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Ovila Belgian Style Golden | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.83/5
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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:
#13,477
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
213
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
11
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden has a thick, spongy, white head and an initially clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with hazes up, once one pours in the bottom swished third of the bottle. The aroma is very pungent, sweet, bready, and fruity, and the flavor is similar, with sour and citrus aspects. The bitterness level is pretty low, and the sediment brings in a yeasty quality. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden finishes crisp, spritzy, and easily drinkable. The alcohol level really does not show much with this beer. Overall, I really enjoyed it and think it’s a most excellent offering.

RJT

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Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. When opening, the cork almost shot out on its own. Be careful as the beer is under very high pressure.

A very hazy yellow/gold color with a very thick white head that remains at the top of the glass. Lots of active bubbles in the head while it replenishes itself and doesn't subside.

A nice Belgian yeast, bubble gum/banana, biscuit malt and citrus aroma.

Biscuit malts dominate up front and that flavor is quickly overtaken by a strong citrus flavor at first and then a more tame banana spice that fades into the finish with a touch of alcohol warmth, flavor, and bitterness.

Medium bodied and a very high level of carbonation. A nice peppery feel to it. May be a little too carbonated, lots of reflux going on inside.

I was pleasently surprised by this beer. A good Belgian Strong ale.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

750ml into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a bright golden with a huge, billowing, thick, bright white head that slowly collapsed into a dense film leaving streaky lace down the glass.
S: Huge peppery, spicy and fruity notes of dry grains, Belgian yeast and golden fruits. I get hints of pears, green apples, golden apples, black pepper, clove, and slight minty bubblegum as well. There is a mineraly quality, and pale grains come through as well.
T: Follows the nose with fruity and spicy flavors. Pear and apple come through alongside yeast, pepper, dry grains, slight lemon, and earthy hops. The finish is lightly sweet and minerally, and the aftertaste is full of apple and spices.
M: Medium body with a ton of fuzzy carbonation that bubbles up in my mouth. Very airy yet smooth. Mouthfeel is crisp and highly drinkable. Refreshing overall.
O: A clean and easy drinking Belgian pale. Flavors work well and the beer is refreshing overall.

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Photo of JustinQ
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pale malts, grains, Belgian yeast, coriander, spices, banana, some farmhouse smells, lemon zest, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of pale malts, grainy malts, coriander, and lemon zest. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast esters come through with some more fruity esters, spices, and a bit of banana. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast esters, spices, lemon zest, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice BSPA. Good balance of malts, spices, and yeast flavor.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of bdub32689
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 14oz goblet. Poured a lightly cloudy golden color with about an inch of white head that had pretty good retention and no lacing.

The aroma was very good, nice base grains, a tangy yeast scent and a bit of spiciness. The nice flavors were similar, about what you expect in the style. the grains providing a foundation for the yeast, spice and other floral notes to build upon. There was just a bit of an alcohol taste at the finish.

The body was very nice, smooth, full and even. Drinkability was pretty good, I could have easily had several of these. Overall, a nice, if not quite outstanding, example of the style. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bellce0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Zbrown2307
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING! Once you remove the cage on this one, the cork will likely shoot out like a cannon! Mine certainly did! Be careful with this one!

Beglian Style Golden Ale pours a lighter golden color. It’s clear and looks a little yellowish with backlighting. Carbonation is extremely active! The head on this one is easily over four fingers in height! It’s white in color and takes forever to dissipate. It’s a bit annoying. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty good. Maybe a tad weak, but pretty good. It’s a little biscuity and fruity up front. Apple and pear scents are noted early on. It’s a bit earthy and grassy throughout. Smells like there’s a bit of mild noble hops present. Belgian yeast is in the mix and adds some light spicy notes. Smells mostly like pepper and light clove. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong in the mix. Honestly, 8.5% seems about right.

The flavor is a bit better. Enough to trigger a score bump. The malt base does have biscuity flavor. Tastes like pilsner malt. Fruit notes of apple and pear are noted early on. Belgian yeast follows and tastes really nice. It adds spicy clove and pepper flavors. Earthy, grainy, and grassy notes are prominent throughout. I can’t say for sure, but it seems like there’s some use of noble hops here. I like it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overbearing. It’s not warm at all. Finishes fruity, grassy, and a little dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation is active and a bit buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it’s not bad. It goes down easy enough. This 750 is disappearing with relative ease.

Belgian Style Golden Ale is a pretty good collaboration from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Its biggest problem is the overcarbonation. That needs to be toned down quite a bit. Pretty solid otherwise.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on May 2, 2012. A couple seconds after I got the cage off, the cork shot itself out of the bottle like a rocket and whacked the ceiling pretty good, so you might want to be careful opening this brew. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with a couple inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like pears, apples, Belgian yeast, bready malt and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pears, peppery spice, cloves, apple juice, and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with high but soft carbonation which helps make this brew easy to drink. I think it's a good overall beer, I'd certainly try it again in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, biggest pop I've ever heard opening a bottle, it hit the ceiling and then landed about 10 meters away,

A: Pours a deep gold with a fizzy white head, big bubbles, spotty lace.

S: Pear, lemon, sugar cane.

T: Soft pear and golden apple. A light tartness and hint of citrus peel throughout. Some noble tasting hops in the finish. Well balanced flavour, though a little light.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, crisp, not over done which is something I can always count on the Ovila beers for.

O: Probably the weakest of the Ovila beers, but still well made and enjoyable. I just wish the flavour was more intense.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a bit of haze to the body and a mammoth, unbelievable effervescence. Head is about 2-3 fingers in the glass I poured and, as opposed to dissipating, is actually growing as it sits. I keep skimming the foam from the top of the glass, but then it grows back. If there's something more in the BSPA style in the appearance category, I don't know what it is.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a fair bit of toasty character. Overall, not bad, but it's kind of one-dimensional for the style.

Taste: sweet malt with a good fruitiness; mostly pear with a little bit of white wine character. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an absolute mammoth carbonation. My only complaint is that it might be *too* big. It's creamy, but a bit overwhelming. Shazam!

Overall: I'm all over the board with this beer. It is tasty, if sweet; it's creamy, if over-the-top; and, my god, it's been like 10 minutes since I started this review and the head is *still* growing! What an odd beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of koes0024
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of NickyG213
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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Photo of Lordkrystic
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber. Massive white head that slowly dissipates into a mound of foam with heavy lacing. Cork exploded out the bottle on release of the wire cage. Aroma of light fruit, saison-like yeast, light malt. Flavor of apple and pear juice, sweet malt. Initially dry, the flavor has waves of apple juice sweetness until a semi-dry herbal bitterness in the finish. This is quite fun to drink. Active carbonation and medium body give a nice mouth feel. This is a distinct and satisfying take on a Belgian strong ale and in my opinion the most successful of the Ovila series. I will buy this again when it comes back through the rotation.

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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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