Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: Really attractive 750ml brown corked and caged bottle with a really cool label explaining all about the history behind this beer. Poured into my great-grandfather's (via my grandfather) etched Belgian chalice.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous dark orange amber brew with nice clarity, but shows some beautiful garnet highlights when held up to the light. Pours with a large dark cream cap with nice stick.
Smell: Really nice dark caramelized sugar aromas, with touches of sweet dark fruit as well. Not a ton of depth, but this is really nice. There aren't a ton of spicy overtones or the heavy banana esters that (to me, at least) seem kind of out of place in dubbels. Hint of fruity alcohol. Overall, this is nicely balanced and quite inviting.
Taste: Dark sugar, a bit of toasty maltiness, a touch of sharp, semi-sweet cherry, and a little alcohol, as well as hints of spice. Those are good flavors, but something doesn't quite come together here. I can't say exactly what it is that just doesn't quite work for me here; I think I'd like the caramelly/malty tones to come out more, like they do in the aromas.
Mouthfeel: Dry, as it should be, but just a bit sharp and thin for me
Overall: Really glad I got this (AWESOME idea and I was more than happy to help out the abbey of New Clairvaux in their endeavor), but for $10-12 I'd probably rather get a 4pk of Goose Island's Pere Jacques or other similar quality dubbel (perhaps Ommegang Abbey?) for the price.
B to B-
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2012 03:16:43 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/21/2011. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:24:14 | More by superspak
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.