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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 ghetto90007
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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