Ovila – Saison

This is a long time coming, as this particular brew is no longer available on the shelf.  However, the Ovila Saisonwas a great way to end the Spring.

Ovila - Saison

Ovila – Saison

From the label:

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 proceeds from 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 Hearst’s plan crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

My first tasting of this brew was a bit hasty.  The citrus brews are rarely ever my personal choice, but this one grew on me quickly.  If this ever comes back, I will be investing, and storing for the long-term, as this is a better choice for the Summer months than the Spring, in my opinion, with a 7% ABV.

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