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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 115 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011)
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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.

SWMeyer4141, Apr 18, 2011
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.

PorterLambic, Apr 18, 2011
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.

jdhilt, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle poured into Guinness imperial pint glass
A - Pours a gorgeous brown/amber with a tight, small-bubbled foamy head that stays forever
S - That foamy head throws off scents of burnt candy, toffee, yeast and biscuity bread
T - Get that typical banana-clove flavor up front, along with toffee, burnt sugar, molasses and a bit of alcohol burn at the end. The finish is where it's at for this one, as it hangs around for quite awhile and is quite pleasant, with the dry molasses flavor being the most dominant flavor.
M - Mouthfeel is very smooth, as suggested by the tight bubbles and foamy head; almost "slick" with a bit of glycerine to it.
This is not my favorite style by a long shot, but Sierra Nevada IS one of my favorite brewers so decided to give it a shot. This didn't change my mind about Dubbels, but this is a pretty decent, well-made beer.

bosox941827, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of kmo1030
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice deep orangey brown with a thick khaki head that fades quickly to a ring. just a bit of haze.
the aroma is pretty subdued, but i pull out some sweet malty, slightly fruity bubblegum. some minimally sweet caramelized aromas are also present along with a sweeter but clearly defined brown sugar. with warmth a little white pepper appears.
the taste is toasted and malty up front, fading into some darker fruitiness. caramel, brown sugar and fig would be the dominant flavors. the belgian yeast is present, with it requisite flavor profile, contributing a little clove. throughout it maintains a robustness, but also a complementary lightness or airiness to it, somewhat hard to describe. the mouth is is left with a little peppery spice.
the mouthfeel is slick and silky, the carbonation is very creamy.
overall very nice. it's a dubbel that tends toward the more delicate side, letting the complexities shine through clearly. a great effort.

kmo1030, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with red highlights. Head is a light tan, decent size, and fades quickly. Light lacing.

S: A nice aroma of caramel malts, spices, banana, clove, & dark fruits.

T: A nice dry flavor that follows the nose very well. Belgian yeast gives it a spicy quality with banana notes. There's a sweetness from some toffee malts, dark fruits, & brown sugar. Finishes slightly bready with a hint of booze.

M: Carbonation is very tingling on the tongue, medium body, smooth texture.

O: A great beer that's easy to drink and not too hard on the wallet. Glad I have more then one bottle.

BrewCrew2010, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of StuartCarter
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby brown with very little head that rapidly dissipates to a thin ring.

The smell is kind of not there - it smells slightly hop funky, but nothing really sticks out.

The beer is lively and dances on the tongue, with flavours of sweet brown sugar, sour cherries, and a lingering subtle hop funk with a gentle bitterness to offset the sweetness.

A very nice example of a Trappist Dubbel - not thick or heavy like a tripel or a quad, but refreshing and moreish.

StuartCarter, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tulip glass in Granville Moore's of DC.

No head given, with a faint tan laced collar. Reddish brown body with a dark caramel. Served a little too cold.

Smell is non existent, seriously I am finding nothing here, really trying but nope.

For taste though we come through a bit. Spicey sensation with tight bubbles of carbonation. Small sweet cherry in the mid palate with mild malts but no hints of powder that I am use to for this style. Still taste and feels solid.

Overall not too bad here but not really gravitating toward it.

smakawhat, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked caged bottled poured into my Chimay goblet.

A-Deep dark cloudy red/amber

S-Raisins, fruit, bananas.

T-Wow this thing is very sweet. very fruity, clove and bananas.

M-Light and carbonated.

D-A great drinking beer, took down the 750ml easily, the 7.5% abv is not bad at all. Rather tasty. I look forward to the next two releases.

rlee1390, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cherry-wood brown color, hazy with a small light brown head that dissipates quickly to almost non-existent lacing.

S: The distinctly Belgian yeast is present here with dark fruits, and light malts and cocoa/coffee.

T: Starts off with a nice malty taste coupled with some caramel and a bit of breadiness. I'm picking up also a little bit of banana and cloves.

M: Initially it seemed very carbonated, but in reality it isn't all that carbonated. Works quite well with the full bodied flavors.

O: Very good. I haven't had a nice Belgian beer in a while and this one certainly does not disappoint at all. Very good, I'd probably buy it again too.

Daktyls, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great packaging, with the script "O" on the cage cap, top, sides and bottom of the cork. Uncorked with perhaps the sharpest "pop" I've heard on an opening, and I immediately feared a gusher, but no gushing ensued. Poured a deep caramel wiht modest head. Mid-range sweetness with some brown sugar and caramel. Yeasty funk was evident but restrained. Alcohol lent a touch of black pepper. Overall, not a bad beer, but I think I've come to expect a bit much due to some similar and better produced Goose Island products.

Brent, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $9.99 for a 750ml corked and caged bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. ABV listed as 7.5%. I pour into a chalice to review.

Cork snaps off with a loud pop; certainly not short in the carbonation department. Yields a large, dense tan colored head that leave a nice layer or retention after it settles. Deep brown in color. No lacing.

Sweet and lightly roasted malts, and some spice from the Belgian yeast. Also notes of moist bread, fig, clove, raisin, molasses and macadamia nuts.

Taste is very balanced with the aforementioned characteristics coming through in a subtle fashion.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Medium length finish of sweet malt. Relatively smooth, but not quite velvety, a descriptor I save for the best Belgian's I've had.

The first Belgian-styled beer I've had from Sierra Nevada and while it wasn't bad, it really is somewhat forgettable. At the $10 price range, I don't think I'll be getting this one again.

ibbjamin, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.

A- Pours a nice brown hue. A khaki head forms before quickly fading. The light crackle of bubbles can be heard.

S- Sweet fruit, spice, banana nut bread, yeast. Nice and tame.

T- Similar to smell. A nice blend of the above notes. The fruit is light and mellow. the yeast and spice give a quick snap.

M- Wet, some pepper on tongue that lingers. Medium bodied. Lighter then color would indicate.

O- A very nice Dubbel. Perhaps a bit light but makes it nice easy drinker that is really enjoyable.

busterthecat, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad dubbel nice textures creamy in nice bit of that belgain/rasion sugar taste to it.

Poured nice and dark, for me the feel was a bit thin.

This is a nice representation of the style perhaps I am spoiled as I have access to Allagash anytime.

Would have again and worth trying.

Casey10, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of bismarksays
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork made a popping noise as it pours out a tannish brown, a thick head gives way quickly, leaving little lacing behind.

It smells of sweet carmel and fruit. Intriguing to say the least.

Tastes of carmel, toffee, and fig with perhaps a touch of citrus note. Thick and velvety mouthfeel. Filling brew that encourages you to savor it.

I did not know what to expect as this a completely different style than I associate with Sierra, but, wow, well done.

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Spineypanda
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown slightly hazy, small but strong head.
Smell is of dark chocolate and overly ripe plums.
Taste is really nice as it warms up. Strong flavors of pepper and spices. Bready and yeasty.
Nice and creamy with a small amount of heat.

Overall a fantastic beer I would love to buy again.

Spineypanda, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am impressed by this brew.

Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet. Thin tan head that dissipated to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is not very strong. Little bit of caramel and dark fruits with some Belgian yeast.

Taste is damn good. Nice and caramely but sort of dry at the same time. Little bit of Belgian funk. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and high carb. Very nice.

Overall a very tasty brew. Gunna buy this again for sure. I hope they end up making a quad.

PeprSprYoFace, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Cork pops out of this bottle like a shot and pours a hazy brownish amber with a frothy beige head that leaves only traces of lacing.

Aroma is definitely sweet with lots of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. Dark fruits in the form of raisins and plums with a noticeable doughy bread character and faint spices.

Taste also starts with the caramel malts and candy sugar with the breadiness in the background. The taste is more balanced than the nose with the spices coming out in the finish especially. Really good taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with decent carbonation.

This is an excellent dubbel, one of the best I've had in a long while. Very complex but not overly sweet and super drinkable for a dark Belgian. Great stuff.

gford217, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown with a golden hue. sits clear, deep amber with not quite two fingers of cola-colored head when poured into a goblet

Smell: malt balanced with moderate spicy phenolic notes, sweet bread, and light fruitiness resembling dark varieties

Taste: rich maltiness with some caramel and sweet bready notes, balanced with Belgian spicy phenols resembling clove and pepper. alcohol is apparent but not hot or even that warming. very low hop flavor and bitterness. finish is somewhat dry with some spiciness dominant along with some sweet breadiness

Mouthfeel: medium body with high-medium carbonation

Notes: very classic dubbel. pretty textbook. not an over-the-top attempt and certainly not lacking in any way

Frosty80, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slighty reddish brown color with about 4 fingers of white head with tons of big air pockets in it. Good head retention. Looks like a solid examples of the style.

S: The nose is kind of tight but not unpleasant. The yeast is there and gives it a nice touch. Malty/bready. A touch of toffee but that is about it. Easiely the weakest part of this beer.

T: The taste is great. It is complex without being overwhelming. They went light on the sugar which is nice. Bready. A touch of toffee. Some interesting esters in there but they are quite calm.

M: A little on the thin side. The carbonation was high without being prickly spot on. They really nailed down the bottle conditioning.

D: I am exited that there might be a Trappist beer made in America. A really nice homage to the OGs. The body is a touch thin and the nose needs something. I think a lot of it is we get the EU versions aged 3 months. I am going to hold on to one of these and see where it goes. Very impressed by this and hope to see the Abbey restored.

aerozeppl, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of BobCS
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy and brown with some red highlights under a tight beige foam. The haze appears to be chill haze and definitely temperature related.

S: Earthy, fruity, yeasty, with a distinctive Belgian abbey character. Although the aroma profile is spot on, the intensity is less than many other classic Abbey ales. Aroma and overal character definitely improves as this beer warms up in the glass.

T: Medium-sweet with dark fruit and banana, some tartness, and restrained spicing in the background. As with the aroma the overall character of the flavor is dead on for a Belgian abbey, but the overall impact is somewhat lacking.

M: Medium-full and well carbonated

D: This beer nicely fits the characteristics appropriate for Abbey beers, but is lacking in intensity (as compared with other classic examples). Do let this beer warm a bit as both the aroma and flavor will improve greatly. It is drinkable and enjoyable, but there may be little reason to return to it given some of the other excellent choices from Belgium and North America in this category.

BobCS, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with fluffy off-white head.
S: It smelled like Belgian yeast with earthy cocoa powder and lemon grass, and some biscuit and light caramel.
T: It tasted like sweet and earthy caramel and sour Belgian yeast, with some candi sugar and lemon zest and raisin. It had a smooth and mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Wonderful body!
D: This was a very nice dubbel with great scent and taste, and nearly perfect body. Not too complex, but very enjoyable. Alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was super easy to drink. Could maybe improve with age, but nice fresh.

Pencible, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of bigbelcher
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one to judge, overall I loved the beer, however style wise I thought it was way to hoppy for a belgian dubbel. Color was a nice light brown. Tan head. Carbonation was good. Alcohol stregnth was nice with a little warmeth. I liked the hop bitterness however, based on the style they weren't appropriate.

bigbelcher, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown. Head is ample, but then dissipates to a ring. Doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is roasted malts and spices. There is a little astringent charred ash smell, some clove, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

A nice tasting dubbel. Malty sweet but with a charred malt note that gives it some depth, there is a little citrus acidity as well, along with dark fruit and some milk chocolate and clove and cinnamon. Finishes very dry with a bit of ash and some hop bitterness. Leaves a little spicy clove/cinnamon note in the long finish. It is tasting very like a Belgian dubbel, but a bit spicier than the norm.

Body is medium and carbonation is light, has a bit of a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a better dubbel than I was expecting. This is a nice, spicy Abby dubbel and very drinkable. Another good, novel offering from Sierra Nevada.

Beerenauslese, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice opaque crimson with light head that quickly fades from the high carbonation.

Smells of fig, sugar, and spicy yeast character.

Tastes of sweet, peppery, malt. The flavor is more yeast forward than anything, but the carbonation hides any depth.

Highly carbonated moutfeel, right on for style and flavor.

An overall average dubbel and nothing more. This could use more complexity, not a lot, but something more...A bit of a let down from SN.

TenHornsProud, Apr 13, 2011
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.