Drink Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns

Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns*
*Not to be confused with the Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Saison which was released in 2011 (and no longer available). With that being said, many reviews on RateBeer.com meant for the Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns version are misplaced under the 2011 version.


Relevant Links:
Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns (Sierra Nevada Website)
Ovila Abbey Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (BeerAdvocate.com)
Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison - Mandarin Oranges & Peppercorns

20150422:
Once again it was "Steal the Glass" Wednesday at Eureka! and the featured beer was Ovila Abbey Saison (with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns).

At first, I found the beer smelled like a gum I've had. Eventually I supposed it just smells like typical (flavorless) bubblegum. After smelling the beer, I noted that it had an orange color and that it actually had a bubblegum taste to it.

While I'm not sure how mandarin oranges and peppercorn results in a bubblegum taste, I do know it tasted strange. I definitely like the (Sierra Nevada) Ovila Quad better, mainly because I couldn't shake off the weird bubblegum taste.

About halfway through, the manager came by and asked what I thought about the beer. After telling him my thoughts, he talked a little about it; in particular, he mentioned that its brewed with mandarin oranges and peppercorn and that it was actually just released yesterday. 6:43PM PT

The beer showed no signs of lacing except for a thin line at the very top.

Afterwards I tried the Lagunitas Waldos' Special Ale.


Website Information:
Collaboration with Monk's Abbey
OVILA® ABBEY SAISON WITH MANDARIN ORANGES AND PEPPERCORNS

Complex yet rustic farmhouse ale.

An homage to the monks’ noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

OVERVIEW
ALCOHOL CONTENT 7.5% by volume
BEGINNING GRAVITY 16⁰ plato
ENDING GRAVITY 1.7⁰ plato
BITTERNESS UNITS 24

INGREDIENTS
YEAST Belgian yeast
BITTERING HOPS Summit
FINISHING HOPS Styrian Golding, El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria
MALTS Estate grown two-row Pale, Wheat, Caramel
OTHER Mandarin Orange and Peppercorn

FOOD PAIRING
CUISINE Curried dishes, Poultry, Fish, Shellfish
CHEESE Camembert, Parmesan, Gorgonzola
DESSERT Orange sorbet, Crèpes

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