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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 122 | 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 ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Chestnut brown with ruby red highlights around the edges. Very active carbonation leads to a thin fizzy off-white cap of foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass. Looks like what a dubbel is supposed to look like in my book.

S - Sweet, dark breads with hints of dark fruits and a peppery spice. Bits of fig, raisin, cracked pepper and a yeasty smell I associate with fresh baked bread. None of the aromas stand out as particularly exceptional, but the whole thing comes together nicely.

T - Rather sweet initially with an underlying yeastiness behind dark fruits. Raisins and fig come to mind. There is a light pepperiness mid-drink that offsets the sweetness quite well. Seems to become increasingly sweet as the beer warms with hints of burnt caramel.

M - Very lively mouthfeel with excellent carbonation; much like what I expect from authentic Belgian dubbels. A little sticky on the backend and the sweetness certainly lingers.

O - A good dubbel, and I like the story behind it. Nothing earth shattering here but once again another quality beer has been put forth by SN. Certianly looking forward to the others in the series. My only qualm is the price is a touch high for something that isnt better than the dubbels coming from Belgium in a similar price range.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml C&C bottle. poured into snifter

Difficult cork to pop. Loud gunshot when I finally pulled it off. This dark amber/copper beer had decent off-white head formation and left a mild amount of lacing. Smell of darker fruits (plums and raisins) and some citrus (lemons). Yeasty aroma as well. Taste is pretty pedestrian, much like the smell. Caramel malt sweetness, dark fruits and minor peppery spice. Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly but medium and decent. An overall ok beer, just didn't seem to stand out in any way.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly cloudy amber-brown color with a big finger and a half of frothy off-white head. The head retention is very solid lacing nicely on the way down.

S - Aroma is full of sweet roasted caramel malts and dark fruits. There is also some yeast, banana, and spices mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with sweet roasted caramel malts and some light fruit flavors. I bit of spices and a touch of yeast in the background. Through the middle, some more spices and some banana come out in the middle. The finish is a mix of roasted flavors, some dark fruit (raisins), and some yeast flavor that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Might be a touch over carbonated. Finish is fairly pleasant, with just a hint of alcohol warming.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and crisp and the flavors a pretty well balanced. Feels like it could have had a bit more flavor and a touch more depth, but overall, very tasty.

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

Poured from the 750ml corked & caged bottle into a Chimay chalice. The cork was so easy to get off that when I opened it a LOUD pop rang out!! Like nothing I've ever had w/ any of these types of bottles. Very surprising & took me back a bit. Pours a deep red/ruby w/ lots of eggshell white head to start which quickly dissapates to less than 1/4 inch thick. The color is actually more of a garnet, my birthstone! Serving temp is at 55.5F. Bottling date & best by dates are absent.

A mix of plums, cherries, dark fruits come out of the nose on this one. Don't really have to even get my nose into it for these to POP out at me. Peppery, funky Belgian yeast compliment this smell on the back end.

Yeast is my first impression as it passes over the palate. Pepper & a very slight sour cherry comes to mind. Quite sweet & malty!! There is so much carbonation that it feels like I have thousands of little Scrubber Bubbles in my mouth. Resting on the tongue for a bit the yeast really comes out. Sugars, burnt sugars are present. Alcohol has a slight - approaching mild warming effect. The finish is faintly tart & a little dry. As the glass gets more & more empty, the red hues about the edges become more apparent. Quite fruity indeed. Perhaps a little plum??

Mouthfeel is ranks in as medium. As this goes down I cannot find any head or lacing in the class despite it being beer clean. The overall drinkability is a medium for me. Certainly something I would love to have w/ some BBQ; would also try this w/ some cheese cake dessert or apple cobbler. I'm thinking this would make a good "date night" beer w/ the wife.

I really like this beer & this has certainly peaked my interest in further exploring Dubbels. I have had only a few & this gets me excited to go even further. Prosit!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle, $9.99 at 2nd St Liquors in Casper

Not the best of bottle fills, there’s at least 3” from the opening to the liquid.

A HUGE pop when I removed the cork, it pours a beautiful dark chestnut colour and must be at least hazy as I can’t see through it. 2 fingers worth of foam with some nice lacing.

The smell isn’t big and bold; I get a bit of fruit and maybe some caramel but it’s hard for me to get real aroma.

The taste is more assertive. Dark pitted fruits like plum are the most obvious. Some sweet notes follow with a hint of some spice…cloves, mostly. I keep “sensing” that there may be a very delicate flavour of banana but I’m not 100% positive on that. The alcohol is pretty well hidden; none that I can detect in the taste but it does give me some warming after the swallow.

On the light side of medium bodied with the same for the carbonation, it’s pretty drinkable but just a wee bit shy with the taste and especially the smell. A good effort overall, though.

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

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a darker shade of brown, has a minimal tan foam that fades quickly

S: Very spicy, with cloves , banana, raisins/dates. Hints of booze.

T: Similar to the nose, Spices, cloves, banana, toffee, dates/figs, and sweet malts. Pretty boozy too.

M/D: Good carbonation, pretty smooth, but it was a bit hot and a little too sweet for my liking. Overall good for the price, but nothing amazing.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks pretty darn good. Dark, rich caramel brown, a bit glossy. Off white head of about 1 finger settles to a collar. Splotchy lacing, nice.

Aroma has a stale quality to it, but it's still pretty nice. Esters and light caramel. Some earthiness or nuttiness.

Flavors compare with the aroma; light caramel, nuttiness, some ripe red plum. Esters and florals. These are light flavors and the carbonation takes these flavors away with a nice cleansing. Wish it had more flavor, but it's still not bad at all.

Overall, not one of my favorite beers, but I mark a bit higher for style.

Photo of axeman9182
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Ovila pours a very deep violet color, with faint raspberry spots tracing the outline of the glass. The bone colored head comes to about three fingers in height, but it doesn't have too much staying power. Lacing is nonexistent, so overall the appearance is a bit of a letdown. The nose has the requisite plum and dark fruit notes, but is probably heavier on burnt brown sugar. There's also some clove and pepper phenols present as well, but everything is balanced quite nicely. Balance disappears from this beer's vocabulary on my palate though. Any sugary or malty flavors drop way to the background, and the yeasty flavors run wild. White pepper and clove clearly dominate, and are begging to have their intensity somewhat extinguished by some sweetness, though that cry ultimately goes unanswered. Despite that, the mouthfeel doesn't paint the beer as being overattenuated. The body is sturdy enough to support the strong flavors packed into the brew, yet stops short of being what one would call rich or full. The carbonation punches through that and adds a sense of lightness to the beer that maybe isn't warranted given its ABV. TO me the beguiling allure of dubbels is the strong presence of malty flavors despite being a relatively welll attenuated beer. Sierra Nevada got the attenuation right, but the flavor profile is just a bit off.

Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

C&C bottle. Served in snifter.

Body is a deep, ruddy brown, almost copper in color. Mocha head that settles to a thin cover. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Aromas of toffee sweetness. Nutty. There's an odd, subtle, cured meat aroma. Belgian candi. Slightly grassy. Overall, the aromas are muted and kind of hard to pick up on.

Very nutty, and strikingly dry, especially for the style. Good carbonation. Some plum tones mid-palate. Sweet Belgian candi and Belgian yeast on the finish, making it sweet and earthy. A little syrupy on the end, but not bad. Some grassiness appears on the finish as the beer warms.

Very different than I remember it being when I had it on tap. The tap version was more like a typical dubbel; malty and sweet. This is a little drier and earthier, while still maintaining dubbel characteristics. I actually prefer this out of the bottle, and I enjoyed more than I was expecting.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully designed bottle! 750ml corked and caged.

A - Mahogany/Chestnut, ample carbonation bubbles, 3 finger thick fluffy white head, decent lacing.

S - Peppery, pears, raisons.

T - Starts peppery, the middle blasts you with fruity, raison, & plum flavors, finishes with a toasty, bready dryness. It is amazing how the flavors literally start and finish, then change completely; start and finish, then change completely again, so on and so forth!

M - Slightly smooth, slightly carbonated: less carbonated than the bubbles made it seem.

D - Very drinkable, the alcohol is hidden perfectly, amazingly fresh take on the style! Well done Sierra Nevada, looking forward to the saison and quad!

Photo of dcook11
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Ice tea colored with just a touch of lacing, but not much. A pencil thin head graces the top of the glass. The nose is fairly harsh....alcohol way too noticable for the abv. Caramel malt follows with a touch of hops at the finish. The taste is harsh as well with the alcohol being far too apparent for the abv. Not really a fan of this one, probably wont have it again.

Photo of nickhiller
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber-brown, brief head

S: oak, sherry, basically a red wine alcohol smell

T: bananas, black cherries, prunes, roasted biscuity malt, finish is a bit bitter and metallic

M: this is the biggest drawback, the body is weak, far too light for the style, without enough carbonation to pass muster.

O: kind of like Chimay Red without the body and character. I'm not expecting them to reinvent the wheel here, but if you're going to go venturing well-tread road of Belgian abbey ales (and specifically Trappist) you really should have something new to contribute. Otherwise why wouldn't I just drink a Chimay?

Photo of ghetto90007
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang chalice from the 750 mL bottle. Love the label design on this one - very classy.

Pours a fairly dark brown with hints of amber. Not opaque; mostly clear with moderate amount of haze. Slightly off-white head bubbles up to about two fingers. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells of some rich malt, Belgian yeast, mildly spicy, and suggestions of fruits, but very subtle.

Rich malt flavors strike you right away. Some hints of fruits, followed by yeast, mild bitterness, bready finish.

Body and carbonation seem to be on the low side for a Dubbel. Medium bodied.

I was excited about this one - a very cool story. I'm also looking forward to the next two releases. Didn't quite live up to my anticipation, but still a nice venture by Sierra Nevada into the Belgianosphere. (I call first on that word - nothing comes up in a Google search so I may empirically conclude that this word has never been used before. It may never be used again.)

Photo of zhanson88
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, very dark ruby color with brownish tinges around the edges. About 2 fingers of light tan head form that has excellent retention, but just average lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, yeast, light esters, clove, wet cardboard. All pretty light, fairly difficult to pick out. I was expecting a more robust scent, for sure.

Taste: Akin to the smell. Yeast, dark fruits, clove, light esters. It's certainly not a bad beer at all, but just a bit light in the flavor department all the way around.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between light and medium bodied, quite a bit of carbonation, fairly smooth feel. Overall not too bad, but not as good as I had expected. It hurts that dubbels are, let's face it, not the most exciting style. Still, a decently well crafted beer.

Photo of Shaw
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm excited to try a beer brewed by the masters at Sierra Nevada *and* real honest-to-God monks.

Pours a lovely deep amber in color with an equally lovely thick head of foam that reduces to a quarter-inch solid block of off-white in my tulip glass.

Sweet aroma, with a slight musty note.

A little light in the flavor department. I can taste black pepper, dried fruit and nuts, just not enough of 'em. It tastes a little watered down, sad to say.

Body is also a little watery.

Overall this is an OK beer. I'm shocked that it's so light and watery. Hopefully future batches will be better.

Photo of bosco7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head.

Cola, raisin, clove, pepper, and caramel in the nose. Kind of mild.

Starts sweet with those dark dried fruit flavors with hints of toasted bread crust and earth. This evolves into spicier flavors like clove and cinnamon. Bready notes are reminiscent of Fat Tire, probably a significant quantity of biscuit malt in the grist. Finish is dry and firm with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry yet the carbonation adds some silkiness.

Overall a nice offering and excited to see SN making entering into the Belgian beer world. It strikes me as a little restrained but I imagine would behave well with food especially with dishes featuring mushrooms.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep redish brown with several fingers of fluffy off-white head.

S: Lots of vibrant sweet fruit, especially grapes and plums. Estery Belgian yeast comes through too with hints of banana.

T/M: Mildly biscuity up front. This transitions into subtle fruit flavors: grapes, plums, some dark cherry. Some caramel and slight bitterness enters towards the finish. Very spicy with notes of clove throughout. Medium bodied with a long dry finish. As the brew warms the yeast and dryness overwhelm the sweeter flavors a bit.

O: A solid Dubbel all the way around. The sweet fruit mixed well with the dry finish. Another win for SN.

Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife got me this one as part of my birthday package!

A: Poured a brownish-maroon color, EXTREMELY murky, but with a dark core when viewed from a distance. The off-white head had tremendous staying power.

S: Not too powerful, but the Belgian yeast and sugar was prominent enough. I really had to work to pick up the cloves.

T: Ahhh... the cloves were right in the middle! Belgian funk aplenty, rich, but surprisingly not as sugary-syrupy as I was led to believe (from some of my other beer peeps).

M: Low carbonation, which was great in that it allowed me to pick out the subtle flavors. The sweetness was there, but very disciplined in its use.

O: I had high expectations for this one and it didn't disappoint...

Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of dark fruit and some Belgian style yeast and sugar give a true Dubbel flavor. Not a lot of hops. Not much lacing with this pour, but some film coats the sides. Drinks very easily. I like this beer a lot and hope there will be more like this from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capone's.

Pours a deep, dark maroon/burgundy color with golden mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Sweet malt aroma that is slightly spicy with hints of rye, caramel, dark fruit, pepper, cinnamon and candy sugar. Bready yeast in the nose with zesty clove as well as a slight cough syrup presence and dark fruit. Hints of plum, raisin and fig. Faint alcohol.

Medium bodied with a blast of zesty spice up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone and boozy heat into a dry finish. Hints of pepper, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon and candy sugar. Sweet vinous presence with hints of grape, plum, raisin and fig. Slight alcohol but the ABV is well masked and the beer is decently balanced. As it warms, the malts become more prominent but it's very dry and spicy and could use some more complexity.

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too blown away by this; I had some high hopes. Appearance - brown, clear, with moderate tan foam. Aroma of cherry cola, caramel. Flavors of burnt caramel, sour cherry, a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was the weakest part, tasting rather thin and not very fizzy. Initial sweet/sour taste gives way to a dull syrupy coating on the tongue. Low in alcohol at 7.5% Tastes even lower than that. Overall I am glad I got 2 bottles of this because I will drink this one and age the other to see if it improves.

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

Poured into a 14.9 nonic. Serving temperature 52 degrees. Very large beige head with a myriad of many-sized bubbles. Looks very much like my favorite Abbey Dubbel, the Rochefort 8. Head evaporates after a few minutes, leaving good lacing. Color is very dark brown and cloudy. Smells of alcohol and fresh fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly light and watery. I probably should have cellared it for at least a few weeks. Flavor is also Rochefort-esque. A complex of fresh and dried fruits, vanilla , caramel and a hint of burnt sugar. Thankfully, no sour aftertaste as in some American Abbey doubles. Not my favorite, but a good effort.

Grade B Purchased at Stoney's - $10.99 each

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to find a case of these just sitting in the corner of a local liquor store, of course I was going to buy one. Without even taking a sip of the beer I would buy this again just to hear that cork popping again.

Appearance-A very deep redish/brown. I poured very slow and still got a solid 3 fingers of nice tan head. After a few minutes of sitting it has reduced to one finger, almost time to take a sip.

Smell-Instantly got sweet raisons after the cork popped. Spicy aroma as well, along with some nice sweet malt.

Taste-Picking up alot more fruits then I did in the aroma. Still getting the raisons, along with some apple, cherries. The finish you really can taste the black pepper.

Mouthfeel-Very smooth and easy to drink. Fairly drying finish. Pretty good amount of carbonation as expected.

Overall-This is a good beer all around. Nothing wows me, but nothing bothers me. Very drinkable,, and at 7.5% and 750ML a nice beer to last you an hour or so on a Sunday night. I may grab a few more bottles this week.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a big light tan head forming from my less than perfect efforts. No lace left behind as the head recedes.
Smell is rich with malt, backed with notes of dark fruits, apple, hops, pepper and fruitcake. Really well balanced.
Taste is superb. Rich and malty with a strong fruitcake presence with all the raisins, figs, candied cherries, wheat and slight rum-like note. Lesser notes of pepper and hops and a faint soy taste mostly up front.
A rich, full bodied brew with a fairly light effervescence. Warming with a beautiful slow fade aftertaste. A really nice example of the style.

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

Pours a one-finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty, caramel nose and flavor is similar - not sweet caramel with hops staying in background. $10.99 for a 750ml caged & corked bottle from Kappy's Liquors Peabody, MA.

Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.