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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 23
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mdfb79 on 09-27-2012

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (2,368 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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! (365 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into Ovila Abbey Ales goblet

A: Brown with a tan colored head that disappeared pretty quick. Some decent amount of carbonation, little lacing, light comes through when held up, looks cloudy.

A: Belgian yeast, caramel, spices, picking up some oak, cloves, figs, prunes, some sweetness, not getting any of the bourbon but there is a nice oak presence, not getting any alcohol, smells complex with some depth.

T: Belgian yeast flavors, toasted caramel, spices, cloves, oak, slightly bitter, finishes with some strong dark fruit notes likes figs, prunes, lots of flavor, complexity, depth. The oak from the wine barrels comes through more than the bourbon flavors, not a bourbon bomb, a little heat from the alcohol.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry finish, a good amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed, has a nice Belgian yeast characteristic up front, get some oak, lots of other flavors, a great sipping beer. I'm going to pick up another bottle or two for the cellar. (998 characters)

Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,538 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled on 6/18/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon/wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine/bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged dubbel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine/bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,760 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Atatum
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a nice tan head that lasts very shortly. A thin lacy head sits as the drink warms. A very dark orange body. N: licorice, brandy, dark fruit, molasses, leather. A very beautiful nose! T: a dry, alcohol dust taste. Tastes a lot like a good brandy, quite syrupy and has a nice malt balance. Burnt sugar and thick molasses taste. Overall: the barrel aging adds a touch of dry flavors but does not contribute to the flavor like one would assume. No real woodiness, just a little extra brandy flavor. Overall a very tasty brew. (531 characters)

Photo of mschrei
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark. Big head and carbonation at the beginning but mellows out big time. Slightly sweet and mouth filling. Barrel aging gives it a mellow warmth underneath. Warms up nicely. Tasty and enjoyable. (195 characters)

Photo of Jnarowe
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light aroma of candi sugar, malts. Solid dubbel with some heat and traces of cabernet on the finish. A little more complex than the average dubbel, but well balanced and enjoyable. Tasted @ 60F. (194 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruits, moderate spice, caramel, a bit of a vinous touch from the wine barrels, and some light sweetness from the bourbon barrels. Hints of oak and vanilla in there as well

T: Starts off with the dark fruits, oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels, vinous notes from the wine barrels, and some spiciness from the yeast. Goes into some moderate sweetness from the caramel maltiness and burnt sugar as well as more general fruitiness from the wine. Finishes with lingering oak, spices, and burnt sugar

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice take on a dubbel, with a solid base and great barrel additions. It's hard to pick out which barrel shines more, but both do a very good job at imparting themselves onto the base. If you're a fan of Belgian brews or looking for something a little different, don't let the $17 scare you away (970 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice dubbel with a very strong barrel presence on both the nose and the taste. I found this beer got much better as it warmed. Very little carbonation was present, and the feel full and sweet.

An enjoyable sipper. (224 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into Old Guardian glass.

A: Reddish brown with one finger light tan head that settles to a thin ring and moderate lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits - raisin, plum, fig, and dates. Subtle oak and vanilla.

T: Belgian yeast, plum, figs, and dates. Slightly sweet but well controlled.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation. Finish is a touch sweet.

O: Very nice beer. I just wish the price point was better. (433 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (1,524 characters)

Photo of impending
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B+

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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.
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Photo of stumac
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the tethers of bourbon barrel flavors pulling the flavors of Ovila Dubbel even tighter and tighter, a beautiful array of flavor tantalize the tastebuds and seduce the senses in a unique Belgo-American kind of way.

Deep and russet brown, the beer's chestnut and mahogany hues shed a creamy yet short foam cap and simmers with rich maple, dark dried fruit, pepeprcorn and booze-soaked wood. To taste, the beer is lavish with residual sweetness, slathering the palate with caramel, toffee, butter pecan and maple.

Then the middle opens up and the sweetness evenly coats the mouth as the fruit and spice come out to play. Date, fig, raison, cherry, apple and apricot all seem dried and leathered, stewing in its earthen broth. Counter to the fruit and malt are the yeasty spices who carry a spicy tinge of fresh-cracked peppercorn, mild clove and oak tannin and an unmistakable bourbon jolt.

Holding onto its sweetness, the malts resist fade as the carbonaiton turns from an initial zesty nature to creamy, candied feel. Seemingly somewhat barleywine-like, the forefront of fruit and spice distinguishes it a Belgian. Yet the ale finishes malty-dry with caldering warmth and a pleasant prickle of peppercorn with an aftertaste of peanut skins. (1,247 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (376 characters)

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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.