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

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-06-2013

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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SGerrard
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaverCS
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle

Pours a relatively darker orange color. Surprisingly dark for the style. 1/2 finger of head.

Aroma leaches out of the bottle once uncorked. I get a big malt/ molasses/ honey sweetness on the nose. I do definitely get the mandarin oranges... It smells like the artificial canned stuff with that slight off-tartness. Some spice on the nose, but the malt aroma really dominates the overall nose.

Taste is.... well.... super disappointing! It is like a malty saison without the complexity. WAY too sweet! That honey/ malt-like sweetness dominates the palate; it's almost mixed with a caramel flavor. In addition, I get some mandarin orange juice and a sweet syrupy canned peach juice. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, especially for the price, this was a failure for me. No spiciness, way too sweet, not complex at all! I would pair this with a very vinegar/acid forward salad, potentially with mandarins oranges. It gets a 71.5/100.

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Photo of Brewing_Rob
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber and crystal clear. Thick foam that dissipates to a thin lasting head.

Smell: Malt, spice and fruit.

Taste: Bready malt, spice, light orange.

Mouthfeel: Rounded smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Very nice Saison. Would prefer it to be a touch dryer but a great attempt by SN.

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Photo of target88
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear deep amber orange body in a tulip, couple of fingers of off-white finely bubbled head

S: sweet malts suggesting mild fruits and some brighter notes I'll attribute to yeast; hints of peppery spice

T: peppercorn hits first, followed by the gentler malts and subtler spices; some suggestions of muted orange; earthy, herbal, and chalky elements

M: medium weight, modest carbonation, some chalkiness, some coating

O: didn't strike me as a saison, but I wasn't expecting too much here - some nice qualities, but nothing that would have me pick up another

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Not sure of freshness, but no fresher than 8 months old.

Pours out a hazy orange color, not as big of a head as I might have expected for a Belgian, off white in color. Weak retention with no real lacing.

Lots of yeast character, perhaps of the French strain. Some citrus but not necessarily orange and hints of spice. Fairly basic.

Very similar to what the aroma indicates. French saison yeast which might add somewhat of a creamy quality, some citrus and spice but nothing telling me the extras that were added to this beer are actually there.

Light to medium in body.

Nothing special, nothing terrible.

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Photo of JDavidRice
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a clear dark honey orange, +1 finger white foam head, carbonation
S: mandrin oranges, heavy malt, pepper
M: medium body creamy
T: lemon, malt, citrus, mandrin orange, tiny hints of pepper
O: good saison brew with some orange flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Dark hazy burnt orange in color with 1.5 finger white head. I expect a bigger head on a Saison.

S - Sweet and spicy. Citrus, orange, bready yeast, straw, and white pepper. Enjoyable scent for a Saison.

T - A light orange, citrus that seems watery. Some yeast, straw, and cracker with light pepper spice. Easy to drink on a hot summers day. Not too complex even though it mentions how complex it is.

M - Light body, wet, crisp, refreshing with ow carbonation, medium bodied. Bit of spice lingers afterwards.

O - Easy drinking Saison with nice orange flavor and hints of spice. Enjoyable, but there are better Saisons available. Just seems to be missing something to bring me to want to buy it again.

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Photo of Wyattldavis
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cooper color with a smell that is lighter than you would expect from the color. The taste is toward sweet with a medium weight in the mouth. Finish is slightly heavy. Can't really taste the peppercorns but the orange does come through. I would favor drinking this in cooler seasons.

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Not much lace or visible carbonation. Doesn't look terrible, but I'm used to a bit more head than this.

S: Orange blossom, lemon curd, lots of bready malt, some caramel and a bit of a floral perfume-like scent.

T: Starts pretty sweet with a load of bready malt hitting the palate right away. The orange tries to work its way in there, but it never really gets past the malt. A touch of lemon, mandarin and maybe some white pepper, but the malt just weighs everything down in here for me. The mouthfeel is way heavy and there's little carbonation to lighten things up. I'm not really getting "saison" from any part of this. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't call it a good saison.

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Photo of fank2788
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in a pint glass
Hazy orange gold color that starts off with a one finger tall white head that settles to a fine layer of bubbles. The smell is of Belgian yeast esters, pale malts and wheat, oranges, lemon and a touch of pepper. The oranges are very evident in the taste along with the Belgian yeast flavors. The malt provides balance and bitterness from hops and pepper are evident in the there as well. The finish is a bit sweet, not nearly dry enough for a classic saison but it's not bad. The aftertaste is quite nice as the orange flavor lingers for a while, otherwise the finish is clean if a little sweet as mentioned earlier. I think I would like to have a bit more lively carbonation in a beer of this style as well. An interesting idea by SN ends up producing a good but not great beer. It's off the mark when it comes to matching the style but still has enough going for it that it is worth a try.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

With a pleasurable pop from the cork after a simple twist of the wire harness, this baby pours a dark hazy mango blush with a tightly knit creamy cap of 2 fingers. It recedes slowly and retains at about 1/2 finger.

Fresh mandarin oranges come out straight away in the aroma, followed by the white peppercorns, slight clove and cilantro.

Flavors of golden malts, salty watermelon, melon rinds, and flavorless yeast. Some peppercorn flavors hang around a bit afterwards. After a few sips I am easily done with this beer, however. It grows stale and old real quick.

It feels creamy and full of carbonation, and the finish is crisp and bright.

Overall the beer starts strong but grows tired very quickly. I almost want to drain pour this but I feel ashamed for doing so. I'll age the other three bottles and see how they do.

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Photo of Nctide
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopswagger
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Clear pale orange color with a small dollop of white micro bubble head.

S: Pino Grigio aroma with cedar chips, lemon pepper, old school bubblegum, coriander, clove, slight smell of burnt hair. Bready yeast with herbal essence and a toasted malt base. The mandarin oranges are very faint in the aroma bit provide an oily sweetness to the spiced earthy notes.

T/M: Loads of spices, besides the above mentioned long pepper, black peppercorns and chipotle peppers. Malty sweetness and herbs infused with orange oil that coats the entire mouth and finishes with a spicy sting of peppers. Mouthfeel is zesty and alive as it dances along the palate.

O: I hate to say I'm not a huge fan of this one. The Ovila series have been great so far but this just throws it off for me. I can't get past the lingering oily feel and the burnt orange peel finish. I love the spiciness and the herbs and the aftertaste is the worst part but besides that its a decent saison.

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Photo of cvm4
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours amber in color with orange hues and an eggshell head.

S - Orange peel, sugar and some bready yeast. Not much in the peppercorn arena.

T - An opening of orange and sugar collide. Dessert like. Light yeast, some white pepper and the saison qualities are faint.

M - Low carbonation, medium bodied. On the edge of cloying with the sweetness.

O - I'm torn... Not huge saison qualities here but the orange sweetness is endearing.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7oz cork and cage bottle into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head on an orange body. Active carbonation. Settles down to a short white head. Nice looking beer.

S- Pink peppercorns. Smells aromatic and spicy. Not picking up the oranges though.

T- Spicy and sweet. Peppercorns, Belgian yeasts and citrusy notes. Tasty beer.

M- Creamy and wet. Finishes dry and ...foamy I guess. Nice feel.

O- Above average. A tasty saison but nothing wonderful.

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Photo of tedho21
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshmistake
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large tulip glass a clear burnt orange color with a thinner but well retained white head atop.Aromas consist of wet grain and orange peel with a tinge of mineral,there is a fain spiciness from the peppercorns detected.Flavors of spiced yeasty phenols and toasted grain stand out most on the palate up front along with juicy fruitiness and mild spice in the finish,not a big flavorful beer, more subtle nuances.Slightly medicinal and yeasty it's still not a bad beer,the black pepper will catch ya in the back of the throat after awhile, wich Iam starting to find out.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davey101
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml C+C bottle into a goblet. Julian date puts this one at June 18th, 2013.

Pours a rather clear amber body. Awfully dark for a saison. A fingers worth of thick white foam with nice lacing but minimal retention. Aroma is of dried oranges, cloves, pepper, wheat, and yeast. Awfully earthy and the mandarins are noticeable, I was just hoping for something a bit fruitier.
Taste is subtle oranges, grass, and wheat with a somewhat harsh wave of pepper and earthiness washing it over. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall this is just decent, especially given the price point. It's also much better when colder.

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Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 703 ratings
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