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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 23
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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Photo of Sipchue
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully, just as I expected it should for the style, comparing it to Chimay Red. Aroma was right on. A bit thinner, and certainly more carbonation than I expected. but the flavor was well balanced and satisfying. This is a respectable offering from Sierra Nevada and worthy of your attention.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Pours a mostly clear mahogany (and then later a very hazy mahogany) with three fingers of cream colored foam. Settles slowly to a quarter inch leaving a couple rings of lace behind. Smell: big clove and peppery aroma, sweet fruit with a tart smelling skin - red plum-ish, caramelized sugar base. Taste: again dominated by clove and black pepper, brown sugar, red plum flesh and skin. Finishes sweet with a semi-drying peppery earthiness the last impression. Tasty and easy drinking with a low alcohol presence (7.5% btw).

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay. I like this dubbel. I find it a bit tight and wound up, but it still works how I would expect it to. The characteristics that I expect to find are there, though not as pronounced as I would hope for. The carbonation at first seems way overboard and interfering with the flavor delivery, but it does tone down over time. This one could have a bit more character to it, but for a mass produced dubbel, it's working well enough.

Photo of RossCain
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: The beer takes the color of burnt sugar as it sits in the glass with a pillowy tan head. Great retention on the head of the beer; it looks very attractive in the tulip. The corked, sturdy bottle and textured artwork on the label are a great touch.

S: Notes of creme brulee, caramel, and toasted malts come to the forefront. Just the right amount of sweetness.

T: As led-into by the nose, the beer starts with sweet notes of caramelized sugars and toasted bread. The flavors work together to make a smooth and buttery-sweet profile. The profile finishes with biscuity goodness.

M: Smooth velvety with a good touch of carbonation. The 7.5% abv does rear its head a bit in the finish.

O: From the presentation of the bottle to the sweet, caramely goodness of each quaff, I give Sierra Neveda and New Clairvaux props for providing a great dubbel experience.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Slightly chilled...

A) Nice deep brown with a little ruby hue. A full finger of creamy khaki colored head looks very inviting. Nice retention. The head clings to the glass like a milkshake. Very rich looking...

S) Yeast is the first aroma noted. A very earthy nose, dried grass, straw, a bit of wood. Then some fruit, but not the dark fruit I expected, more like pear and grape. There is some caramel sweetness as this warms.

T) There is quite a bit of flavor here. Roasted malt, spices, not too much pepper at all, which makes me happy. There are those dark fruits. It is as earthy/woody as the nose suggests. There is some alcohol on the backend.

M) Medium body + moderate carbonation. The finish is quite dry with some alcohol warmth.

O) For whatever reason, I didn't pull the trigger on purchasing a bomber of this brew, but when I found it in a 12 oz bottle, I snapped it right up. I must say, I'm glad I did, as this was quite enjoyable. A very solid dubbel... Glad to recommend...

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

On tap poured into a SN tulip.

Pours a nice deep dark brown that's cloudy with some ruby notes. A thin dark brown head with some light thin lacing all the way down. Nose is malty, crisp, and a bit yeasty.

Taste is pretty crewy and yeasty right off. I've ha quite a few amercan interpretations of Belgian styles and this is easily one of the most spot on versions. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt but even though it's not hoppy in any sense, it's well balanced and very drinkable. I'm very mug lookin onward to the other beers in this series.

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

Poured into tulip, pours a hazy rusty amber color with good head, not the best retention and so-so lacing. Smell has a definite caramelized sugar and sweet fruit aspect to it. Having a hard time pinpointing what exact fruit but a very nice and complex nose. Taste starts out sweeter with the caramelized malt and sugar notes. After that i notice the fruits and in particular a tart cherry, though not terribly noticeable i loved a nice tartness to it. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety, not thin but not too full. Overall a great beer and definitely unlike any others in the Sierra Nevada collection.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of very bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly plum and raisin.

T - It tasted of plum, currants, raisin and a good spicy bite. It had a good bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good dubbel. The Ovila collaborations have been very nice.

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

Huge props to my in-laws for grabbing me a bottle of this for my b-day...

A - Pours a hazy brown colour, thumb of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel, raisins, dark fruit, cloves and spice.

T - Loads of fruity flavors, cloves, the rich caramel and toffee comes through, toffee lingers with hints of leafy greens, and a peppery spice.

M - Medium bodied, though comes across quite light, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Overall an incredibly flavorful dubbel, loads of complex flavors, goes down super smooth and the abv is dangerously well hidden.

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

Ovila Abbey Dubbel | on-tap | 7.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: Dubbel
Glass: tulip

Muted amber with a receding khaki head. Somehow I remember it being much more vibrant from the bottle. Interesting how lighting conditions make such a difference.

Sweet bready malt up front with brown sugar and fermenting dark fruits.

There's a very nice light maltiness to this beer augmented by caramel and dark fruits. But it's all quite subtle, so even the light spicing provides adequate balance.

Medium bodied and smooth, with just enough carbonation.

Ovila dubbel is a nice ale. It's balanced and it has some sophisticated flavors. I think this is good in a tripel.

Would I get it again?:
Yes (I've already had it in the bottle).

Bottled: on-tap at The Stag's Head (July 15, 2011)
Served: July 15, 2011

Price = $7.00 at The Stag's Head (NYC)

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice

A-This beer pours dark copper in color, almost has a leather color. Two finger head on moderate poor reduces pretty fast. Leaves some lacing.

S- Rich Malt, blaclk pepper, caramel, spicy hop smell, and i think im getting burnt sugar.

T- The taste is different from the smell but i get the black pepper, burnt sugar as suspected. Im also tasting a nice array of dark bread apples, appricots, and rasions.

D- This beer is super carbonated kinda takes away from mouth feel for me. The body is medium. Overall its a tasty brew and i have a few more bottles. Going to try one evrey six months or so.

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

Corked and caged 25.4 oz bottle.
It poured very clear, deep coppery amber, nearly chestnut in colour. A short beige cap was supported by a constant stream of bubbles rising through the beer. Good head retention. Yeasty, bready aroma, sugary, dried and ripe fruit, mild spiciness. Malty flavour with more than enough hop bitterness for balance. Notes of grassy hops, malt sweetness, brown sugar, bread and nuts, mild caramel and cocoa. Lingering peppery spice. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty overall. I'd gladly purchase this again.

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

A- Pours an amber reddish brown color with a pretty good head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- I get some belgian yeast as well as some dark fruits and toasted malts.

T- Has a nice spiciness as well as some sweet malts and dark fruits.

M- Has a medium to light mouthfeel.

O- A pretty good beer with some nice flavors that are pretty well balanced. Has a nice spiciness to it. The only thing that is lacking is the feel which i find too light for me.

Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.