Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sierra Nevada - Kellerweis and Ovila

Kellerweis (4.8% ABV and 15 IBU) is a Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada and pours gold with a frothy head.  Make sure to leave some beer in the bottle and swirl it to get all the yeast that is on the bottom.  Kellerweis is a very tasty hefeweizen and Sierra Nevada actually uses open fermentation on this beer.  If you are looking for a drinkable beer that would be good on a summer day, Kellerweis should be on your list.

Next up was Ovila (7.5% ABV) and is a Dubbel.  Ovila is a special release from Sierra Nevada and some of the proceeds go to the Abbey of New Clairvaux.  There is a lot of carbonation on this corked and caged bottle and it will give a nice little pop.  Ovila pours copper with a frothy head and has an aroma of dark fruit and cloves.  This is a tasty beer and one can pick up the dark fruit, dark malt sweetness, and a Belgian taste from the yeast used in brewing this beer.  I really appreciate Sierra Nevada trying new and different things and this is a very good beer.  There will be two additional Ovila releases this year, a Saison and a Quad.  I will purchase these and I look forward to sampling these beers.

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