RateBeer
overall
95
91
style
Serve in Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Hearstís plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3634) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Juicy funky aroma of overripe lemon with hints of marshmallow sweetness. Hazy amber, thick yellow head, good retention. Tangy lemon, nicely balanced. Funky, especially in the end. Classic saison, nothing outstanding, but quite well executed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
On tap at the common table. pours a medium amber with a thin off white head. The aromas are bread, The mouthfeel is slightly watery and bready with a medium body. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2155) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2011
750 ml. Hazy golden body. Frothy white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of banana, clove, gum, sugar, pepper. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture turning syrupy in the finish, lively carbonation. Taste of banana, clove, citrus and candy. Overly sweet, but drinkable. Disappointing as a saison. But if you didnít know this was a saison ... itís fine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a hazy but vibrant orange to golden hued body with a massive and lasting rocky white head. Aromas are hugely phenolic: herbal, grassy, sage, pepper. Estery, some nectarine. Really spicy overall. Very spicy! Flavors are estery, pear and apple. Hugely phenolic (overdone) with sage and pepper. Malt profile is bready, soft and a light sweetness. Lively bubbles, finishes dry and lightly warming (more so than your average saison).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with a moderate white head. Very pleasant aroma of lemon and orange along with some mild spice. Unfortunately, this beer falls into the same trap that I find with some IPAís. The aroma is fruity and the flavor doesnít meet the expectation. Here, the flavor is more grainy, more pith and less fruit with the same spiciness noted in the aroma. Dries out a bit towards the finish. An interesting Saison.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
[On Tap] Lightly clouded orange appearance. Nice funky orange perfume aroma. Well spiced orangey palate, slightly sweet orangey finish. Good refrshing and aromatic saison.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap @ Jack of the Wood, Asheville. Cloudy gold, thin ring of foam. Smells lemony, lightly sweet, and a little bit spicy. Flavor is crisp and seet, with notes of lemon and grapefruit, plus some other herbal notes. Tasty and easy to drink. Woody, herbal aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Poured from the 24 oz bottle. Pours yellow hazy. Aroma is mild, mostly of Clove. Flavor has more banana and Clove going on. I think it is a pretty good saison.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnoel09 (416) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Color is golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Aroma is extremely mild with just a little bit of yeast. Flavor is yeasty and clove with some light spice towered the finish. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a good Saison.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3872) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2011
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Spirits Toms River. Poured a hazy sunburnt orange with an average sized foamy bright white head. Aroma of tangerines, mango, apricot, bread crusts, light spice and pepper. Body is bubbly with lots of carbonation and a rather full mouthfeel with a lingering tingling on your mouth and throat from the high carbonation. Flavor losses all the fruitiness that the aroma had and has lots of grains and cereals with light spice and pepper. Solid but the aroma and flavor are so different and I do prefer the aroma to the flavor even though it is not even close to style.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 28 29 30  31  32 33 34 » 40


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50