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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (573) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Fruits, yeast, spiciness and earthy ,br> Taste: Yeasty, fruity esters, spicy with a dry finish. A nice saison, easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (978) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Draft at Alembic Bar while on a trip to San Francisco. Pours honey orange with very little head. Aroma of fruity esters (banana stands out as well as some citrus), yeast, and some spice. Flavor of bready malts and some lighter caramel, Belgian yeast, mild citrus, and some spice towards the end. Lightly sweet with a good level of spice. (116, 597)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy amber pour with a thick white head. Funky nose that’s a bit tart with sweet malt and some fruit. Malty and peppery flavor with a bit of sweetness before a winey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2011
It’s a decent saison, but too sweet/sugary to get near the top of my saison list. Lacks the dryness/chalkiness/grassiness of my favorites. Still is a good summer beer that i surely wouldn’t turn down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
This is one of my favorites of the style so far this year. Pours a hazy orange with a foamy lacing white head. The aroma is very fruity along with bread and yeast. The flavor is also fruity with a nice hop presence. There is a bit of pepper too. It has a lively carbonation making it very crisp and clean.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
8/28/11. On tap. Hazy orange pour with a nice fluffy off-white head that fades and laces a teensy bit. Slightly fruity and funky aroma with yeast and citrus. Very nice flavor with nice fruitiness, yeast, and definite citrus. Lingers dry. Tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Pours amber from tap with a finger of head. Big Belgian yeast smells on the nose. Tartness and pepper and alcohol on the tongue. This one wears it’s 7% boldly. Clean finisher. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4719) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2011
750 ml bottle corked and caged, poured a hazy yellow color wiith a massive white thick head. Arpmas of yeast, fruit, and cpice. Flavors match the aroma, very easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6096) - Utah, USA - AUG 26, 2011
750ml bottle from the state store
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy golden with a huge white head and some lacing
Aroma: Fruits, yeast, spiciness and earthy ,br> Taste: Yeasty, fruity esters, spicy with a dry finish
A nice saison, easy drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2695) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Golden color with white head. Aroma is faint citrus and spice. Flavor is very nice sour with some lemon and orange. Herbal notes going on as well. Good job for a cali brewer.


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