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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,014
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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Photo of mikechance
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened a chilled bottle and let it breathe and warm up for about 15 minutes. Pours very dark, almost copper or mahogany with a nice half inch head - very nice. I picked up a lot of aroma - raisins, spices, clove, and dark fruits. The taste is very malt forward, peppery, and not bitter at all. It is fill-bodied and very smooth. The aftertaste holds up well, but got a little sour near the bottom of the bottle. It is good, but not great.

Photo of fragilehearted
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into Chimay chalice.

A - Dark reddish brown. Nice thick head that goes down quickly, but not TOO quickly.

S - kind of boring compared to other dubbels. Candied dark fruits, clove, caramel, bready. But it's pretty subdued for a dubbel. I love a good aroma, so I'm kind of bummed. I really had to reach for that description.

T - Like it smells, but not so bland. It's a little spicy too, which I didn't pick up on by the smell. Not wild about the aftertaste.

M - I don't usually complain about this, but it's just a little too carbonated. Medium body, finish isn't too bad.

D/O - It was fun to try, but I won't be having it again. It's FINE...which is not good enough for what I am looking for in a dubbel. It's a good try, but there are dubbels that are much better out there. I'd say the Belgians do it better, but one of my favorite dubbels is also an American dubbel, so I guess the Americans do it better too.

Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at DBGB on Manhattan's Upper East Side. I had never heard of this beer, nor did i have any idea that Sierra Nevada produced this style, much less for export to New York.

Appearance was a dark mahogany red with a reddish-white head that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was a combination of fruit and flowery hops. Nice, especially in the right glass.

Flavor was like a hoppy dubbel. All of that belgian candy characteristic with a bit of hops and crispness combined in there.

Overall a very good beer and I hope to see other belgian styles available from this brewery.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a dark reddish color with off-white head. Mild malt aroma. Has a pleasant malt flavor with some sugars and hints of raisin. There's a little bit of tartness in there too, and though I wouldn't associate it with any of the usual fruit flavors, it works well. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

A simple, yet ultimately very enjoyable, American-brewed Dubbel. Quite drinkable, with an appropriate ABV. Looking forward to seeing what else comes out of this Ovila line.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep brown with about an inch of fluffy head which dies down quickly. In the nose I got a lot of the zesty yeast character but with a fruity metallic scent. The flavor is a complex candied sugar with a lot of grape flavors. The yeast character is present but barely. I was expecting Dubbel but this didn't really seem like one.

Photo of aubuc1
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark reddish brown with a fizzy quickly thinning head.

Smell is slightly grapish, floral, bready, and chalky yeast.

Taste starts a nice bright floral with lots of bread and a little peppery spice, but the taste fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Overall it is not quite there. It is very drinkable, and would fare good with food.

I look forward to this line getting better in the future.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang goblet an amber tinged brown with a fluffy slight off white head atop,aromas of brown sugar,light roasted nut,and phenolic spice,smells quite sweet.The palate is on the sweeter side with dark fruit and brown sugar dominating,the phenols pack a hefty spiced punch as well.Its not bad but it isnt overly complex, and on the sweeter side for my taste.

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white 2+ finger head fades semi slowly with lots of messy lacing, semi clear dark molasses reddish brown color.

Nose some darker fruit, light dark malts, light candi sugar, light esthery Belgian boozy some typical in big Belgians, light spices and clove, touch of hazelnut, touch of herbal hops.

Taste is lighter than I expected, soft Belgian malts, light candi sugar, some darker Belgian yeast fruit, light esthery booze, light spices, clove, nutty, hazelnut, light herbal hops, bit of a bock taste, semi sweet and little syrupy. Finishes still a bit sweet, done lingering fruit and malts, and nutty tastes.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation, very light warming booze.

Overall decent, typical dubbel, semi sweet, bit estery, light herbal hops, not too boozy, decent, could have dried a bit more on the finish though.

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

Poured a slightly murky brown into a wine goblet a nice fluffy off white head caps it off, some lacing there too.
Aroma is subdued with yeasty spice mixed with herbal hoppiness, some bready grain is in there too
Taste follows aroma, not overpowering in any aspect, balanced with nice hints of yeast and bread, clean tasting subtle, gets better as it warms, a nice Dubble that shows a good start for this new Sierra Nevada project, Proceeds will go to restoring an old Abbey that William Randolf Herst bought in Belgium and then abandoned in the Center of California.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky brown color with a tan head about an inch high. I left the room, came back in five minutes later, and it had overflowed the brim another inch up. Late bloomer I guess.

Good stick on the lacing, and the nose is muted for a while because of it. Brown bread, nuts and seeds, caraway, allspice. Faint but attractive.

This one is fairly sweet, with raspberry, prune, fig, and cherry syrup notes. Malts do their thing, adding some brown bread, candi sugar, and peppercorns into the mix. Clove.

Dry finish, body is medium, carbonation is bouncy. Good beer, one the abbey can be proud of putting its name on.

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

On tap poured into a SN tulip.

Pours a nice deep dark brown that's cloudy with some ruby notes. A thin dark brown head with some light thin lacing all the way down. Nose is malty, crisp, and a bit yeasty.

Taste is pretty crewy and yeasty right off. I've ha quite a few amercan interpretations of Belgian styles and this is easily one of the most spot on versions. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt but even though it's not hoppy in any sense, it's well balanced and very drinkable. I'm very mug lookin onward to the other beers in this series.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown w/ quickly dieing head that doesn't leave lace either. A mild aroma of bready/dry malt, not much in terms of yeast or spice like a true Belgain (and according to the label) but hints of sugar and a touch of herbal hop bitterness and tart cherry. For some reason I pick up more tart fruit flavors and bready malt than anything else. Still a touch of yeast/nuttiness and some caramel sweetness, as well as spicy, peppery hops, but mostly I just get this syrupy, sticky, tart fruit taste w/ a dry edge. Not complaining, it's good, but not just up to snuff ofa typical Belgian, and not nearly as complex as some dubbels. Overall a medium body that is slightly smooth and goes dow easy w/ a mild alcohol crispness in the finish.

Photo of Groucho75
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bomber with 1052609:13 stamped near the neck, served around 50 degrees. Read a bit about this and happy to find it at last.

Pours a deep copper with a hefty finger of foam that gradually evaporates.

Plummy, toffee notes on the nose with some slight hints of fruit and caramel. Label states black pepper and clove, but maybe it's this hay fever that's keeping me in the dark on those aromas.

Lush deep flavor on the palate with breads, candy sugar, yeast, and malt. The finish is slightly long but not sharp at all. A smooth flavor that develops as the beer warms up to room temperature.

This in very nice for sipping; the texture can be chewy, but in a good way.

Ultimately this isn't a bad dubbel and certainly an interesting offering from Sierra Nevada. At the end of the day however, I couldn't commit to buying this again. It's very nice and I certainly would have it again, but at the price point of $10 a bottle, I have my doubts.

Photo of sweemzander
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap pour at Barley House poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burgundy color. Produced some off-white froth (was served extremely cold). Plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- An earthy fruit profile. Bits of caramelized dark fruits and clay.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A lightly dry and earthy profile with bits of dark fruits and caramelization.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Dry, fruity, and lightly earthy. Very smooth.

(D)- A very easy drinking Dubbel. Crisp and fruity with a nice malt backbone. Not as rich as some traditional ones, but its a solid one from the states.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Very nice packaging involved, very sweet story and all, but let's see how the beer is.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown body with just a hint of haze to it. Lofty, gassy, beige head. Though it thins out, the head manages to stick around for the entire undertaking.

Smell: Warming, swirling, shouting -- nothing seems to ever get this aroma off the ground. Just be quiet and happy with your indistinct, mild notes of dark bread, dark nuts, finely-ground spice, and a faroff sniff of cherry-flavor cough syrup.

Taste: Modest breadiness, then a quick drop-off into sugared sweetness and juicy fruitiness, with tastes of sweet cherries, raspberries, Anjou pears and prunes. Pinches of brown sugar and ground pepper up next. Slight toasted almonds, then a few cloves, which slides into a faint medicinal phenolic tone. And just when you're perceiving that faint medicinal phenolic tone, it subtly slides back towards the lightly tart berries, imparting some alcohol warmth. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, lively carbonation.

Overall: Ovila: Part One is neither awe-inspiring nor great, but it's fairly good, though definitely falling short of the better brews Belgian (or the Belgian-inspired) has to offer.

Photo of jwinship83
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from my ommegang chalice.

A- this one pours out a lighter than expected reddish brown colored body that lacks some of the deep murkiness that i associate with belgian dubbels. the head on top is khaki in color and doesnt stick around long at all. little to nothing as far as lacing goes also.

S- the first things that i pick out of the nose are fruits and brown sugar. dates, figs, cherries, and plums. some bready and caramel like malts come in a little down the road. faded earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with sweet caramel and bready malts. after that i get brown sugar, and then some fruitiness. cherries, plums, dates, figs, and raisins. the finish has some light earthy hops and a little bit of alcohol on the finish.

M- the body is a solid medium, and the carbonation is a little on the high side. there is little warming from the alcohol.

O- although i like the unique endeavor sierra nevada attempted, i think this one falls short of many of the classic belgian members of the dubbel family. that combined with this one costing as much or more than they do makes it so i dont think ill try this one again.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

A: This beer was a clear dark brown with an off-white head, quite foamy. Initially it was probably 1/2 finger in height, but reduced down to a thin layer on top. Spotty lacing.

S: A bit on the nutty side with a heavy hand of bready malt, and some darker fruits. Seemed a bit closed.

T: Very malty with lots of caramel, some toffee, and dark fruits. There was a little bit of apple and even some hints of tobacco that caught me by surprise.

M: Medium bodied with a nice creaminess.

O: Pretty easy drinking. Good, but not great. No hint of alcohol with good flavor and a nice mouthfeel.

Photo of jjchristiano
2.24/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A= carbonation was so active that the bubbles made the glass murky.
S= a little subdued for a belgian
T= even though only 7.5% alcohol that is all I tasted. bubbly carbonated alcohol not much else. A little dry on the back side but not the depth of a dubbel.
M= can't get past the feeling this has seltzer water in it.
O= Overpriced, overcarbonated, nothing special to the palate.

It is nice that some of the proceeds from sales go to the restoration of the Abbey. Consider this when you pay $10 for a 22 oz. bottle. It's a donation.

Photo of dcloeren
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber with subtle ruby hues on the edges with 2 fingers of foamy cream colored head that disappeared pretty quickly

Getting some plums and other dark fleshy fruits with some raisins perhaps...? Very subtle caramel back ground The aromas on this beer are very subtle and pretty disappointing

As far as taste goes this beer is average at best... Getting the same dark fruits as I got in the nose with an even more subtle caramel background. Getting some spice and a very small amount of heat from the alcohol. Once this beer warmed up it tasted like nothing but dark fruit syrup. Shits weak son

The mouthfeel was the only above average thing about this beer. It was syrupy with a great amount of carbonation that prickled the tongue with each sip. Dark fruit aftertaste that lingers

Overall, I don't plan to ever buy this beer again. It was decent but it was nothing special

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

A: Murky amber in color with a thick off-white, almost tan head. Head fades leaving behind almost no lacing, but very thick and foamy cap. It's almost like the head never fully recedes.

S: Fruity and yeast. Apricots, brown sugar/toffee/caramel, bready and maybe a bit of banana. Spicy as well.

T: Pretty sweet in the taste. Banana, apricot..a good bit of the brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Balanced out by spiciness and just the slightest hop bitterness towards the end. There's also a cherry flavor somewhere in all of this. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied and bubbly.

O: I like this a good bit and in fact, I'll likely go purchase another to see how well it cellars.

Photo of aasher
1.98/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured a very dirty, creek water brown in color with a slight lacing around the edges of the glass. It looked up to par. The aromas are non existant. Why? All I got was alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. What the hell? This beer is only 7.5% yet it features nothing, especially after it warmed. The flavors were bland bland bland. There was nothing going on in terms of flavor. It was a potpourri of nothingness. It was light and even kind of watery. I respect Sierra Nevada. I like what they do. If this is how their Ovila series is going to be then count me out. This was an awful Dubbel, especially if I compare this to ACTUAL Dubbels.

Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served this 750 mL brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date on the label. The large creamy tan head eventually faded and left a faint cap. The body was semi-opaque and a dull, deep brown-golden color.

The smell was of soil and fruit. Raisins and whole wheat bread.

The taste was bright tangy fruit. Belgian yeast earthiness and a dulled, mellow bitterness. The hops accent the caramel notes from the malts. A little watery.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lighter in the mouth than expected. Moderately carbonated. This was solid but not one I would seek out again.

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

Ovila Dubbel collaboration with the Abbey of New Clairvaux and Sierra Nevada. Corked and caged 23.4oz bottle onto Ommegang goblet.

A- Pours a deep and dark brown fluid that produces light firey redish hues when the light passes through it. Produces a nice and even quarter inch tan head that stays the duration of the beer. Light patchy lacing is seen.

S- Sweet brown sugars, burnt malts and light alcohol fuses in the nose.

T-M- Upfront is a bold bite of sweet brown sugar and prunes. After the initial bite subsides I sense an earthy, spicey mix of malts and hops. This balances the flavor to a sweet and slightly dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very smooth and with little to make your palete resist this one.

Overall this is a good Dubbel to session with if you can find the quantities and cash to provide.

Photo of Airyk12
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at By the Bottle, Vancouver WA

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thin tan head that disappears quickly.

Smells of caramel and dried fruits. hints of honey and spices as well.

Tastes quite like it smells. Sweet malts, light fruitiness and some yeast. Spices make a small appearance, but don't really add anything.

Goes down smooth, with decent carbonation. Not much body, but still good.

Overall a good beer, and a decent dubbel. Not my favorite of the style, and definitely not the most complex beer ever. But tasty? Yeah. Solid beer, just nothing special.

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork-caged bottle - poured into a glass chalice. Loud "pop" when uncorked.

Pours brown-ish, somewhat murky with a nice light tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, honey, slight cotton candy with a honey-like maltiness. A mix of fruits - dried apricot to a hint of fig - blends in. Spicy clove and a hint of pepper add to the complexity.

The flavor, at first, is more subtle than the aroma. Sweetness is nicely balanced by spiciness. Caramel/toffee, slight honey maltiness mixes with fruit and spiciness. It has a peppery finish.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel despite somewhat noticeable abv and a slightly steely character (that fades as it progresses).

A nice interpretation! A solid sipper. Sweet, but with enough spiciness to keep it balanced. Pretty complex, especially in the nose. Well-done!

Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.