Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by bosox941827:
Photo of bosox941827
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle poured into Guinness imperial pint glass
A - Pours a gorgeous brown/amber with a tight, small-bubbled foamy head that stays forever
S - That foamy head throws off scents of burnt candy, toffee, yeast and biscuity bread
T - Get that typical banana-clove flavor up front, along with toffee, burnt sugar, molasses and a bit of alcohol burn at the end. The finish is where it's at for this one, as it hangs around for quite awhile and is quite pleasant, with the dry molasses flavor being the most dominant flavor.
M - Mouthfeel is very smooth, as suggested by the tight bubbles and foamy head; almost "slick" with a bit of glycerine to it.
This is not my favorite style by a long shot, but Sierra Nevada IS one of my favorite brewers so decided to give it a shot. This didn't change my mind about Dubbels, but this is a pretty decent, well-made beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang goblet an amber tinged brown with a fluffy slight off white head atop,aromas of brown sugar,light roasted nut,and phenolic spice,smells quite sweet.The palate is on the sweeter side with dark fruit and brown sugar dominating,the phenols pack a hefty spiced punch as well.Its not bad but it isnt overly complex, and on the sweeter side for my taste.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ovila Dubbel collaboration with the Abbey of New Clairvaux and Sierra Nevada. Corked and caged 23.4oz bottle onto Ommegang goblet.

A- Pours a deep and dark brown fluid that produces light firey redish hues when the light passes through it. Produces a nice and even quarter inch tan head that stays the duration of the beer. Light patchy lacing is seen.

S- Sweet brown sugars, burnt malts and light alcohol fuses in the nose.

T-M- Upfront is a bold bite of sweet brown sugar and prunes. After the initial bite subsides I sense an earthy, spicey mix of malts and hops. This balances the flavor to a sweet and slightly dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very smooth and with little to make your palete resist this one.

Overall this is a good Dubbel to session with if you can find the quantities and cash to provide.

Photo of SanFranJake
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original 750ml bottle (vs the small bottles they come in now) poured into tulip. Bought a case when Ovila Dubbel was first released, so this has a year+ on it. Loud pop when cork was freed.
Pours a relatively dark copper with light head and lacing, both of which fade pretty quickly.
Scents and flavors of burnt sugar and light hops, which both also fade pretty fast.
Oddly enough, the second glass from the bottle poured a 1" thick head vs almost none when first poured. It faded pretty rapidly...a lot like the flavor.
I really enjoyed this when it was first released and while its still good, the time hasn't done what I had hoped to it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dense off-white foam of perhaps a finger or so covers a nice chestnut brown ale. My pour included some of the lees from the bottom of the bottle so there was a slight haze.

Aromas of caramel malts, some raisins or dark fruit, and that Belgian yeasty smell. Pretty classic for a dubbel, but with a little bit more fruit.

Flavors are nicely joined on the tongue with caramel malts coming on first and then folding nicely into a complex splash of dark fruit, a slight bitterness, and some of the bready yeast. There is some of that brown sugar on the back end as well. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but still pulls off some creaminess that was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this brew a bunch! It had notes of a typical dubbel but also has some character of its own. Nice.

Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany color, moderate carbonation, nice tan head on the pour that hangs around leaving a bit a lacing.

S - Muted, dark fruit, yeasty bread, raisin...would like more.

T - Spiciness from what I think is the yeast and not added spice. There is a sweetness from the carmalized malt, dark fruit flavors present, good flavor...just muted a bit like the aroma.

M - Nice body, a bit of carbonic bit, even a touch of warming from the alcohol...quite nice.

O - As much as I love Sierra Nevada, this beer just fell a touch flat. Nothing wrong with it other than it does not match many of the dubbels from Belgium.

Photo of elinash
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I was really excited to find this beer at my local market. I'm eager to try all the Sierra collaborations I see on their website. Most of all, I'm anxious to know what a Belgian style Sierra ale will taste like. Judging by the bottle, it's going to be traditional, which I regard as a treat! Since Belgians are now in the mainstream of American microbrew recipes and consumption (to a certain extent), the American-Belgian styles and collabs are just going to get better.

Okay, so, this one pours with a nice head to start, but peters out to nothing. Caramel colored. Tight carbonation is present, without any residual head. The picture on their website is purely promotional.

Nose is medicinal, burnt sugars.

This one is not a summer beer, but it's summer right now, and it's pretty hot. The temperature of the beer is pretty warm. Carbonation is tight, fizzy, with nose-hair singeing zest and alcohol in the mouth. (exaggeration?) Alcohol is warming and spicy. Orange, cloves, allspice, etc. dominate taste, along with sugars. Finish is moderately dry.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a goblet the beer was claret colored. A thick tan head quickly disappeared.
Sweet aroma, sugary, fruity.
Big time malt taste, kind of caramel. Dark fruit. Candy.
Rather full-bodied and filling.
I definitely enjoyed this beer and look forward to more collaborative efforts.

Photo of mikechance
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened a chilled bottle and let it breathe and warm up for about 15 minutes. Pours very dark, almost copper or mahogany with a nice half inch head - very nice. I picked up a lot of aroma - raisins, spices, clove, and dark fruits. The taste is very malt forward, peppery, and not bitter at all. It is fill-bodied and very smooth. The aftertaste holds up well, but got a little sour near the bottom of the bottle. It is good, but not great.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, clear, caramel in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: figs and bread

Taste: bread, figs, dark fruit, apple, and some Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet with a nice amount of spice and some bitterness in mid-swallow, low carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: A good dubbel that is both parts bready and spicy. I could have several glasses of this. The fruit pops more in this one than other examples of the style. An enjoyable beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, toffee and candy sugar. I don't have any complaints from the aroma, which smells like a dubbel should smell. The flavor a nice mix of toffee, yeast and candy sugar. The alcohol is detectable but is not overpowering. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made dubbels that I have tried.

Photo of bsp77
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark orange-red (almost a pinkish head) with a very thick, light tan head.

Smell: Plum, raisins, molasses, clove and spicy hops. Slightly metallic. Boozy.

Taste: Somewhat sweet and syrupy caramel, dark fruitiness (plum & raisins), with just the lightest spicy touch at the end. Taste just seems muted overall.

Feel: Despite some syrupiness, this is way too watery. Moderately high carbonation. Much more warming than 7.5% abv would indicate. Finish is not dry at all. Wow, the mouthfeel really misses the mark.

Overall: Between the light flavor and the horrible mouthfeel (for a Belgian at least), this completely let me down. I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan and a pretty big Trappist fan as well (even if this is not quite Trappist), but this does not at all live up to what either SN or the Monks are capable of.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a SN tulip.

Pours a nice deep dark brown that's cloudy with some ruby notes. A thin dark brown head with some light thin lacing all the way down. Nose is malty, crisp, and a bit yeasty.

Taste is pretty crewy and yeasty right off. I've ha quite a few amercan interpretations of Belgian styles and this is easily one of the most spot on versions. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt but even though it's not hoppy in any sense, it's well balanced and very drinkable. I'm very mug lookin onward to the other beers in this series.

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A deep rich mahogany brown with deep auburn edges. The tan head quickly forms and builds to the rim of the glass, but doesn't last for a particularly long time, nor does it leave much sticky lacing on the glass. This beer appears to be missing the extraordinary carbonation I've become accustomed to with terrific dubbels.

A somewhat subdued and distant aroma; I wish there was more here, but granted, what is here is very, very good. There's the familiar and welcome aroma of some dark fruits: plums and some raisins, which is backed up by strong bready malts, and some fruity and yeasty sweetness. Very nice, but subdued.

Bready malts along with caramel, a hint of yeasty spice, and plenty of dark fruit flavors. Very balanced and relatively simple, even with all that incredible deliciousness going on. I suppose I wish everything that is here was just multiplied.

Medium body and the carbonation helps the beer feel light and extremely palatable. A real pleasure to drink.

A relatively simple dubbel and an interesting venture from the West Coast boys at Sierra Nevada. While it doesn't stand quite alongside its Belgians forefathers or its Lost Abbey brothers, it's still a remarkably delicious beer.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, extremely attractive bottle and label work. Corked and cage into a wine glass due to the fact that my glass ware is either on the way or dirty.

Pours a light brown, transparent. Ruby highlights with a one finger head of tan bubbles that no matter how hard you pour it, never elevates more than a finger. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of malts and some sweet fruits.

Taste is a bit underwhelming. Some bready malts, hints of dark fruits, some caramel/brown sugar, finishes a bit warm. Weird taste when cold but is a bit better warm.

A bit thick, medium bodied.

Well I was a bit disappointed, I'm glad I got to try it, and being my first dubbel I expected more. It was a bit weak and one sided, hopefully some other examples will impress me more.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour, very nice clarity for something so dark, looks very professional, no murky homebrew here. Nice 1/2" head on it, slightly mild tan in color, average retention. Aroma was a bready brew, lacking any belgian pungency in many yeast strains from that region.

Very good taste, ample amounts of caramel running through it, I'm already surprised how much I enjoy the beer, really just bought it for the old lady who doesn't really like hoppy brews, since this came out in 4 packs, its a lot easier of a venture to jump into instead of a 750 of a dubbel, a style that lags far behind my favorites. Toffee compliments caramel, with a small nutty contingent to accompany the other flavors.

Amazed by the crispness and carbonation in the mouthfeel, most dubbels seem to be lifeless and dusty. I didn't really gather all the dark fruit descriptors that many use in these style of belgians. Nicely crisp and dry. One of my more favorite malt bombs that isn't a stout.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite glass a deep brown with a very thick froathy head, definatly not expected. The smell has yeast hints and grapefruit hints. The taste is kinda mild for the style. The grapfruit and nutty flavors are there, just not in abundance. It's a rather medium to full bodied beer, again a suprise compaired to the style. Overall, it's a nice dubbel, but definatly an American Dubbel.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Showed up at my local today with a big deep russet brown amber body with a thick tan head looks like rising bread dough. I like the background on the monks of the New Clairvaux Abbery. Aroma has deep raisin, plum, and dried dark fruits going on with hints of peppery spiced yeast notes. Not overtly sweet like some of the candy sugary Belgian dubbels much more balanced than the typical Belgian dubbel. Earthy herbal hops along with a bit of oak notes, even though I know this beer hasn't seen the wood. It must be the dry yeast that kind of mimics a cork like smell. Flavor balanced dark fruits with pepper spicy yeast notes blended with herbal green earthy hops, a very nice blend of flavors again a bit of wood maybe even cork notes going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied effervescent carbonation this is excellent exciting Belgian style ale from Sierra Nevada a bit dry in the finish compared to an authentic toothache sweet Belgian dubbel but an excellent artisnal take on a world class style. Overall thoughts are that I must get more and share it with a professor of mine at a Catholic university who has peaked interest in the realm of craft beers. I will certainly drop him a bottle of this next along with the story of the restoration process goin on in Northern California for the Ovila abbey of New Clairvaux.

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice packaging (on bottles), very sweet story and all, but let's see how the beer is.

Appearance: hazy amber body with a fine beige head. Head had very good retention.

Smell: subtle nutty and yeasty aroma with faint hints of fruit and vague spices.

Taste: The 1st sip immediately reminded me of Westmalle dubbel, but this past quickly as the Ovila doesn't have quite same flavor profile ... nor the complexity. Fruity and floral, but not overly so, with a modicum of spices that sit in the background rather coming to the fore. Nice semi-dry and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; well-chosen medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very good Belgian beer that can be said to have no flaws yet it is not up to the best. With actual monks and Sierra Nevada involved I had high hopes that were not quite met.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown with a thick bubbling khaki head that quickly recedes to a small amount of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and a little spice. Some roasted malt in there as well. A little underwhelming.

Tastes are brown sugar, raisins, plums, mild pepper, a hint of caramel, and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with pleasant carbonation.

Overall isn't bad just isn't amazing either. Probably won't be buying this again bit I will try the Ovila Saison when I see it.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of sugar-dusted medium and dark fruits – pears, plums, and hints of dates.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry medium to dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly boozy dark fruits. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of dark candi sugar, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn’t blown away by this beer but it’s very solid for the style. Worth a shot.

Photo of frankiepop
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive bottle screaming that hey, I am an American craft beer in the tradition of old French/Belgium brewing tradition.

Similar to Abbeys Ovila has an attractive cloudy look with a nice aromas sweet spice and yeasty. The flavor resembles the same.

I enjoy the creaminess of the beer. Good drink-ability. I like the medium carbonation and body. Goes down oh so easy.

A nice Belgian style dubbel. Nice complexity but maybe lacking the malt flavors. However, its a ll a little thin. If you want a mild approach to the Belgian beer style this would be a good choice.

I prefer something a little richer. This reminds me of Belgian Brewery out of Fort Collins. Yes, it's Belgian style. Yes, it's good American craft beer in a Belgian style. But Belgian style demands a little more for more. Ovila is a bit underwhelming. Belgian brewing requires a little more aggressive chance taking to satisfy me.

So what should you listen to with Ovila? How about those great Scott Hamilton group jazz cds with Rosemary Clooney singing?

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- The beer glows with a dark brown body with hints of garnet at the base and a thin creamy film on top that last for a good bit. The beer is clear but a bit too dense to see any carbonation except for a few bit bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The mellow blended brown malt aroma has some cream and toffee hints to it with a faint coffee malt note in the finish that is dry.

T- The soft toffee flavor has only a slight sweetness to it and a fruity prune note to follow with some roasted malt and melanoidin notes underneath. The finish is a bit dry and a soft malt note lingers a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer has some nice dubbel characteristics with some interesting support from darker malts in the background. The alcohol adds a nice warming touch and supports the malt nicely.

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt red cherry color beneath a big light tan head that recedes leaving a light frothy lacing with a thin layer of slowly popping carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is a mixture of light malts, fruits, grains, with slight hint of yeast on basically a very washed out wine grapes smell.

The taste is similar to the aroma in that you taste what you think is grains and malts and the next taste is seems you get more fruit with a maltiness to it and back and forth you go. Although it's quite an enjoyable drink because this beer has a mouth feel to it I really liked, much thinker, frothier than most standard American beers.

A light almost woody aftertaste, not wet and not dry, it kinda reminded me of the feeling you have when you play with the toothpick that's in your mouth.

I would like to try this beer with one of its recommended food pairings, I think that would be a pretty darn good meal.

Photo of rdilauro
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with very little head. No detection of Malt, Hops or any spice.
Taste was relatively light, from start to finish.
In fact it had a bit of a bitter aftertaste
I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had more body.
I am not sure if I would try this one again, but I am sure there will be some followers

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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