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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2011
750ml bottle from the 9000S state store. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a large white head. A sweet nose of apples, some light spices and cinnamon. The flavor is a rich very smooth Saison; caramel, light bitterness, rich apples and spices, very much a beer that would fit right into Autumn. Light tangerines. Very good. Super drinkable. Leaves with some peppery spiciness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
750ml from Pick’s poured into a tulip. Pours a light orange/amber with about 2 fingers of frothy off white head. Grassy hops and a slight aroma of orange citrus. Taste is medium-light sweet with a slight bitter and spicy aftertaste. Light bodied with a thin and oily texture. Lively carbonation and a long somewhat bitter finish. Overall, this is a very good beer. I liked the Dubble better but this one is still awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1922) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Pours hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, citrus, and spice. Flavor is slightly tart, fruity citrus, peppery notes, with a dry, grassy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (3214) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle in trappist glass. Kind of grassy and sweet aroma. Murky orange colour. Some carbonation that quickly disappears. Typical sweet belgian ale taste, very little bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Draft. Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow with a medium-sized white head. Mild but complex. Saison elements are there, but are quite subtle. Aroma is citrus, earth, grass, some light fruity esters. Flavor is quite dry, some fruit, spice. Very drinkable and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (604) - 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 (1038) - Escondido, 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 (6878) - 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 (3058) - 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.


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