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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
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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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet color with a tight, fizzy off-white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of toasted bread and yeast spice.

Tastes of rich toasted malts. Notes of berries and cherries along with some toasted bread and caramel. Not particularly sweet. Yeast adds some peppery spice. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing special, but everything is done well.

Photo of prg1976
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color. Tons of fluffy white head. I had to stop pouring or it would have overflowed the glass. Leaves a thin white coating on top of the beer.

Smell is spicy banana, some orange, a little alcohol. Hints of clove in the background.

Taste is classic Dubbel. Spicy yeasty flavors. Lots of banana and clove. Some orange and some alcohol sneaking in there too.

The carbonation has pretty much dissipated by now, leaving a medium body with just a touch of fizz.

Overall, a really solid offering from SNBC. I look forward to trying the next pseudo-trappist American brew.

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

I like this Dubbel and it does need to settle right out of the bottle before trying this. It pours a nice cloudy, slightly dirty water amber brown. The beer is plenty carbonated and has lots of head soon after the cork is popped. Things settle considerably as the beer settles in and then there is really no head at all, no lace either.

The nose on the beer is quite yeasty, caramel bready, with a touch of booziness. There is a candied type pineapple liqueur nose on this beer, its very typical for the style. The taste is also very typical. There are hints of clove, lots of candied sugars, plenty of caramel, some green apples, a nice bready earthiness, the beer is quite sweet. There is a peppery snap to the beer towards the finish. The florals and fruitiness picks up as this beer starts to warm and settle in. This is a medium bodied beer, the consistency is a bit thick and syrupy, a touch cloying. The spicey pepper in the finish adds a nice touch to this beer. What's not to like. I would have this again if I were seeking out a Belgian Dubbel. The labelling gives you all the background on the collaboration with Sierra Nevada, without it just being silly marketing. L'Chaim.

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel

Appearance: brown, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast and mild dark fruits.

Taste: yeast, malts, slight dark fruit, grapes, and a mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a good brew. It is similar to a belgian, but the dark fruit flavors are not as pronounced.

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

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with a tight tan head that dissipated into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of light aroma clove and dark fruit. There is a touch of a copper metallic scent. Overall the aroma is quite subtle.

The flavor is of grape juice, a light pepper and clove spice. A dark candi sugar presence with some berry fruitness. This beer is screaming for some belgian yeast goodness but it fails to deliver. SN gives you a neutral malty brew sweetened by dark belgian candi sugar but no soul. A rather ho-hum dubbel.

The feel is moderate and spritzy, has nice life to it. Sweet on the palate but has a tangy spicy offset.

Flavor wise the brew is average, rather bland. It does have a nice crisp feel to it. Needs more yeast flavor. A bit disappointed.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have seen this beer, so I had to pick one up. Let's see what it is all about:

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a 2" head of tan bubbles that was fizzy and active as heck, looking like the eruption of a volcano in my tulip. There are lots of bubbles rising to cause the foam to shake about on top of the freshly poured beer. After a couple minutes, the head has fallen to a steady 1/4" and is maintaining and getting creamier looking.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of malt with some dark caramel leading the way along with some very noticeable yeasty esters. There are some dark fruit like plums and raisins coming out as the beer sits a little. As the beer sits further, there are some roasty notes starting to come out and the beer is getting more nutty.

Taste: The initial flavor is more estery than I thought from the aroma. The fruity esters don't take charge of the flavor for very long, but they are pretty strong initially. There are lots of sweet caramel notes and the beer is highly carbonated so it takes the medium body and makes it sail across your palate to leave you with some dryness from the roast and then the warming sets in from the alcohol, but doesn't get hot at any time.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. There are a few things about it that make it stand out, and I think that a good Dubbel is so well blended in flavor that you hardly notice it. There is a roast component that you notice here and the yeast are playing a bigger role in the overall profile than some other more classic examples. This is a pretty good beer nonetheless, so if you are on the quest to try all Dubbels, by all means, give this a try. Otherwise, give this a shot if you really like dubbels and want to try another one as this is only "decent" when held against the classic examples.

Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear, and a nice garnet shade. The head is frothy smooth and light tan. It looks very soft, even if it is shrinking as I type. A very healthy pop upon opening, so this baby has some carbonation... an aggressive pour would make my cup runneth over.

S: Ripe strawberries, and grapes come through, almost a touch like champaign. Once you sniff past the fruit and yeasty scents you get a bit of fresh baked bread. Very classic belgian yeast notes in this.

T: Sweet clove and a touch of banana at first. Remarkably clean finish on this. Notes of raisons, baked bread and a touch of citrus. Very nice overall, with just a hint of booze in the finish.

M: It feels a little thin. The carbonation is plentiful, and appropriate for the style. There is almost a smoothness to this which I really like. Finish is dry.

O: Perhaps just a smidge timid on flavor, but it is certainly well crafted. Classic Belgian flavors, and an enjoyable experience. If it was a wee cheaper, I'd buy a lot of this.

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

Picked up a few of these from Marcello's in BR.

Nice pop to the cork, it pours a murky deep orange color with a couple fingers of off-white head. It dissipated pretty quick but left some nice creamy pooling.

The smell is a little weird to me. The first thing I noticed is a little malt sweetness then a bit if floral hops. Definitely a little more hoppy than a typical dubbel.

The taste is a lot like the aroma except the malt us more forward than the hops. The alcohol content is noticeable and the floral hops are still there in the background.

I think this one will really age well, so I'll be sure to cellar a bottle and re-visit later.

Overall I'm impressed. This is a pretty fine effort from Sierra Nevada.

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

I bought this beer with great expectations for the price.
It pours a nice murky mahagony, with a beige head building, about three fingers high.It leaves within about three minutes and leaves good lacing .
Smelling this beer I was surprised that therer was only very light bread, yeast and maybe some fruit somewhere.
The taste up front is confirming those mild bread and yeast notes, but is delicately enriched by plum, and other dark fruits in the middle, and at the end crowned by those caramelized sugars and malt. this is a really gentle composition of flavors and I certainly will buy another couple of bottles for aging this beer. I bet this beer becomes great after a couple of years in the bottle.
Great mouthfeel and very drinkable. Great Job !!!

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A deep rich mahogany brown with deep auburn edges. The tan head quickly forms and builds to the rim of the glass, but doesn't last for a particularly long time, nor does it leave much sticky lacing on the glass. This beer appears to be missing the extraordinary carbonation I've become accustomed to with terrific dubbels.

A somewhat subdued and distant aroma; I wish there was more here, but granted, what is here is very, very good. There's the familiar and welcome aroma of some dark fruits: plums and some raisins, which is backed up by strong bready malts, and some fruity and yeasty sweetness. Very nice, but subdued.

Bready malts along with caramel, a hint of yeasty spice, and plenty of dark fruit flavors. Very balanced and relatively simple, even with all that incredible deliciousness going on. I suppose I wish everything that is here was just multiplied.

Medium body and the carbonation helps the beer feel light and extremely palatable. A real pleasure to drink.

A relatively simple dubbel and an interesting venture from the West Coast boys at Sierra Nevada. While it doesn't stand quite alongside its Belgians forefathers or its Lost Abbey brothers, it's still a remarkably delicious beer.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a medium brown color with minimal translucence. One finger head with moderate retention and minimal lace.

S: Quite a bit of banana in the nose, also some spice. Nose fades as the beer warms.

T: Interesting. Leads with roasted malts and black pepper. Then biscuit and cinnamon. Long finish is good.

M: Body is a little on the light side, helped by the ample carbonation.

O: Good beer and different take on the style. Not bad, but could use more depth. Looking forward to the quad to see how that one turns out.

Photo of CuttDeez
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy dark brown with hints of black and slight orange hues in the light. A decent but fast diminishing white head with a lack of lacing.
S - Slight fig and cherry smells with a hint of other dark fruits. There is a touch of yeast and the faintest hint of spice and clove. Very very very mild nose that you need to search for.
T & M - Slightly sweet forefront and mixed light fruits and a hint of spices. The taste is very faint in the front end and doesn't wow you. There is a ton of carbination that lightens up the mouthfeel. On the middle of the taste the notes of dark fruit become a little deeper and the spices and warmth come through a little more. The finish is very bready and yeasty with the slightest fruits.
O - A good beer. Nothing stands up and shouts in this beer. I think it is just - good - nothing epic nothing great.


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

Ovila pours a fairly clear, deep brown color. The off-white head towers over the beer and has quite a creamy appearance to it. The lacing and retention are both pretty good.

The aroma leans heavily on rich, slightly sweet malt. Beyond that the yeast lends some fruit and a good bit of spicy characteristics.

Ovila's flavor profile is pretty straight forward. The malt takes center stage, with a moderate sweetness that comes in the form of caramel, toffee and hints of candied sugar. Both light and dark fruit pop up in the middle, but neither are very powerful. Beyond the malt, the strongest flavor in the beer is the peppery, slightly medicinal flavor from the yeast.

Big, creamy mouthfeel. This beer has the look and feel down for sure.

I was excited to try this one, as the story behind it is pretty interesting. When I saw it on-tap in a bar for the same price per ounce I would pay for a bottle at a store, I couldn't pass it up. What I got was a fine Dubbel that doesn't have enough depth or complexity to stand up to the best in the style. That doesn't mean it's a bad beer though, give it a try for yourself.

Photo of Brez07
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Chimay glass. Drank this last night so reviewing from notes

A: Deep cherry red color. Starts with a 1 finger white head. Really great retention for this one. No lacing though

S: I'd say this smells like your standard dubbel - some belgian yeast with accompanying peppery spice. Also picked up some bread crust

T: Some light crisp fruit (apple, golden raisin). Moves on to a caramel (or possibly candied sugar) sweetness, before ending with a dry peppery finish. None of the flavors really linger due to the carbonation

M: Sharp, active carbonation until about the last third of the bottle. Dry finish. Medium bodied

D: Great drinking dubbel that I would purchase again. Right up there with the imports

Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With two egg lays in a row, I hope that Ovila can extinguish that trend. The presentation is classy and not just because it's corked and caged. On to the beer:

What a beautiful sight! The ruby brown color of the beer looks shiny inside the large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The oatmeal colored head forms large at first, then drop to a small creamy lace. Retention and lace are okay, but the lovely color remains. The aroma is not bad, though I'll note that it was stronger when the cork was popped. It gives suggestions of pears, rolled oats, cinnamon in the raw, and nutmeg.

It's on target to being Belgian styled. There's a distinct taste looming around that tastes neutral and slighty sweet, oats perhaps? Or is that the yeast doing its part? Creamy pear comes around in the taste, just as it did in the aroma. Light sprinkles of dark candi sugar arrive, as does allspice. The alcohol, listed at 7.5%, somehow warms the throat without being detected in the mouth. The mouthfeel is great; very smooth and creamy in the mouth with a small jump of carbonation.

Despite being almost as expensive as the Belgian imports, Ovila is just as good as the Belgian imports. A dandy to say the least.

Photo of psujmatt
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Black Star Co-op, 9-oz serving in snifter.

A -- Essentially no head, small bubbles form at side of glass leaving very thin, short lived foam. A bit lighter in color than a normal Dubbel, but maybe it was a trick of the smaller glass. Definite reddish tint to it.

S -- For some reason, about all I'm getting is sweetness and raisins, with the sweetness almost reminding me of a brandy barrel aged beer.

T -- Pretty sweet on the tongue with little tang at the finish, and a definite sense of raisins/fig, especially in the finish. Some of the normal Belgian spiciness, even though that was absent in the nose. I hint of oak, almost as if it were barrel aged. For my tastes, this was nearly perfect balance of sweet and tangy, without being fruity (other than raisin/fig). Not as complex as some Dubbels, but I think it added to the drinkability.

MF: It has a thicker mouthfeel than I expected, and it was wonderful. Very smooth and light with carbonation while also seeming viscous. I really enjoyed it, but can't quite describe it!

I could have kept drinking this all night. Assuming it had the normal Dubbel alcohol content, it was well hidden.

Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crimson chestnut colored and brilliantly clear. Pours with a very wispy half inch off white head leaving a nice layer of sticky lace behind.

Aromas of earth, raisin, dates, plum, dark breads, black currants, with a light spicy ester in the background. A bit of alcohol shows as well.

Bits of roasty malts with light milk chocolate, burnt caramel, rum soaked raisin, and date. A bit plumy in the middle with earth and spice characters. A nice bitter quick finish. Carbonation is moderate but leaving things a bit thin in the mouth.

Definitely worth a bottle for now and a couple for cellaring purposes. Not sure if this will get any better however, if this is a one time release buying some extra will result in less regret for the future.

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

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice.

Pours, as one might expect, with a typical plummy-brown Dubbel body that turns a majestic mahogany red in the light. A small khaki head builds off the slow pour and retains well. Light aromas of the fruited variety: golden raisin, fig, apple. Hints of toffee and caramel malt in the back with a touch of floral hops.

Spicier flavor than the aroma, thanks in part to a boisterous carbonation level that coats the tongue and brings forward notes of pepper and dried fig. Fruity notes are still there, but play second fiddle to a more hefty toasted toffee maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and nearly dry on the finish with too many bubbles and not enough yeast ester notes to support it like so many true Belgian Dubbels. Overall, a decent attempt at the style (and made for a good cause), but Ovila falls short of expectations.

Photo of GoNowhere
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: A little bit of raisins, a little bit of cherries, a little bit of malt, a little bit of tobacky.

A: A nice little pour gives it a big mocha head. Nice tan body that allows some light through.

T: Fruity and a little spicy. Vanilla maybe... hard to pin down. Pretty good.

MF: A little hollow... Some would say thin. Not the greatest thing you want in a dubb but still very drinkable.

OA: Easy to drink. Easy to forget about. Had better, but have also had way worse. I hope the quad crushes.

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

Showed up at my local today with a big deep russet brown amber body with a thick tan head looks like rising bread dough. I like the background on the monks of the New Clairvaux Abbery. Aroma has deep raisin, plum, and dried dark fruits going on with hints of peppery spiced yeast notes. Not overtly sweet like some of the candy sugary Belgian dubbels much more balanced than the typical Belgian dubbel. Earthy herbal hops along with a bit of oak notes, even though I know this beer hasn't seen the wood. It must be the dry yeast that kind of mimics a cork like smell. Flavor balanced dark fruits with pepper spicy yeast notes blended with herbal green earthy hops, a very nice blend of flavors again a bit of wood maybe even cork notes going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied effervescent carbonation this is excellent exciting Belgian style ale from Sierra Nevada a bit dry in the finish compared to an authentic toothache sweet Belgian dubbel but an excellent artisnal take on a world class style. Overall thoughts are that I must get more and share it with a professor of mine at a Catholic university who has peaked interest in the realm of craft beers. I will certainly drop him a bottle of this next along with the story of the restoration process goin on in Northern California for the Ovila abbey of New Clairvaux.

Photo of Phelps
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops, inside a tall, thin 10-ounce glass.

The result of collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Dubbel pours a deep apple cider color -- a mix of ruby and amber. Beautiful clarity. A creamy, half-finger head of light tan quickly becomes a thin ring. No lace.

Fruity nose, from what I pick up, which isn't much at all. Some dark fruits, a touch of sweet banana. Too light.

Interesting flavor. Bananas and pears are the leaders, while raisins, strawberries and a bit of brown sugar are also noticeable before a slightly drying finish. Slight lactic tang. It's a nice, crisp flavor, but again, it's a bit light.

Medium-high carbonation pokes the tongue and fizzes up the beer as it moves. Medium, velvety body with good weight to it. Lighter finish than body implies.

Overall, a nice attempt at a Trappist ale by Sierra Nevada and their newfound monk buddies, but it falls short, lacking the depth and complexity of true abbey dubbels.

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

A: small white head that dies down quick on top of a clear, dark ruby body.

S: super fruity with some serious sweet aromas that remind me of caramel.

T: sweet with a fruity flavor that is very cherry like. The beer has a slightly bittsr finish that really works well to balance the beer.

M: medium body with low carbonation, which is surprisingly acceptable.

D: stupidly drinkable with a nice flavor. Good job SN.

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opens with a huge pop! Pours an effervescent brown with a pinky of tan head. Murks up a bit at the bottom of the bottle; very good head retention & average lacing

S: Figs, cherries & that's about it

T: Follows the nose, a touch of breadyness & charred candi sugar up front. Some grassy hops are hiding beneath the apricots, figs & cherries & some canned pears & honey dryness & a touch of fruitty boozeyness. Finishes with slightly figgyness, cherries, dryness, & some oaky & even leathery notes

MF: Medium bodied with a bit too firm carbonation, warming as well

This isn't a bad take on the style, but not blowing me away. I'm sure this will get better with a couple of years on it, but this is what I had to drink now. I expected a bit more from Sierra Nevada given the greatness of their anniversary offerings, Fantastic label though

Photo of rdilauro
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with very little head. No detection of Malt, Hops or any spice.
Taste was relatively light, from start to finish.
In fact it had a bit of a bitter aftertaste
I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had more body.
I am not sure if I would try this one again, but I am sure there will be some followers

Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 750mL bottle is corked and caged. The label tries to be over the top traditional with embossing and die cut label but its kinda phony. Poured a brown amber color with a huge creamy-frothy white head in color, with ruby highlights. Dense, creamy head with good retention.

Aroma is certainly dubbely. There ares nice hints of dark fruits and apple. Yeasty.

First thing I pick up on is the dryness of the finish. Taste isn't quite there in terms of a Belgian dubbel. Belgian yeast is there. There is a nice hop bite though. Hints of an unsweet cherry syrup and dried raisin. Slightly musty and earthy tasting. Belgian spicing is not strong enough.

The feel is surprisingly thin. Not bad at all but I had hoped for more.

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