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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (781) - 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 (3272) - 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 (35) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 21, 2014
On tap at the 2014 OCBF. Pours a clear gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has some musty grains and grass with a bit of cookie sweetness backing. Flavor is similar with some sweet grains and cookie backed by a bit of grassiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (1737) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Sample at B&D gastropub. Pours light amber with small off-white haed. Aroma is nice fruity, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is fruity with balance of hops.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (547) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Tap at Bricks. Pours fairly clear orange. Nose is citrus and pepper. Taste is same with a tiny bit of funk. Nice sourness in the aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Gold pour from a bottle. Sweet citrus aroma and taste of orange and spices. Decent beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
From the bottle. Points a dark gold with a thin head. Citrus, orange and Belian yeast esters in aroma. Taste is smooth medium body with citrus and pepper notes. Very tasty.

3.4
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (438) - 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.


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