Appearance: orange under an exuberant white head which lingers as a solid layer broken up by random bubbles while trying to crawl up the sides of my glass. Swirls puffy and pretty.
Nose: banana phenolics lead right into fresh dough being kneaded before baking. Clove and green banana peel. White pepper wafts through the air. Lemon pith then lemon zest. Mandarin oranges ripe for the eating. Husky dry straw in the back.
Palate: full bodied and of the harvest – a cornucopia of the fields. Banana, clove, and white pepper dominate the middle. A chewy profile of doughy yeasty breads on the rise but not yet baked. Mandarin orange breads. Husks, saddles, leather, and barnyard dust and funk in the back – cleanses and parches and inspires a thirst for more. Green banana skins also creep into the finish. A mélange of spices – cumin, dry ginger root, more white pepper. Full lightly frothy medium mouthfeel.
Final Thoughts: delicious! First the Dubbel and now the Saison, I am equally pleased and impressed with both abbey style beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing. I am sure the monks of the Ovila Abbey are pleased.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)