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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An homage to the monk’s noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10731) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Pours orange gold with a white creamy head. Aroma of citrus and spice. Med body. Flavor is spicy/pepper, citrus, and Belgian yeast/earthy. Finishes very smooth, spicy, lightly earthy and decently bitter. Brilliant saison.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimaybier (71) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Out of the Ovila beers, I will say this one is a bit of a disappointment for me. I was hoping for that tart, bready, funky barnhouse flavor that characterizes a "saison." Instead, it tastes more like New Belgium’s Trippel. Mind you, this is a well made beer, but it tastes more to a "dry" trippel than a saison. Still loving the Quad with sugar plums... They need to re-formulate this saison again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Great beer. It’s on the maltier side of Saisons. I mean this guy is big. The beer itself is very refreshing but heavy. Nice fruit. The orange comes through with a hefty spice and pepper kick. Great but almost too much body for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2013
375ml bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Was intrigued by this one, as it sounded like the new ingredients might be just the thing to liven up the pretty boring base that SN released a while back. Deep golden/orange pour, medium head. Slightly syrupy nose, with only mild saison yeast detectable (and not much hint of mandarin or pepper). Mouthfeel kind of oily, and tastes far sweeter than it should (and generically so, at that; some specifically mandarin orange sweetness would be more welcome). Just a touch of pepper on the finish, but it’s still a pretty boring saison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (523) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Candied orange, pepper aroma. Golden orange body with thin lasting head, nice lacing. Flavor is sweet, of candied fruits and citrus notes; orange. Light pepper finish, subtle lasting bitter flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Corked and caged, slick-looking bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours a clear orange with a smallish head. Nose of orange marmalade, saison yeast, and a mild earthy hop character. Taste just barely adds a hint of pepper. A bit sweet, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1964) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Clear orange amber pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of light farmhouse saison citrus. Flavor has slight hints of bitter oranges, straw and some spicy alcohol on the finish. Not bad, but not worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3118) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is nice with lots of orange and pepper with some light notes of funk. The flavor is oranges, pepper, a little bit of mineral soapiness and a lightly spicy finish. Very full bodied bordering on syrupy. I liked the potent peppery, fruity Saison character, but not so much the full sweetness in the finish. Overall, it was decent… not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrana (394) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Very dry, peppery, with a hint of orange. Has the typical Belgian yeast esters, but lacks the depth of most Belgian-style beers, and doesn’t quite stand up to the previous Ovila release with plums.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2013
12.7 oz. bottle. Pours dark orange with a tight thin soapy white head that fades to a wispy film and collar. Aroma has malt yeast and booze with subtle fruit scents. Taste is warming booze and yeast with mild spice and the syrup from a can of Mandarin oranges. Palate is full and heavy with a warming finish. This is a bit heavy for me.

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