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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 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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

AmericanGothic, Apr 09, 2011
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.

RossCain, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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)

BeerNemesis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Haybeerman, Apr 24, 2011
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...

RoamingGnome, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 !!!

Hopfenpeter, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22oz. into my favorite Belgian tulip glass

A - Hazy dark copper pour with minimal carbonation and a relatively thin single finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very complex aroma with hints of dark candied sugar, spicy yeast, dark fruit, chocolate and hops on the back end.

T - Balanced flavor profile with dark fruit, candied sugar, caramel, spicy Belgian yeast and some back end malt on the taste.

M - Moderate carbonation on board in this beer

O - Great Dubbel that is quite balanced and very drinkable. I absolutely enjoyed the freshness in this beer which can be hit or miss in some of the traditional Belgian offerings.

racer2k, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown with a slight foam on top. Laces nicely into my Ommegang snifter. Visible carbonation.

S - Smells of cherries, and fresh bread. The belgian yeast is noted in the aroma.

T - Funny that the label mentions a spanish monastery. My first impression was that this reminded me of a good spanish red wine. Peppery spice combined with sweetness of dried fruit. It ends with the tartness typical in a belgian dubbel. A bit sweeter than the style normally is, but pleasant.

M - Extremely smooth for the style. I polished off the bottle easily on a hot Memorial Day. It is medium bodied and the carbonation dissapates.

O - I liked it. Maybe not the best dubbel but SN impresses me with their limited releases yet again.

socon67, May 30, 2011
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.

Swillbur, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle). Pours hazy cola color with nice beige head. Appropriate carbonation. Aroma has candied sugar, black pepper, ripe pit fruit. Taste has some malt sweetness, but not over the top. A hit of bitterness in there. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Smooth finish where the pepper is distinctive to me. This beer is pretty nicely balanced, if a little subdued

trappistlover, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Dubbel pours a woody and murky brown color with an attractive medium tan head. The head is fairly dense and has very nice retention. The lacing is moderate.

The aroma is very spicy with plenty of Belgian yeast notes. Clove, pepper and a touch of banana mingle with dark fruits and brown sugar.

The flavor is also spicy with a bit more earthy character. Clove, pepper and some coriander all are present. The fruity character comes out a bit more in the flavor, having some nice fig and dried cherry notes. These flavors blend with brown sugar sweetness that are very rich and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with a very nice amount of carbonation. They did a pretty good job of recreating that unique carbonation that only Belgian beers seem to have. The finish is well balanced and spicy.

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for quite some time and in typical SN fashion, they did not disappoint. While not as good as some of the finest Belgian examples of the style, it is solidly made and very enjoyable. I also found it to be fairly priced. Just another great beer from one of craft beers elder statesman.

zoso1967, May 10, 2011
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.

mcallister, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 08, 2011
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.

DrJay, Jun 04, 2011
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.

lennerja, May 04, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a tulip glass.

Look: reddish, brown body that looks a bit purple in the bar light. Three finger tan head that retains quite nicely but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: figs, cherries, a small amount of alcohol, and some bread and Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste: sweet with some fruity flavors, like fig and cherry, Belgian yeast flavors, balanced by a muted hop spiciness and some alcohol dryness.

Feel: felt a little thin for a dubbel, smooth carbonation, and quite easy drinking.

Overall: this is a good dubbel even if it is not particularly exceptional. I would give it a try because it is Sierra Nevada, after all. However, I think authentic Belgian dubbels are a bit better than this one. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, clear gold into a tulip with a finger of sticky eggshell head. Relatively delicate aroma of the usual banana, clove, and spice with just a hint of dark fruit sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Once again, the flavor didn't wow me with anything too unusual for the style, with some banana/toffee sweetness and gentle spice on the finish.

Nothing really jumped out at me with this one, but it was really balanced and easy drinking. Glad I tried it on tap, but I wouldn't seek it out in the bottle at the current price point.

grittybrews, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of mvforegonian
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a sniffer

A complex and rich malty sweetness with hints of caramelized sugar. the aroma is heady and layered with a mix of fruit and space with hints of clove and black pepper (evident of Belgian yeast). The aroma was great but seemed to be lacking. Mouthfeel was syrupy (not in a negative way) and appropriate for the style. This beer is a great change of pace. i would love to see how it ages!

mvforegonian, Jun 09, 2011
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.

GoNowhere, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy amber brown color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head. The head was short lived, and left a little bit of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet toasted malts and caramel. There are some nice dark fruit notes, as well as strong belgian yeast and white pepper.

T - It starts off with the sweet roasted malts and caramel. Then, the dark fruit notes come into play. I am getting Plum, cherry, and raisin. There is also some spice notes and a nice belgian yeast presence. The finish is smooth and the yeast flavor lingers in the mouth for a bit. There is also a touch of booziness.

M - This has a light-medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and there is also some dry yeastiness.

O - The drinkability here is good. It goes down easy and has nice flavor. Overall, I thought this was a good beer. I can't wait to try the other 2 belgians SN will be putting out. I recommend trying this, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

JizackFH, May 02, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour, very nice clarity for something so dark, looks very professional, no murky homebrew here. Nice 1/2" head on it, slightly mild tan in color, average retention. Aroma was a bready brew, lacking any belgian pungency in many yeast strains from that region.

Very good taste, ample amounts of caramel running through it, I'm already surprised how much I enjoy the beer, really just bought it for the old lady who doesn't really like hoppy brews, since this came out in 4 packs, its a lot easier of a venture to jump into instead of a 750 of a dubbel, a style that lags far behind my favorites. Toffee compliments caramel, with a small nutty contingent to accompany the other flavors.

Amazed by the crispness and carbonation in the mouthfeel, most dubbels seem to be lifeless and dusty. I didn't really gather all the dark fruit descriptors that many use in these style of belgians. Nicely crisp and dry. One of my more favorite malt bombs that isn't a stout.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown with slight reddish tint. one finger of creamy tan head that receded quickly and left some decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with dark malts beneath. Hints of dark fruit and spice.

Taste: Like it smells, sweet and yeasty with good dark fruit flavors like dark cherries and raisins. A little vanilla and caramel in the malts. A tasty Belgian dubbel.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with creamy carbonation that makes it sweey and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability: It's a good, not great, Belgian style Dubbel. It's a bit heavy, so I'd probably stop after a tall glass or two, and wouldn't session. But, overall a pretty good representation of the style.

ChopperSmith, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, obscure purplish red with hints of brown.

I get hints of dark fruits and plum along wit h\hints of malts and sugar.

I mainly taste dark fruits that hold their own against the sugar and malts. I also get a slight alcoholic taste and some grapes as well.

A slightly watery and creamy feel with light carbonation. I get a small hint of alcohol creates a little bit of burning but still pretty good.

A fairly good beer and that I'll probably revisit sometime in the future. I'm glad to see that more American breweries are making Belgians.

HattedClassic, Feb 26, 2012
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.

cbutova, Apr 12, 2011
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.