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

Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns
BA SCORE
3.84/5
703 Ratings
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,798
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
703
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
98
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 136
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 BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lobos62
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopsputin
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy (chill haze, probably) caramel color, with a few darker notes towards the center. 1/2 finger white, bubbly head

s: sweet malt and tons of spicy yeast - pepper and coriander. ripe pear, sweet oranges, a clean grassy aroma, a hint of lemongrass. finishes with some sweet caramel

t: caramel and ripe pears. lots of sweet orange, faint red apple skin, caramel, pepper, coriander, lemongrass, a bit of a grainy grassy flavor, and some clove. there is also a very faint funk in here as well that works nicely. this actually follows the nose pretty well

m: medium mouthfeel. the carbonation is a bit less than i'm used to for the style, making it feel a bit heavier

o: its pretty good. a bit less effervescent than i like for the style. i really enjoy the pear flavor in here, but would like it to be a bit lighter in the mouth. it is enjoyable, and theres nothing off-putting in here. but, i feel like it falls just a bit short of some of the really good saisons out there

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Golden, 2 fingers of white head, and lots of lace left on top of the brew and on the glass

S - belgian yeast, sugarcane

T - Sweet and not real balanced

F - medium body light carbonation

O - A good saison, but there are others that are better

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Photo of jaydoc
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 MacMalt
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. The color is a pretty golden-hone with a thick, snow white head and lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The nose features orange peel, yeast, lemon, straw, and pepper. The taste follows the nose and is a very nice combination; the first thing I tasted is the pepper, followed by the sweet and tangy mandarin orange. There is also noticeable spice and a slight bitter hoppiness, and, upon several sips, a slightly noticeable caramel. This ale is nicely carbonated; it almost has a champagne feel and is very pleasant to drink. Overall, this is a complex, but highly drinkable, and fun, saison.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DLSheidy
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heymikew
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA1978
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid saison but expected bigger spicy flavors.

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Photo of chefbigjon
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NCMatt
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally I dislike Saison's. Just something about them. This was pleasantly different and unlike any Saison I have had before.

I can only assume the addition of mandarin oranges was what mellowed the spices and (for me) made this a very well rounded and enjoyable brew. Finishes dry, which I enjoyed. Overall, the Oliva Abbey beers never disappoint!

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

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a clingy 2” foam cap that quickly dissipates. S: Pepper, fruit, hints of compost, citrus, orange, floral. T: Big fruit and pepper, citrus orange and spice, soft malt character, mild alcohol presence, spicy hops with a mikld bitter hop accent. Subdued tartness. F: Rich and creamy, soft, above average carbonation gives a full mouth feel. O: the orange and pepper corns are a nice addition in this big flavored saison.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Terp96
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.

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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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