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RATINGS: 401   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 Hearstís plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
KUJerry (3) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
One of the best Saison's I've ever drank. Crisp with hints of orange and green apple. Excellent beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Recieved this in a swag bag. Wow! One of the best saisons Iíve had,and it comes from SN?! Beautiful blonde color. Dry and citrusy. Perfect warm weather beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
This is one of the best Saisons (I know I always say that) bur seriously....one of the best ,.................................................

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours mostly clear orange with small white fizz. Smells peppery, bready, a tiny bit funky, and surprisingly of citrus. Tastes peppery and like bready hay, rather earthy. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ovila Saison finishes soft and peppery.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4168) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Caged & corked 750mL bottle.
Vintage 2011.
Golden pour. Thick white foam. Cork smelled of smoked wood, I suppose it was that freshly branded. Brew smelled of malts and yeast. Faint grass and citrus quickly followed, all in the nose. Tastes of straw malts, cirtus, a touch of eartht honey, and yeast. Finishes with more cirtus, a touch of lemon juice, and bread. This may be the best example of a Saison. I find lots of ill things in most Saisons, they are so gaseous for one. This beer finishes soft and light, the creamy head adds another element to the palate. So full of flavor, every ingredient had to have been blessed before, during, and after the brewing process. Spectacular. 9,5,10,5,17

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2011
A light spice bubbly aroma. Looks are a slightly cloudy yellow. This is a simple saison, not a lot of spices, but the mellowness is really quite enjoyable. Reminds a little bit of Leffe blonde, but a bit more spiced up. Definitely like this more than the dubbel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HstoutNH (7) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
Earthy with some spice aromas. Nice foggy golden color. Nice spicy dry taste, with hints of fruit and citrus. A light body beer, silky and smooth. Overall a very nice refreshing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle with cork. Delicious beer. Outstanding, canít say enough about this one. My new favorite. Glad the vintage wine cellar in maikiki choose to stock this one, havenít seen it anywhere else. Perfect beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
I agree with dwyerpg. Especially the Leffe thing. A light spice bubbly aroma. Looks are a slightly cloudy yellow. This is a simple saison, not a lot of spices, but the mellowness is really quite enjoyable. Reminds a little bit of Leffe blonde, but a bit more spiced up. North Coast Le Merle destroys most of the competition with quality, flavor, price and value. This is good but i wouldnít buy it again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4368) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
750ml bottle - $9.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, darkened gold body with a tall, white head that just fluffs out instantaneously.

Smell: Softly bready malts, with a bit of hinted at sweetness, a bit of tanginess to it, too. Little notes of lemony, zesty citrus, dew-moistened orchard fruits, and the humble banana. Modest spiciness.

Taste: Faintly grainy malts, some influences from malted wheat, maybe some pilsner as well. Light sweetness. Doughy, yeasty accents. Hint of sliced French loaf. Mild touches of bananas and tart orchard pears, maybe a sliver of Granny Smith apple and a couple basic white grapes, too. Pinch of finely ground spices. Sprinkling of flower petals. Scantly grassy, citrusy hops with ample bitterness present. A few drops of melon juice. Dry, fluffy finish with a light lingering tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated keeps things lively throughout.

Overall: Presents a good blend of flavors (more and more as it opens up), closes out nicely dry, and has excellent carbonation all the while. I liked it.


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