radio_nowhere (701) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz corked bottle into snifter glass, cloudy darkish-orange golden color with off-white head. Aroma of spices (clove, pepper, sage, coriander) and light citrus (orange, banana). Taste adds notes of candy sugar, wheat, caramel, more orange peel, some lemon, straw and white pepper. Medium body, moderate carbonation, effervescent, dry with slight peppery spiced finish. Hits a nice balance of fruit, spice, tart and sour notes. Good saison.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at State Line tasting. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with a one finger off white head. Aroma of florals, clove, cereal grain, spices, and mild earthiness. Tastes of spices, bready malt, green peppercorns, apple, with a hint of citrus. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.
devman171 (727) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium amber with nice head and lacing. Aroma is light citrus and spice. Taste is crisp and light citrus and a crisp finish
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the parentals. Pour is orange-amber with a small white head and great lacing. Fruity, herbs, bready, basil, caramelly, orange peel, and sage in the aroma. Taste is bready, crackers, orange peels, coriander, lemony, cereal, tangy, and peachy with a dry crisp finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Decent stuff.
batneil (244) - - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice crisp taste with light fizz. Clear amber colour where you can see fizz. Mild prep peppery aftertaste. Very nice beer. (K)
kwd1996 (23) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, easy drinking beer. Not you typical Saison, heavier and sweeter and overall a richer and deeper complexity than most saison style beers.
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours an essentially clear, amberesque body with a two-finger-high cap of near white foam.
Smell: Lightly toasted bread, toasted grains with a layer of sweet-scented candied glaze. Faint flash of sourishness. Banana, aromatic orange, coriander, pepper.
Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee in the foreground atop the malted wheat. A little, light banana. Candied orange (a bit tangy) dusted with a little pepper, a little coriander. Some stern florals ahead of a stronger, bitterish orange oil presence. Still remains rather candyish, sweetish on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, fighting back some stickiness.
Overall: Don’t get me wrong, I am still on-board for this whole Ovila deal, but I WAAAY preferred the no-thrills Ovila Saison over this new, "now with more stuff!" version.
merc7186 (1755) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Golden Straw/Orangish Hue, Passes Most Light, Thick White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Wheat, Yeast, Light Pink Peppercorns, Mild Orange Candy
T: Wheat, Yeast, Pink Peppercorns, Orange Syrup
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying, Mildly Sweet
Overall, I dont know if it is just me but it seems like all the flavors are just a little too forced...I could be way off on this but the wheat is way too up front, yeast very forward then the oranges taste very syrupy...couldnt get over it.
skoisirius (1473) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet little different treat on this variation of the Ovila Series. Nice and peppery throughout making the mouth crave more!
Maltser85 (151) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a golden orange with a quickly disappearing 1 finger white head. The aroma is spot on. Some nice mandarin orange, pepper notes popping out here and there. Some definite barnyard funk undertones. A little bit of the grassy citrus. Maybe some dry vinous notes, like a wine barrel and a hint of the alcohol. On the palate, there is a somewhat aggressive carbonation that leaves a dryness in the middle. A little bit of the funk coming through in the palate. Some slight orange mixed with the lemony citrus. Not quite getting the pepper notes as heavy as the nose. Some bready malts coming through and hints from the yeast as well. Some pepper on the finish. Dry, some alcohol warming down the throat.