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Ovila Abbey Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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980 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +5%

Tribis, Jun 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Riverared, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby amber. Head is light tan and 2 fingers thick. Retention for days. Resulting lace is thick as hell and sticks to the sides with ease.

Smell - Some sugary character.... really hard to distinguish any kind of discernible aroma.

Taste - Starts slightly sour, there's a bit of light fig. Really, there's not much here to comment on. Finishes slightly sour.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Decent carbonation leads to a bit of liveliness.

Overall - Meh. I usually chide dubbels for their thick, rich and sugary character, and because this beer lacks that, it would stand to reason that I might like this beer... but I don't. there's just nothing interesting going on with this beer. It's almost bland. I've gotten more flavor out of pale ales.

TheSixthRing, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

mlhenson, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

WritersBlock, Jun 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of One2Remeber
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Lively carbonation. Body a mix of a murky mahogany and dark ruby red color.

S: Sharp tart, apple juice aroma. Heavy peppery spice.

T/M: Creamy, banana pudding taste. Black pepper spice taste. Hardly any bitterness, smooth as could be.

O: Love the style and this is spot on. Rich Belgian yeast, fruity tastes, lighter body. I would love this aged with funky wild yeast.

One2Remeber, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

A - dark brownish amber with a thick layer of brownish head that's dense and foamy and has great retention

S - faint caramel and a faint spiciness

T - heavy caramel, sugar, apples, sweet, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated.

I was hoping for a great deal from this beer. It's SN, it's Belgian, but ultimately doesn't meet all expectations. It's has great potential, but misses the mark. The sugar and caramel are a bit heavy and the drinkability is lower than would be expected. It's got decent flavor and body, but it's not as well put together as I would have expected. It's good, but I won't be picking up another one.

tdm168, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of burns1066
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%

I really enjoyed this beer! Not as substantive as I expected, but with enough body to satisfy. Wonderful caramel smells, with just a hint of citrus and pepper. Very little lacing, head disappeared fairly quickly, which I thought was surprising. Tastwed like it smelled, a less full-bodied version of a more autumnal brew. Nice when you want something with a little bit more substance, but without being overly cloying.

burns1066, Jun 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

lvoutlawjlh, Jun 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

aszatk01, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Bought a corked bottle some time ago. I'm brewing a Dubbel now so I'm trying to try as many of this style as I can. Poured into a chalice-like glass.

A: pours a cloudy, murky dark brown with amber & ruby highlights. Nice rocky white head that settles to a thin film. No real evidence of lacing on the glass.

S: after the cork popped off and I poured, I got a lot of lemony spritzy aromas, almost like lemon merangue pie. Also reminded me of a sparkling champagne. After reading the back label again, I do get slight hints of light fruit, black pepper, and clove.

T: lots of bready malts with hints of raisin, plum, and fig. Hints of light watery-like cocoa. Again, after re-reading the back label, I get some hints of carmelized brown sugar. As another reviewer mentions previously, I do get a dusty, barn aura distinction.

M: very watery-like and dry tasting. Would like some more malt presence, but I understand if this is more to the true intended style.

O: an okay beer. I'm not blown away by it, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. With all the marketing in various beer mags & nice packaging, I think I was expecting a bit more. Am still interested in trying the other beers in this series.

jwhancher, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

AltimusPrime, Jun 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

sevenshubby, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from bottle into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy brown color with a hue of red. Upon pouring there is a big off white head that has a very decent retention. Eventually it fades to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – A strong brown bread aroma is the heaviest in the nose. This breadiness is mixed with darker fruit aromas of cherry and some prune, a strong yeast smell and a medium boozy smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a dry bready flavor. Towards the middle some flavors of dark fruits and a good bit of yeast cake come to the tongue. These flavors sweeten the brew a bit, but overall it is still rather dry. At the end these flavors are met with an alcohol flavor that leaves a slight booze burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. With it being more on the dry side a bit more carbonation may have been better, but overall it’s not too bad.

Overall – It is an OK dubbel, but nothing too spectacular. It has a more subtle flavor profile and for what you pay for this one you could find other more common dubbel’s that are better overall.

Darkmagus82, Jun 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a dark, cloudy orange/brown color with a very nice thick, light tan head. Rich malted grains, dates, and a hint of alcohol in the smell. Also smell some cinnamon-like spice.

Nice caramel-flavored malt taste with some tasty fruity esters and light hop bitterness. Went well with some locally smoked salmon...

A very decent dubbel. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Hopefully this won't just be a one-time deal...

beergoot, Jun 03, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

Very nicely presented corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle...no expense spared on the label either!

Pouring into a La Trappe goblet, exhibits an effervescent light tan head quickly settles over a very slightly murky brown liquid. Aroma of lightly roasted malt and brown sugar mixed with yeast spiciness.

The maltiness carries thru on the first sip, fruity yeast notes too...bitter but subtle hoppiness is well balanced here. Verrry well balanced between bitter and sweet with the sweetness winning over. Finishes a tad thin body wise but the nose and taste makes me forgive quickly. Well done effort here.

beerluvr, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

drleomarvin, Jun 02, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

Attractive bottle screaming that hey, I am an American craft beer in the tradition of old French/Belgium brewing tradition.

Similar to Abbeys Ovila has an attractive cloudy look with a nice aromas sweet spice and yeasty. The flavor resembles the same.

I enjoy the creaminess of the beer. Good drink-ability. I like the medium carbonation and body. Goes down oh so easy.

A nice Belgian style dubbel. Nice complexity but maybe lacking the malt flavors. However, its a ll a little thin. If you want a mild approach to the Belgian beer style this would be a good choice.

I prefer something a little richer. This reminds me of Belgian Brewery out of Fort Collins. Yes, it's Belgian style. Yes, it's good American craft beer in a Belgian style. But Belgian style demands a little more for more. Ovila is a bit underwhelming. Belgian brewing requires a little more aggressive chance taking to satisfy me.

So what should you listen to with Ovila? How about those great Scott Hamilton group jazz cds with Rosemary Clooney singing?

frankiepop, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

biggmike, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

jstein89, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

BearsDitkaBears, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ckk527, May 30, 2012
Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.