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RATINGS: 406   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fatehunter (1271) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Popped the cork and poured into a Westmalle chalice. Orange color with a finger of head that held. Faint smell of orange zest, grapefruit and pear. Tastes like bread, watery and dry. Very bubbly, light body and smooth. I really want to like this, but it is missing the flavor... a big hole there. However try it out... at least once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Idigguns (16) - Davie, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2014
12.7 oz bottle. 7.5% ABV. 2013 release. Aroma: sweet, caramel, woody, spices, especially pepper. Appearance: clear, gold with small off-white head, no lacing. Taste: sweet yet peppery, hint of banana, a little too much alcohol taste. Palate: heavy body, slick, a bit creamy, soft carbonation, strong finish. Overall: may be a bit heavy to sip on. Could pair well with food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2687) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2011. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (411) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Rated based on notes from 15 Aug 2011 -- Aroma was nice, color beautiful. Tasted a bit like a spicy Hef. (I think I was a little inexperienced with Saisons when I drank this)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"again, the Ovila series nails the style. i knew i had really liked the dubbel, but this one still stood out...beat Green Flash easily head to head. bready and fruity up front, dry and spicy in the finish. this is what i think of when i think of the style. medium bodied and lively. great job again guys."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gschrade (757) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 16, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, spice. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (430) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pretty good offering. Really nice aroma with an average aroma. Still a darn good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dittoson (24) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Delicious saison with a darker complexion that provides a light flavor with hints of complication, and sweetens on the tongue after drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (3563) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden pour with white head. Full spice, banana, light clove and yeast aromas. Banana, clove and spice flavors, saison is like a brutal wit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Rated on 7-03-2012 (Corked & caged bottle Siciliano’’s Market-Grand Rapids, MI) When poured, this beer has a medium sized very fizzy, frothy white head that is mostly lasting, transparent yellow golden body, fizzy, very fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malty, farmhouse, funky, grass, earthy hops, citrus, sweet, banana, spicy, and a suggestion of pepper. The flavor is sweet, farmhouse, funky, fruity, spicy, peppery, and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is lively and thin. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer has an inviting aroma which I like better than the flavor. This beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1150) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. Amber color with a really nice head. Aroma is dried fruit. Taste is a complex one with dried fruit and a pleasant sweet finish.

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