Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Reidel stemless red wine glass.
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.
09-29-2012 23:19:15 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
10-24-2012 23:00:09 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-27-2013 03:45:19 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
11-22-2012 06:41:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.31/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-26-2013 06:41:13 | More by popery
4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-23-2013 02:12:57 | More by ThePorterSorter
Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.