1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged DubbelOvila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

74 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 23
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bpk59
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bpk59, Sunday at 11:33 PM
Photo of brheuer
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

brheuer, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of DRTBrewster
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DRTBrewster, May 22, 2014
Photo of Bouder32
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Bouder32, May 22, 2014
Photo of HopTopher2014
4.5/5  rDev +9%

HopTopher2014, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -3.1%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ortie, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of user785335
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

user785335, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Morgoth
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Morgoth, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of anteater
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

anteater, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9%

drummermattie02, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of davesway10
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

davesway10, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -3.1%

BAsbill, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -3.1%

strongaf, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Falcone, May 30, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.5/5  rDev +9%

n2185, May 29, 2013
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.1%

claspada, May 26, 2013
Photo of GregoryMo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

GregoryMo, May 26, 2013
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
Photo of QuakeAttack
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

QuakeAttack, May 16, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
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
Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

chefduff2, Apr 21, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.