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

Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & PeppercornsOvila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns
BA SCORE
73.7%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 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:
#10,516
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
703
Liked:
518
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
9.64%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
98
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 136
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MichaelBigbone
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of hardy008
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with a 1/2 finger off white head which fades quickly. Has a very strong hop forward citrus aroma, smells just like mandarin oranges, as listed on the bottle. Also can pick up a pepper aroma from the peppercorns. Not very complex, or Belgian, in the aroma.

Tastes much like it smells with mandarin oranges, peppercorns, pears, and plenty of caramel for sweetness. Nothing Belgian about the taste either. No Belgian yeast in the taste or aroma. Tastes pretty good and smells pretty good, but not to style in my opinion.

Medium bodied with below normal carbonation for the style. A little syrupy compared to most Saisons. Does nopt finish dry like most Saisons do. Pretty good tasting, but definitely not done to style. I'm not sure if this is a fairly old bottle or not. There is no clear legible date, so I will grade this as though it is a fresh bottle.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger ivory head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of spicy orange, Belgian and saison yeast, light bready malt; peppery. Flavor is light stone and orange family fruit, Belgian yeast and light spicing, with coriander, pepper and clove developing along with a drier character, finishing semi-dry with peppery spicing. Nice creamy medium body. A pleasant take on the saison style, starting closer to a Belgian dubbel, but finishing closer to the dryier saison style. The orange flavor spicing is deftly done and not overwhelming. I enjoyed this and found it closer to Belgian abbey styles than others in the Ovila series.

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Photo of BigAlofOrion
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a persistent white head supported by rising bubbles. The cap holds throughout the duration with a finger atop.

The aroma comes across like candied oranges...almost a marmalde of sorts with yeasty spice and a faint clove accent. An interesting remix on a classic smelling brew.

The taste includes notes of oranges with a bit zest and almost candied like the aroma suggested with a hint io lemon and ginger. It is yeasty and earthen with a mild peppery spice.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is smooth and quite nice. Drinking this was quite effortless and I would not mind having again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an essentially clear, amberesque body with a two-finger-high cap of near white foam.

Smell: Lightly toasted bread, toasted grains with a layer of sweet-scented candied glaze. Faint flash of sourishness. Banana, aromatic orange, coriander, pepper.

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee in the foreground atop the malted wheat. A little, light banana. Candied orange (a bit tangy) dusted with a little pepper, a little coriander. Some stern florals ahead of a stronger, bitterish orange oil presence. Still remains rather candyish, sweetish on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, fighting back some stickiness.

Overall: Don't get me wrong, I am still on-board for this whole Ovila deal, but I WAAAY preferred the no-thrills Ovila Saison over this new, "now with more stuff!" version.

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

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a reddish brown with a short, one finger head.

S - I get a lot of earthiness, not something that I've come across before.

T - The peppercorns are at the forefront, with some notes of something similar to straw. I don't get a lot of the mandarin orange.

M - A medium bodied beer that is relatively easy to drink.

I like the beer, just not in love with it. You would never know the ABV is above 7%. May have to give it another shot at a later time.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine in mid-August for $3.49 each.

Beer poured a dark orange with a little white head.

Nose is funk with a whole lotta lemon.

Taste is lemon, orange, peppery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overly smooth or lively.

Overall this is a tasty brew but it lacks the Saison qualities associates with the traditional European offerings.

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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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