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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

953 Ratings
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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 103 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-28-2012 15:22:24 | More by brutalist
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

05-27-2012 00:08:19 | More by JoshuaGoins
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bhir

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-26-2012 15:07:50 | More by bhir
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-24-2012 05:09:34 | More by asafarc2
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Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

05-23-2012 17:46:41 | More by strongaf
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-23-2012 02:33:07 | More by Mullinger1980
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-22-2012 01:39:06 | More by jaidenjb
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superspak

Michigan

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 2/21/2011. Pours highly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, roasted nut, molasses, candi sugar, biscuit, earth, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Pleasant and well balanced aromas with decent strength and complexity. Taste of plum, raisin, molasses, fig, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, earth, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, molasses, bread, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick and creamy mouthfeel as expected. Very easy and smooth to sip on; with only a slight alcohol warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really nice Belgian style dubbel. Nice complexity with big malt flavors; and good balance. Really enjoyable, and something I would not turn down in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:20:11 | More by superspak
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 12:18:05 | More by biboergosum
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

05-14-2012 02:14:47 | More by Lawnboy33
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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Piason

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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TriggerFingers

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

I have been drinking more Belgians lately. So I was curious to see how Sierra Nevada was doing in this department.

Color: A striking darker reddish brown- very nice!
Nose: Some sweetness, reminiscent of many Belgian Ales.
Taste: Initial flavor has some esters, but not a whole lot.

As smooth as some Belgians, but this beer seems like a "Belgian imposter." Although its smooth, its a little too soft on the finish and falls a little flat for me. I would have never guessed this beer was made by Sierra Nevada (which is both good and bad). This is a surprisingly good Belgian attempt, but from SN this should be a knockout with the $ tied up in their testing facility and lab.

Definitely better examples of this style both domestic and abroad.

Overall: B/B+

Serving type: bottle

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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-01-2012 21:01:28 | More by olympicgatorade
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bnes09

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice shade of deep auburn. Soda-like head which actually has descent retention. and some lacing.

Dark fruit aromas with roasted nuts and caramel. Yeasty and aromatic.

Flavor is mellow with bready malt at the forefront. Hint of caramel sweetness, complimented by date and fig flavors. A bit peppery. Ends on the bland side without much flavor to behold.

Medium body and highly carbonated. Finish is clean.

Not bad. Could use a bit more flavor and depth.

Serving type: bottle

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bsimms

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

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Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 14:27:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Hawaii

1/5  rDev -73.8%

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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-13-2012 00:21:04 | More by moneytastesbad
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.