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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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-06-2013

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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Oakenator
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice 2-finger, fluffy white head with nice retention; very little lacing. Brew is a surprisingly dark orange color, pulpy and hazy.

Belgian yeast dominates the nose, with a vague hint of citrus. Typical aroma of a Saison or BPA.

Sweet yeast is foremost on the tongue, followed by a good showing by the mandarin orange. Thick wheat-like malt base. Only the barest hint of peppercorn and tobacco, giving it just the slightest bit of bite. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable, and sufficiently unique from a typical Saison or BPA.

Nice thick and sticky mouthfeel - medium to medium-full, which is a little surprising. Very drinkable. Extremely lively, but relatively little sting, and no foaming or heat. Long sticky finish.

This is a better beer than I expected, and definitely hits the spot. The presentation of the beer from bottle to glass is fantastic. I think I'm going to buy a few more of these for the upcoming Spring and Summer days.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kerrie
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear, semi dark golden color; pours with a small, short lived head.

s: Maybe its the gentle carbonation, but I couldn't pull much out of this. Some orange and some Belgian yeast character in the form fruity esters (pear and grape). Maybe some grassy hops?

t: Orange dominant; and while it is a pleasant flavor, sweet and juicy, it kind of clashes with the saison elements. On the sweet side overall, almost candy like. The finish is a bit boozy with plum and pear estery flavors and a hint of barnyard yeast. I did not taste the peppercorns.

m: Heavy and under carbonated, not very saison like.

o: My least favorite SN offering so far, everything else has been top notch. Too much O.J. not enough saison. Tasted blind, I would have probably called this a dubbel. I need to try more of these Ovila offerings. Hope I like the rest more than this one.

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Photo of bnes09
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange, transparent ale with lots of visible bubbles. Sudsy, off white with good retention and some lacing.

Nice aroma of lemon, orange, herbs, wheat and straw. Hint of yeast and mild pepper in the mix as well.

Smooth biscuit, wheat-like, buttery malt character underneath a spicy herbal hop. Sweet and slightly tart oranges hit the tongue. White pepper and cloves. Mild yeast qualities round out the flavor. Extremely well balanced.

Medium bodied. Smooth fell with a sharp carbonation. Crisp finish.

Great saison. Love the flavors that were added. Highly complex, yet well balanced.

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Photo of flexabull
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a smaller white head.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of lemon zest, oranges, spices, and yeast.

Taste is dry up front, light peppery notes, slightly creamy, bready and sweet. Finish has a mix of spices, oranges, and crisp tart lemon.

Mouthfeel is nice, good body, and snappy carbonation.

Overall, a nice Saison, very refreshing and drinkable. About a step or two below the great ones though.

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Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73.7% out of 100 with 703 ratings
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