JaBier (8445) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium beige head. Nose of malt, tea and some chocolate. Malt and chocolate flavor giving way to banana esters with a slightly citrusy finish. shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2017
11/03/2017 (750 ml corked and caged bottle): Yeasty aroma with some cocoa; deep brown color with a fluffy beige head; dark chocolate, roasted malt, essence of orange peel, semi-sweet and dry, gets better as it warms; medium body, well-carbonated, smooth; not sweet and very drinkable, should have liked a touch more orange coming through though. higgsbison (275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Not as good as I had hoped. The Cocoa notes are prominent but the Mandren orange was very subtle. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a long finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone OsuStu (292) - - JUN 24, 2017
750 ml bottle. Near opaque walnut brown with a dense and high khaki head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, oats, with some floral smells, not picking up too much of the mandarin orange. Tastes are similar, like a dark chocolate cocoa over thinned orange juice. Some leather and soil/fall leaves, just a little smoke. Medium carbonation, medium body. Some bitterness, acidity that sticks to the tongue. solidfunk (9797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Nice stuff. Brown pour with good head and lacing. Light cocoa and some florals. Only a hint of peel. Gpod balance like unicycles. Bottle from three pack.
BillWyce (1128) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Pours opaque nut-brown with a 1-finger tan head. Aroma is mild, with notes from both the orange and cocoa showing. Body is medium-to-full with a touch of oil to it. The finish is lightly astringent. Flavor of orange over a nutty malt base. The cocoa shows at the back as it warms, with the orange becoming stringer too. MetalNHopHead (2319) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2017
While mandarin orange and cocoa sound like odd bedfellows for a Belgian Ale, there’s often noticeable bittersweet chocolate character in dark-colored Belgian beers, and orange peel often appears as a subtle ingredient in Belgian brewing. Sierra Nevada just found a way to highlight these elements in a brew that still feels distinctly Belgian. You definitely pick up on the cocoa and orange peel - they reveal a careful balance of bitter and sweet - but they’re not overwhelming. This brown brew has many of the technical trappings of an abbey ale. Velvety smooth feel, malty flavors, and a complexity that doesn’t interfere with the cohesion. Terminus (3742) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Pours deep brown almost black with a lathery lite tan head very nice head retention with some nice lacing. Nose has notes of chocolate, oranges, lots of coca, nice sweetness yet well balanced with the lightly toasted malts. Flavors exhibit the malt profile very nicely with a very good dose of coca. This beer is definitely well made and has lots of character between the dark malts and coca. Big, rich coca./chocolate, lite nutty notes, rich and complex. Long finish of lingering coca and nuts. A really damn good brew from SN here-could be my favorite of the Ovila series. HuskerTan (2489) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
A- Cocoa, weak.
A- Brown color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Cocoa, steak sauce, black pepper.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, astringent finish.
O- Really an odd beer. Get the cocoa, but no oranges. The taste presents a weird steak sauce like flavor that is just out of touch. mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
[8645-20160823] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Lightly roasted sweet grains aroma. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Grainy toasted malt flavour. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
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