Ovila – Golden
A new style from the Sierra Nevada and the New Clairvaux Abbey, the Ovila Belgian-style Golden.
From the label:
This abbey ale is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks, at the Abbey of New Clairvaux.
Belgian inspired golden ales are noted for their devilish personalities, but there is nothing mischievous about this complex ale. It is brilliant golden and layered with notes of summery apple and pear and pepperv spice from the use of a traditional Belgian yeast strain.
A portion of proceeds from this ale goes toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Ovila 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 1931 and planned use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearst’s, plans crumbled. these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.
This was an interesting find in the store. The bottle comes with a paper label seal over it, stating that the contents are under a high pressure. And when uncorking it, I could see the reason for the warning, as the cork came out smooth and easy, with little need for force.
Taste wise, my first reaction was a disapproval. Do not sip this beer. It goes down much smoother, with a better flavor when not held in the mouth. The many notes they used in this brew are appropriately balanced, but too long on the tongue, and it’ll go downhill very quickly.
The look is very light, as per the picture, and initial pouring is very heady, due to the carbonation they put into it (again, hence the warning seal).
After all is said and done, an 8.5% ABV, and quite appropriate for Summer. A good brew all together.