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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours a cloudy orange color with off-white head. Yeast, light fruits, coriander, and wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a semi-sweet note and lingers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartzMimic (84) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours a stunningly clear orange from the bottle with a bubbly white head that leaves quickly. Smells of hay, grass, citrus and some yeast. Tastes of oranges, some spice and a touch of earthiness. Light, crisp mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. A very traditional, easy-drinking ale that recalls Saison Dupont.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
On tap at the Pourhouse. Aroma is citris, wheat, and a peppery piece of bread. Pours hazy biege with great bubbles and a medium bubbly head. Taste is great with some pepper, light yeast, golden wheat, and a clean champagne finish. Delicious. A little heavy and sweet for the style but certainly tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Served from a small corked bottle into a small tulip. Slightly hazy amber good head and lacing. Very limited Belgium funk in both the taste and the aroma. Slightly dry. Very clean finish for style. Well hidden ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Slightly hazy gold pour that starts with a large fizzy white head that reduces to slim foam ring. Fresh juicy amber fruits. Floral hops. Yellow plums. Apricot pits. Thyme. Orange pips. Nice drying wood tannins. Not overly complicated but very nicely balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 3, 2014
mistakenly purchased this. thought i was getting the quad. will therefore have to compare to the quad. it’s completely different. no similarities. pours a murky gold. faint cereal and citrus notes. clean earthy taste. alcohol is well hidden. nice, but nowhere near the quality of the quad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drself1209 (5) - Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
Pours honey-amber in color. Thin head and delicate lacing. Good mouth feel and beautiful earthy spiciness. Great beer from this collaboration.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
On tap. Slightly hazy golden pour with small off white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, slightly fruity and spices. Taste of citrusy yeast, orange peel, peppery spice and banana. Medium bodied, nice crisp mouthfeel, peppery dry finish. Alcohol well hidden. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3635) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On draft at Trio in Kill Devil Hills NC. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Spicy bubblegum aroma. Flavors of tropical fruits. Smooth , crisp finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swamp_Thing (38) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
An easy light beer to drink with muted flavors of citrus, bananas, cloves. I really enjoy this beer but the score reflects its light characteristics in relation to what I know of the Saison style. As of now this will be the beer I reach for when I want a hefeweizen here in the US, even though the flavors are muted it is better balanced than the German imports.


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