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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 127 | 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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,015 | Reviews: 451
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Tannish finger width colored frothy head crowns a body of cloudy dark brownish amber with aggressive bubbles.  Head fades fast but leaves a thin layer of froth on top. 

S:  Loads of spiced banana, grapes, prunes, rich malts, faint phenolic aroma. Once swirled the peppery alcohol becomes more pronounced. 

T/M:  Taste delivers caramel sweetness, apples, pears, old mushy bananas, orange preserves, vanilla bean, clove, cherry alcohol, rotted wood and musk. The taste is not as sweet as the nose but more thick malts and earthy notes.  The yeast is apparent and brings pepper, stale wheat bread, and hints of rye.  Burnt brown sugar, toffee, tad salty and herbal hops on the drying finish.  Body is light-medium and a tad watered down for the style but has a slightly chalky feel with nice prickly carbonation. 

O:  Overall a great dubbel that delivers rich robust flavors and a good mouthfeel. The sweetness is complimented by the spices and herbal notes. The alcohol is hidden well and is easily drinkable. After one glass I was pretty full but eager to drink the rest. 

Photo of gradestarr
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle just looks and feels nice. Popping corks is something I could get used to!! My 12.7 oz let out a satisfying noise and visible vapor which was a bonus sensory treat I didn't expect.

The actual beer? It was ok!!
Poured into my jam jar, the head was fine and tan-ish, dissipating quickly and leaving a great ring of bubbles around the shoulder of the jar. The actual beer is slightly hazy
Woah!! This beer smelled weird to me. The first thought I had was olives. Nah I think it's just a dark fruit smell. I swear though.. you know those brownish kalamata olives with the pits in them.. That's what it smelled like at first. Maybe just some residue in my nose from work.
It tastes like a nice dubbel, nothing like a quebecois or belgian belgian, but nice nonetheless. It hits the tongue sweetly and exits more dryly, which is an inviting characteristic. Special B flavor (raisin and dark fruity) goes along with some roasted malt flavors, chocolatey! Raisinets beer. Cool. A little watery tasting though.
The stuff feels nice, moderate carbonation; smooth feel. Right around half of my sips have felt/tasted (can't really tell which) a bit watery. Maybe this one would actually be improved by a percent or few more shiney shine.
Overall, deeshint. I probably wouldn't give it another whirl, at $2.39 on the sticker for the (albeit corked) 12.7 oz, it was more sophisticated but not preferable to something like a New Belgium Dubbel in overall value terms. I had this bottle as a result of letting my thirsty, post-skatepark session self wild in the local bottle shop, which resulted in the purchase of a $12.50 mixed 6-pack of American, Canadian and Belgian Belgians. Definitely glad I tried it!

Photo of natemort13
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy burgundy with a khaki head that retains decently.

Nose is tart fruit and yeast. Cherries, green apple, caramel.

Taste brings toffee up front, the cherries are slightly more muted than the nose. Finish is weak.

Lacking...thin, very carbonated.

Overall decent but unimpressive.

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgous beer in the tall Stella chalice. Velvety red brown with a fine-grained blanket of foam that clings nicely to the glass. Sudsy and creamy on the tongue. Medium body.

Slightly prickly and more dry than you might expect for the style. Sweet tang of dark caramel to let you know it's a Dubbel, but minus the often cloying, candy flavor. I think it's a great balance among the flavors. Dark roast malt, a touch of burnt sugar, and unsweetened cocoa. Slightly fruity, but less of the raisins and more like bitter orange marmalade. Slight bitter aftertaste and a tang of yeast is about all of the Belgian character.

Very drinkable for being the more dry, but a rather austere example of the style. From the 12.7 oz corked bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: brown/amber brown beer with a firm tan head that settles into a film

S: dark fruit, cocoa, rich malt

T: following the nose, some dark fruit like plums and figs, with a nice spice, some hints of drier cocoa

M: nicely textured brew, soft and smooth with a little fizz; robust aftertaste

O: decent representation of the style from Sierra Nevada; drinkable and fresh-tasting - gotta love the cork and cage on bottle in a 4-pack - but not on par with Belgian dubbels.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ChBass
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at the Hay Merchant in Houston.

Color is dark brown with a little bit of red when held up to the light. It's crystal clear, with a think, creamy head that takes its trime to subside.

The nose is slightly boozy, followed by some dark fruit.

The flavor builds on the nose, adding some dark maltiness. It finishes clean, but has some booziness throughout. I know it's 7.5%, but the booziness is still surprising.

It feels lighter & less viscous than it should, given the fullness of flavor.

Overall, a nice beer, but I don't love it.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel and golden colored beer. Minimal head and lace. Aroma of yeast, sugar, and fruits, but also a bit spicy. Tastes sweet, of sugar and yeast, but a bit sharp on the tongue. I had very high hopes for this beer as Sierra Nevada has never let me down, however, this beer is a tad bit lacking for the price. Not a bad brew at all, but $4.99 for a 12.7 ounce bottle is a bit overpriced.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge props to my in-laws for grabbing me a bottle of this for my b-day...

A - Pours a hazy brown colour, thumb of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel, raisins, dark fruit, cloves and spice.

T - Loads of fruity flavors, cloves, the rich caramel and toffee comes through, toffee lingers with hints of leafy greens, and a peppery spice.

M - Medium bodied, though comes across quite light, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Overall an incredibly flavorful dubbel, loads of complex flavors, goes down super smooth and the abv is dangerously well hidden.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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