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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5611) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2011
bottle. light amber pour, tiny bubbles, aroma is floral/fruity yeastiness, light caramel maltiness, candi sugar. taste is dry, floral, yeastiness, lighter pepper, herbal weediness (garden not bud). ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear orange color. Big dense off-white almost peach colored head. Nose is estery...floral, a bit peppery, soapy, but yeah...a lot of floral yeast esters jumping out of the glass. Flavors bring the floral yeast back to the table, add some sweetness, some grassy bitterness, and there you have it. Way too yeasty and a bit too sweet for me...kinda peppery at times, kinda too grassy bitter at times...not a fan of the yeast used in this one, not as refreshing and authentic as I wanted it to be....at least not after having the dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2011
goldenw tih large whtie head. nose of belgian esters with spice and floral components. low biterness, low malt character before the above yeast flavors and a perfectly dry beer without much alcohol presence. excellent saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4226) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Draft. Cloudy yellow/slightly orange. Creamy white head. Sweet, grain, banana, white pepper, fruity yeast, light bubble gum. A decent, middle of the road saison, too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Deep golden/amber pour thin clear ... creamy white head light sticky lacing .... aroma is of fruity saison yeast, little peppery and earthy .... taste is of fruity saison yeast, a spicy peppery bite and citrusy hops that gave a nice spicy bite on the tongue, earthy with a dry spicy finish ... mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a nice bite on the tongue .. abv hidden well a nice solid saison

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
75cl bottle. Orange amber color with a medium white head with good retention. Brilliant clarity. A touch on the dark side for a saison, but a good looking beer overall. The aroma is mostly yeast-driven with buble-gum and soft white pepper. A little bit of papaya and lemon as well. The flavor has similar bubble-gum fruitiness and a dry finish. Light on the hops but a noticeable bitterness in the finish. Slightly phenolic and spicy as well. Clean and fresh with no off flavors or oxidation. Medium-light body with just over medium carbonation. Not flawed, but a pretty lackluster saison attempt, sadly. The yeast character just falls flat, and there is nothing compelling about the malt or hops to make up for it. I can’t but judge a standard saison like this up to Dupont, and this isn’t even close, though clearly is shooting for that model. I’ll take the Dubbel over this any day, and it’s also more expensive than Dupont at my local store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Sampled on 7/16/2011. This saison pours a slightly hazy orange gold color from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Medium to large sized thick white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, citrusy and earthy. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity, earthy and sweet. Hint of peaches and oranges with some banana and black pepper. The hops are herbal and earthy. Lively, but soft carbonation. Very smooth taste. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured hazy, golden orange with a thick, pillowy white head that retained nicely. Thick palate, soft carbonation. Lots of esters, fruit citrus tanginess. Everescent for sure. Slight hop floralness. Light honey sweetness, vegetable tones, vanilla, candied sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Having this a day after having the Coronado Saison by the Sea and I think I liked the Coronado one more. This is really dry. Pours golden colored. vanilla and medicinal flavors mixed together but other than that not much in the flavor department. Some spice in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
750 from Taylor’s Market, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a huge off-white head that subsides over time, and a grassy aroma. There is a sweet slightly tart fruit flavor with a spicy finish and a yeasty feel. Does not have the depth of some of the top saisons, but is quite drinkable.

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