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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An homage to the monkís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (770) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a medium orange, little to no head. Aroma slight citrus, not much else. Body slightly arch, slippery character, pepper character a bit at the end, this honestly just functions really well as a Saison and wouldnít think twice about added stuff. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a very cool corked 12.7 oz bottle. The label has a brief description and lists the abv at 7.5% abv. Appearance: The body has a nice amber color with a very slight haze. Carbonation is also lively and helps support the head. Itís head is creamy, off white in color and long lasting. Lacing coats the glass and slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Smell: The aroma is full and inviting. Itís has nice fruity and yeasty notes. I get notes of clove, banana and fresh bread. Taste / Palate: Itís flavor starts with light malt sweetness blended with fruity and bready yeast. I also pick up some light sweet orange notes. This quickly turns dryer as some dry yeasty spice notes and notes from the peppercorns move across the tongue. The finish adds a light touch of floral spice and mild bitterness. The palate feels smooth and creamy and itís 7.5% abv is well hidden in its flavor profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
sweet, orangey aroma with some yeast. taste is sweet oranges, a hint of peppercorn, coriander and lemon peel. very juicy. finish is nice, a bit warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1788) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Draught at Backcountry Pizza. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, orange, earthy notes, grass, hops and coriander. Bitter finish with citrus, hops and orange. Very nice saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nakedwhendrunk (2135) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Grumbler purchase from Breeze In, Juneau AK. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a transparent bronzed copper/orange color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There wasnít much lacing. The aroma smells like someone took some oranges and sugar coated them and lightly spiced them with a peppercorn flavoring and then spiced them again with a light coriander. The taste was extremely sweet with a decent under current of controlled spices of peppercorn and coriander. The aftertaste seems a bit different than expected as the spices take over which lead to dry spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium in body. Thereís a really nice sessionable aspect about this that seems to encourage me to indulge in more. Overall, what a nice smooth spicy and sweet saison. Thereís even a slight refreshing quality going on. I might have to go back to the store just to get some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dapierce17 (94) - Pasco, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours a semi dark amber with minimal tan head. Strong aroma of orange and peppercorns. Some belgian yeast notes come out in the straw and sweet clove as well as the smell of banana bread. Flavors burst in the mouth with sweet orange and bubblegum notes. Slight spice from the pepper. Not as dry as you'd expect from a saison. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2014

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2013, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison (Mandarin Orange & Peppercorns) ].
Light unclear medium orange color with a small, fizzy - virtually none, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, white head. Aroma is light moderate malty, caramel, fruity, moderate yeasty, orange - mandarin, riped fruiy, peppery, spicy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, tart mandarin, riped mandarin, spicy - peppery, sharp - zest. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130813]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Lovely saison with hints of orange and cracked pepper. Perhaps a touch of coriander on the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4902) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2014
12.7 oz bottle, corked and caged. Nose is very sweet, heavy candy with sugared/candied plums, red berry jam, just loads of fruit in the best Belgian tradition with good yeast contribution and cherry, prune, raisin, lighter citrus. Just a little booze. Ultra-clear orange-red with above-avg carb and a short-libed beige head. Taste is semi dry, scratchy with late kick from the black pepper, good stiff malt with herbal and earthy hops to balance. Slightly oily with a lot of alcohol heat, but itís the classy kind so Iíll let it do what it wants (probably combining with mild black pepper spice heat). A bit scratchy on the back of the palate and throat, some strong cherry and orange marmalade, vanilla, faint herbs with subtle ester/phenol development. Great melding and blending of many flavors, and fresh and clean all over. A little too much air in the medium-full body and thereís a sense that itís been filtered beyond recognition, but otherwise Iím in love!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JUL 4, 2014
Pours clear golden hue with white fluffy head that quickly dissipates. It has floral aroma with hint of citrus. The flavor is a blend of banana, vanilla, and cream. It finishes easy.

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