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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of Hopswagger
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Split with Stavehooks

P: huge head frothy and ceamy. Great retention. Blonde cloudy with beautiful bubbles. 

S: sweet candy and citrus fruits crisp clean a tad musty. Alcohol is evident but not a huge player. Earthy maybe somewhat grainy. 

T/M:  very dry with good carbonation. Smell is better than the taste. Spicy with good mouthfeel. Tad on the tart side but not overpowering at all.  Dry grass and apple peels and a slight bitterness of orange rind on the finish.  Touches of funky wheat.  Yeasty once beer warms 

O:  smell is outstanding and Tate is well done. Great for the style. I could smell this all day. Another great addition to the SN line up.

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Photo of vidisad
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MarioM
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml poured into a tulip.

A: Very clear light orange color with a quick dissipating head with no lacing once gone. Medium to high carbonation.

S: Clean smelling with hints of spices and mainly citrus. Not mutch though.

T: Very clean with citrus like fruitiness and hints op spice. Not much yeast character for a saison from most likely using fast attenuating yeast with not mutch character.

M: Bitterness and fruity citrus character lingers with some spice. Alcohol also comes through even though its on the lower side compared to other saisons.

O: Too clean for my liking but glad to satisfy my curiosity. I'm glad I bought a single 375ml instead of a 750 ml or a 4 pack. Not a bad beer just not interesting compared to others.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, high retention on a hazy opalescent golden body. Aroma includes tangerine, lemon peel, candi sugar and that wispy Belgian saison yeast. Taste is lemony, slightly grassy (fresh grass), ever so slight green apple tartness, and delicious yeastiness. Great American version of this classic style. Very nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of willjschmidt
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a huge white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Yeast, spice, a hint of sweet malt.

T: A decent saison, but far from great. It's got nice spice notes, a hint of grass, some light tartness. The major detractor in this beer though is that it is way too sweet. Saison's are supposed to be very dry.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: A decent saison, but I would not purchase again due to the sweetness and the fact that there are much better saisons available.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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

Photo of megahurts4
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

Appearance: yellow-orange, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: lots of yeast, grainy notes, and a faint citrus.

Taste: yeast, grain, and a very faint citrus/fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

The aroma is mainly yeast, but the overall flavor is fairly mild and soft. The amount of flavor resembles a kolsch more than a saison.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Harvest06
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tlazaroff
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of spicelab
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Apricot with a moderate haze to it. Very large white head falls to a film and leaves zero lacing.

Relatively sweet nose with a very distinct floral perfume. Plenty of phenol and ester action with sweet melons, apples, musk, cloves and fairy floss. Smattering of grapefruit pith, citrus peel and peppery spice.

Taste is less sweet, but lacks the depth of the nose. Lots of marmalade, green apple, lemon rind and white pepper. Sweet esters come through a bit more as it warms. Has a modest tartness, but no funkiness to be found.

Mouthfeel is active and verging on abrasive, but becomes more agreeable over the course.

Bit of a mixed bag. The nose verges on great, the taste is not too far behind, however the characteristic Saison funk is lacking as is the drinkability.

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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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