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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

02-13-2013 00:30:14 | More by augustgarage
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -27.4%

04-06-2013 13:14:32 | More by t0rin0
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-24-2013 17:04:26 | More by acurtis
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chefduff2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

04-21-2013 16:22:32 | More by chefduff2
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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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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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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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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-03-2013 04:32:26 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-04-2013 20:45:52 | More by largadeer
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-08-2012 20:55:58 | More by mendvicdog
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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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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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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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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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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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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-24-2012 19:27:34 | More by Nage37
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-26-2013 17:06:40 | More by claspada
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-07-2014 02:32:35 | More by threedaggers
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banger7

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-12-2013 23:13:08 | More by banger7
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davey101

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-02-2013 07:21:00 | More by davey101
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-09-2013 00:01:17 | More by cadaugherty
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-04-2013 22:17:32 | More by bbadger
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-30-2013 02:12:49 | More by Falcone
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-02-2013 19:50:56 | More by lpotter
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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.