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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 Hearstís plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Solid saison. On the lighter side, and would prefer the flavors to be more bold, but it is complex, and I'm picking up fruit and pepper. The flavor develops more as it rests. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3410) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
On tap at Bobís 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 (1426) - 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 (2550) - 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 (2880) - 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 (2042) - 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 (983) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4034) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
Comes out of tap hazy apricot golden with a substantial creamy eggshell head. Aroma has strong notes of banana, pear, yeast and butterscotch with a peep of malt. Pleasing flavor starts with banana and adds pear, malt, yeast and subtle butterscotch to the mix. It is fairly sweet, but not too sweet for a good beer. Firm, viscous texture has a strong and persistent fizz - you can feel it going down the hatch. Go bananas!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OsuStu (131) - - FEB 21, 2015
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy layered orange with a tall white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, straw, pepper, spices, orange peel. Light pepper, tangerines, tropical fruit, coriander, biscuit. A little yeasty, a little heavy. Crisp with silky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Okay, this may be the 2nd Sierra Nevada beer Iím drinking tonight that Iíve hoarded until itís past itís prime (probably have had it well over a year now). Unlike the last one (Hopsichord), this still tastes like what I remember the Ovila Saison tasting, just not quite as fresh (but still drinkable). Clear light amber color with a thin white head. Nice Belgian farmhouse aroma but on the light side. Body is dry with a good saison flavor of hay and coriander but again on the light side. Thereís a light corn and caramel sweetness that balances the dryness in the body. Finishes light, slightly sweet and dry. Iíve had this over the years at the brewery and itís definitely improved and come up to style. I love the Ovila line and the collaboration with the New Clairvaux monks!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours from 12.7 oz bottle (says 7.5%) a hazy brass color with a small white head that soon recedes to a fine film. Aroma of fresh grains, bananas, lemons, mild pepper, fresh cut field grasses and some more spice - maybe, a little clove and coriander. Flavour is dry with plenty of earth, pepper, grass, slight lemon, and herbs. Finishes with pepper and earth, and is definitely more about the hops than the yeast. Easy to drink, decent saison beer.


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