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RATINGS: 412   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 Hearstís plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   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 isnít quite as exciting as I want, itís still more "there" than in most American saisons. Tank 7 still does this sort of thing better, but Iíd buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3930) - 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 (2315) - 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 Iím used to in a Saison, but still a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6569) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Had near the end of a tasting, it hit the spot! .. . hazy yellow gold, medium head, great cloudy lacing .. . aspirin, citrus, and herbs mostly, nicely balanced and easy to drink .. . light bubbles on the tongue, i enjoyed this brew, and a well made american example of the style .. . Oh, they donít work on me. Thatís why they call me Red. Iím immune!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours this hazed dingy golden color with a tall froth that lingers. Spicy aromatics of corriander, guava and bath beads. Full nectar with good carbonation. Delicate on flavor with a malty backbone and highly spiced. The spice overshadows everything else. This beer is single minded and of average quality and the price is way out of line @ 8 bones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3906) - - JUL 24, 2011
bottle. a hazy gold pour with a small white head. a vanilla nose with some grassy hops. flavor brings out more of the grassy dry hops than the malts. dry and crisp palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Caged & corked bottle. Poured with a good initial poof of foam over top of a hazy, cloudy body of orange-amber. The aroma is wild and yeasty. The beer drinks with a fruity disposition, primarily laden with sweet citrusy, but finishing exceptionally dry, grassy, and gristy even. Decent. (#4188, 7/24/2011)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 Sweet cotton candy and honey nose with lots of phenolic, peppery yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lots of pepper and dusty cobwebs, some light lemon and flowers, the malt is sweet with lots of raw sugar and honey. Decent, not really much of a Saison, but thatís not surprising from a US brewery. Tasty though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods, Vienna, Va. Pours a clear orange yellow with a thin white head. Fruity aroma with of mango and bubble gum. Flavor is dry and bitter. Slightly funky with a bitter finish.

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