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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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967 Ratings
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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 22
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Corked bottle. Pour cloudy light golden colour with good head. A great blend of a dubbel and candy, light fruit, hops, and spice. Superior for the style and excellent drinkability. I would seek this one out and use it to transition Coors people toward good beer.

08-07-2011 04:20:43 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-20-2013 03:49:14 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a 2 inch puffy beige head that settles to a thin film. Random chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, spices, and some Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruits, and some spice flavors. There is a slight bitterness that comes with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dubbel but I was expecting something much different and to be honest, much better.

11-04-2011 06:37:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-24-2013 12:15:44 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a bottle at the special session at Extreme Beer Fest. Apparently the world premiere.

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a light tan head. Nose brings some mild nuttiness and some dark fruits--raisins and a bit of date character. Mild caramel and bread in the background. Flavor is stronger with good fruit and sweetness plus some malt. Well rounded. Body is medium with light to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is nice. Good story and a pretty good beer.

03-12-2011 19:39:24 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-23-2013 01:51:24 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head.
S: There are light aromas of brown sugar and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has additional flavors of dates and nuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

05-07-2011 13:59:08 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: After the most powerful popping of a cork I have ever encountered in beerdom, the beer poured out with a modest cap as if nothing had happened; the color of the liquid was mahogany and there was a smattering of lace left behind

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel and vanilla, with undertones of oak, figs and cherry

Taste: The caramel and vanilla tones dominate the front end, with some dried dark fruit, brown sugar and earthy elements building up in the middle; the earthy flavors, including some oak, add a counterpoint to the sweetness after the swallow, leaving a nicely balanced impression

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather creamy, with low to moderate carbonation; lacks the delicate mouthfeel I seek in a Belgian style

Overall: I find myself slightly disappointed in this beer as I would have expected more complexity and a better mouthfeel from Sierra Nevada; a decent effort here and gets better as it warms, but nothing more

07-26-2012 20:26:49 | More by brentk56
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-15-2014 09:47:03 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev +5%

While the story behind Ovila Dubbel is sensational, the beer carries a mystique of the highest of quality and flavor, even before its release.

The Dubbel pours with a mohogany amber color with a multiple shades of brown. Quite clear with only the modest of a haze. A creamy off-white head covers the beer with a heavy blanket of foam. Much more dense and weighted of a look than is normal for classic dubbel ales and without the lively carbonation that's normally associated with the style.

Muted aromas of barley malt, chesnuts, and with a mild spicy-fruity yeastiness that gives a simple and refined scent. Though the quality of aroma is high, the intensity is subtle.

Malty rich with deep caramel, almost toffee, along with a peanut brittle (without the peanuts) flavor. Estery influence of berries, cherries, and apples accompany the malt sweetness and give a much welcomed variety in taste. Decorated by peppery spice from yeast and by cleanly bitter hops, the balance pulls back from purely malt-focus but the beer retains it's malt forward taste. Again, a tasty beer but a somewhat simplistic flavor spread.

Creamy and full early, the beer retains a lot of its weight deep into the mid palate before a stubborn transition toward a malty dry finish. Carbonation keeps the beer creamy, but never the light and airy evaporation that's famed in such beers as Chimay Premiere or Ommegang Abbey Ale.

While the flavors that are present are clean, crisp, fresh, and high in quality, the beer lacks an overall level of complexity, depth, and layering that make authentic Belgian versions so endearing. The relatively low carbonation gives the impression of heightened sweetness and weight that steers the beer even further away from the whimsy that is a Belgian Dubbel.

04-03-2011 16:35:29 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

light brown with loads of ruby colored tint emerging before me. Lots of haze and cloudiness to it as well, with a little bit of sedimentation in the bottom after it started to settle. A nice sized two inch high head of tan colored foam then came across the topl.

Sspices and hints of dark fruit. The first thing I picked up was this nice spicy dubbel like aroma. Hints of raisins and plums, along with dates and figs were all over this one. Really nice profile here, with a touch of grain n the back. rich toffee like sweetness rolled through first, with a rich spiced back that really got your attention nice dark fruity flavors. Really interesting combo here, with the raisins being very pronounced and the fig and date like flavors coming through more so in the finish then in the front. Still very sweet, but with a nice bitter chocolate like flavor mixed in, very interesting to be honest.

05-29-2011 05:40:55 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-04-2013 13:32:12 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light fruity ester, sweet malt is enticing though light alcohol ester is not that pleasant. Taste is a good mix between some sweet malt notes with light note of fruity ester and some dry raisins notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light alcohol is apparent. Interesting though there is something (I am guessing it might be the yeast train) in the Ovila series that doesn’t do it for me.

02-02-2012 16:42:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +5%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a somewhat opaque amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Sweet malt and bread up front with a nice bit of caramel. There is some sweet sugar, especially brown sugar, and quite a lot of dark fruits. Currants and raisins are the primary fruits, but there is plenty of banana and a moderate spiciness.

T: Great maltiness to this beer. Bread gives great substance to it and there's of course caramel and dark fruits. Banana and clove contributions from the yeast and there are some hints of alcohol from time to time.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: Glad Sierra Nevada has redeemed after the miss that was Hoptimum. Solid stuff.

04-28-2011 06:10:26 | More by womencantsail
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-05-2011 18:59:23 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +5%

01-29-2012 10:09:10 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-11-2013 05:09:44 | More by spycow
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Very nice packaging involved, very sweet story and all, but let's see how the beer is.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown body with just a hint of haze to it. Lofty, gassy, beige head. Though it thins out, the head manages to stick around for the entire undertaking.

Smell: Warming, swirling, shouting -- nothing seems to ever get this aroma off the ground. Just be quiet and happy with your indistinct, mild notes of dark bread, dark nuts, finely-ground spice, and a faroff sniff of cherry-flavor cough syrup.

Taste: Modest breadiness, then a quick drop-off into sugared sweetness and juicy fruitiness, with tastes of sweet cherries, raspberries, Anjou pears and prunes. Pinches of brown sugar and ground pepper up next. Slight toasted almonds, then a few cloves, which slides into a faint medicinal phenolic tone. And just when you're perceiving that faint medicinal phenolic tone, it subtly slides back towards the lightly tart berries, imparting some alcohol warmth. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, lively carbonation.

Overall: Ovila: Part One is neither awe-inspiring nor great, but it's fairly good, though definitely falling short of the better brews Belgian (or the Belgian-inspired) has to offer.

05-14-2011 04:32:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-23-2014 05:09:29 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-06-2013 19:33:57 | More by jaydoc
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Popped the cork with a loud bang. This brew had a very lively tan headin it along with a decent brown color that was a little hazy. The smell of dark fruits & spice on the nose, not a whole lot of yeast aromas. This was too light on the mouthfeel, I found it went flat very quickly. The head vanishes and the brew just became kind of boring in my opinion. I expected a little more from Sierra Nevada here but I don't think this brew really turned out that great.

05-07-2011 22:29:39 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

05-17-2011 20:03:05 | More by oberon
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Served in a long-stemmed chalice at Durty Nellie's.

The press surrounding this series made it sound good, so I'm glad to have found it on tap here at Nellie's. It pours a clear garnet-russet amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises figs, red grapes, brown sugar, cinnamon, very light cocoa, and very light banana. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, light fig, light black grapes, nutmeg, and some very light vanilla. The body is a light-yearning medium, with a light carbonation and a slick-ish feel (as though this were coming from a cask or something). Overall, a pretty solid dubbel, though the flavors come across almost flat (hopefully that makes sense), and the body is too thin, too oily for my liking. Other than that, though, this is some pretty nice beer.

05-03-2011 01:58:34 | More by TMoney2591
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-15-2011 19:20:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of very bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly plum and raisin.

T - It tasted of plum, currants, raisin and a good spicy bite. It had a good bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good dubbel. The Ovila collaborations have been very nice.

10-23-2011 03:31:01 | More by zeff80
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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.