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RATINGS: 375   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BreweryMaster1 (1) - Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2014 does not count
Nose: lot’s of pepper, bitter sweet orange zest, a little anise, or perhaps clove. Taste: Like the nose, lots of peppercorn, just a hint of orange peel, a nice clove and earthy grassy flavor. This really is a special brew from an extraordinary brewery. Try it, I very much think you will emjoy it. Mouthfeel: Light and fairly crisp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (261) - Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2014
Tap. Deep amber. Mild lacing. Full mouthfeel. Strong nose of banana. Tastes of yeast, clove, banana, bubblegum. Surprising bit if hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (2848) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Ido. Pours yellow orange with a medium head, aroma of yeast, banana, guava, apple and tangerine, flavor of yeast, apple, banana, wheat, coriander and alcohol, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
I would consider this only an average Saison. Has most of the common characteristics of most Saisons, but it just lacked something... good, but I expected better...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (183) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Drinking this as I write this..poured into tulip.. hazy orange,yellow with big white 3 finger head..wheat, spices, fruit..all combine with a good dry finish..could drink this outside on hot summer day..good offering from SN.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5207) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Pours a hazy medium orange with a sticky snow white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has some light spicy accents, a hint of baking bread and a touch of yeast. Flavor has a slight spicy bent to it with some grains of paradise, some pear-like fruitiness, a touch of baked bread with a yeasty background. Nice spritz to the mouthfeel. Always thought I had rated this.....confuse it with the other Ovila - glad I looked it up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mep3222 (315) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Sweet yeasty aroma with a little lemongrass funk. A bit flat and slight watery in the palate ( even though there is a nice inch if head). Some mild fruity tastes and not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Not much funk in the flavor either. Descent saison but not my favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (5052) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Ido. C;ear deep golden to orange. Aroma of oranges, other fruits, mild spiciness, malt and honey notes. Sweetish flavor, yeasty, with malt, honey, fruits, some spiciness and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled 2011 A: pours a dirty grain colored ale with moderate haze and a three finger off white loose foam head. This falls rather quickly to a solid sheet of the same. No lace, wish there were. S: Yeast, pepper, citrus and a hint of funk. Maybe a bit of plastic like whiffs at the back end. Meh, par for the coarse IMO. T: The yeast is certainly the life blood of this one for me. The yeast is earthy and cloven - reminds me of Unibroue yeast, but toned WAY down (I hate Unibroue’s yeast). There is a decent bitter bite with some evident sweetness and wheaty flavors. Again, some plastic flavor at the back end. M: Medium bodied and sharply crisp with a dry finish. Here they hit the head nearly, prefer just the slightest resonance. O: Well, Ovila is O for 2. Not a bad beer, not an exceptional beer, not even particularly above average. Really middle of the road with this one. Serving type: bottle 08-23-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3023) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Wonderful light saison. Balances in all the right way, perfectly suited to my tastes. Pours a orange amber without a lot of head or lacing. Some floral aromas, Belgian yeast and lightly fermented fruit here. Abbey oranges integrate beautifully here. Finish equal parts light sweet and sour. Very nice beer - could drink this all night. Bottle.

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