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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 09-27-2012)
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Photo of Tele
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.25 Pours reddish-brown with a one-inch, light tan head. Looks like a pretty standard dubbel.

S: 4 Smells rather sweet up front with some spice and fruit mixed in. Mostly get caramel and malt followed by classic Belgian esters. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem a bit more dominant than most Belgians. There’s a little earthy funk as well, probably from the wine barrels.

T: 3.5 Actually a bit fruity and tart at first. It doesn’t taste infected, rather the wine barrel aging must have imparted more tart, cherry-like qualities than expected. Sweetness and esters come through as well, but they are covered up by the tartness. Bitterness on the finish is a bit off-putting, but it does provide some interesting funk that reminds me of aged cheddar; it’s strange, but at least it counters the unexpected tartness.

M: 3 Rather thin, watery, and under carbonated.

O: 3.5 Pretty strange beer here. The wine barrels have made some interesting aspects come through, but it doesn’t seem like the base beer could handle it resulting in an unbalanced beer.

Tele, Wednesday at 12:13 AM
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bpk59, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(purchased this at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in April 2013 - poured into a 10 oz goblet)

A: big head rise on the pour (as well as extra pours), quick.... fairly hazy russet-amber.... keeps a misty foam atop straight through, however, not a spit of lace

S: initial impression is it's comparable to a Flemish red or Oud Bruin - that realm - maybe (sweet) red wine?.... oak-aging is apparent.... touch of cocoa nibs.... wine-fruity, yet also hints of dates and raspberry(?)

T: a bit messy upon first sip - a touch of smoke (phenol) comes through in the finish.... an unrefined sort of "infection" quality.... late lightly-toasty, bruised-prune, lingers in aftertaste... midway through the tasting, nice hints of dark fruit (via dark caramel malt or yeast? both?), however, a mild acidic funk keeps getting in the way... warmer (15-20 min): mellow chocolate-vinous notes like that found in a Flemish Red (again, the wood?)... overall, it has a bold enough flavor, it's just the balance is pretty off between the malts/yeast against the results of the barrel-aging

M: a bit light-bodied and watery for a Dubbel - this improves as it warms but, with the tartness and the seeming tiny prickliness of the carbonation, it's still slightly dull-dry and one can't help but long for a little depth/richness in the malt-body character

O: almost decent - best offerings when warmer - the barrel-derived funk does seem to dominate (at the expensive of balance and malt savoring).... perhaps it improves with age, but I have my doubts

Bouleboubier, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

cadaugherty, May 09, 2013
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm mahogany with tangerine and maplewood undertone hues. Fuzzy microbubbled cream colored head that wades around the surface and doesn't lace.

S: An odd combo at work:
-Dark fruitiness such as candied appricots, apples, maybe a little bit of not yet ripe figs and green raisins.
-Splinteringly fresh oak
-A bug and bourbon oak cocktail like the ones that don't work in a AWA. Reminds me of Squatters Root Cellar.

T: Much more balanced and beer-backboned than the nose. Lighter malts than the average dubblel and seemingly more like a petite quad. The wine is there and works well with the belgian yeast and malt profile, but is in the foreground for sure. It almost has notes akin to a partial apple brandy barrel treatment amidst merlot barrels. The oak is vary faint (I'd guess these saw ~3 months) and not astringent and bold like the nose.

M: Very light and mild. A teeny tiny bit of residual tartness, but nearly squeaky clean down and out. Light and thin for sure, similar to a light apple juice.

O: Overall pretty balanced, but there's a few things that don't quite tow the line. Worth the try for $2.99 all day.

CharlieMurphy, Apr 27, 2013
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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.