjoyed it and would purchase again, particularly if I found it on tap.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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 ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

An slightly hazy light orange body sits underneath a huge, foamy paper white cap. No discernible lacing. A band-aid, medicinal funk takes control of the nose while banana, clove and pepper hold down the back end. The flavor profile mimics the nose exactly. Band-aid funk, banana, clove and pepper. Light body with an effervescent/astringent feel.

Overall, this is a quality take on the style. Nothing groundbreaking, just a solid, straightforward interpretation of the style.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 773 ratings.
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