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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Saison brings the centuries-old monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Saison is complex and contemplative-but also refreshingly dry and drinkable. With earthy and spicy aromas, this rustic Saison has note of green grass and a faint citrus tang. The body is light and layered with fruit and spice accents and a dry, peppery finish. A portion of the proceedsfrom this ale go toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Oliva chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery in 1931 and planned to use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearstís plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (93) - - JUL 3, 2014
Drank on tap at the ginger man in NYC. Surprisingly interesting beer from Sierra Nevada and one of the best offerings Iíve had from them in a while. Definitely worth trying if you see it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (326) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Pour out of 12.7oz corked bottle. Pour is clear orange with thin white head, aroma has notes of biscuit, bready malts, touch of white grape, and pear notes, touch of caramel. Taste is a nice mix of sweet white fruits with unripe banana, red apple and pear, mixing into bready sourdough and yeast. Mid-taste is earthy and slightly bitter. Lingering sweetness continues however. Finish is very long, with flavors unfolding slowly. Could be drier, but this is not a terrible thing given all the positive things about this beer. Texture starts out lively, but soon settles into chewy. Itís a very nice beer, but more of a sipping beer than I would prefer in this style. Good job, Sierra. Keep these interesting offerings coming.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Clear blood orange color with a large dense head. Aroma of pepper and light grassy yeast. Taste is pepper. The only orange characteristic is implied by the label. About as nondescript a saison as you can find.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours a cloudy orange color with off-white head. Yeast, light fruits, coriander, and wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a semi-sweet note and lingers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartzMimic (70) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours a stunningly clear orange from the bottle with a bubbly white head that leaves quickly. Smells of hay, grass, citrus and some yeast. Tastes of oranges, some spice and a touch of earthiness. Light, crisp mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. A very traditional, easy-drinking ale that recalls Saison Dupont.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
On tap at the Pourhouse. Aroma is citris, wheat, and a peppery piece of bread. Pours hazy biege with great bubbles and a medium bubbly head. Taste is great with some pepper, light yeast, golden wheat, and a clean champagne finish. Delicious. A little heavy and sweet for the style but certainly tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Served from a small corked bottle into a small tulip. Slightly hazy amber good head and lacing. Very limited Belgium funk in both the taste and the aroma. Slightly dry. Very clean finish for style. Well hidden ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1510) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Slightly hazy gold pour that starts with a large fizzy white head that reduces to slim foam ring. Fresh juicy amber fruits. Floral hops. Yellow plums. Apricot pits. Thyme. Orange pips. Nice drying wood tannins. Not overly complicated but very nicely balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 3, 2014
mistakenly purchased this. thought i was getting the quad. will therefore have to compare to the quad. itís completely different. no similarities. pours a murky gold. faint cereal and citrus notes. clean earthy taste. alcohol is well hidden. nice, but nowhere near the quality of the quad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drself1209 (5) - Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
Pours honey-amber in color. Thin head and delicate lacing. Good mouth feel and beautiful earthy spiciness. Great beer from this collaboration.


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