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Monday, August 29, 2011

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison, the spring offering from Ovila, a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux, poured a golden honey hue into the glass, no carbonation, and was topped with a creamy white head.  Funky yeast aromas of banana, clove, and grass led the nose with a distinct Saison twang, although notably softer and more muted than many classic examples. 

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison opened with spicy pepper and a hint of lemon brightness before a honey-like sweet malt coated the mouth.  As the ale settled and eventually faded from the palette, banana and clove made brief highlights before the yeasty dry finish. 

Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison is a delicious, bright take on the farmhouse ale.  A little subdued for the style (although this could change over time as this ale was only just released), this Saison was as big a hit with beer haters as it was with the beer geeks in the tasting group.  The lack of bitterness and exotic, but restrained, funk caught the interest of everyone who tried it.

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