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 +4.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, served in a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy gold, almost tangerine orange. A very nice, one-finger pure white head with very tight bubbles. Really beautiful, creamy lacing around the glass. Beautiful beer.

Quite a sweet aroma. Honey plays a major part, as does a sweet wheat character that compliments it well. Grassy and earthy notes, with a touch of citrus fruit.

As the aroma would suggest, the taste is on the sweeter side. Again, lost of honey, almost a caramel malt sweetness at work. Some lemony tartness, but it's subdued. A fair amount of pepper, which imparts a nice balancing spicy kick.

Very nice mouthfeel on this beer, lush but with an appropriately moderate level of carbonation. With a totally negligible alcohol presence, this is quite easy to drink.

One of the better American-made (well, for the most part) saisons I've had. Sweeter than I normally like, but never cloying or over the top.

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4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although very yeasty rather than spicey, and on the sweet side, it is very tasty and drinkable saison. Fruity apricot and peach and citrus and apple, some bannana, a tad of clove and white pepper, herbal. Good mouthfeel.Very drinkable.Carbonation right there.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours light copper with a good creamy head of white foam. Color moves light to dark, bottom to top. Belgian yeast smell, some sugar notes. Light fruity crisp taste. Subtle orange peel on the close. Light malt and citrus wrapped around.

Absolutely delicious.

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3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is initially lemon zest with some oranges, pepper, clove, banana, and VERY LITTLE funk. Taste is initially Belgian yeast flavors with some clove and banana. Then those flavors are overpowered by pepper and zest flavors with lemon and just a hint of peach and green apple. Very little barnyard characteristics for being a saison. Would like to see less clove and more funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, saisons are one of my favorite styles in beer, so I really enjoy this one. It is by far not one of the best saisons I've had, but it is definitely one I would recommend and drink on the regular.

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

Pours a slightly hazy light honey orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grass, yeast, spices, and a citrus aroma. There is a slight honey smell that comes about as the beer warms. Taste is of grass, bread, yeast, spice, citrus, and some pepper notes on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some great flavors. Very easy to drink too.

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