Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Bottle into The Bruery tulip. Same presentation as I've come to expect from all of Sierra Nevada's special releases, which is pure class, from the cage to the label to the cork itself.
Pours deep mahogany, with a lush three fingers of fluffy, dense khaki head. Fantastic retention, and excellent stickage as it settles slowly down to a one-finger cap, clinging tenaciously to the sides of the glass as it does. A bit better lacing is all this one would need to hit perfection.
Nose is very nice - light alcohol, pronounced spicy clove and a bit of white pepper, fresh strawberries and a bit of red grapes, with a light, deeply bready brown sugar sweetness underneath.
Taste is very good as well. Soft and lush, this one drinks way, way too easily. The spicy phenolics mentioned earlier, replete with bucket loads of clove and just a bit of soft pepper, are wrapped up in a blanket of deep, soft, fresh-baked spice bread. Dark fruit shows through with some soft dried figs - the berries and grapes promised in the nose are only hinted at here. Still, not sweet - deeply malty, but dry for all that, with the soft alcohol adding quite a bit of depth within the grand scheme. Not to repeat, but every bit of this one felt light, soft, and lush, from the mouthfeel to the individual flavors. Not one to bash you over the head by any stretch.
Mouthfeel is perfect - creamy, soft and lush, almost fluffy because of the ridiculous head retention, with a body that feels lighter than expected, and a carbonation that is as far away from sharp as can be imagined.
Very nice beer overall. A drier take on the style, but well executed - the guys from Chico delivered an absolutely world-class Abbey Ale for sure.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2011 01:32:59 | More by JohnQVegas
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