Ovila Abbey Ales: Sierra Nevada Update


(Chico, CA) – 09/28/2010 – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. presents some new and exciting updates on its forthcoming Ovila Abbey Ale Series due out in 2011. The label art is now complete and official release dates have been set. The news of this upcoming release has created much excitement and anticipation in the beer community.

Ovila Abbey Ales will closely follow the traditions established by centuries of monastic brewing. “Thirty years ago, I never thought we would be working with a monastery,” says Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “I first toured some of the Belgian abbey breweries in the 1980’s, and I’ve been fascinated with the beers ever since. It’s exciting for us to work on this project, and to experiment with these unique Belgian-inspired styles. The response so far has been great, and I can’t wait for the first release.”

The first beer in the Ovila series—a Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel—will be released from the brewery on March 1, 2011. The following beers in the series—a Saison farmhouse-style ale and an Abbey Quadrupel—will be released on July 1st and November 1st, respectively. These remarkable ales will be packaged in 750mL cage-and-cork bottles featuring artwork inspired by the historic Santa Maria de Ovila monastery.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these beers will go toward the restoration of the historic Ovila chapter house building on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, just a few miles north of Sierra Nevada’s home in Chico. This medieval chapter house was begun in 1190 near the village of Trillo, Spain. Monks lived, prayed, and worked there for nearly 800 years. In 1931, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased the abbey, dismantled it stone-by-stone, and shipped it to Northern California. Hearst’s plans were never realized, and the stones fell into disrepair. In 1994, the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux gained possession of the ruins, and began the painstaking reconstruction of the historic abbey.

Ovila Abbey Ales are Belgian-style beers brewed in a centuries-old abbey tradition. These beers are an homage to the legendary monastic breweries, but are not Trappist beers—nor are they made in connection with the member breweries of the International Trappist Association (I.T.A) headquartered in Belgium.

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14 thoughts on “Ovila Abbey Ales: Sierra Nevada Update

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  2. Considering Sierra Nevada’s ridiculous pricing history (see Anniversary Series and Harvest Estate), can you imagine what this will set one back? Everything they do is pretty much top-notch and its a good thing I am not living on a College budget. The beer is very good but overpriced.

  3. To the guy complaining about Sierra Nevada’s prices, their mainstream beers are among the best values in craft beer. I can get Celebration Ale for $13.99 a 12/pack. Other IPAs of the same caliber can run one and a half times that, or more.

  4. I’ll add to the defense of Sierra’s prices. I have paid $9.99 for each of the Sierra 30 project beers. If that is too pricey what of a Bud six pack at $12.99.

  5. John E Fresh – you know nothing about pricing. Their six packs are cheap for craft, and their 750ml beers are in-line with the rest of the craft beer industry, sometimes even cheaper as some brewers charge $13 to $20 for a 750ml

  6. I think you guys are being a little harsh and at least one of you can’t read. Let me explain where I am coming from:

    1) The original Chico Estate Harvest was $3.99 year 2008. The next year it is relabeled and cost expands to $9.99. Oh we have our own farm?
    OK – I see 3 guys wondering what is Chico Estate Harvest?

    2) The Sierra 30 project: I’ll admit, this point will take time to prove. The beers are marketed and packaged to age – “cork”. It is also an arguable fact that wine (new world) actually does not age very well. OK Harlan Estate, Scarecrow, Colgin, etc, 2007 wines won’t be ready to drink for another 5 – 10 years. They are an extreme minority. People who believe beer will age are taking a huge risk. Time will tell. I’ll tell you this much – I bought a bunch of this stuff but I am not going to sit on it for 10 or even 5 years.

    And look, my point is simple. I have the discretionary income to afford these beers. I just remember being in college and the income I was living on. You wonder where all the true beer advocates are these days.

    Actually I hate to argue my point, because I do love all the SN offerings. I should have argued my point on a post such as the abomination known as “The Bruery” and all the other ridiculously priced cult wanna be micros.

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  9. I love that SN is expanding it’s caft brewing styles!

    SN is constantly the one I choose and prices are respectable here in AK compared to all offerings even against the in state brews.

    I choose SN!

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  11. just bought Ovilla Abby Dubbel it is a good mild ale I am enjoying not sure if it worth the extra money. I usually buy Chimay grand reserve and Ovilla is not a Peres Trappistes beer. Good job done but a little high on price.

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