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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s this beer poured a dark amber color with a medium sized white head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was tart lemon, pepper and dust. The flavor was dry and spicy with notes of pepper, ginger, lemon, dust and bread. The finish was long and tangy with lingering citrus and must. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2011
On tap; poured an amber color. Beer was earthy and peppery; a good amount of wheat and a touch of hops. Earthy and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bright tangerine pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of tart citrus and lemony funk. Light pepper in the nose also with a bit of fresh cut grass. Flavor is light and refreshing with lots of orange peel, a little honey, biscuit, and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Tap at the Moth. This beer pours a very lovely shade of orange. The appearance is slightly hazy with a light amount of carbonation on top. White bubbles. 

Aroma is light when it is cold but begins to emerge more as it warms. The biggest notes I pick up are definitely citrus and Belgian fruit. Light grain and funk. 

Flavor is big time grains and funk. Belgian fruit and dry yeast. Finishes dry. Almost tart but not quite. This is very much a saison. Very clean. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Sampler on tap at Haymarket (Chicago, IL). Pours a golden glowing hue, ok bit of haze, with a cakey bright white head that is moderate in size, dies a bit and laces pretty well. Aromas are some decent citrus and grassy hops, no dominant yeast, but bread dough, some light fruit, dry hops, and mellow earthiness come into play. Initial is a bit fruity, touches of apple and tangerine, some mellow spice, yeast, bread dough. More bready malts and a bit dried out into the backend. More orange/tangerine as it seems an important element here, some pear, apple, bread dough, pale malts, light spice. The hops show up, grass and weeds (not "Weed"), earthy, some florals. Gentle to decent bitterness on the backend. A touch of tartness perhaps up front. Pretty balanced interesting experience here. Not bad, certainly more interesting than expected. Finish throws a bit more sweet malt, touch of honey, bread, and fruit. Hops fall out a bit, a touch on the way back, faint spicey bread yeast. It does the job, but it’s not a top shelf Saison by any means. Solid. In the pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy copper-orange with large white bubbly head. Aroma evolves as the head dissipates: yeast with a touch of sweetness > sour > earthy and grassy. Taste has the expected yeast & spice, but with a cereal maltiness underlying the whole thing. Dry without too much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Pours orange gold with a creamy white head that sticks around for ages. Aroma of grass, hay, pepper, lemon, and a faint trace of bread dough and rye, and a slight mushroom presence. Flavor is dry with plenty of earth, pepper, grass, slight lemon, and herbs. Finishes with pepper and earth, and is definitely more about the hops than the yeast. Medium bodied, very creamy, and the carbonation is high without being annoying. Lovely mouthfeel. Overall, the beer is good, and even though the yeast isn’t quite as exciting as I want, it’s still more "there" than in most American saisons. Tank 7 still does this sort of thing better, but I’d buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4478) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2011
RFD, DC tap ($6.50): Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. Aroma has ambiguous fruitiness and a barely noticeable amount of spice. Taste is somewhat on the sweet side. Mild amount of hops and minimal spice. Rather full mouth feel. Well-balanced, but not spectacular. Easy drinking and easily quaffable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Two disappointing Saisons in a row!! Nose was way too floral and the taste and palate lacked the musty dryness I so love in the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Pours hazed amber orange with a large frothy white head that lasts a while. Aroma of fruit, clove, lemon, grass, lightly toasted malts. Taste has lots of fruity sweetness and some floral hop, along with a mild earthy bitterness. Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not as dry and crisp as I’m used to in a Saison, but still a good beer.

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