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

Clear mahogany pour with a touch of ruby. Gorgeous two finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is pretty typical for a Belgian Dubbel with hints of brown sugar, toast, caramel, and dark fruit. The taste follows suit, but with an American twist. Lots of caramel, figs, toasty malt, and a healthy dose of metal. As it warms, the spicy hops emerge with a touch of black pepper, black cherries and vanilla. Nice dry, but slightly syrupy finish. Great drinkability as I killed a bomber by myself. It has all the best characteristics of a Trappist with that American spin on a Dubbel. Another classic beer from Sierra Nevada!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is a nice dark amber with a touch of tan colored head. Looks kind creamy.

S - Kind of muted actually. Maybe some slight dark fruits and touches of rum soaked bread.

T - Wow is this smooth. I guess as far as Belgium Dubbel's go this one is the smoothest. I get some plum but what mostly seems like rum soaked raisin's, but no traceable alcohol to detect. Kind of watery but smooth at the same time with very little bittering yeast or hops.

M - Best part of this brew. It's alcohol is very hard to detect but clocks in at 7.5%

Overall it was very interesting to grab this on my flight of samples, and I almost grabbed another pint of it but went onto other things. Kind of a lackluster entry for some but it me it came off as a low ABV dubbel with rum notes. Would have it again if it's at the pub next week.

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

A - Mahogany color, moderate carbonation, nice tan head on the pour that hangs around leaving a bit a lacing.

S - Muted, dark fruit, yeasty bread, raisin...would like more.

T - Spiciness from what I think is the yeast and not added spice. There is a sweetness from the carmalized malt, dark fruit flavors present, good flavor...just muted a bit like the aroma.

M - Nice body, a bit of carbonic bit, even a touch of warming from the alcohol...quite nice.

O - As much as I love Sierra Nevada, this beer just fell a touch flat. Nothing wrong with it other than it does not match many of the dubbels from Belgium.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep amber body with some sediment floating around in it topped by a cream colored head. Great retention and a nice pillow of foam on top of the beer.

Smell - When it's cold, it smells of nothing. When it's warm, I swear I smell bourbon. Also, some bready malts and a hint of caramel. Really have to suck it in to get the aromas, though.

Taste - Again, a hint of the bourbon, with a bready sweetness right with it. After that, it falls off to an odd, but light, bitterness. Not a lot of flavor going on and the finish is a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated with a dry finish. It's actually a bit abrasive in the finish as a result. Medium bodied, but it's gone quickly due to the dryness.

Overall - Not something I'd drink again. Takes a lot to get any flavor out of it, and when you do it isn't great. Not a good take on a Dubbel.

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

Ovila Abbey Dubbel | on-tap | 7.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: Dubbel
Glass: tulip

Muted amber with a receding khaki head. Somehow I remember it being much more vibrant from the bottle. Interesting how lighting conditions make such a difference.

Sweet bready malt up front with brown sugar and fermenting dark fruits.

There's a very nice light maltiness to this beer augmented by caramel and dark fruits. But it's all quite subtle, so even the light spicing provides adequate balance.

Medium bodied and smooth, with just enough carbonation.

Ovila dubbel is a nice ale. It's balanced and it has some sophisticated flavors. I think this is good in a tripel.

Would I get it again?:
Yes (I've already had it in the bottle).

Bottled: on-tap at The Stag's Head (July 15, 2011)
Served: July 15, 2011

Price = $7.00 at The Stag's Head (NYC)

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with some red highlights. Good creamy offwhite head with some good lacing. Nice.

Big fruity yeast aroma with a dose of liquorice. Nice spiciness.

This tastes distinctly like Chimay yeast with a big dose of malt sweetness and then some spicy yeast and a lot of raisins. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A good dubbel with nice flavour and well handled yeast. Solid.

Photo of klimabean
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hi, I'm Kris (..and you all say, "Hi Kris") and this is my first review on BA. I wanted to start with an exceptional brew and go from there.

I first picked this bottle up while on a wine tasting weekend in Sonoma, Ca. I'm so happy I did.

Appearance - poured a wonderful copper color with a soft cream colored head that dissipated a little quick and slight lacing.

Smell - great spiced fruit & clove hinted aroma, but not overwhelming.

Taste - Great. Cinnamon & mild malty fruit. I was expecting more hops, but was pleasantly surprised how clean this Dubbel finishes.

Mouthfeel - you get the complex flavors up front and rolls to a little dry. I love the high carbonation in this bottle that leaves your palette refreshed and wanting more.

Overall - this is one of my favorite brews right now and I get excited when I know that I will be popping the cork on this bad boy. I've bought more to share with friends and family. Not sure if this is on tap anywhere, but would love to compare the taste (the Saison/Farmhouse sister brew to this one reviewed is on-tap).

Photo of Forb
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked from a 750ml bottle...

Appearance: A very dark reddish brown with deep ruby coloring as well. Pours a 3 finger head, frothy and fluffy; with minimal retention.

Smell: Heavy yeast scents accompanied by an obvious dark fruit flavoring. Many elements common of a doppelbock scent yet not so strong.

Taste: Tastes of dark fruit and a subtle brown sugar sweetness. Only downside in my opinion is the alcohol prevalence here.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect. A strong carbonation with a smooth yet rather dry finish. Unexpected plus here for my taste.

Overall: A great beer. Beautiful, tasty, and drinkable. It's not an every day drink for me but something I wouldn't mind on occasion.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brownish color with ruby highlights, good white cap with some bubbles...appeared a bit thin

S: Yeast with some dark fruit and sugary sweetness

T: Dark fruit, yeast a sugary sweetness followed by a a sharp booziness. Pretty average.

M: Medium body, dry, sweet

O: Not my favorite of this style but its a pretty good beer overall.

Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ovila Dubbel is a hazy, deep amber beer with a light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a slightly funky, grainy and fruity with notes of apple, pear and clove. It's medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish. It tastes fruity and spicy with notes of apple and cinnamon. A light wooden bitterness cones in at the finish. Light phenol is detected in the aftertaste. It's really smooth, mellow and satisfying.

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of draheim
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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

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.

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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