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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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4351) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
This poured a cloudy darker yellow color with a white head. Aroma was lots of spices, yeast and some lemon and citrus fruit. Flavor was also very spicey and fairly dry, a bit sweet, and light yeast and fruit on the back. Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a hazy orange with a sticky white head. Spicy, grassy, earthy nose and flavor with a nice lemon citrus finish. Very light and refreshing and tasty. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Deep gold, light haze, nice head fades. Aroma is very dusty peppery. Flavor is lightly sweet malts and a good dose of dusty hops, moving into a balanced, dry finish. A bit more on the "dusty" side than I like, but still a nice beer. Very happy with this new line of offerings from SN.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1150) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Aroma is yeasty, bread. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, a lttle malty, yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours cloudy dark golden color with big white head. Peppery and spicy aroma with lots of doughy yeast. Sweet fruity flavor with some spiciness, citrus and bready yeast. Slightly hoppy with some earthiness. Medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 20, 2011
THOUGHTS: Nice and refreshing after a hard day working in the vegetable garden. Would go nice with some very sharp cheddar. Very nice. Could easily pass for Belgian. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light, golden-orange with beautiful carbonation that kept adding to the head from the bottom at about the seem rate the head was dissolving at the top. Said head was average, creamy and off-white. It mostly lasted and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate light-colored bread and candy; light to moderate grassy hops; moderate to heavy doughy, spicy and slightly funky yeast; pepper and fruity citrus. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, moderately acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily acidic, moderately bitter and lightly sweet with and average to long duration. There was pale malt, a little caramel, hints of candy, fruit, citrus notes, doughy and spicy yeast, a little pepper, grassy and citric hops and just a lot of yeast. The light to medium body was dry and fizzy with a light to moderately astringent and ever so slighty alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Bottle. Pours a deep gold with a big fizzy head that dies to a film in short order. Aromas are saison-y... a spicy edge (pepper, lemongrass, etc.), oranges, honey. Flavor is about the same... but this is not my style of saison. The sour is understated and the malt is kinda heavy and syrupy and the funk is underdeveloped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours mostly clear orange with small white fizz. Smells peppery, bready, a tiny bit funky, and surprisingly of citrus. Tastes peppery and like bready hay, rather earthy. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ovila Saison finishes soft and peppery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2011
poured golden color with a nice head smelled very clovey tasted very clovey nothing special decent but not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some light hoppy notes and not much ester discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some lightly sweet Belgian style malt with a dry hoppy finish. Lacks a bit of ester and yeast is quite tame. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I was expecting a bit more character from this beer.

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