Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MEsquandoles:
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750mL (same as 30th Anniversary Series). 7.5% abv on label. They've done well with corking these - all the ones I've opened have exeted a loud "pop".
Brown in color, with ruby highlights. Dense, creamy head with good retention.
I've poured in 2 different glasses - old school New Belgium glass and a smaller Konigshoeven - yet don't get a very intense aroma.
...most of the traditional Dubbel-y flavours...predominately raisins-figs-dates with cloves and other spices. Maple-y, but less sweet than most. I like the dry finish. Earthy, like some stone-like flavours. A slight hop and bitterness presence (likely due to freshness vs. Belgian examples).
Very smooth. No booziness.
Much spicier with the bottom of the bottle poured in the glass. Yet still not as yeasty (not phenolic, estery, fusel-y) as a lot of other Dubbels - a quality which I really enjoy about this one.
This has an impressively close resemblance to a Trappist version of the style, especially in look and feel. Sure the complexity is it not fully there, but this is very drinkable and there's not much else wrong with it. I had no problem finishing the 750mL. It's great enjoyed slower, amongst its tempting drinkability.
I can't think of many examples made in the U.S. that I'd prefer over this.
I might buy another bottle, but definitely worth trying.
2012-01-24 - Still very enjoyable. Super smooth. Aroma still the least best aspect; but great carbonation, mouthfeel, evolution of flavor; aftertaste is epic.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2011 06:44:52 | More by MEsquandoles
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.