Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12.7oz to Duvel deco glass
Bought March 2012?
A – Dark brown, nearly opaque. The tiniest bit of translucence. After drinking most of it, I can see yeast near the bottom. I credit them with bringing out a more Belgian taste as the beer warms/I get to the bottom.
S – Dark fruits in the nose, especially cherries and plums. Some alcohol and a tiny bit of cocoa. A bit of a mandarin orange and grassy smell. As it warms it smells sweeter and a bit bready. The mandarin orange and grass is gone.
T – Surprisingly dark fruity taste, and not very belgiany. I’m not picking up much of the bready sweetness that nearly defines Belgian dark ales. I get a little bit of sweetness on the swallow, but the main taste is like a dark saison: a saison that’s a little maltier and darker tasting than the average saison. It’s refreshing but unexpected, and I think it’s off-style. As it warms it becomes a bit sweeter, but not in the bready way, and the alcohol comes out more. As I get to the bottom, I can taste the yeast hanging out there and the taste becomes more Belgiany.
M – Medium bodied but light on the swallow. Pretty soft and refreshing with a bit of zing around the edges of the tongue. Goes down smooth and finishes with a nice, low level of dryness.
O – Pretty tasty and hit the spot for a warm day in Texas. But it’s not very Belgiany, so I’m inclined to say it’s not to style, and rate as so. I think the Xingu black beer I rated last was a bit similar.
4, 3.75, 3.5, 4, 3.75; 3.7.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2013 01:13:17 | More by nsheehan
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