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RATINGS: 400   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2078) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1701) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber bodied with a tall, fluffy white head. Strong dusty yeast, straw, grassy hops, dried fruit and grains in the aroma. Taste is semi-sweet malt, dusty yeast, flowers, grassy hops, fruit notes, crushed grains, straw and soft earthiness. Body is light-medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more fruit notes, big yeast, earthy flavors, dried flowers, grains, lighter fruit flavors, and grassy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2011
22oz bottle.Pours a clear orange with a fizzy white head.Nose is banana and yeast.This smells like a Tripel.Taste is very clean citrus,banana and creamy malts.What an easy drinking brew.This is really nice if not fairly simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 22, 2011
tap at pizza port ocean beach-pours fairly clear orange with a small fizzy white head that diminshed very quickly-nose of spice, fruit (peach, melons, apples) lite spice and earthy notes slight corriander and or ginger note. flavors are real green apple and spice needs alot of work. i really liked the dubbel, but this one falls a bit short. if they made this unspiced and used a more funky yeast strain, then it could have been pretty good. seems under atenuated way too sweet and phenolic. Sorry SN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Spice and earth on the nose. Medium bodied and approachable. This offers a grainy/brioche flavor profile with good carbonation and some citrus hedges in on the finish. Delicious to my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1389) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2011
It’s a gentle, pleasant saison that drinks easily but lacks any great depth of character. I would have liked to see SN push things a bit more with this beer. The aroma is fresh grain, bananas, lemons, mild pepper and some more spice - maybe, a little clove and coriander. It kinda tends toward German wheat beer flavors. The taste starts sweet with a little tang and finishes mildly dry with a very nice grassy, citrus hop note. Mouthfeel is kinda low on carbonation for the style but fine, otherwise. Appearance is a translucent and fairly light orange amber with a big white head. This is a good saison but too safe and a touch too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5726) - 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

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