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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

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Allagash goblet. Bottled April 19, 2013.

A - Pours a bright amber color with a one finger head that lasts for the duration. The foam is snow white and extremely dense. The lacing that paints the glass is thick. I let it sit for about a half hour before drinking and the head didn't diminish at all.

S - Spicy peppercorns are evident in the nose. Big coriander floral notes and citrus pith add complexity. Candied belgian yeast sweetens the aroma.

T - Sweet from the start with honey, fleshy fruit, and corriander. I don't get much of the mandarin orange but the spicy peppercorns come through on the finish. Slight musty barnyard hay flavor.

M - Fittingly high carbonation with a medium feel. Not as drinkable as many others of the style.

O - I had high hopes for this beer, but I was a bit disappointed. The aroma is lively and complex, but the flavors are too sweet without much emphasis on the orange. It is a serviceable saison, but I doubt I will get it again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a one finger white head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has loads of yeasty spice as is typical with a Saison. Orange is quite prominent as is peach and some pepper. Quite nice and slightly above average for the style.

Lots of pepper and orange on the taste with a healthy dose of peach quickly following. Yeasty phenols and some grass along with a touch of biscuit. Light bitterness and some stickyness in the finish. A fairly full mouthfeel and not as dry and crisp as I was hoping for.

Overall, a better than average saison and a good beer from Sierra Nevada. It doesn't stack up to some Saisons out of Belgium but I would pick this up again.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is peppery up front. Tons of pepper and spice with somewhat normal saison characteristics. Just a hint of orange, but not as much as I was expecting. Belgian yeast and some clove. Somewhat sweet, and quite inviting. Taste is peppery up front. The peppercorns make their appearance quite early, while the mandarin oranges tend to hide away. There is a hefty amount of malt to this one for a saison. Not as light and crisp as most saisons. A little on the sweeter side as well. I dig the peppery spice on this one, but would have like the oranges to shine. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation (for a saison), with a nice finish. Drinkability is high, as this one goes down very easily. Overall, a very tasty beer that I can see many people getting into...just not quite as good as I was hoping for. Great drinkability nonetheless.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Saison 7.5%

Medium body; with low but adequate carbonation
Some wild yeast in the sweet aroma. Hints of honey and vanilla.
Taste is similar to the nose but lightly peppery. Relatively gentle for style.
M: medium body; proper carbonation.
O: a refined and elegant saison.

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Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt orange body with hues of tobacco brown and amber. A creamy half finger of off-white head retains well, leaving trace amounts of lace behind.

The nose definitely screams farmhouse... dry yeast, wet hay, apple skins, subtly sweet pale fruits... the peppercorn addition was well executed I think, offering just a bit of spice.

The fresh saison notes are joined with a mellow caramel malt character and leafy tobacco. Honestly, I wish the oranges were more apparent on the palate. Nevertheless, it's a tasty beer. Easy to drink, but not quite as thirst-quenching as you might expect for the style.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another addition in the Ovila series.

Pours out a decently dark golden type of orange with a finger of an off-white head.

The aroma has a big punch of orange right up front along with some fruity yeast esters. There are some subtle clove and banana notes, a straw type of smell, some bready malt and a bit of peppery spice.

The taste also has a huge amount of a sweet orange and a nice amount of fruity yeast esters up front. There are some very subtle notes of banana and clove and some of that bready malt on the back end. The spiciness is there, but it's not as spicy as I would have thought given the addition of peppercorns.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp with a decent amount of carbonation. The ABV is hidden very well.

This is a nice take on a Belgian style, but just like with the Ovila Quad the Belgian breweries do these styles much better. A very nice beer and certainly worth trying though.

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Photo of theyeastyboy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a tulip glass.

The appearance on the Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns is a medium to dark amber color. Light shines through the glass readily as this beer is very clear. From the looks of it, the beer has been filtered and was not bottle conditioned. This is not necessarily a downside, but odd for a saison in my experience. Bubbles are streaming up from the bottom of the glass, indicating a good bit of carbonation. On the initial pour, there was at least a finger of head that dissipated somewhat after a few minutes to a half finger head. The head has a mixture of medium and small bubbles.

On the nose, there is an apparent Belgian yeast character. Additionally, there is some light citrus and a peppery note but nothing that sticks out substantially. No hop bitterness is detectable.

The taste of this beer is very juicy and refreshing. The lack of mandarin and citrus on the nose is very prevalent in the taste. On the front of the tongue is a prickly sensation most likely from the peppercorns, and towards the middle the citrusy sweetness takes over. Compared to other saisons I have had, this one is much less drying but thirst quenching as result of the citrus. The finish consists of a stronger yeast character and bready taste that is enjoyable. In the back of the throat, there is a bit of warmth from the alcohol, which is surprising at 7.5% abv.

In terms of the mouthfeel, this beer is more full bodied than one would expect. The carbonation is lighter than I anticipated based on the original bubbles, but after swallowing, the taste lingers on the palate. This is nice because citrus is primarily what is hanging around and the spiciness is absent.

Overall, while a definite diversion from the traditional style, I enjoyed this very much. It lacked some of the complexity that many yeasty farmhouse saisons procure, but the citrus taste is very refreshing and the addition of the peppercorns is subtle. I purchased a single of this beer and would consider buying another single, but at ~$14 a 4-pack, it is unlikely that I will pick up a whole one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the newest I think from the ovila series, I really like this one. it pours a surprisingly clear shade of orange, not unfiltered and raw like the style usually is, but its got a nice light copper glow and a lasting white head about two inches high. the nose is peppery yeast for sure, not positive if its from the peppercorns too or not, but the mandarin oranges are obvious, strong, sweet, and bright. in terms of flavor, there is a lot of semisweet malt base to this, and the yeast isn't quite as up front as I like saisons to be. in its place though is a lovely fruity twist from the oranges that give this beer a nice summer feel and a whole lot of life. slight spice in the finish, but again, I wouldn't know its peppercorns if the label didn't say so, I would have attributed it to the yeast. lovely carbonation and a drinkable lighter than medium body. overall what I like most here is the use of oranges, it contributes more than the usual orange peel bitterness. an excellent drinkable saison for summer, and brilliantly priced at just $3.29 a pop.

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Photo of Jonada
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 1 finger of an off white head. Body is moderately hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Floral, clove, cereal grain, spices, earth.

Taste: Spices, bready malt, green peppercorns, apple, with a hint of citrus. There's a slightly off putting aroma as well, that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The peppercorns are a nice touch and improved the beer, but overall I was not a fan of this. Probably will not drink it again.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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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