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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4531) - Fort Wayne, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2961) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1214) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (574) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (123) - - JUL 3, 2014
Drank on tap at the ginger man in NYC. Surprisingly interesting beer from Sierra Nevada and one of the best offerings I’ve had from them in a while. Definitely worth trying if you see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Pour out of 12.7oz corked bottle. Pour is clear orange with thin white head, aroma has notes of biscuit, bready malts, touch of white grape, and pear notes, touch of caramel. Taste is a nice mix of sweet white fruits with unripe banana, red apple and pear, mixing into bready sourdough and yeast. Mid-taste is earthy and slightly bitter. Lingering sweetness continues however. Finish is very long, with flavors unfolding slowly. Could be drier, but this is not a terrible thing given all the positive things about this beer. Texture starts out lively, but soon settles into chewy. It’s a very nice beer, but more of a sipping beer than I would prefer in this style. Good job, Sierra. Keep these interesting offerings coming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Clear blood orange color with a large dense head. Aroma of pepper and light grassy yeast. Taste is pepper. The only orange characteristic is implied by the label. About as nondeScript a saison as you can find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2081) - 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.

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