Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns
Notes: This unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper.
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Terp96 from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting take on a saison. However it is a bit boozy in the nose and taste. I can't seem to find the mandarin or the peppercorn bit I expected. I have had better but I'm glad I tried it.

Jul 25, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 375mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

The pour produces a two finger thick, foamy, creamy, but still fizzy, pale white head. Robust carbonation surges upwards. The body is amber-colored with a high level of clarity.

The aroma is heavily malty, bread-like, and pungent. There's a slight floral aroma, but it's mostly subdued. There's also a bit of graininess.

Orange flavor becomes more apparent, and is tasty, on the tongue. Sweet notes of caramel and honey, yeasty floral flavors, and the faintest notes of pepper all wander my palate.

Abbey Saison is creamy, but has a bit of a kick from some spice (the pepper I assume) and the yeast. It drinks sweetly with a faint tartness from citrus and has the slightest of booziness, although this bottle has been well-aged.

I think this beer has improved with age. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Maybe the best of the Ovila series.

Sep 20, 2014
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - pours honey amber with a tight knit blanket of white foam on top. Good retention with minor lacing.

S - tangy Belgian yeast, mandarin is very present along with pears, peaches, apples, and bananas. Moderate earthy spice, sweet pilsner malts.

T - sweet citrus, sugary candy malts, earthy spice, floral hops. The malt mixed with the candied citrus provides a very sweet base. Pepper and lavender are present but only in the fat background. There is some light grassiness on the back end. Finishes sweet and semi wet.

M - medium full body, plenty of active carbonation, slick and full feel.

The aroma is very nice but this is too sweet for a saison. I'm guessing the mandarins added extra sugar. I was hoping for more of a dry finish. The flavor profile doesn't stand up to the regular Ovila Saison. This reminds me more of a spicy Tripel or Belgian Strong Pale.

Aug 09, 2014
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DocG from California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Oct 16, 2013
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UncleEmu from Hawaii

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jun 16, 2014
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 21, 2015
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sep 14, 2013
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burntoutphilosopher from Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Four 12.7 ounce bottles for 10$ on sale at local liquor store.

This beer has a great cloudy, unfiltered appearance, golden and hazy as a farmhouse style should be. Head dispersed quickly.

Fresh, a little bit “wine cooler” fruity.

Outstanding. Fresh, fruit hints, but not overly sweet.
Virtually no hops.
Not strongly flavored. Very thirst quenching.

Thick, residual texture, but virtually no after taste.
This is desirable for an unfiltered beer. For its price point It’s good quality


This beer would make a great summer drink. As my bias, I tend to drink dark abbey ales, porters, and quad’s … so this beer tasted light and soft.
It has almost no detectable hops flavor. Not bitter at all, but still tasted balanced. Excellent fruit forward flavor without being sweet.
I am used to a much stronger beer in both flavor and alcohol. That said, this beer was very enjoyable, and at 2.50$ per bottle, I’d recommend it.
It has no aftertaste. It’s clean, and it’s done.

Mar 21, 2014
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CloudStrife from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with a thin slightly yellowed head. A bit too opaque to see much visible carbonation. Not really any lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A smooth blend of Belgian yeast, pale malts and a hint of orange fruitiness. Not an overwhelming flavor but an enticing one nonetheless. Hints of sweetness and alcohol.

T: First thing I notice is the malts and Belgian yeast. The mandarin orange comes powering through mid sip and takes over the flavor. Hints of peppercorn after swallowing but the focus seems to be on the yeast and orange. Good Belgian tone overall.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly clean finish, just a bit of stickiness from the sweetness of the orange.

Overall this beer pulls in more orange flavor than most beers I've had. On the plus side it strays away from the fake orange taste that ruins some of the belgian style beers for me. Might grab a bottle to set down for a while.

Sep 02, 2013
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Smoky54 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Mar 05, 2014
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ApplePi from Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 30, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 17 April 2015

Pours medium orange amber, 99% clear. One finger of whitish head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is warm, fruity, and yeasty. The oranges come through strong, more than I'd like them to (reminding me a bit of Dave's BrewFarm's amazing S.O.B. O.M.G.). Slightly tart oranges dominate the smell, shading out most of the saison elements.

Taste is a lot like the smell, with a spicy bite. Some of that seems to come from the pepper, and some from the yeast. It has this dulled Belgian yeast character, but there's not a whole lot to it. Warm, full, and spicy.

Feel is on the flat side. It feels rather heavy, thicker than most saisons, and it really needs more carbonation. It needs to dance. The flavors settle, rather than springing up. Meh.

This is a very warm beer. Warm in the nose, warm in the mouth. It's rounded, but the rounding hides what should be its best features. Decent, but not something I'll seek out again.

Oct 18, 2013
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JohnBender from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Aug 06, 2013
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dental from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jun 21, 2013
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Apr 26, 2014
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leoinsd from California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2016
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mikem0487 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass.

A-Burnt amber body. Slightly hazy. Minimal head and lacing left on the glass.

S-Caramelized sugar, slight burnt bread crust, esters and definitely pick up on the mandarin orange. Overall pleasant and the burnt smell is very faint but there.

T-Bread crust, fruity esters, some peppercorn in the end. The yeast is definitely the main component here. The abbey yeast gives off plum and peach notes with nice phenolic spicy components. Complex saison...

M-Thin bodied. Almost the viscosity of H20. Dry finish. Effervescent for sure.

O-A good saison thats very complex in taste and smell. Overly complex for my liking. Its a great beer to have one or maybe two but after that you are looking for something more simple and straightforward.

Aug 24, 2013
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Beerislivingproof from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Jul 01, 2013
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BoozerBrad from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

May 03, 2014
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

Aug 24, 2013
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beernads from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Sep 12, 2013
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer just showed up in the stores around me so I'm not sure why it is marked as retired.
A - This looks like very much like a hazy apple cider.
S - And it smells like apple cider too. A deep sniff suggests some spicy pepper.
T - My first sip made me think of tart apples. I don't get oranges, and just a little bite from the peppercorn.
M - Medium body, flavor leaves quickly.
O - I'm not suggesting this tastes like apple cider. This is definitely a saison with an apple flavoring to it. It's very drinkable - this bottle went down quickly - and it's a very tasty brew. Try it you will like it.

Nov 18, 2014
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jkroetz from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

May 09, 2014
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sbanacho from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sep 18, 2013
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 710 ratings