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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 448
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A 750 ml bottle of limited edition.

It poured a nice dark brown with great head but I wish it would have stayed longer.

Nose is pretty weak. Not bad just not enough of it. Hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Not much more.

Taste is the high point. Dark fruit, raisins, hints of spice with malt. It also has an earthy yet slightly tart character. A little watery, but that is not uncommon for dubbels.

Mouth feel is very nicely carbonated. This beer is very drinkable with an unknown alcohol content. I will see after I drink this large bottle.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-mahogany with a 2-3 finger off-white head with nice retention and lacing that lasts through just about all of the glass.

The nose is by far the most interesting with notes of caramel, ripe banana and red licorice surrounding a caramelized-sugary bready character, with further hoppy tones of fresh, flowery melon. As you get further in the glass, however, the nose sort of breaks down and looks more similar to the palate.

The palate starts with a bright carbonation which leads to a mouthfilling, juicy malt- a touch watered down though- with flavors of caramel, cloves and a very earthy yeast. The finish is moderate and continues with the spicy yeast character.

Overall, not bad but lacks flavor and a little body. The finish could be longer as well. It's certainly not going to stop me from picking up everything else in this series, however, when I can get ahold of it.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/09/11 notes. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a reddish mahogany color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, bready malts, yeast, fruit, and light caramel malts.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, spices, Belgian yeast, raisins, dark fruits, and light caramelmalts. Tastes a bit watered down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice dubbel I was glad to have tried. The taste seemed a tiny bit watered down but I still enjoyed it. Would give another shot.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. (while I was given a set of awesome Ovila glasses, I still refuse to review out of wide-mouth glasses. They let all the aroma escape)
7.5% ABV, no date.

A - Ovila Dubbel lets loose rambunctiously with a tall, densely packed tan head. Good retention keeps it alive but its missing the classic Belgian lace. The beer itself is a hazy yet gorgeous crimson amber color.

S - Mellow caramelly sweet and toasted bread notes are underlines by ripe fruit esters of fig and dark cherry. A tinge of hops keep the aroma in check and a faint yeast earthiness adds beautiful authenticity.

T - Soft, smooth alcohol pushes it's way in followed by...not much. The maltiness is there but much more restrained than the aroma offers. The classic fruity esters and Belgian yeast are also subdued, almost to the point of being lost. The taste isn't bad but falls pretty flat.

M - Despite the higher level of carbonation for the style, the mouthfeel remains fairly medium-bodied and rounded while finishing clean. Warming alcohol is felt retro-nasally as well as lingering through the finish.

O - The recluse flavor of Ovila is a stark contrast to the open, exhibitionist-like aroma. While it's certainly not bad by any means, it does leave me wanting. I appreciate nuanced beers but I think too much of the character of Ovila Dubbel is lost in translation. I'll give it that it's still worth getting another for aging.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying to review beers consistently again, why not start out with a new Sierra Nevada brew.

A- Dark brown-black witha decent tan head that looks fizzy and falls down quite quickly. A small cloud and ring are there but no lace at all.

S- Dark fruit, raisin, fig and malt are pretty big. Some bread, spice and dark brown sugar sweets. Fruit seems like cherry.

T- Dark cherry/fruit/raisin is big as well as yeast bread and spice. Slight roast/nutty malt makes this interesting. Some brown sugar sweetness, has that Trappist/Belgian feel that so many American takes miss. Nice bread and spicy Euro hops.

MF- Fizzy highly carbonated body that stings the palate. Light overall and just a bit bitter.

DB- Overall I like it and I had no trouble finishing the whole bottle, saying a lot lately. I think it is balanced nicely and is a good "Americanized" Belgian ale.

Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.