Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into a goblet.
A: Pours a muddy, semi-translucent brown. Extremely murky with rusty highlights around the edges where the light creeps in. Just about opaque in the center. No real signs of sediment. Quarter-inch of tan head dissipates quickly into a thin patch on top of the beer. Virtually no lacing.
S: Smells like beer. A very rich, sweet, heavy aroma that invites the drinker. Notes of honey and lots of fruit with a real kick from the alcohol. I don’t profess to be an expert on the different strains, but there is something special about the Belgian yeast behind this.
T: Creamy with notes of dried fruit (plums, currants, cherries, raisins, maybe pomegranate), caramel, oak, and a hint of chocolate. Very heavy roasted malts lend a pleasant sweetness that is balanced with a distinct bitterness on the back. The alcohol makes itself known going down. Lots of the flavors you’d expect from a true abbey dubbel but without quite the same level of composition. Almost reminiscent of a barley wine.
MF: Nice body. Full and hearty. Very creamy, but still crisp. Goes down smooth.
D: Quite drinkable, not nearly as heavy as I expected.
Note: I will admit walking into this beer with some pretty serious biases, both good and bad. First, I am very excited about the Abbey of New Clairvaux’ ultimate plans to brew this beer on premises and establish a legitimate, recognized Trappist brewery in the United States. I am rooting for my Catholic countrymen! However, generally speaking, the American “Belgian-style” Abbey Ale is my absolute least favorite variety. I find that proud small and medium-sized breweries, as well as BMC-owned ventures, that attempt to replicate the work of centuries of celibate men all fall flat on their faces. This beer lands somewhere in the middle. Let’s call it a good starting point for a hopeful future.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2012 00:49:07 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
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