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Ovila Belgian Style Golden | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
213 Ratings
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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:
#13,095
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
213
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 57
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of SHODriver
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: self removing cork poured into a duvel tulip to a clear light gold with a huge four finger fluffy white head that has excellent retention
S: spicy yeast and slightly fruity, a bit of pale malt and some lemony hop
T: fruity pear and spicy yeast, slight citrus with a bit of pepperyness, a bit of bready malt and apple like sweetness and a slight amount of funk at times. swallow is more fruitiness and spicy yeast
M: lighter side of medium on the palate due to the ample yet still somewhat soft carbonation
O: huge flavors, very complex and good qualities overall. pretty good and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours golden with a huge white head that clings to the side of the glass
S-citrus, slightly earthy, minerals, honey, yeast
T-Citrus and mineral flavor up front leading into the honey and malt sweetness with the belgian yeast lingering
M-medium-light bodied with lots of carbonation
O-very solid strong pale ale with great balance. What I would expect from sierra nevada

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 18, 2013.

At the pop of the cork I immediately see a nice burst of carbonated mist erupting from the bottle. The pour is golden yellow with a lasting, soft white head. It is a tad cloudy.

The nose is tickled with all of the Belgian style aromas that I like including yeast, pale malts, Belgian sugar, pear, and baked bread.

The body is full but astringent.

The taste starts out sweeter than other Belgian Strong Ales with a carbonated centerpiece of malts, sugar and then a linger drug hop finish bringing up the rear. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Hopswagger
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: A billowing 3 inch of white ricky head hovering over a sea of murky golden apricot. Retention is ridiculous and just seems to get creamier. Yeast specks sprinkle the creamy head while lacing bubbles around the edges.

S: Sweet stone fruits, citrus, big Belgian yeast nose, pils malt, sourdough and dried wheat. Spices and floral aroma are also present. The great yeast aroma is the heavy hitter here. Once agitated stale bubblegum comes out and the booze becomes more present.

T/M: Old leather, slightly smoked grains, clove, cinnamon, white pepper, stone fruits, spice rum soaked apricots and a hefty dose of dry yeast. Finish is super dry with lingering sourdough, bitter green bananas and kale. Vivacious carbonation in a medium body that dries out the palate upon entering.

O: A beautiful presentation of a delicious beer. Gotta love BSPA's. super dry, spicy and great fruit sweetness. I'm glad I was able to find this Ovila and I look forward to enjoying the quad soon. Cheers!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ovila Belgian Style Golden
Sierra Nevada Brewing

APPEARANCE: 750 ml bottle corked and caged. When the cage is open the cork works it own way out for the most part and opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a solid golden color with a chill haze and huge lather like foam.

SMELL: Earthy bready Belgian yeast character is definitely noticeable. Faint lemony citrus. Also smells like a fresh sea breeze coupled with spice and fruits.

TASTE: Belgian yeast with soft unripe green apple and pear notes. Mild citrusy like notes and acidity which can be defined by the yeast or the hops. There is a well rounded earthy bitterness and even a slight spicy note to balance this ale. No real noticeable alcohol presence. Muted funk from the yeast. Fairly expressive.

FEEL: Medium bodied but at the same time light and airy. The finish is very clean and refreshing and almost dry.

OVERALL: A nice simple Belgian Strong Pale Ale might even come close to a Tripel in its flavor. Very enjoyable and fresh tasting.

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Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of creez
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of RWACKO
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of searsclone
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle into a wine glass

hazy honey color with a bright white fizzy head. good retention with champagne like bubbles

smell is white grape, pine, spices, sweet yeast and alcohol

taste is bitter and smokey. a bit one dimensional, not what I expected to taste after the great smell. a touch of green apple in the swallow.

mouthfeel is sharp and heavy. prickly carbonation and a slightly wet finish

overall, it seems a bit lacking to me in flavor. the rest of it is really good though, and it is smooth and really easy to drink

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bobheed
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stdbeerguy
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of GPGURU
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a large globe glass. This Golden Ale offers an almost self ejecting cork and is firmly bottle conditioned. Pours a golden with a touch of haze and a rambunctious meringue like head. A Duvel next to it is clearer yet clearly less carbonated. Offers long retention and solid lace

Bit of lemon pepper spice on the aroma is part of a pleasant yeast profile. Light pils. malts offer a neutral bready backdrop. Quite similar yeast profile vs. Duvel but with a subtle, yet not significant, difference in malt profile and with a fuller and more consistent note. Overall a bit more malty in that regard and closer to a Tripel in structure.

Flavor segues well from the aroma with lemon and spice, some green apple and a bit of hop spice. Well attenuated, clean and dry overall. Spicy, peppery and nicely carbonated on the tongue. Carbonation and hop presence yield a full feel for the style which lingers nicely.

Overall an immaculate brew that lacks the morphing yeast aroma of Duvel but adds a depth to the feel and finish...

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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