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RATINGS: 421   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fatehunter (2051) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4341) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a golden cloudy yellow with fizzy head. Aromas of fruity, funky, horsey goodness. Flavors of barnyard, grass, yeast, and citrus hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBrain (133) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle to tulip. Mildly hazy golden -orange pour. Medium head. Citrus, spice, bread, mild funk. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2016
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a large off white head. The aroma and flavor have orange citrus, mild funk, caramel, bready malts, earthy, some spicy character, leans toward pepper, dry, drinkable, decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (1498) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, medium white head. Medium musky basement aroma. Medium body with an allspice flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3975) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
On tap at Bob’s Bar: gold pour, white head. musty aroma. tastes are sweet creamy saison. light belgian spice. medium sweetness. banana. even. 7.4

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a smallish head. Caramel, wheat, pepper, and citrus in the nose. Has a citrusy & peppery taste. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2816) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2015
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,

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2015
On Tap hazy orange light amber witha small wispy head. Light sweet caramely aroms and flavors. LIght on the claimed peppery spice. SOme brown sugar and valinna. Tasty

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2134) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
On tap at the Creekside Tavern, this pours orange–amber into the glass with a wispy head that leaves light soap ring lacing. Aromas bring forth a comforting nod to my grandmother's home... candied oranges and mixed spices. Favors of orange, melon, grassiness, and spices, finishing with a nice spicy wallop of herbs and a hint of salt. Very complex mouthfeel with a medium-full body and somewhat semi-dry palate. Nice saison here. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1273) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
375 ml corked and caged bottle. Amber orange color topped by a small creamy white tight head. Tart wheat malt aroma is redolent of coriander and white pepper. Sweet toasted malt flavor has notes of coriander yeast and spice. Notes of orange are subtle, yet present. Finish is citrusy with peppery notes. Tasty.


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