Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DenverLogan:
4.09/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from corked 12.7 oz bottle into small Konings Hoeven tulip glass.
Pours a dark brown with amber head.
Aroma of medium malts, peat, chestnuts.
Significant carbonation; medium mouthfeel.
Flavors of medium roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, chestnuts, slight grass, minerals, persimmon fruit, cranberry, & melon rind. Let me give it a few minutes...
OK...head is mostly gone, earthy aroma, big carbonation, moderate dubbel flavors. The yeast and malt combo is guiding the flavor profile with richness, more so than a brown ale (Newcastle, SS Nut Brown), but less smooth and tasty than say, a St Bernardus Prior 8. Granted, the yeast of St Bernardus is fantastic to my tongue (and many others), but I think also they have a tad more sweetness in the malt profile, making it easier to drink and relish. While not close to bad, this is a good beer, but the flavors here are not so compelling that I'd jump for another pour.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2013 06:30:35 | More by DenverLogan
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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.