JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 picked up a while back... Finally got around to it tonight... This opened with a massive POP and thankfully I kept my grasp firmly on the cork... Pours with a decent lasting 3 finger head.. the brew is clear golden.
Nose is a bit clovey with some light pear and apple.... a bit of a floral hoppiness as the glass warms up...
Flavor mirrors the nose but the fruitiness seems like underripe produce.. a bit of a peppery note appears with warmth.. maltiness is very soft and melds seamlessly with the esters and phenols.. a bit boozy as it gets well out of fridge temperature... drink it colder.
Very carbonated.. perhaps more than even its continental cousins.
Good.. but very burpy... but it is going to be a bit of a chore to finish.
slowrunner77 (9401) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Apple and pear, and a good dose of spicy yeast dominate both the aroma and flavor. Golden Belgians usually not being my cup of tea, this was quite good, and another hit for Sierra Nevada in the Ovila line. Only fault - it was overcarbonated to the point the cork shot off like a bullet, but the palate was actually quite soft and nice after a little swirling."
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: The cork shot off and hit the ceiling when I opened it. Not quite as intense as Duvel but it was even easier to drink.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/24/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, medium golden yellow with a large, ever-so-slightly off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left good lacing. The aroma contained moderate light-colored bread; moderate to heavy herbal, grassy and citric hops; Moderate to heavy spicy, peppery yeast; alcohol; and light-colored fruit. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was pale malt, white bread, honey, light fruits, apple, pear, Asian pear, pepper and other spices. The light to medium body was somewhat dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
MacBoost (1723) - Penfield, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle consumed by myself. Pours a hazed orange with an enormous white head. Aromas of clove, citrus. Taste is dry and lightly bitter. Flavors of clove, spices, yeasty esters, hot alcohol. Not quite quenching because of the alcohol heat. Finishes dry and hot. Mediocre.
Lemke10 (955) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a golden yellow color with lots if carbonation for a thick, fluffy head. The aroma is very yeasty with some hints of citrus. Rich yeasty taste very filling decent spices flavors there are sure to fill your stomach. Pretty decent for an American made Belgian brew but this was still missing something to put it over-the-top.
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL, corked and caged, and the cork started moving by itself as soon as I removed the baling and eventually removed itself. Nose is straightaway malt with very herbal and spicy yeast, but also pear drizzled in reduced maple syrup, light oak and vanilla, really an interesting mix! Pours bright orange-golden with strong carbonation and a soapy off-white head. Airy, lightly tangy and yeasty taste, light alcohol warmth, fat-bodied thick malt but thatís not a source of malt. Pepper yeast character and mixing fruity and herbal notes scream saison yeast or at least something closely related. Orange, straw, and, with time, red berry and very faint cherry. Overall clean and refreshing despite the size, and still very bright and fresh. Hops are muted but present enough for balance. Malt is sunny, golden, bitterness low, sweetness medium. The huge effervescence is both a positive, as this is about as close to to Champagne as Iíve come in almost 5000 beers (save the occasional traditional North German wheat beer!), and a negative, as the dense airy mouthfeel usually only encountered in gushers (this is not) loses its charm after a few ounces. Still, a mighty achievement, and an enjoyable one.
With a little warm-up toward room temperature and enough degassing, this one started to grow on me. Soft and mellow feel but intensely perky flavor. [from 3.5 to 3.8]
BrettTaylor (730) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured as a taster at local shop. Pours a golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma of apple, wheat, spices. Tastes are similar, and it is quite creamy on the palate. Really nice and refreshing.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: A billowing 3 inch of white ricky head hovering over a sea of murky golden apricot. Retention is ridiculous and just seems to get creamier. Yeast specks sprinkle the creamy head while lacing bubbles around the edges.
S: Sweet stone fruits, citrus, big Belgian yeast nose, pils malt, sourdough and dried wheat. Spices and floral aroma are also present. The great yeast aroma is the heavy hitter here. Once agitated stale bubblegum comes out and the booze becomes more present.
T/M: Old leather, slightly smoked grains, clove, cinnamon, white pepper, stone fruits, spice rum soaked apricots and a hefty dose of dry yeast. Finish is super dry with lingering sourdough, bitter green bananas and kale. Vivacious carbonation in a medium body that dries out the palate upon entering.
O: A beautiful presentation of a delicious beer. Gotta love BSPAís. super dry, spicy and great fruit sweetness. Iím glad I was able to find this Ovila and I look forward to enjoying the quad soon. Cheers!
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 cc bottle. Pours hazy golden with off-white head. Nose is yeasty funky spice, hopcitrus. Tastes hopcitric, funky and yeasty with spicy and hoppy finishing notes.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Frog Spring Hill. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a white head. Nose is a nice pear and apple burst with some sweet malt, some white grape, and some yeast. Flavor starts apple and pear then goes sweet grape and sweet malt followed by yeast, apple, and some drying in the finish. Medium in body and a very nice golden ale reminiscent of a nice German Auslese.