Ovila Belgian Style Golden | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Belgian Style GoldenOvila Belgian Style Golden
BA SCORE
3.83/5
213 Ratings
Ovila Belgian Style GoldenOvila Belgian Style Golden
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 06-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,092
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
213
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer from recent Maine trip. Slightly boozy golden, but still good drinkable and more of a Belgian strong. Big foamy lasting head. Nice yeast, simple and slightly sweet. A little orange citrus, bubble gum and tropical fruit. Soft mouthfeel.Worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Sierra nevada continues to march through the more popular styles of Belgian ales for the bennefit of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This time, they do so with the ever ellusive elegance found in few Belgian strong pale ales, even within the boarders of Belgium.

With a quick pop of the cork, the beer sounds off with Belgian confidence right out of the shoot. Not a gushing beer, but the careful decantment yields a billowing foam structure that easily topples the tulip. As the beer separates from the froth, the golden elixir underneath is a thing of beauty. A modest haze allows the beer to glow with shades of goldenrod. Persistent head retention and intermittent lacing reinforces the beer's Belgian authenticity.

Sweet and succulent notes of floral hops, honey, and fruit swirl in just the right balance to remind me of honeysuckle. Backed by the supple malt of biscuit and pilsner, the beer's cracker-like breadiness grounds the esters, hop oils, sweet scent and gives the aromas structure. Balancing notes of white pepper, clove and dried orange peel offset the sweeter fruitier notes and offers yet another layer of complexity to the overall scent.

Flavors ride the same consistent line of that in aroma. A medium-sweet captures the taste of honey and powdered sugar before developing into a dry-fruit taste of apples and pears- reminding me of Riesling or drier French ciders or perry. The light bready base of biscotti and animal crackers rein in the esters and sweetness and give the spicy balance a springboard in which to jump. White pepper, coriander, and curacao orange peel accompany milder tones of clove and cardamom as the beer dries out wonderfully headed into finish. A late stance of hop bitterness matches that of spiciness but never rivals for command in balance.

Medium-light in body, the early firmness is aided by residual malt sweetness and a rich grainy-sweet body. But the carbonation pulls the malt from the tongue and favors an arid dryness of fruit and spice. Finishing off-dry, the beers 8.5% strength delivers a warm and soothing finish with high drinkability and lightness.

Sierra Nevada's philanthropic endevors leads them to a very classy and authentic tasting Belgian strong pale ale that's on par with those like Delirium Tremens, Piraat Ale, and Lucifer. But it must be drier to match that of Duvel. Still, it's a pleasure to sit with a bottle of the beer!

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/2/2012. Cork shot the ceiling as soon as he cage came off. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple. pear, grape, herbal, floral, apricot, grass, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters. Taste of pear, apple, grape, pepper, apricot, herbal, grass, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of fruity and malty flavors; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, foamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

On-tap 10/14/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some spice flavor comes along with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly but leaves only light lace.

S - Herbal hops and thick, bready malt with some vanilla notes.

T - Thick, rich malt up front with notes of bread, herbal hops, and vanilla. Some pear and spicy notes of coriander and pepper in the middle. Finishes with black pepper, pear, spicy hops, and thick, sweet malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very good, this is a classic tripel with great malt and yeast character. Just a touch too sweet in the finish but otherwise perfectly executed.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Allagash glass. Golden in color with a thick white foam filling nearly half the glass initially. Nice head retention as it settled down.

The aroma has a good balance to it. Zesty lemon citrus, Belgian yeast spice and bready pale malts all come together well. It's crisp, refreshing and pretty nice overall.

The taste shows a little more of the yeast spice showing up. It's got some of the zesty lemon coming through, which gives it some refreshing qualities. A little bit of the pale, sweeter malts come through with some lighter, crisp fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall, it was a pretty easy drinking and refreshing beer. The earthy yeast spice seemed a touch dominating in the taste, but other then that it felt pretty well balanced. Pretty solid beer of the style overall.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did that ever open with a pop! As soon as I uncaged this the cork shot off, their warning label was apt

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers+ of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy notes, lemon peels, & faint pear notes

T: Green apple peels, some pear & just a touch of coriander up front. Pears & a slight bit of dirt as this warms, just a bit of peppery hops & slight boozey warming. Finishes very fruitty with some phenolic twang & a little bit of lemon hop bite

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, warming

Drinks easy, no Duvel, but not bad, just wear some safety glasses

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at The Pony Bar on the UES in NYC, leftover from their SN event 2 nights ago. Served as an 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of pears, apples, fruity malts, pepper, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, wheat, and some light lemon and citrus. Very fruity and nice...lots of pear.

t - Tastes of pears, pepper, spices, cloves, apples, fruity malts, Belgian yeast, grains, bananas, wheat, light lemon, citrus, bready malts, and some earthy notes. More spice and pepper than the nose had. A very tiny step down for me.

m - Medium body moderate carbonation, the body is super smooth. Quite easy to drink.

o - Overall I'm glad I ordered this because I think it is my favorite Ovila series beer of their (not including the BA Dubbel). The nose is great with a lot of fruit, and the taste is very nice too, though it has a little more spice and pepper. Worth checking out and I'd have it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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