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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 ramseye4
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Gorgeous looking bottle, caged and corked, pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick head that quickly fades and leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.
S=sweet dark fruit, sugary, bready malt
T=Brown sugar, big fig and raisin hit the tongue hard. A bit of spicy pepper gives the taste a bit of a zing.
M=A bit thin feeling and sticky
O=Not a bad beer considering that this is a bit of a departure from the typical Sierra Nevada beers. I would definitely have it again, and I'm glad I found it at a local store when I wasn't even looking for it.

Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper with reddish edges topped by everlasting khaki head. Aroma of fig, ginger, hops, molasses, brown sugar. Tastes of fig, herbal, spice, brown sugar, subtle apple skins, slight cherry, grape, cola and bread dipped in French Onion soup. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Incredibly smooth and rather refreshing. Thick and chewy.

Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. The shape of the bottle is subtlely distinctive. Cork comes out with a loud pop, but this isn't a gusher thankfully.

Burnt umber liquid with a tinge of copper. Faintly hazy. Sudsy isabelline head which recedes quickly to a lasting collar and slick. Pasty lacing, light legs.

Weak tea, burnt sugar, vague hops, and lots of ester-drenched malt in the nose.

Interesting malt profile - starting off with lots of pale, followed with a wave of caramel and a hint of toast. Raisins and grassy (Saaz?) hops mid-palate, growing dryer into the finish. Faint bread crusts, and a touch of citrus maybe as well. Nutmeg and other phenols emerge as the ale warms.

While not effervescent, the carbonation level seems a bit high/active, especially for the style...almost like a soft drink.
Barely medium-bodied. ABV is spot on.

Not an easy style to brew well - and while this is one of the better domestic examples I've tried, it misses the mark compared to the better Belgian creations.

Photo of beer4colin
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into tulip gives a thick and creamy head which disappears very rapidly without lace. Naturally hazy with a constant effervescence. Deep cherrywod color with red hilights.

A- Yeast and dark sugar dominate.

T - dark fruit mixing with dark sugars. very pleasant but there are better dubbels out there.

O - I expected a bit more from Sierra. This is good but not great. I wil get it again but when it's gone I won't be looking to stock up.

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

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a bit of caramel sweetness and a touch of Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is much the same. It's bone dry with a mild Belgian yeast fruitiness. The caramel malt adds adequate sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's smooth and flavorful with just enough yeast character.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly cloudy chestnut; ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Poured a a 3 finger bubbly light tan head that gave way to a q1 finger creamy cap. Decanted continually. Wide rings of lace with running legs.

S: Bread and sweet, dark fruits; raisins, dates and figs. Light peppery spice. A little bit of a grape funk.

T: Much like the nose. Dark fruit character of figs and raisins more prominent once the palate familiarizes with the yeasiness. Peppery character comes to bare in the middle to balance the sweetness to finish somewhat dry and warming.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation; very lively. Pleasant transition in the middle from sweet to spicey with some of the sweetness lingering.

O: Very drinkable. Flavorful and fair balance. Good representation of the sytle.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 7.5% abv. Chestnut color, with a tan fizzy head. Head disappears immediately, leaving no trace. A few timy bubbles stream to the surface.

Toffee and candied fruit, along with some fig. Slightly spicy and earthy at the end.

Fig up front, with some candi sugar. A bit of darker malt, with some nice depth, a bit bready. A bit of a spicy, pepper-like feel. A few fruity notes. Earthy at the finish.

Lighter body, with a good amount of carbonation gives it a Belgian feel. Some warmth from alcohol, which adds a good feel. Pretty well balanced. Nice beer.

Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at Hopcat

A: a well rounded crimson color. Some deep ruby tones as well. Some delicate fuzz on top. Small slinky bubbles rising. Overall pleasing to the eye. My glass is barely laced

S: mild and subtle whiffs of malts, yeast, fruits and candy/honey. Considering other Dubbels this one is very timid

T: breads/yeast, fruits (notably pear and tart cherries), brown sugar covered figs, and a few crushed cloves. These are nice flavors working together in a super relaxed way. Pretty laid back as far as intensity is concerned, or rather on the taste bud scale. I find it works none the less

M: feel is somewhat slick and medium in body. A well behaved snappiness is in the mix as well. Straightforward feel

O: keep these coming. Alcohol is well under control, flavors are doing and the drink-ability is good. Kinda has a session feel in a way. I like

Photo of cpl78
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. First taste was of malt, chocolate, cocco. Knowing & reading about this I was very excited. At $10.09 a btl great beer to try once. I enjoyed the liquid very much. Drank very smooth and lots of taste going on, ton of flavor. I want to next try this on draft, Im pretty sure that the Great Lost Bear in Portland has it?

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a semi-transparent golden dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma is fruity, malty, woody and slightly sweet. Rich malty and fruity flavor has tones of oak, toffee and caramel. Fizzy texture leaves a persistent tingle and a fruity, sweet finish.

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

This beer poured a clear dark amber color and formed a huge light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace when it finally subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa and coffee. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, coffee and anise. The body is medium light and the finish slightly sweet. Rather nice beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a bronze almost brown color with a 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel, fruit sweetness, and yeast are dominant here.

Taste: caramel, black plums, prunes, pepper, spicy yeast, some earthiness, and a bit of alcohol and brown sugar make up a wonderful dubbel. Bitterness is moderate overall.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp to finish with some dryness late. Long lived aftertaste here.

Overall: A very good dubbel IMHO that is easy to drink and is enjoyable when looking to have a beer in the style. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating noticable.

A= Pours a deep brown color with a nice huge thick creamy off white head. The head holds awesome retention and lacing on the glass is crazy. Really a near perfect looking beer.

S= The smell is a nice mix of biscuity malt and spicy yeasty quality. It actually smells quite nice. Strong and pungent which I've found the be a lacking character in Belgains. Hard to put my finger on the exact smell. Yeasty I would say.

T= The taste is similar to the smell. Hard to put my finger on again. A nice biscuity malt with a ton of spicy yeast. The typical dark fruit characters are not present. Really interesting.

M= Great for me but for the style a little low on carbonation. Not too sure how to rate this. I prefer the lower carbonation but it isn't to style.

O= This may be the best Dubbel I've ever had. Really really nice. Can't wait to try the others from this series. This is a great beer.

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
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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?

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.