Sierra Nevada “Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Saison With Mandarin Oranges And Peppercorns” Saison: I’ve been anticipating this beer for some time now and I’m glad to finally be able to try it. Let me preface this by saying I’ve been hearing plenty of unfavorable impressions towards this beer. After pouring the beer one thing struck me as odd; This beer is way too filtered to be a saison. I can see right through it. The nose is fairly reminiscent of a farmhouse ale with plenty of citrus from the mandarin oranges with hints of spice, grass and lemon zest. Much like their Ovila Quad with Plums, this latest offering of Sierra Nevada's Ovila series is almost too sweet. It’s not sweet like candy. It has this overtly-tangy sweetness, which can be attributed to the mandarin, leaving much to be desired from the spice and earthiness attributes of saisons. There is a fair amount of spiciness, but it’s nondescript. Peppercorns or clove don’t jump out at me. What’s even more disappointing is the beer isn’t even bottle conditioned (no yeast shot), which leads me to believe the cork and wire cage are just for show. The mouthfeel is lively with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I’m fairly let down by this beer. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I just love saisons too much and I’m afraid to try one that isn’t directly representative of the style. There really wasn’t anything about this beer that reminded me of a saison other than the ingredients, which sound incredible together, but poorly executed in this beer. You should definitely try it and let me know what you think. Perhaps I’m just being too critical.

Sierra Nevada “Ovila Belgian-Style Abbey Saison With Mandarin Oranges And Peppercorns” Saison: I’ve been anticipating this beer for some time now and I’m glad to finally be able to try it. Let me preface this by saying I’ve been hearing plenty of unfavorable impressions towards this beer. After pouring the beer one thing struck me as odd; This beer is way too filtered to be a saison. I can see right through it. The nose is fairly reminiscent of a farmhouse ale with plenty of citrus from the mandarin oranges with hints of spice, grass and lemon zest. Much like their Ovila Quad with Plums, this latest offering of Sierra Nevada's Ovila series is almost too sweet. It’s not sweet like candy. It has this overtly-tangy sweetness, which can be attributed to the mandarin, leaving much to be desired from the spice and earthiness attributes of saisons. There is a fair amount of spiciness, but it’s nondescript. Peppercorns or clove don’t jump out at me. What’s even more disappointing is the beer isn’t even bottle conditioned (no yeast shot), which leads me to believe the cork and wire cage are just for show. The mouthfeel is lively with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I’m fairly let down by this beer. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I just love saisons too much and I’m afraid to try one that isn’t directly representative of the style. There really wasn’t anything about this beer that reminded me of a saison other than the ingredients, which sound incredible together, but poorly executed in this beer. You should definitely try it and let me know what you think. Perhaps I’m just being too critical.

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