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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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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jco3rd

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-21-2012 22:42:49 | More by jco3rd
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-12-2012 00:02:18 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-11-2012 23:51:12 | More by Texasfan549
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-09-2012 08:00:49 | More by Kopfschuss
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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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roblund

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-07-2012 15:33:21 | More by roblund
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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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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-22-2012 06:26:23 | More by drewone
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zappafrank

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15%

11-18-2012 20:05:26 | More by zappafrank
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-11-2012 15:40:33 | More by SocalKicks
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-09-2012 00:11:02 | More by jacewg
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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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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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jricharc

Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.1%

10-15-2012 17:23:42 | More by jricharc
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-13-2012 22:19:47 | More by 2dogbrew
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15%

10-08-2012 00:13:15 | More by dbexpert
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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
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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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