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:
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 peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach colour, 2 fingers of rocky white head, some lace left behind. Smell is yeasty with lots of fruit notes, lemon rind, spices, white pepper, mildly earthy. Taste is fairly yeast driven and quite dry, earthy, lemony citrus, floral notes come and go, light tartness in the finish with long spicy aftertaste. Medium body, high prickly carbonation, light-med feel. Very nice stuff, nice and dry and very drinkable, a 750ml was finished solo with no fatigue setting in whatsoever, wish I had another.

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Photo of marct
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of swooshjtb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of neophilus
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes...

Thick, creamy head tops a cloudy golden-yellow brew. Sticky thin lacing hangs on the sides of the glass as the head falls.

Aroma is somewhat soapy but flowery. Notes of lavender are soft yet firm, caught somewhere between fresh spring flowers and laundry detergent. Rather feminine actually.

First taste brings peppery sweet flavors to the palate, with some lemon mixing things up. The flavor continues to be subdued and light as I continue to sip with a faint citrus character marking the taste's progression. The beer finishes with a mildly grainy aftertaste.

A very soft and delicate beer. I was expecting more funk from this style. It was either lavender or soap that was throwing the aroma off for me, I went in expecting some yeasty spice but got mostly flowers. The flavor was delicate as well, as the initial peppery spice did not carry through towards the end.

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Photo of ryendavid
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy, dark peach color; good head; decent lacing
S: persistent, buoyant; esters, booze, pear dominate
T: sweet with overtones of pear; light at first, moving to dry ale on the back end, almost too raw; complex, flavorful beer

A pleasant saison. Go for it.

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Photo of Cresant
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 tbizzle0
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Lerxst
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A-Pours a slightly hazy gold with a gentle pour producing a one finger head of tightly knit bubbles that recedes to a thin ring. Leaves spotty lace.

S-Somewhat subdued nose, but I am picking up the earthy yeast, pale malt and light fruits. Nothing funky going on here, it is a pleasant but unspectacular nose.

T-earthy, peppery yeast, light fruit , pale malt, a tart slightly funky aftertaste comes in at the end.

M-crisp, sharp carbonation. Very dry. Light bodied.

O-this is a decent beer, just nothing particularly memorable.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of haazer
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel

A- A saturated golden color of a brew. Evident bubbly carbonation, about a finger worth of tightly packed white bubbles, settles down to a thin ring.

S- Candy, a nice spicey belgian yeast profile, and sugar. Clove, bubble gum and wheat as well sort of like a hefe. Pale malt backbone.

T- Slightly complex, clove, ginger, lots of floral notes and some spice. Theres a bit of grassy flavor in this, reminding you that Sierra Nevada had a hand in it. The yeast flavor is pretty interesting.

M- Light to medium body with fair amount of carbonation. A clisp clean finish.

O- An ok saison, nothing special. Not bad, but could easily be a year round or seasonal versus the one off limited variety.

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Photo of anyhoodle
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle corked and caged. No bottling date or additional packaging info.

I filled up my Cigar City pint glass with this liquid.

A: Poured a very slightly muddy yellow color, with a 2 finger frothy head that stuck around for a while. I looked much more like an IPA than a saison.... especially of the farmhouse, funk variety.

S: Ahhh... there it is - the farmhouse funk! Strong scent of candy sugar, with a mild bit of sourness, wrapped up in coriander, pepper, and apricot. Smells yummy!

T: Despite the appearance, this one definitely has the farmhouse flair, but it's not an in-your-face spice bomb by any means. Fruity mandarin orange/apricot fruit comb, with a dry peppery finish.

M: Not too sweet or spicy. This one actually plays the whole saison funk thing right down the middle. Even the lacing was pretty tame.

O: I've gotta admit, this is VERY drinkable.... maybe even too. A part of me wishes that this were MORE spicy and sip-inducing.... maybe that would make me slow down!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of n2185
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with almost no lacing.

S: Lots of bubblegum, bananas, and candy sugar with some pear notes as well. Some yeasty sweet bread aromas towards the finish.

T: Belgian spices at first followed by some bubblegum and candy sugar flavors, though they're not as prevalent as in the aroma. Slightly bitter bread flavors bring up the finish

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and needs more carbonation.

O: A decent saison, though nothing special. It could use more carbonation and more depth of flavor.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of casualfan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ovila Abbey Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 772 ratings.
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