Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MikeB20:
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.
A: A medium to dark brown with a thick bubbly tan head that dissapates rather quickly leaving almost no lace. Nice color but with the lacking head and no lacing it's not that impressive. Belgians typically look great in the glass, this one doesn't.
S: A malty sweetness with caramel and some fruit. There's a fairly distinct smell of alcohol but it's not heavy. Maybe a little honey as it warms. No hop aroma.
T: Some caramel with a peppery finish. I think a little alcohol sneaks in at the end. Bitterness is low to moderate, enough to help balance the sweetness. Not really as much flavor as I had expected.
M: Mouthfeel is moderate. It drinks smooth with lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation.
O: I'm not really loving this one. It's good but it's not great in terms of the style. It has it's roots in a true Belgian Dubbel but falls short of delivering the full experience. I have a feeling this beer could age really, really well. This beer has spirit like qualities to it and I'd be interested to see how they turn out in a year or two. I might look for another bottle to cellar.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2011 17:08:56 | More by MikeB20
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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 956 ratings.