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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged DubbelOvila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel

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BA SCORE
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%


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:
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(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 09-27-2012)
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:04:18 | More by Bouleboubier
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CharlieMurphy

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:30:08 | More by CharlieMurphy
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Samuel906

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and fruity, you can really taste the barrels this was brewed in. Pours deep ruby red, thin head, no lacing. Really great smell, lots of grapes, some lime, cherries yeast, and cider. Taste is delicate and complex. Lots of wine influence, oak, yeast, caramel, and fruit. No booze at all. Very light feel, refreshing. Good beer, more well balanced than the quad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 02:09:36 | More by Samuel906
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scottfrie

California

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into snifter. Aged in red wine barrels.

A: Pours a very dark ruby red with a finger of short-lived light brown head that quickly faded into a faint collar and scummy film.
S: Dry oak nose with a large red wine vinous quality to it (as expected). Musty earthy woody grape notes dominate over hints of dark fruits, leafy hops, and peppery yeasty spices.
T: Greasy caramel, dark fruits, and “dubbel” flavors take a back seat to the vinous wine barrel that dominated the nose. The finish is light with flavors of pear, apple and cinnamon, and the aftertaste contains raisins, brown sugar and toffee. No tartness just dry oak and light red wine.
M: Airy splashy carbonation, medium-light body, drying mouthfeel and fairly crisp overall.
O: A nice touch on the original, and while not my favorite, a very drinkable beer all around. I would gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:09:54 | More by scottfrie
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dar482

New York

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this at Good Beer in NYC.

It comes in a ruby color, lighter than the Quad version.

I did not like this as much as the BBA Quad version. It had some lovely drinkable flavors, but lacked the depth and smoothness of the BBA Quad. It taste a bit of dried prunes and sweet cherry juice. It has a medium carbonation and I'm surprised it was so drinkable with its decent ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 06:33:56 | More by dar482
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Caramel and dark caramel malts, red wine, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, a touch of booze.

T - Dark caramel malts, cherries, raisins, and other dark fruits, red wine, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices, candi sugar, a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced dubbel. The barrel adds some great complexity and depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:34:44 | More by ngeunit1
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Tom for this beer
The dark rusty dull brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose is potently vinous, distinctly red wine, with none of the dubbel sweetness that's present in the regular version. The taste is definitely a harmonious blend of sweet prunes and red wine followed up be a lingering sweetness. I would have preferred more of a dry red wine finish in the mouthfeel (it's a lot drier than the regular), but it does a great job transitioning through the depth of flavors present. The acquired 1% in abv is not noticeable. Great beer that's delicious and completely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:12:57 | More by ThePorterSorter
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kaseydad

California

3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the brewery. Haven’t seen it around the East Bay so not sure this is ever making it down to the Bay.

Pours a cloudy brown/burgundy ale with a nice size off-white head. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma has a nice wine element to it. Which it should considering where it was housed. Light funk. Cherries. Raspberries.

The taste is rather lacking in flavor. Not getting much of anything. Bland. Light wine but mainly just dull tasting. Actually reminds me of a very, very flat cranberry juice. Some bitter notes. Not sure what I’m supposed to be tasting here. Spicy finish with a biting-back hope bite at the end.

Mucho carbonation here.

Overall I, sadly, was not impressed. The wine barrel didn’t do much for this other than the nose. Love the look of the dark burgundy label, but the flavor was just lacking. I can’t blame it on lack of carbonation either. That was there!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 16:17:00 | More by kaseydad
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weonfire

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY. Poured into a snifter.

A - Think finger of white head. Dissapates after 3-4 min. Brazilian Cherry hue.

S - Vanilla, Red wine, Sugar/molasses, really sweet. Smells very very good. Assortment of fruit in which I cannot distinguish individually. Dates if i had to guess ?

T - Yep, certainly aged in a red wine barrel. Nice Vanilla taste. 8.5ABV hidden really well. Very sweet though

M - Viscosity is low/med. great vanilla/fruit flavor remains for 20-30 seconds after each sip. Small taste of vinegar down the throat.

O- Really nice. Aging in the wine barrel was a great addition to the already great Dubbel. very nice wine flavor. A bit sweet to drink all night. It did remind me of an unaged BFM - Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 15:47:30 | More by weonfire
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head with moderate retention on a hazy mahogany body. Mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes caramel malt, dark cherry, Belgian yeast, green apple, raisins and molasses. Taste follows suit. Actually approaches a flanders red in a lot of ways, in quite a tasty way. Similar to what I expected to taste aging this dubbel in a wine barrel. Awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 03:45:19 | More by KickbacksSteve
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popery

California

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown, a nice mahogany color. The head is small and beige-ish. Just a thin blanket of bubbles. I don't see any haze or sediment. Once the head fades away, it looks like a glass of brandy or bourbon with a fine ring of bubbles around the edge. The aroma is excellent. It reminds me of Russian River Supplication, more than anything. There are berry and red wine flavors on top of sweet caramels, peaches and an earthy yeast note. It smells like a fancy dessert, maybe a piece of bread pudding with a wine reduction sauce. The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it's close. This is probably the best non-sour wine barrel aged beer that I've tried. It starts with sweet stone fruits, and caramel malt flavors builds up more refined sweetness. The barrel adds mildly tannic vinous and oak notes. It balances the sweetness wonderfully. It tastes like a non-sour take on a Russian River sour, somewhere between Supplication and Consecration. The finish is caramel, merlot and oak. Mouthfeel is effervescent but not harsh. About medium in total carbonation but it prickles the palate nicely. I came to this beer with relatively low expectations. I haven't been a big fan of the previous Ovila beers that I've tried. They all seemed a bit safe and not quite refined enough. However, this beer is a definite winner. The base beer works excellently with the barrel-aging, and the barrel-aging is particularly well done. The flavors blend very well and produce a combination that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:41:13 | More by popery
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stumac

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this fo free!!! Pours up a dark apple juice color. No head. None. Aroma is quick faint sour fruit. Then it escapes me. Flavor is slightly tart, dark fruits, like cherries and red apples, plum. Just a kiss of hop buttering for balance. Kinda muttled crispy carbo. Light bodied. A tastey burger indeed

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 05:04:43 | More by stumac
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impending

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B+

Petaluma Taps

Served a dirty dishwater cola, minor tan cap, no lacing of mention.

Smells of traditional gingered clove with raisins and figs, spicy with an obvious note of sour.

Barreling contributed a significant dose of bugs. Just the beginning of souring but obviously with more time this could be a fully fleshed oud bruin. Significant vinous notes with a dry finish. Little bitter, a touch of scorched caramel. Thin bodied lifeless mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 04:00:28 | More by impending
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, red wine, and wood. Taste is much the same with a very fruity wine flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice wine-forward barrel aged presence.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 06:41:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a small free sample of this last night, ordered an 8 oz. glass and the keg kicked 2/3 of the way through the fill.

Nice dark amber pour, clear, with a pretty good off white head.

Aromas were pleasant, but a bit faint, mostly notes of vinegar and apples.

Taste is very nice. A nice background of dubbel flavors, mostly baked apples and bread. Barrel aging adds some wine notes, light funk, and subtle sour vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch thin.

Overall, a very interesting and tasty treatment of a dubbel. Well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 17:58:27 | More by flexabull
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Barrel-Aged Dubbel, on tap at Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen, served in their 8-ounce glass. Aged in brandy and wine barrels...

Appearance: One finger of solid head, tons of bubbles. Not much retention or lacing, though. Tinted chestnut color, like a good barleywine.

Smell: Sharp, astringent, medicinal. Corn syrup, booze. Calvados, old barrel. Apple, tartness, sour. Fernet Branca. Unfiltered, unpasteurized cider. The brandy barrel does come through, prominently.

Taste: More of that apple (pie this time), booze-soaked dry fruits, brown butter slightly scorched. Very and crisp and tart, like a cider. The "dubbel" aspect is almost lost after the barrels work the magic.

Mouthfeel: Super dry, this hat got me running for water. Medium body, feel, full brandy flavor. Tangy at the end like pop rocks.

Overall: Nice experiment, if not totally succesful. The barrel feel is great, but it overwhelms the beer. A dubbel turns into a more interesting and complex god-knows-what style of beer. Moderately drinkable, a tad too boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 15:36:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into snifter at Avenue Pub, NOLA. Pours a deep ruby brown with no head. Superb funky aroma of cherry and dried fruit malts. Taste is awesome! Great mellow funky cherry sour with typical abbey dubbel dried fruit and yeast esters. Its so smooth and just full of perfect balancing flavors. The barrels just smooth this brew out so much. Excellent brew!

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 23:00:09 | More by DrinkSlurm
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Reidel stemless red wine glass.
8.5% ABV,

A - After a surprisingly light cork pop, the rich ruby mahogany colored beer poured out completely is sediment-free, but that doesn't keep it's dark nature from appearing murky. A creamy light khaki head crowns the beer, somewhat briefly while sticking light legs to the glass after a brisk swirl.

S - Barrel-Aged Ovila Dubbel's aroma is immediately intoxicating and extremely reminiscent of the likes of Russian River's illustrious sours. Deep fruitiness flourishes within this dubbel, blending together a medley of strawberry notes, rich ruby port, plum, and raisin. Chocolate and cocoa hints from the malt blend well, but the beer overall hides it's maltiness in the background with minimal characteristics emerging from behind the wine-like aroma. Interestingly enough, the wet wood barrels also seem to contain a sort of domesticated wild yeast scent which nudges this beer even further towards, say, "Consecration".

T - A paradigm shift occurs between the deep inhale before the initial taste and letting this beer wander on the taste buds. It's maltiness becomes more apparent while releasing some of those larger wine and yeast aromas for something that might take one by surprise. The decadent fruitiness is more subdued; raisin and thinner, Merlot wine develop complexity but it doesn't expand quite like the aroma. Faint chocolate and amber malts keep themselves at bay unlike a typical dubbel which would tend to feel much more rich and full.

M - This beer's prickly carbonation dances on the tongue playfully but oddly enough, the cork pop didn't quite foreshadow that. Velvet smooth, this beer has a medium-bodied feel; much lighter than a classic Belgian dubbel but it works out very well with the very dry wine-like finish which is almost astringent with faint acidity.

O - From it's totally absent Belgian yeast to the very mild and understated maltiness, I find it very hard to come to grips with the core idea that this beer is a dubbel. That doesn't keep me from loving what's in my glass though, because this beer, with all it's wine characteristics, is just plain excellent. Barrel-aged Ovila's plethora of fruit, wine, and wood notes all come together with meticulous care; near perfection, for something that, sip by sip, continues to develop and amaze.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:19:15 | More by BeerFMAndy
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap today at The Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. Left overs from their SN event 2 days ago; from the menu:

"A blend of their smooth, rich Belgian dark ale aged in both brandy and wine barrels, for added layers of flavor and complexity."

Served in a 8 oz. glass.

a - Pours a hazy, dark reddish amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the normal version.

s - Smells of brandy, red wine, sour dark fruits, caramel malts, sugar, fruity malts, and some oak. Really awesome nose; red wine and sour fruits. Love it.

t - Tastes of red wine, lightly sour dark fruits, fruity malts, brandy, oak, caramel malts, molasses, toasted malts, and bready malts. Taste is really nice, but not as great as the nose; it is not quite as sour as the nose was.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink; a little bit of a thicker body and this would have been great.

o - Overall a really nice beer; the best of the Ovila series beers I've had, albeit it is barrel aged. The nose is fantastic, full of sour dark fruits and red wine. Would love to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 21:31:58 | More by mdfb79
Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.