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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Draft... Medium cloudy gold with a bright orange hue, off white head, thin cap... Really light nose, a touch of oranges and a bit of floral notes, ok but boring... A sweet saison, almost too sweet but drinkable, boring take

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Pours a dark amber brown. Beige head. Very subtle. Bready, hay. Sweet Taste. Thin, medium carbonation, bourbon barrel flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Pours out a nice golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is of fruit, some grains, spice, citrus rind and light pepper. Taste is of fruity notes, apple, some citrus, earthy grass, some pepper and a bone dry finish. Solid Saison.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
This doesn’t fit the style, but the style is hard to define. I enjoyed this beer, very much. Lemon nose. A well balanced honey sweetness with a dry citrus taste, almost like 7up, Orange peel bitterness. Ample mouthfeel. Refreshing. Peppery dry finish. Points off for the style, but I would buy this again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a tight bubbly white head. There is a strong hop presence in the nose, very floral, with a decent amount of peppery yeasty spice and some sweet tangeriness and nectarines in back. The flavors are about the same, the spice fades a little and the sweetness is up a notch, not quite as balanced on an already sweet nose. Creamy body, lightly carbonated and barely dry.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3539) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, 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. 

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6942) - 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.


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