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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 121 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011)
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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
Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Correct Dubbel, a pleasing if forgettable collaboration with a questionable historic preservation cause behind it.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Old fashion label trying to look non-sierra and antique themed, overall quite unremarkable image of faded abbey arches in muted cream/brown. Back offers notes about the collaboration with the abbey, main characteristics of the brew, and how a part of the benefits will go to an effort to restore a transplanted medieval building in California. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Amber/brown pour after an energetic cork pop. Rich and generous early head, medium to low retention, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Fruity yeast with some caramel, pleasing but a bit subdued.

T - In sync with the soft nose and the general sense of the style. Caramel maltiness, touch of fruits, figs, prunes, soft… nice overall.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a slight dry touch in the finish.

O - Fair, worth the try but all in all not too enticing unless, maybe, one is a big fan of Dubbels...

Notes: More hype than reality… A good brew sure enough, but it tries to ride on some sense of authenticity and truthfulness to style that is pretty irrelevant. Fair and all kinds of decent but far from the big offerings of Sierra Nevada.

Daniellobo, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- The beer glows with a dark brown body with hints of garnet at the base and a thin creamy film on top that last for a good bit. The beer is clear but a bit too dense to see any carbonation except for a few bit bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The mellow blended brown malt aroma has some cream and toffee hints to it with a faint coffee malt note in the finish that is dry.

T- The soft toffee flavor has only a slight sweetness to it and a fruity prune note to follow with some roasted malt and melanoidin notes underneath. The finish is a bit dry and a soft malt note lingers a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer has some nice dubbel characteristics with some interesting support from darker malts in the background. The alcohol adds a nice warming touch and supports the malt nicely.

rhoadsrage, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, mahogany color. I expected it to be a little hazier, but it's still a looker. The head is initially thick with off white bubbles, but dissipates in a couple minutes.

Dark fruits and spicy cloves and pepper fill the nose, but they are reserved. The sweetness from the malt is present.

Like in the nose, the flavors are reserved, but still clearly present. There's a fruitiness followed by the spices, with the Belgian yeast providing a slight fruity tartness.

It's not a thick beer, but you can feel it coat your tongue with an oily spiciness. Lots of different characteristics...sweet, spicy, tart. In the finish, the lasting note is pepper.

Not a great Belgian beer, but a really good American take on the type. The ABV is relatively high but it's masked well by everything else that's going on. Wouldn't mind another one of these in the future.

RickS95, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of elinash
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I was really excited to find this beer at my local market. I'm eager to try all the Sierra collaborations I see on their website. Most of all, I'm anxious to know what a Belgian style Sierra ale will taste like. Judging by the bottle, it's going to be traditional, which I regard as a treat! Since Belgians are now in the mainstream of American microbrew recipes and consumption (to a certain extent), the American-Belgian styles and collabs are just going to get better.

Okay, so, this one pours with a nice head to start, but peters out to nothing. Caramel colored. Tight carbonation is present, without any residual head. The picture on their website is purely promotional.

Nose is medicinal, burnt sugars.

This one is not a summer beer, but it's summer right now, and it's pretty hot. The temperature of the beer is pretty warm. Carbonation is tight, fizzy, with nose-hair singeing zest and alcohol in the mouth. (exaggeration?) Alcohol is warming and spicy. Orange, cloves, allspice, etc. dominate taste, along with sugars. Finish is moderately dry.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer.

elinash, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mattjv
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown with amber hue around the edges. Lots of tiny bubble streams, carbonation
appears moderately high.

S-Sugary malt sweetness comes through strong, mild solvent alcohol contributes a sticky presence to the sweetness. Gets increasingly boozy as it warms, alcohol becomes the primary aroma. some sweet fruit notes, mainly apple.

T-Sweet malt palate, reminiscent of caramel and candy. Lighter fruits complement the taste, pear and green apple with a mild fermented funk similar to hard cider. Mild spiciness on the
finish. Aftertaste is fairly clean with some lingering sour apple.

M-Medium bodied, fairly easy drinking even in the summer heat. Robust carbonation that prickles on the tongue.

O-Pretty tossed on this one.. It was absolutely worth a try to see Sierra Nevada's first real venture in the Belgian style and I would recommend others do the same, but on the college budget I have a hard time justifying another $12 for a second bottle. Overall it was a good brew though, Sierra could have done *much* worse for the first crack at a Belgian.

mattjv, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt red cherry color beneath a big light tan head that recedes leaving a light frothy lacing with a thin layer of slowly popping carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is a mixture of light malts, fruits, grains, with slight hint of yeast on basically a very washed out wine grapes smell.

The taste is similar to the aroma in that you taste what you think is grains and malts and the next taste is seems you get more fruit with a maltiness to it and back and forth you go. Although it's quite an enjoyable drink because this beer has a mouth feel to it I really liked, much thinker, frothier than most standard American beers.

A light almost woody aftertaste, not wet and not dry, it kinda reminded me of the feeling you have when you play with the toothpick that's in your mouth.

I would like to try this beer with one of its recommended food pairings, I think that would be a pretty darn good meal.

LXIXME, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of mvforegonian
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a sniffer

A complex and rich malty sweetness with hints of caramelized sugar. the aroma is heady and layered with a mix of fruit and space with hints of clove and black pepper (evident of Belgian yeast). The aroma was great but seemed to be lacking. Mouthfeel was syrupy (not in a negative way) and appropriate for the style. This beer is a great change of pace. i would love to see how it ages!

mvforegonian, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of bsp77
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark orange-red (almost a pinkish head) with a very thick, light tan head.

Smell: Plum, raisins, molasses, clove and spicy hops. Slightly metallic. Boozy.

Taste: Somewhat sweet and syrupy caramel, dark fruitiness (plum & raisins), with just the lightest spicy touch at the end. Taste just seems muted overall.

Feel: Despite some syrupiness, this is way too watery. Moderately high carbonation. Much more warming than 7.5% abv would indicate. Finish is not dry at all. Wow, the mouthfeel really misses the mark.

Overall: Between the light flavor and the horrible mouthfeel (for a Belgian at least), this completely let me down. I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan and a pretty big Trappist fan as well (even if this is not quite Trappist), but this does not at all live up to what either SN or the Monks are capable of.

bsp77, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown with slight reddish tint. one finger of creamy tan head that receded quickly and left some decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with dark malts beneath. Hints of dark fruit and spice.

Taste: Like it smells, sweet and yeasty with good dark fruit flavors like dark cherries and raisins. A little vanilla and caramel in the malts. A tasty Belgian dubbel.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with creamy carbonation that makes it sweey and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability: It's a good, not great, Belgian style Dubbel. It's a bit heavy, so I'd probably stop after a tall glass or two, and wouldn't session. But, overall a pretty good representation of the style.

ChopperSmith, Jun 07, 2011
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.

daveytheformer, Jun 07, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 07, 2011
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.

goblue3509, Jun 06, 2011
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.