Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Bought a corked bottle some time ago. I'm brewing a Dubbel now so I'm trying to try as many of this style as I can. Poured into a chalice-like glass.
A: pours a cloudy, murky dark brown with amber & ruby highlights. Nice rocky white head that settles to a thin film. No real evidence of lacing on the glass.
S: after the cork popped off and I poured, I got a lot of lemony spritzy aromas, almost like lemon merangue pie. Also reminded me of a sparkling champagne. After reading the back label again, I do get slight hints of light fruit, black pepper, and clove.
T: lots of bready malts with hints of raisin, plum, and fig. Hints of light watery-like cocoa. Again, after re-reading the back label, I get some hints of carmelized brown sugar. As another reviewer mentions previously, I do get a dusty, barn aura distinction.
M: very watery-like and dry tasting. Would like some more malt presence, but I understand if this is more to the true intended style.
O: an okay beer. I'm not blown away by it, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. With all the marketing in various beer mags & nice packaging, I think I was expecting a bit more. Am still interested in trying the other beers in this series.
06-13-2012 01:23:21 | More by jwhancher
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured from bottle into chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a hazy brown color with a hue of red. Upon pouring there is a big off white head that has a very decent retention. Eventually it fades to give a light level of lacing.
Smell – A strong brown bread aroma is the heaviest in the nose. This breadiness is mixed with darker fruit aromas of cherry and some prune, a strong yeast smell and a medium boozy smell.
Taste – The taste starts out with a dry bready flavor. Towards the middle some flavors of dark fruits and a good bit of yeast cake come to the tongue. These flavors sweeten the brew a bit, but overall it is still rather dry. At the end these flavors are met with an alcohol flavor that leaves a slight booze burn on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. With it being more on the dry side a bit more carbonation may have been better, but overall it’s not too bad.
Overall – It is an OK dubbel, but nothing too spectacular. It has a more subtle flavor profile and for what you pay for this one you could find other more common dubbel’s that are better overall.
06-03-2012 23:36:46 | More by Darkmagus82
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a dark, cloudy orange/brown color with a very nice thick, light tan head. Rich malted grains, dates, and a hint of alcohol in the smell. Also smell some cinnamon-like spice.
Nice caramel-flavored malt taste with some tasty fruity esters and light hop bitterness. Went well with some locally smoked salmon...
A very decent dubbel. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Hopefully this won't just be a one-time deal...
06-03-2012 21:57:50 | More by beergoot
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Very nicely presented corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle...no expense spared on the label either!
Pouring into a La Trappe goblet, exhibits an effervescent light tan head quickly settles over a very slightly murky brown liquid. Aroma of lightly roasted malt and brown sugar mixed with yeast spiciness.
The maltiness carries thru on the first sip, fruity yeast notes too...bitter but subtle hoppiness is well balanced here. Verrry well balanced between bitter and sweet with the sweetness winning over. Finishes a tad thin body wise but the nose and taste makes me forgive quickly. Well done effort here.
06-03-2012 21:52:01 | More by beerluvr
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
Attractive bottle screaming that hey, I am an American craft beer in the tradition of old French/Belgium brewing tradition.
Similar to Abbeys Ovila has an attractive cloudy look with a nice aromas sweet spice and yeasty. The flavor resembles the same.
I enjoy the creaminess of the beer. Good drink-ability. I like the medium carbonation and body. Goes down oh so easy.
A nice Belgian style dubbel. Nice complexity but maybe lacking the malt flavors. However, its a ll a little thin. If you want a mild approach to the Belgian beer style this would be a good choice.
I prefer something a little richer. This reminds me of Belgian Brewery out of Fort Collins. Yes, it's Belgian style. Yes, it's good American craft beer in a Belgian style. But Belgian style demands a little more for more. Ovila is a bit underwhelming. Belgian brewing requires a little more aggressive chance taking to satisfy me.
So what should you listen to with Ovila? How about those great Scott Hamilton group jazz cds with Rosemary Clooney singing?
06-02-2012 14:00:05 | More by frankiepop
2.63/5 rDev -31%
Imbibed on tap at The Rose & Crown 5/25/2012.
Opaque chestnut, rust color with a ring of delicate bubble around the rim. Nothing covers the bald top. Good amount of Belgian dark malt. Nutty and a little bit of metallic penny aroma. Solid, but not complex. Very nutty and creamy flavor. Some candied sugar is evident but not annoying. No bitterness from hops, but malt bitterness lingers nicely/smoothly. A bit watery, this beer finishes dry.
Not very complex, but much more smooth than other Dubbels I've tried. Many times there will be an annoying flavor accompanied with an itching in the back of my throat when having a dark Belgian, but none of that with this beer (I think they toned down the candied sugar). Solid, but I'm not intrigued enough to try this one again.
05-30-2012 04:34:59 | More by Philousa
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-17-2012 12:18:05 | More by biboergosum
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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