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RATINGS: 408   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5930) - .....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 don’t work on me. That’s why they call me Red. I’m immune!

3.2
   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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3808) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, 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)

3.5
   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 that’s not surprising from a US brewery. Tasty though.

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Draft at 12 South Tap Room. Pour a hazy golden amber with a white head. Floral and estery aroma. Medium bodied with an earthy moutfeel. Flavor of pilsner malt, citrus, and a hint of white pepper. Refreshing, but not as attenuated as I prefer with my Saison. Solid, but lacks a wow factor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head. S: The nose is fairly citrusy with orange peel and lots of floral notes. A fair amount of phenolics and yeast with a mild bready note. There is just a tiny bit of coriander to it. T: Decently phenolic and spicy with a nice citrus peel. Orange and lemon peel with a light floral note and lots of bread and wheat. There is a bit of sweetness to it, along with some yeast and apple skin. M: The body and carbonation are both medium. O: Perhaps I just had overly high expectations, but this was just okay to me. Not as good as the Dubbel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Had a hell of a time getting the cork out of this one. Pours out a yellowish / orange color with a thick white head on it. Smell is fruity, grassy, and kind of hoppy. Lots of bread malt as well. Taste is smooth and very easy to drink. Higher carbonation - but that is expected. Very refreshing beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1744) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Night of the Living Saisons Part 2. 750 ml corked and caged bottle into tulip. Pours a hazy cantaloupe hue with a nice-sized off-white head with great retention; doesn’t leave much lace. Aroma is nice and yeasty--like old books; I also smell apples. Taste is sweet, meaty, and spicy; clove, cheese, and apples are noticeable in flavor. It’s better than the Saison Dupont, I think. The grassy flavor in the previous beer got tiring. This one has just a hint of grass. Carbonation and body are medium and the finish is lightly sour. Excellent take.


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