Ovila Belgian Style Golden | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Belgian Style GoldenOvila Belgian Style Golden

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bitterbill on 06-24-2012

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 212
Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent yelllow orange, well carbonated, two finger head.

S-Grass, lemon, wheat and spice, could use a tad more hops.

T-Starts with a lot of grass with wheat balancing it out. Some bitterness, end with mild bitterness. Clove comes out as it warms.

M-Light and extremely carbonated, possibly overly carbonated.

O-The worst of the Ovila series so far. There are much better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear golden color w/ a huge fluffy white head, good retention, sticky lace, vigorous carb.

Aroma is Belgian yeast and a hint of funk. Wet hay or grass, clove and other spices.

Taste follows nose. Pears and apples, spicy Belgian yeast, and a slightly vinous note. Some fruity esters. Old World hops give it a sharp, slightly floral bite.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, refreshing. Finishes dry.

Overall this is an easy-drinking, if somewhat boring, BSPA. Good but not in the same league with Duvel. Just another solid beer from SN.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a dose of Belgian yeast and citrus from the hops. There is also a little bit of spice - seemingly cinnamon and coriander. The flavor has a lot of malt and yeast character, as well as some sugar, lemons and oranges. The alcohol is noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink. High, prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. A collaboration brew between Sierra Nevada and The Abbey of New Clairveaux.

A huge champagne like pop when I removed the cork, it pours(straight from the fridge) a light gold with close to a 2 finger head of foam and leaves some lacing behind.

It smells yeasty, spicy, fruity, slightly funky.

The taste starts off yeasty with a candi sugar like sweetness that quickly changes to a green apple like tartness that isn't all apples; I see the label says pears..could be what I'm getting. The spice slips in with some peppery notes and the ample alcohol warms things up considerably. There's a light bitterness here throughout and it accounts for the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and overall, it's a tasty brew.

I paid $9.99 for the bottle at the store I bought it at. I saw it at $7.99 at another store later. That would be a better bargain, obviously; I have to say, I don't quite get the whole gist of this beer. The other Ovila brews I've had were in the same range and not as satisfying as I'd hoped they'd be. Sorry about that, Sierra Nevada; I'm still a big fan of most of your brews.

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Ovila Belgian Style Golden from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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