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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey DubbelOvila Abbey Dubbel

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very good

902 Ratings
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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%

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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Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured to a Rochefort Chalice from a 12.7 oz bottle

A- pours a dark murky reddish brown, slighty off white creamy head.

S- Grainy, brown sugar, candied sugar, slight dark fruits, some raisin

T- carbonation tingle right at the tip of the tongue, very sweet brown sugar, fruity esters, finishes with a cherry/alcohol

M- medium bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet, finishes nice and dry

O- meh, its ok, its very sweet, not much complexity to it, slighty boring for a dubbel but def drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:42:30 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Philc

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

Poured into a Stella glass from a 12oz corked bottle.

Pours a brown maple. Cloudy partly see through.

Two finger head that leaves a nice thick lacing.

Smells of tradishional Belgium yeast, little funk that is just great. Oak, maple, fruity.

Taste of tradishional Belgium beer. Smooth creamy light carbonation good mouthfeel.

Overall a great beer, I like the spin Searra Navada put on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 15:37:10 | More by Philc
Photo of heygeebee


2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown mahogany. The two finger head dies to a film.

Aromas are of brown sugar, Belgian yeast.

Taste is sweet and in the same vein. A bit one dimensional. Hint of vanilla/butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium weight. But too sickly sweet.

All in all, in danger of blanding out here. No real redeeming features and the sweetness just plain gets in the way.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 08:39:04 | More by heygeebee
Photo of N3rdM3t4l


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extra thick champagne corked brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date into standard pint. Been craving Belgian beers latley.

A: cloudy brown like an unfiltered nut brown ale. Opened with thick off white head hat fell to a pretty average splotchy cap and a might thick ring. Big caramel notes with alcohol. A bit of yeast but it is pretty light. The slightly astringent smell I always get from belgian beers is there but not huge either.

T: follows nose, opens with caramel from the candi sugar followed by that belgian astringent yeast funk that I have been craving this past week. Finishes off with a bit of spicy bitter hop. Really well balanced and I want to take bigger drinks but this is for sipping.

M: thick and rich a little bit of a slick finish that is rather drying. Very drinkable.

O: sierra nevada scores again, this beer is wonderful. Just wat I needed to kick off my own little belgian style beer fest.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 05:28:37 | More by N3rdM3t4l
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

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

A: A nice brown woody color barely see through, a nice little finger of off white head at the top, left a little lacing around the glass.

S: Brown sugar, honey, vanilla, cherries and hint of oak on the tail end as well.

T: The vanilla and caramel are very present at first sip, the oak and honey are present on the back end with a nice coating of sweetness, lots of dried fruit comes in on this one as well.

M: Medium bodied, and little bit of carbonation, has some creamyness to it.

O: I will tell you what I was expecting a lot more from this beer, I think my high expectations killed it for me. This beer is not bad but I just wanted more from it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 15:35:24 | More by thedoubler55
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an old Rochefort chalice on 12/8/12

Brown and dark caramel hues. Rather clear. One finger of smooth light tan foam. Decent layer of thin retention, but no lace.

The aroma is straightforward - dark bread, light herbal spices and pepper, figs and dates. hints of raisins and brown sugar. It's easy to get drawn in to it.

The flavor starts off with a quick hit of raisin before turning very earthy with a distinct nuttiness. Bread is prominent throughout - toasted and dry. Fruity yeast notions linger on the back half.

Tight medium body with a coating, slightly gritty finish. Bold carbonation.

Overall, seems like a odd dubbel to me. Kind of a brown ale / dubbel amalgamation. Regardless, it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 21:54:39 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, Ovila signature glass.

Appearance: A semi-cloudy brown, with slight amber tint to the body. Bubbles are light topped off with a 1/4" orange-white head, settles quick after a sip.

Smell: As I poured it into the glass, you smell the yeast and malts.

Taste: This beer is dessert, not sweet like fruit beers but closer to red wine type of feel. Yeast is pretty evident malty with no complaints.

Mouth: Smooth medium texture. Feels a little light but when you feel the smoothness you know this is a quality.

Overall: A lot better than what I thought, I love dubbels and to compare this with the others I have had this beer feels like a steal. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 06:13:55 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BeerManDan


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was of a hazy dark amber brown with a reddish hue. There was very little light tan foam and no lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of sweet fruits and with a hint of sweet spices. A very pleasant and suttle aroma. When first tasted, the sweet roasted malts, caramel and spices were very evident in the flavor. Not very overly alcoholic on the palate of aftertaste. Not really heavy, but not sort of watery. What a very pleasant tasting dubbel. Out to buy more!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 22:53:04 | More by BeerManDan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:28:40 | More by SanFranJake
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa via this single bottle. I wasn't sure if Sierra Nevada could pull off a style like this but there wasn't any doubt when I finished this that this could match up toe-to-toe with its Belgian Counterparts. The trademark West Coast hops and resin mouthfeel are absent here and this beer was just as strong, nuanced, and enjoyable as I hoped it would be, with enough booze to match!

The pour to this was wonderful - a rich raisin hue with light edges, a tan head that was long-lasting for not being thick, and just enough sediment present to be noticed without seeming excessive. Not a lot to the aroma or the lacing but there was certainly the burnt sugar and dark fruits that one would expect in this style. Both of those were also in the taste along with a strong hint of Belgian yeast, and alcohol. The warming effect was nice and the fruits were along the line of plum and apricot. Not a lot of carbonation in this but enough was present to cleanse my mouth after each sip, without overpowering the flavors.

This was not a fast sipper because of how strong it felt, even if wasn't strong for this particular style. While not as complex or as heavy as Belgian Dubbels, Sierra Nevada should be commended here for going outside of their norm and hitting the nail on the head. Fans of the brewery will be pleasantly surprised and those who enjoy Dubbels won't go wrong picking up some of this either.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 09:14:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle I picked up for $3 which is a much better value than the $10 I spent on the 750ml when this was first released. Red color, good head. Smells like raisins, fruit, belgian yeast. Flavor is sort of fruity, sugar, yeasty, good. Overall this was a good dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:47:51 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

an excellent dubbel, not too sweet, but sweeter than many. it pours a brick red to brown color, with a muddy haze to it and an excitible but not tall white head. the nose is molasses and sweeter malt, some spice from the yeast too, no hops to speak of. the flavor is in line with the nose, tons of malt supporting this one, a rich beer, lots of subtle flavors here, dried fruit, vanilla, and some wood. the feel is excellent. smoother than most belgian beers ive had, lighter in carbonation but plenty full of body. i like the mix, and its down easy for tha reason. wonderful as it warms too. overall a classic beer, so much going on and so much to appreciate. one bottle just isnt enough!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:32:37 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of RossCain


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: The beer takes the color of burnt sugar as it sits in the glass with a pillowy tan head. Great retention on the head of the beer; it looks very attractive in the tulip. The corked, sturdy bottle and textured artwork on the label are a great touch.

S: Notes of creme brulee, caramel, and toasted malts come to the forefront. Just the right amount of sweetness.

T: As led-into by the nose, the beer starts with sweet notes of caramelized sugars and toasted bread. The flavors work together to make a smooth and buttery-sweet profile. The profile finishes with biscuity goodness.

M: Smooth velvety with a good touch of carbonation. The 7.5% abv does rear its head a bit in the finish.

O: From the presentation of the bottle to the sweet, caramely goodness of each quaff, I give Sierra Neveda and New Clairvaux props for providing a great dubbel experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:50:38 | More by RossCain
Photo of KKB


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Looks like light caramel or butterscotch. Has a cola-like appearance, much less thick looking than I would have thought. A half of a finger of head and the liquid is opaque. The head disappears after a while, and there is no real lacing.

S – Very sweet malt, almost a carmelized sugary smell to it, with a smell of raisins, dark fruits, banana, and caramel in the nose. Brown sugar comes across clear in the nose. A good amount of spice in there to be sure as well.

T – Here is where the raisin and dark fruits come more clearly into play. A really veerrry nice taste to it to be perfectly honest. Solid maltiness, as well as bread, with that slight banana element coming through as well and a good spice… A real nice cinnamon comes on late.

M – The carbonation isn’t what I was expecting either, it’s much more mild in this department than I previously would have thought. Not unpleasant at all though, somewhat creamy. Light-medium body.

O – I actually quite like this beer. I think that it’s good. I don not think that it is unbelievable and I had slightly higher hopes, but nonetheless I think it’s quite good. I probably wouldn’t want to take down a six pack of these and I’m sure there are better dubbel’s out there but this is good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:46:14 | More by KKB
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a large, growing head.
Nose shows doughy yeasty notes, spicy phenols, brown sugar, a little dry fruit and brown sugar.
Flavours include more Belgian yeast notes, some soft chocolate and very sweet dried fruit and brown sugar.
Carbonation is much too high.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:13:29 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of paleoplant

New York

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

I purchased this bottle through the online vendor Lets Pour, and also had it on tap at a Buffalo, NY pizza place, The Pizza Plant.

Appearance - this beer has a nice light amber to brown color. It has a good foam ring around the glass.

Smell - The smell is good but not necessarily wonderful. It has a sour fruit smell which isn't pungent but not desirable

Taste - The taste is subtle with a sharp tinge. The initial flavor is not strong in malt and has a greater bitter taste

Mouthfeel - the mouthfeel is nice. It has high carbonation, but it's nice

Overall - I may purchase this beer again, but I don't think I would strongly recommend

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:11:26 | More by paleoplant
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.24.12.

A - Pours a carmel brown-dark orange with a fine bubbled light tan head with good retention.

S - Sweet fruit, sherry, carmel.

T - Dark ripe, sweet fruit, carmel, raisins, plums.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a sweet finish.

O - Swwet dark fruit, a nice Abbey style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 07:16:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of zeledonia


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been unintentionally sitting on this bottle for a while, finally getting around to drinking it. Tasted 7 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark amber, pretty clear. About 1 finger of creamy yellowish slightly orange head. Decent retention, lacing is fine, leaves a pretty thick cap.

Smell is fairly sugary, but on the thin side for a dubbel. Brown sugar and a bit of caramel, plus a touch of woody aroma.

Taste is thin. Feels over-attenuated for a dubbel, like it ought to have more residual sugar in it. It's like half dubbel, half washed-out pale ale. Some odd nutty, woody flavors that remind me more of a brown ale. Some brown sugar, but not enough of those sugary flavors. And very little yeast presence.

Mouthfeel is liquidy, a little bit slick, a little bit thick. Relatively low carbonation.

A rather dull, not especially enjoyable beer. Thin and not very complex, and lacking many of the things I expect from this style. Taste feels about half there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:37:16 | More by zeledonia
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol really over powered this beer for me , it smelled of a heavy wine smell also. What I could taste did taste really , I believe at the price it is a good beer , if they charged more than 2.50 for this bottle I would have to give it a lower score. They are close to getting this right , just a little tweaking to get a really nice beer , would go good with a nice t-bone fresh off the grill

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 15:07:29 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of Brabander


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

I got this bottle from my brother from another mother, my beerbuddy overseas Dave (Bierenutz). Thanks for this one Dave! I was at the abbey of Saint Sixtus in november 2010 when the guys from Sierra Nevada visited this abbey to get some background in how the monks make their dubbel. We got a very nice tour of the brewery with brother Joris and father Abt Manu.

Now about this beer. Poured in my Struise glass this beer gives a broken white decent head which sizzles when poured. Liquid is rubydarkred. Some carbonation.

Smell is like a dubbel should smell. No boozyness. Taste is a bit sweet but OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 14:32:23 | More by Brabander
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter this beer is brilliantly clear very, very, deep amber with a bright ruby glow when held to a light. The head is off-white, thick, and long lasting with nice lacing. The aroma is medium-high malt, largely caramel and cherry fruit as well as moderately spicy from the yeast. The flavor is moderately malty, kind of biscuity with subtle stone fruits. The finish is slightly dry, aided by the spicy phenols from the yeast. I enjoy the flavor, but nothing out of this world. The body is moderate, quite smooth, and medium-high carbonation. Overall an enjoyable, well crafted dubbel, worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:55:05 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Slightly chilled...

A) Nice deep brown with a little ruby hue. A full finger of creamy khaki colored head looks very inviting. Nice retention. The head clings to the glass like a milkshake. Very rich looking...

S) Yeast is the first aroma noted. A very earthy nose, dried grass, straw, a bit of wood. Then some fruit, but not the dark fruit I expected, more like pear and grape. There is some caramel sweetness as this warms.

T) There is quite a bit of flavor here. Roasted malt, spices, not too much pepper at all, which makes me happy. There are those dark fruits. It is as earthy/woody as the nose suggests. There is some alcohol on the backend.

M) Medium body + moderate carbonation. The finish is quite dry with some alcohol warmth.

O) For whatever reason, I didn't pull the trigger on purchasing a bomber of this brew, but when I found it in a 12 oz bottle, I snapped it right up. I must say, I'm glad I did, as this was quite enjoyable. A very solid dubbel... Glad to recommend...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:21:06 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ovila pours a deep brown color with a sizable but loose (large bubbles) head. Cherry, honey, and champagne are the best descriptors I can find for aroma.

The base flavor is quintessential Belgian/Flemish brown ale (no surprises, but well-executed) with a heavy dose of cherry. Mouthfeel is light but not watery.

A solid representative of the dubbel style, with a predominant cherry flavor (comparatively speaking...this isn't a fruit beer). By the way, it's worth reading about the history behind the Abbey of New Clairvaux--it's a convoluted and engaging story.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:53:24 | More by Razumikhin
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle poured into a duvel glass.

Pours medium dark brown, builds from light to dark bottom to top. Small layer of off white foam covers the top. Light esthery yeast smell. Taste is fruity, lightly sweet with a dark fruit raisin anise taste throughout. Cherries buried too. Very minor hop bitter. This is an excellent made beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 13:25:56 | More by KTCamm
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay. I like this dubbel. I find it a bit tight and wound up, but it still works how I would expect it to. The characteristics that I expect to find are there, though not as pronounced as I would hope for. The carbonation at first seems way overboard and interfering with the flavor delivery, but it does tone down over time. This one could have a bit more character to it, but for a mass produced dubbel, it's working well enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:10:15 | More by RblWthACoz
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.