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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,002 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 122 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, with a very wine-esque looking label. It took a bit of research to determine that 'New Clairvaux' is actually an abbey founded in California, and not the Low Countries.

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy, very dark burnt amber colour, with two fingers of thinly creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few specks of lace as it readily recedes.

It smells mildly of dark fruity malts, some roasted biscuity pale grain, a mild nuttiness, and a middling earthy yeastiness. The taste is fruity dark malt, mild standalone earthy confectioners' sugar, some further date/fig sweetness, a waning dry yeast essence, and leafy, kind of musty hops.

The carbonation is rather average, the body a supportive medium weight, and a wee bit tacky, so smoothness is a particularly intermittent issue. It finishes fairly sweet, the muted caramel malt ceding little ground, but that dusty, barn aura not giving in either.

A respectable initial (I think) attempt at a rarefied old-world style and source from the new world instances of the same. Sweet malt, somewhat complex contrary players, but just not in the same complex vein as one hopes for from such a seemingly symbiotic contender centered in the Golden State. Ok to drink, but not in the portion provided.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.