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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Saison brings the centuries-old monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Saison is complex and contemplative-but also refreshingly dry and drinkable. With earthy and spicy aromas, this rustic Saison has note of green grass and a faint citrus tang. The body is light and layered with fruit and spice accents and a dry, peppery finish. A portion of the proceedsfrom this ale go toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Oliva chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery in 1931 and planned to use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearst’s plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gschrade (678) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 16, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, spice. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (382) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pretty good offering. Really nice aroma with an average aroma. Still a darn good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dittoson (22) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Delicious saison with a darker complexion that provides a light flavor with hints of complication, and sweetens on the tongue after drinking.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (3425) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden pour with white head. Full spice, banana, light clove and yeast aromas. Banana, clove and spice flavors, saison is like a brutal wit beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Rated on 7-03-2012 (Corked & caged bottle Siciliano’’s Market-Grand Rapids, MI) When poured, this beer has a medium sized very fizzy, frothy white head that is mostly lasting, transparent yellow golden body, fizzy, very fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malty, farmhouse, funky, grass, earthy hops, citrus, sweet, banana, spicy, and a suggestion of pepper. The flavor is sweet, farmhouse, funky, fruity, spicy, peppery, and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is lively and thin. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer has an inviting aroma which I like better than the flavor. This beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1113) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. Amber color with a really nice head. Aroma is dried fruit. Taste is a complex one with dried fruit and a pleasant sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1994) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
Pours clear amber with about a finger of frothy white head. Aroma of wheat, honey, basement, ripe fruit, herbs. Taste is slightly sour initially followed by very fruit sweet that lasts into the finish that again builds up with light fruit tart. Light, crisp body with average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1129) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
On tap at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas. Grassy floral. Bubbly. Decently hopped. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (467) - - JUL 16, 2014
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a clear golden straw color with thick spongy white head that left moderate lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, banana, slight clove spice, and a hint of oaky vanilla. Flavor is sweet: muted Belgian yeast, slight bubblegum note, quenching mild tart citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet tangy finish. Another great SN offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Banana, yeast funk, barnyard funk, odd coriander/orange,and malty sweet skunk on the nose. Deepened copper appearance with a thin foam rim. Taste is well balanced cracker malt, strong spice and herb upfront. Peppercorn flavor comes through strongly, spicy heat, coriander and more yeasty funk. Overall, this is a pretty heat forward saison to me yet, packing some funky flavors B+ rating.


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