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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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980 Ratings
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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 115 | 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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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total Wine in early April for $8.49.

Beer poured a copper-burgundy color with a nice off white head on the initial pour.

Nose is sweet malts with a light hint of clove.

Taste is dark bread with some carmalized sugar, raisin. Finish is dry pepper.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and slightly smooth from the belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, not the best in class but enjoyable.

arizcards, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of BuckyFresh
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zoso1967 for letting me sample this bad boy with him!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark brown/amber color, with a two-finger head. Even with the significant haze, there is quite a bit of bubbly carbonation visible on the edges of the glass. Not a whole lot to speak of in the way of lacing.

Smell: There is more peppery clove, funky yeast, and mineral water aromas than the sweeter dark fruit smells you typically get with a Dubbel. Not as sweet as I expected; fairly dry and fresh - almost like a Saison.

Taste: The taste matches up with the smell and is fairly dry. Some grassy malt is there, but not much in the way of fruity sweetness. Some more depth and dark fruit influence may have added a bit of balance here.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, fairly dry, and a clean finish. Quite a bit of carbonation adds a good bite to this one.

Overall: Certainly Belgian in character and quite refreshing, but not the typical Dubbel as far as style goes. Overall, I definitely enjoyed it though.

BuckyFresh, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this brew down at Friar Tuck's in O'Fallon, Mo, and poured this one into a Belgian tulip.

Looks decent, and has a two finger thick light tan hear, and has a brown hazy body that is quite dark and hazy (not murky though). The head dissipates pretty quickly.

The aroma and taste is yeasty with some fig, a hint of cocoa, metallic hops, and maybe a bit of cola too with some herbal notes.

Feel wise, it's pretty soft on the palate and mildly carbonated. The alcohol is a little masked. Leaves the palate refreshed.

TheSarge, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Holy Smoke.

Appearance is a medium brown with an off-white head. Ovila has a very pleasant aroma, with some brown sugar, dark fruits, different spices. Its` taste has malts, caramel, belgian yeast, clove, a good balance of the different flavors. MF is medium, some nice carbonation. This is a nice dubbel and I look forward to trying the next beers in this series.

mltobin, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - slowly dissapating head with no lacing. dark brown color just right for a dubbel.

Smell - slight malt and nut aroma not but no strong scent.

Taste - smooth brown ale with a nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel - very creamy and smooth.

Overall - hard to tell this is a Sierra Nevada product it is missing the trademark hop presence but still a very adequate beer.

ejimhof, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of smulkowski
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Enoteca, Post Falls, Idaho.

A: Prodigious head, light beige, quickly dissipating. Toffee brown/very dark honey/copper color.

S: Some spice, golden raisins, sweet malt, doesn't kick you in the face with that Belgian funkiness.

T: Relatively low funkiness from years, rich malts, a bit sugary, golden raisin and fig comes through strong.

M: Somewhat heavily carbonated, makes this creamy and silky.

O: Malty, complex, this is a tasty beer, and a great first run for a new brewing project, although probably not particularly representative of the style with low esters and funkiness.

smulkowski, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Swillbur
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

A-This beer pours dark copper in color, almost has a leather color. Two finger head on moderate poor reduces pretty fast. Leaves some lacing.

S- Rich Malt, blaclk pepper, caramel, spicy hop smell, and i think im getting burnt sugar.

T- The taste is different from the smell but i get the black pepper, burnt sugar as suspected. Im also tasting a nice array of dark bread apples, appricots, and rasions.

D- This beer is super carbonated kinda takes away from mouth feel for me. The body is medium. Overall its a tasty brew and i have a few more bottles. Going to try one evrey six months or so.

Swillbur, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle (code 1(0 or 5)46619:20) poured into a chalice. Deep amber color, perfectly clear, with a minimal light tan head that subsides quickly.

Aroma of faint yeast, dark malt, figs.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy at first, taste is pretty subdued. Some mild caramel, brown sugar and spice, but not a lot of complexity here.

I really like the concept of the Ovila beers, trappist style beers brewed in America. And I ws kind of hoping this would be really good. But this one isn't very representative of the style, just doesn't have a lot of character.

draheim, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled onm June 30, 2011 from the wire-caged, corked, 25 ouncer. The pour is cloudy brown with a thick, but short-lived bubbly off-white head. The aroma is bountiful with sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and pepper. The body is smooth and in the medium range but overall kind of mellow. The taste is a mish-mosh of sweet caramel malts, yeast, pepper, and dark fruits. The pepper stands out. It stays in character for the style and is nicely done but still not quite there.

puboflyons, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, clear, caramel in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: figs and bread

Taste: bread, figs, dark fruit, apple, and some Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet with a nice amount of spice and some bitterness in mid-swallow, low carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: A good dubbel that is both parts bready and spicy. I could have several glasses of this. The fruit pops more in this one than other examples of the style. An enjoyable beer.

tigg924, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of goblets.

Pours a deep ruby, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a thin and fizzy layer that skims the surface and collects more along the edges with some foamy bunching. This leaves back a rich cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sugary caramel, light toasted bread, and ripe fruit, with some light floral accents that surround the edges. Peppery clove and some light warmth add a touch of attitude to the nose. This is pretty straight-forward for a Dubbel.

The taste is sweet sugars and ripe dark fruit, with a dash of roast present. A flush of green citric character comes out a bit more towards the back. Spicy clove is present throughout the profile and really comes out in the finish with an assertive lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that stays sharp on the palate. There is a bit of underlying beefy warmth to the body, which mostly serves to accentuate the strength of that yeast character, yet the actual ABV seems mostly well hid here.

This is a pretty serviceable American take on the style from Sierra Nevada. There wasn’t a massive amount of complexity here but the flavors that were present mostly got the job done and this had a pleasant smooth warmth to it that kept me interested. This is worth a look.

Kegatron, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Winking Lizard on 4/19/11.

Sadly they had just run out of the branded chalices.

The beer is a dark chestnut color, with decent clarity to it. A half-ish finger of head that left a small ring of bubbles once the head had dissipated. No lace despite having visible carbonation rising from the glass.

Smells of ripe dark fruit - figs, raisin, and some caramel malt. This leads into toffee and leathery notes with a bit of detectable alcohol warmth. I was also getting some lemony/mineraly type aromas that I was attributing to the high carbonation.

Tasted very fruit forward. But with time the malts did eventually come into play nicely with flavors of biscuit and bread crust.

The mouthfeel was too carbonated, almost painful initially. With rougher subsequent pours this got better though.

Overall nothing too amazing, but it gets the job done if you're fixing for an American dubbel.

Spider889, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Dubbel pours a hazy reddish/brown with a small light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with hints of clove, orange peel and brown sugar.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is very soft and creamy on the palate. Light carbonation. The flavor is malty with spices mixed in. It begins malty with sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. Hints of dark fruit. Soon, clove and orange peel appear. Once gone the caramel malt lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a fantastic mouth feel. However, the aroma and flavor are light.

WanderingFool, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- brown body with a very big off white head

S- fruity and yeasty, solid Belgian smell

T- sweet malty dark fruits with good spicing

M- medium body and a moderate level of carbonation

O- a very solid Belgian style. Nothing outstanding but solid none the less

aepb1, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wifey picked this up for me a few months ago. Pours a beautiful burgandy/brown color with a nice beige head that stays around. Nice dark fruits in the aroma with some malt whiffs also and some alcohol presence as it warms. The taste is very malty with some nice fruit in the swallow. As it warms, there is an underlining alcohol presence and a bit of spice on the swallow. Slight warming. Nice mouthfeel with some bubbles on the way down the throat. Overall I was pleased with this effort. I like the branching out Sierra is doing and this is a great step in a different style for them. Would love to see a Trippel or Quad and see what they can do with it. Well done.

kaseydad, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours with a thick stiff head. Clear reddish brown body. Leaves some nice lacing. Dry and fruity taste with some medium roasted malts. Herbal hop flavor and bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Thinner feel and drier than I was expecting but I'm learning to really love that in beer. My overall thoughts: very good dubbel, I'd like to purchase it again sometime.

BierFan, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a sort of hybrid wine/cocktail glass.

Deep brown with a moderate tan head that falls rather quickly.

Loads of brown sugar supported by hints of grape skin, English toffee, and a dark berry fruitiness. Bitterness balances the semi-drying finish and hops add an earthy flair.

Subtle, yet complex, similar to some of the great Trappists but lacking the extreme dryness. It lives up to what I expect from a great brewery like Sierra Nevada, but I was also hoping for a similar price point to the rest of their line.

bump8628, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice packaging (on bottles), very sweet story and all, but let's see how the beer is.

Appearance: hazy amber body with a fine beige head. Head had very good retention.

Smell: subtle nutty and yeasty aroma with faint hints of fruit and vague spices.

Taste: The 1st sip immediately reminded me of Westmalle dubbel, but this past quickly as the Ovila doesn't have quite same flavor profile ... nor the complexity. Fruity and floral, but not overly so, with a modicum of spices that sit in the background rather coming to the fore. Nice semi-dry and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; well-chosen medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very good Belgian beer that can be said to have no flaws yet it is not up to the best. With actual monks and Sierra Nevada involved I had high hopes that were not quite met.

chinchill, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber color, very deep but nice for a Belgian. It has an off white head that is very prominent.

S: The aroma is of heavy fruits, the ubiquitous apricot, figs, biscuit maltiness, and a strange saltiness, almost like soy sauce.

T/M: Texture is fizzy and warm with alcohol. There are hints of apples and white grapes, along with a maltiness that is more like crackers than biscuits, possibly from the carbonation. It’s very light in flavor with an alcohol twinge similar to a sparkling wine.

This Ovila has the appearance and ABV of a dubbel, but the flavor of a blonde. Either way, it’s still quite good, right on par with the Trappist ales I’ve had thus far.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of atigerlife
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice looking 750ml that made a large pop when opening.

Pours a light reddish brown. Lighter in color than I was expecting. Small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is sweet with caramel and apricots.

Taste is malt, caramel, nuts, pepper and some hints of something medicinal.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, it is drinkable. Goes down easy for the ABV. But, for the style I think it falls far short.

atigerlife, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of nukem5
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich coffee color looks very delicious with it tan cap which slides down the entire glass.

S: Definitly sweet malts and dark fruits.Lots of fruits and some spices like clove which is pretty hefty on the nose followed by some and some raisin as well.

T: Fruity , malty , slightly boozy .Sweet malty character and some carmel flavors as well as some fruity bits like cherries and raisins.

M: Medium bodied and slightly alchohol taste and feel.

O: Very nice and will have to find a bottle or two to stash for later in the year, very much like the style of this and taste as well.

nukem5, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured into a chalice a very nice plum color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, raisins, plums, figs, grapes. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice yeast note, with lots of dark fruits. Medium Body. A very tasty brew.

Wasatch, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive with darker color, partially cloudy, big full head that settles down rather quickly, for style.
Rather tight aroma with phenols, mild malt and some sweetness.
Subtle, but fairly complex flavors, that change over time. Sweetness, brown sugar, soft phenols, mild spice.
Moderately light body. Full carbonation.
As others have noted, not quite as good as anticipated, but a good enjoyable dubbel nonetheless.
Went well with Toy Story III.
Many thanks Dave for a nice donation and B-day present

garymuchow, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with red highlights. Head retention is fairly decent and lacing is adequate. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light brown sugar, light spice and some ranier cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but there's a bit more too this beer on the palate. The spice component is much more noticeable, and helps to buoy the brown sugar, modest chocolate and cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a moderately long, slightly sweet, spice infused finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer, which I consider a big plus. This beer drinks like a 6% abv. or lower beer.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but a nice enough beer nonetheless.

John_M, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of DuncanIdaho86
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Dubbel was the best I had, from bottle to the pour to the color and robust taste it was sensational. This beer should have a papel blessing.

I wish it were winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it!

DuncanIdaho86, Jun 17, 2011
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.