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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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946 Ratings
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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 21
Gots: 100 | 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 daveytheformer


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown with a thick bubbling khaki head that quickly recedes to a small amount of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and a little spice. Some roasted malt in there as well. A little underwhelming.

Tastes are brown sugar, raisins, plums, mild pepper, a hint of caramel, and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with pleasant carbonation.

Overall isn't bad just isn't amazing either. Probably won't be buying this again bit I will try the Ovila Saison when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 20:19:52 | More by daveytheformer
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Sierra Nevada - Ovila, a collaboration between the brewery and Spanish monks.

The bottle decants an effervescent beer after a significant pop. Pours a rich brown, off white fizzy froth forms and leaves little lacing on the tulip snifter. Aroma is bready, Belgian yeast flare with a soft spiced bread note. In the flavor, dry raisen, fig and red grape. Bready malts accompany and a small hop bitterness shows in a very dry finish. Some yeast spice and a pinch of alcohol showing. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, Ive had this beer ontap and in the bottle, and while ontap it has a bit more leafy, herbal citrus note, in the bottle the beer had alot more depth and a much better mouthfeel. I'd suggest a bottle or two for the cellar as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:48:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of goblue3509


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cider brown like color with a one finger off white head which gives way to decent lace. The aroma is of breadiness along with dark fruits and a sweet aroma. The taste has a caramel malt backbone along with a bread malt backbone, over the top is a nice sweet dark fruit character. The mouthfeel was very carbonated almost too carbonated. Overall it was solid but not great, it almost got you there but left you wanting more from it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:54:13 | More by goblue3509
Photo of benclimbs


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks area bit lacking as it has no head or lacing, a bit dull

the nose is typical dubbel character a mix between fruity esters and rich bready malts

taste is more of the same, wasn't very sweet or wierd...good but not excellent, this wouldn't be something i would order over other dubbels, but it is definitely a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 05:50:04 | More by benclimbs
Photo of bum732


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

S: Dark fruits, cola like, some liquorice, sweet caramel, raisin cinnamon, touch of breadiness.

L: Cloudy dark brown, creamy , carbonated light tan head with 1/4 inch retention, ok lacing.

T: Cola like and cinnamon caramel like malt up front. Medium low earthy bitterness leading to some dark fruits and candy sweetness. Finishes slightly spicy and semi-dry. Fairly clean finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Fairly solid, a little too sweet, but good overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:41:07 | More by bum732
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my La Trappe goblet gold rim.
The depth of color is an amber hue with ruby high lights. Little head formation but is maintained through out this drinking session.
Head fades quickly leaving some lacing on a full foam collar in it's wake.

Aroma is very light with sweet malts, yeast and alcohol. Fruity esters and hops were very light in aroma.

Taste is rich and malty with some spice essence.
Some yeast flavor. there is very little in way of fruity esters or dark skinned fruit that is associated with a dubbel in my opinon. There is alcohol warming that is soft.

Mouthfeel leans towards thin and watery with a slightly dry finish and little aftertaste.
The thin body I think brings down the flavor of the beer that meaning thins out the flavor too.

In general I think this is a good beer and have no problem drinking more of it, but compared to others in this class it's just slightly better then average.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 12:11:13 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of DrJay


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 25.4 oz bottle.
It poured very clear, deep coppery amber, nearly chestnut in colour. A short beige cap was supported by a constant stream of bubbles rising through the beer. Good head retention. Yeasty, bready aroma, sugary, dried and ripe fruit, mild spiciness. Malty flavour with more than enough hop bitterness for balance. Notes of grassy hops, malt sweetness, brown sugar, bread and nuts, mild caramel and cocoa. Lingering peppery spice. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty overall. I'd gladly purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:15:36 | More by DrJay
Photo of Eigenslam


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

A - Murky brown color, head pours a nice thick light brown lather but it quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass.

S - Raisiny, malty aroma. A very faint smell of spices in the background.

T - Raisins and malty sweetness! Very nice balance between the two with a great blend of spices. Taste has a nice bell curve, flavors begin to build as it hits the tongue and rolls off very smoothly.

M - Good amount of carbonation, not overpowering and doesn't distract from the rich flavor of the beer. Sits sweet and spicy, but not too heavy. Leaves a pleasant and complex aftertaste.

O - Excellent beer! Well made, balanced, smooth, tasty, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:12:44 | More by Eigenslam
Photo of jgagne


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

a-dark amber body with small white head.

s-nice sweet malt smell with hints of raisins and spices.

t-very good balance. Even blends of spices and sweets. very smooth and easy to drink

M-medium carbonation and medium body

O-very good well made beer. Smooth and tasty. Not the most exciting beer. Just really nicely made

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 02:59:09 | More by jgagne
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Ovila Dubbel
25.4 fl. oz bottle; corked and caged.
Ink jet coded: 1047613:31
Purchased warm and stored upright for three week before chilling to 40˚F for two weeks.

The refrigerated bottle opened with quite a "crack" but the beer did not rise up in the neck. A careful pour delivered a hazy deep-russet brown body beneath a one-finger thick head of pillowy khaki lace. When held to the light it revealed glowing crimson-orange edges along the glass. The head dropped fairly quickly to a quarter inch cap, but then held steady.

In the nose I found hints of peppery spiciness and sweetish clove amidst a soft, dark skinned fruitiness.

The flavor was much fuller than the nose suggested, I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how rich it was, offering up plenty of the malt that was missing in the aroma. It was caramelish and sugary with an undertone of cocoa that became more apparent in the finish. The yeasty pepperiness and a spritz of drying alcohol balanced it perfectly. Oddly, the dark skinned fruitiness was restrained. It was straightforward across the palate, opening with sugary malt and finishing a bit dryer with lots of black pepper and a bit of alcoholic heat. The clove character remained throughout, tying everything together and lending to a "rounded' character.

In the mouth it was surprisingly creamy with a medium-full body, and a fine-bubbled median carbonation that lent a gentle zest to the tongue.

I don't think that it can be said that there's any fault to this beer, and I think that the alcohol that's present is in balance, and an important component of it. It would be nice if there was a bit more 'tart' fruitiness to it, lending another component to its complexity, but you can't judge anything on what it might be, only on what it already is. That said, I appreciate the rich fullness of it; and given the price point I'll certainly be buying more. I'm quite curious to see what a bit of aging will do for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 19:53:00 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of glid02


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

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of sugar-dusted medium and dark fruits – pears, plums, and hints of dates.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry medium to dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly boozy dark fruits. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of dark candi sugar, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn’t blown away by this beer but it’s very solid for the style. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 16:07:43 | More by glid02
Photo of GilGarp


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with the biggest bitch of a cork ever.

Served cool into a goblet, Ovila is a dark redish brown color with good clarity. The head is short and settles quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is malty with slight spice and dark dried fruit. Not bad but not particularly special either.

Flavor is good but again seems very average all things considered. Sweet up front with raisins and caramel, clove and pepper towards the end. Nice flavors but again nothing exceptional. It seems to be lacking in depth compared with the great ones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall I'm more than a little disappointed. Maybe it was the fact that it was a Belgo-American collaboration, maybe it was the price, I don't know. All I know is that I expected more.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:39:39 | More by GilGarp
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

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

A very good beer with a tan thin head. Light mahogany color with effervensce on the sides of the glass. Very light malt aroma does not prepare you for this flavorful beer. This sweet raisiny fruity beer finishes with a crisp cleansing taste. Had it at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 20:17:33 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of socon67

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown with a slight foam on top. Laces nicely into my Ommegang snifter. Visible carbonation.

S - Smells of cherries, and fresh bread. The belgian yeast is noted in the aroma.

T - Funny that the label mentions a spanish monastery. My first impression was that this reminded me of a good spanish red wine. Peppery spice combined with sweetness of dried fruit. It ends with the tartness typical in a belgian dubbel. A bit sweeter than the style normally is, but pleasant.

M - Extremely smooth for the style. I polished off the bottle easily on a hot Memorial Day. It is medium bodied and the carbonation dissapates.

O - I liked it. Maybe not the best dubbel but SN impresses me with their limited releases yet again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 18:54:33 | More by socon67
Photo of BranfordBound


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

750 mL bottle, extremely attractive bottle and label work. Corked and cage into a wine glass due to the fact that my glass ware is either on the way or dirty.

Pours a light brown, transparent. Ruby highlights with a one finger head of tan bubbles that no matter how hard you pour it, never elevates more than a finger. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of malts and some sweet fruits.

Taste is a bit underwhelming. Some bready malts, hints of dark fruits, some caramel/brown sugar, finishes a bit warm. Weird taste when cold but is a bit better warm.

A bit thick, medium bodied.

Well I was a bit disappointed, I'm glad I got to try it, and being my first dubbel I expected more. It was a bit weak and one sided, hopefully some other examples will impress me more.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 17:39:27 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of csiewert


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This been poured in a chalice glass with litle foam but it does retain well. The aroma is strong with caramel and fusel. The taste starts malty sweet, with some hints of cherry. The mouthfeel is nice, but you get left with a strong alcohol harshness. Overall just another mass produced attempt..

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 06:16:53 | More by csiewert
Photo of Arenbeer


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

A- If never seen so much smoke come out of a bottle, huge freakin pop! Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a fluffy tight bubbled 2 finger head that slowly dissipates.

S- Up front it smells really grainy and light like a lager. Kind of bummed. Belgian yeast, banana, and dark fruits come through but not as much as you would think. Maybe some hops present? A unique smelling dubbel, nothing like you would expect but not necessarily in a good way.

T- Just like the aroma. Real grainy up front but the yeast characters come through as well as dark fruits, bread, and some slight burnt sugars.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a wet finish.

Overall this beer is pretty disappointing for me. I would expect a more array of flavors from the yeast but unfortunately the grains and malts dominate making it almost taste like a sweet lager IMO.


Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:27:04 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

light brown with loads of ruby colored tint emerging before me. Lots of haze and cloudiness to it as well, with a little bit of sedimentation in the bottom after it started to settle. A nice sized two inch high head of tan colored foam then came across the topl.

Sspices and hints of dark fruit. The first thing I picked up was this nice spicy dubbel like aroma. Hints of raisins and plums, along with dates and figs were all over this one. Really nice profile here, with a touch of grain n the back. rich toffee like sweetness rolled through first, with a rich spiced back that really got your attention nice dark fruity flavors. Really interesting combo here, with the raisins being very pronounced and the fig and date like flavors coming through more so in the finish then in the front. Still very sweet, but with a nice bitter chocolate like flavor mixed in, very interesting to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:40:55 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown, redish tint. Monster 4 finger creamy thick head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Very floral, lots of apple, lemon, grapefruit,sugars and spices. Yeasty Bread armoa.

Taste - Starts off sweet, lots of apple and spices. Carmal malts are present, and actually there is a mild hop bite also. Alcohol is masked pretty well.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness, coats mouth with plenty of flavors. Pallete gets covered with some hops and sugars. After taste is dry and warm.

Overall - Pretty good and flavorful. Its a little sweeter then most dubbels. The malts are a little weak but still pretty good. I think its a different take on a dubbel and that can make it a unique drink and worthy to find and try.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 06:41:30 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of prototypic


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

Ovila Abbey Dubbel is a really nice collision of crimson and copper. It’s quite hazy, and definitely has more of a reddish look when held to light. A soft tan head covers it. It rises to about a finger and a half. Retention was very good. It held just above a surface covering for quite a while. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is a little lacking in strength, but is pretty good. It kicks off with a light caramel malt scent. Smells a little sweet. Belgian yeast is noted. It’s not quite as strong as I’d like, but it does have a pretty nice, spicy presence. Pepper and clove are the strongest points. Light raisin, apple, cherry, and praline notes are secondary. Alcohol is masked well. I’m not getting any.

The flavor is good. The malt base is definitely caramel. It’s a tad on the sweet side, but features a roasted flavor that balances it pretty well. There’s a mix of golden and dark fruit flavors. Apple, pear, raisin, and fig are all noted. Belgian yeast is a little less notable than I anticipated. It’s there, and certainly adds some spicy phenol, clove, and pepper flavors. There’s a hoppy bite on the tail. Tastes like grassy, floral hops. Noble? Perhaps. Alcohol is blended nicely and doesn’t seem like much of a factor. Good stuff.

Ovila has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, and a tad buzzy. It feels relatively smooth. Nonetheless, it doesn’t compete with the world’s best, authentic Belgian Dubbels. It goes down rather easy. This 750 will not be a problem at all.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Abbey of New Clairvaux created a pretty nice Dubbel in Ovila. It’s not a groundbreaking release by any stretch, but it is definitely good. It could be improved with more of a Belgian yeast presence and perhaps a little more body. Nonetheless, it’s good stuff. Far from a bad effort for the first authentic American Trappist-style Abbey ale. Easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:34:35 | More by prototypic
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Ovila on tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC, served in a 12-oz snifter and pricey at $8 ($7 during happy hour).

Appearance: A whitish head dies almost right away, leaving a rim and an island, like an atoll in the South Pacific where the French throw nukes while accusing us Americans of being nuclear. Color is a mysterious copper, sort of barleywine style.

Smell: Some honey, cloves, spice. Yeast and glue. Smashed prune, raisin extract. A faint, underwhelming nose. Mellow sweetness. Picture the Heartland on a sunny, glorious day. Scattered bees pollinating bright-yellow flowers. Artificially flavored bubblegum.

Taste: Follows nose, with a sticky sweetness, brulee sugars and artisanal honey. Watery, thin finish that hurts the overall. A tad of dry hops at the end of the sip. Soda, sparkling water.

Mouthfeel: Again, thin and watery. Incomplete. Low carbonation and body, medium flavor. Spicy prickly finish.

Overall: Drinkable for sure, but SO boring! Ovila on a bottle was a very good beer. On tap, a disappointment.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 03:06:12 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $11.49.

A: Leathery brown hue with 1/2-1 finger of soft eggshell colored head with decent retention but little to no lacing.

S: Quite light in aroma with some soft breadiness, a bit of phenolic yeast character and much more malts than hops with mostly dark fruity aromas of raisins and fig. Hopping is very light and mainly herbal.

T: The flavor brings more to the table with a lot of malty dark fruit flavors like fig and raisin with a bit of peppery flavor enhanced by the crisp carbonation and relatively light feel. The aftertaste is mildly phenolic. Herbal hops are light and keep the malt from getting out of hand.

M: Very crisp up front but a little thinner than I like for this style, but nothing wrong with it. Carbonation is above-average for the style.

O: A good beer but I still would rather drink Ommegang Abbey Ale for its raw maltiness at about $4 less per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:48:29 | More by argock
Photo of Tone


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of citrus, slight dry hop, hint of earthy malt, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, citrus hops, hint of floral, slight alcohol, and slight pale malt. Overall, good aroma, feel, blend, and body. Not cloying in sweetness, easy to drink, weak in appearance though.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:25:04 | More by Tone
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: lots of tiny bubbles, great deep copper color, very nice creamy head that poured with a firm head and kept it
S: mild nose, caramelized malt and candy sugar
T: not bad, thin mouthfeel and lacking complexity, I'm surprised that it doesn't have more depth and character, slight heat from EtOH but that's about the only standout in taste profile
M: spritzy from CO2, clean, gentle
O: overall so-so and lacking depth and character

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:49:01 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of bort11


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz corked and caged bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A very loud "Pop" when the cork came free. At first there is a tall, light brown head, but then is recedes to nothing in a blink of an eye. There is no lacing, and no amount of swirling reactivates the foam. I was honestly expecting more based on the loud cork pop and the initial head. Body color is a dark caramel brown, with red honey highlights.

Smell is not very noticeable at first. I really have to get my nose down into the glass to pick up the notes. There is a mild Belgian yeast mustiness paired with a lightly toasted bread. Taste picks up the game quite a bit, which I'm gad for. The Belgian yeast comes in stronger and gives a nice tartness. The malts give off more toasted bread, and there is a hint of toffee and dried fruit.

The mouthfeel is pretty light for a dubbel, and the carbonation is very crisp. This leaves me a bit confused because of the contrast to the head retention. This is a good beer, but I think if I wanted another dubbel I would stick with local Doodle Dubbel. It is just as good, and a lot more affordable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:14:19 | More by bort11
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.