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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iguanodon (98) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Pours clear orange/gold with a thin white head that lasts. Steady fine carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is sweet malt, flowery, straw, spicy pepper. Taste is dry saison, the orange and pepper are there but not overwhelming. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Great mouth feel. A solid saison on its own, the orange and pepper are just enough to make it interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (745) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Not bad. Good aroma and descent taste. The orange and peppercorn comes through nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1035) - HONG KONG - JUN 30, 2015


375.6 ml (12.7 fl oz) cork bottle with a fairly loud ‘pop’ bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear amber honey colour with no yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Fairly good sticky lacing with active carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet Ale malt, with strong orange, tangerines, canned pineapples, floral, light black pepper, honey, syrup, cloves, spices, bread, Bel yeast, light lemon and faint grass.

Taste: Medium sweet Ale malt, with strong orange peels, tangerines, caramel, vanilla, light peppercorns, thin pineapples, strong molasses, spices, bread, Bel yeast, lemon, moderate bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Close to medium body, thin but quite slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong Ale maltyness despite a wheat-thinned background. Strong presence of orange and tangerines with fair bits of black peppercorns. Good vanilla and pineapple ester. Fairly good spicyness. Strong presence of Bel yeast unlike the disappointing Ovila Tripel. Lemony hops to round. Nice!

Hoppiness: strong orange, tangerine, pineapple, floral, molasses in nose, same in taste with more lemon and grass. Bitterness is moderate for a lasting, mid-to-light astringent sweet fruity finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Fruity -sweet and spicy, light hoppy to mouth.

Comments: Its taste is not quite a Saison, but more a like a pretty well-made Tripel with orange and spices to light things up. Like most NS beers, this one is yeast-free, but with such strong Bel yeast presence, I can imagine how good it will be with some Bel yeast in the bottle. I aleady love its strong body and fruity sweetness. A very solid Tripel-like Ale!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (8428) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2015
375 ml bottle. From the brewery in Chico, CA.
Clear amber colour with a small white head. Yeast, citrus, orange, mild bitterness, bready malt and some spices in the aroma. Yeast, bitterness, citrus, sweetness and malt in the flavour. This is not a Saison.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMurph72 (22) - - MAY 12, 2015
Aroma - Smells very sweet, bubble gum-like; sweet taffy Appearance - pours a hazy golden-orange with nice white lacing head Taste - very sweet citrus with a very faint peppery aftertaste. Not as spicy as I was expecting Edit: spice is more upfront as you let the beer warm Mouthfeel - light bodied and sticky. Lightly carbonated Overall - good beer but not what I was expecting

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4468) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Tap. Pours crystal clear pale amber golden, large of white creamy head, slow to dissipate, great lacing. Aroma is hugely pepper, lots of field grass. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, herbal, pepper, grasses, orange zest. More black pepper. Hard to miss that. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1985) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2015
On tap at the brewery, this pours a bright orange into the glass with a soapy white head that leaves webbed lacing. The nose is of tangerines, barnyard grains, silage and hay. Flavors of orange, tangerine, cracked black pepper, hay and barnyard silage finish with a black pepper spiciness. The mouthfeel is active with a medium body that is perfect for spring or summer weather. The pepper really makes this stand out. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4536) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Mild pencil shaving aroma. Clear amber, medium head. Mushroomy, tart and woody. Nice complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2015
Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Mandarin orange nose and flavor is citrusy orange and lemon with what seems to be Belgian yeast. Mellow for a saison. $3.90 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2015
Aroma of fruit. Some orange, lemongrass, pepper, bread. Flavor starts out dry and finishes sweeter. Some hops noticed. Another good beer from the Ovila line.


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