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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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 136
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep orange hue. Some white froth with decent retention.

(S)- A bright lively zesty combo of a biscuity yeast with lemony orange citrus. Ever so slight aroma of wet stone and subtle spice. Fairly clean, but with an ever so slight hint of funk. The orange really starts to show more as it opens up.

(T)- Quite zesty overall spice-wise, but not strongly like pepper necessarily. An assertiveyeast to it that lends some bitterness. I will say it goes well with the orange citrus, but the fruit is fainter than I had hoped.

(M)- A nice carbonation level for the style. The yeast is assertive which does up the bitterness a bit, but the orange citrus fits this well; just wish it was present more.

(O)- Overall, I like this. The idea works; just maybe amped up a touch. For the $$ in this style, this is also quite affordable for a 4pack of these

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the stamp on the bottle, it looks like this was bottled March 28, 2014.

Gorgeous pour here. Depp golden colour with a huge head of foam that leaves lots of lovely lacing behind.

Big spicy nose with notes of pepper, cloves, lemon, and oranges that add a slight hint of tartness.

Dang, ditto for the taste. So true to the smell. The cloves and pepper go so well with that big lemon and orange, spicy hop, slightly tart flavours that it's scary. I do get some mild biscuit that seem to grow as the sipping continues. It's also cool that the abv is very manageable.

The mouthfeel seems slick with perfect carbonation and a nice medium body.

I think this is a very fine effort from Sierra Nevada...my favourite of their Ovila series.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bnes09
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Got a 4 pack of this years :)
A:pours a brownish orange, lots of carbonation rising through the beer. very little head
S: belgium funk, citrusy, wheat, smells like a saison
T: funky, spicy, mandarins are evident, lighter malts like wheat I cant nail it exactly however it is very sweet, very dry, little hop bitterness
M: amazing, nice high carbonation, and very dry
O: fun saison from one of the best breweries, also one of my favorites in the ovlia series

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 703 ratings.
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