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Ovila Dubbel - Wine Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Dubbel - Wine Barrel AgedOvila Dubbel - Wine Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 10-30-2012)
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date, assumed fresh.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with red highlights. Good sized, fizzy and fluffy light brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly. No real lacing that I can see. Decent retention at least.

S: Mild and surprisingly sweet wine aspect. Bready with hints of oak. Barrel presence isn't overpowering. Pretty mild aroma overall in fact. Tannic; almost leathery.

T: Fairly substantial wine up front. Very fruity and mildly tannic to boot. Loaded with grapes and raisins. Just the lightest touch of tartness and then strong breadiness in the middle kciks in. Decent astringent oak in the finish. Lightest touch of toffee and maybe even caramel in the finish. Lingering tannins and grapey wine between sips.

M: Mild, medium body. Smooth.

O: Huh, very interesting brew. Aroma is mild but the flavor is quite good. Honestly, most dubbels do nothing for me. Even the very best are merely "good" to me. Most are bland. This one has a great layer of complexity from the wine that really brightens it up. Not tart or sour, in fact it's a pleasant sweet grape flavor that really offsets the bready malt nicely. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 05:52:23 | More by Dope
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kaseydad

California

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

11-03-2013 16:33:07 | More by kaseydad
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Trilogy31

California

2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark brown with a muddy red tinge. Quickly fleeting foam cap that literally leaves zero lacing. Overall i dont want to spend too much time with this, the beer had a nice almost sour red wine quality with sour cherry and vinous notes along with wine like tannins. My main problem was this beer had a dry wet cardboard finish almost like a corked bottle of wine. It also had a slight diactyl character to it, not a bg fan of this and hope it was an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:32:07 | More by Trilogy31
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork-n-cage bottle; big thanks to Matt at NEBCO for sharing this.

A: Pours a clear, bright chestnut body under a finger of delicate off-white froth that settles into a ring and leaves some solid lacing. Lovely.

S: Mmm, beautiful. The vinous red-wine notes are right up front, with grape and strawberry fruitiness playing major roles. Some toasty malt and light oak provide background depth. Very delicate, well-integrated, and enticing.

T: Follows the nose, happily. It's not a flavor-bomb by any means, but the complex interplay of fruity wine, smooth maltiness, and soft oak is just delightful. It's extremely approachable and drinkable without sacrificing depth or complexity. Excellent.

M: Soft, lively, and reasonably mouth-filling. Great.

O: Terrific beer! I like the regular version just fine, but this barrel treatment really did wonders. One of the best Dubbels I've ever had.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:25:02 | More by woosterbill
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barczar

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep caramel with reddish highlights and moderate cream head.

Slightly medicinal and vinous aroma, with notes of caramel, a hint of must, and belgian yeast.

Vinous, vinegary undertones, with a bit of belgian yeast in the background. Malt is overpowered. Somewhat sweet mid palate, but finishes fairly dry.

Moderate body, with minimal carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Could use more malt support. Like the sourness provided by the wine, but maybe the oak mutes the malt too much. Lacking in belgian yeast character.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 21:32:25 | More by barczar
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Denver at the Cheeky Monk.
Pours a brown-raspberry color with small head.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Aroma of red wine barrel, slight malts, sour fruit.
Flavors of raspberry, dark malts, slight alcohol, red wine, red plum. Overall a big brew, flavorful and rich and a slightly biting tartness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 05:52:20 | More by DenverLogan
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t420o

California

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away about a month ago...

SN Red wine Barrel Aged Ovila Dubbel

A- tap pour to snifter produces a 1 finger tan head resting on a amber body. Head recedes quick leaving almost no lacing. 3.5

S- awesome smell of red wine, tart cherries, and sweet malt. 4.5

T- similar to the smell the red wine barrel aging provides a tannic and slightly tart cherry taste to the base dubbel. The sweetness and tartness play off each other excellent. 4.5

M- lighter carbonation as expected and
Medium body. 4

O- a wonderful beer. I could drink a lot of this stuff! 4.5

A  

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 22:39:54 | More by t420o
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Philousa

California

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Imbibed on tap at Wine Affairs on 12/3/12. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a mostly clear ruby red with thick, off white head. I get lots of cherry up front on the nose. Also slight oak, almost like wet cardboard (hard to get). Tart raspberry, slight caramel, cranberry, and some over cooked biscuit. This is really dry, like it makes my lips wrinkle after drinking it. Body is appropriate for the style. Interesting, intriguing, but overreaching a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 18:44:06 | More by Philousa
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The incredible overlay of wine barrel aging to the sturdy Ovila Dubbel trancends the classy ale from the simplified palate of American brewed, Belgian inspired ale to the added complexities and rustic charm that more authentic dubbel ale exhibit.

But like many other dubbel ales, the beer pours with a hazy veil of yeast that diffuses the hue of redish brown, bronze, and rust. Ruby highlights penetrate the haze for a cloudy glow from behind. A creamy off white head releases from the beer and promptly caps the beer with long lasting froth and concentric lacing.

An expected whiff of caramel, hard candy, nuts, and fruit soothes the nose and captures with it spicy elements of fresh cracked peppercorn, cedar, cider, and a tinge of white grape. The common fruit esters of dates, figs, plumbs and dark berries are heightened by grape and apple complements from the barrel. Similarly the spice notes invite wood and acidity.

Medium sweet taste starts candy-like but is braced by nutty malt taste and dry creamy flavor. This is the perfect underpinning for the tart fruit taste and dry peppery spice to attract the taste buds with boldness and balance. The full fruity middle palate sheds its candied upstart and is a prelude for the spicy, twangy, and dry toasty finish to come. Wine flavors from the yeast and barrel converge to dry the beer with berry-like acidity that lingers in aftertaste.

Medium bodied as well; the beer's creamy early palate stubbornly lingers deep into the taste and reluctantly allows the beer to develop into its classic spritzy champagne-like character. But with the assistance from the barrels, the added wood tannin, winy-cidery acidity, and spicy warmth closes the beer with toasty, peppery dryness that evokes the charm of Trappist dubbel ales.

I consider this charming ale to be Ovila 2.0 because it's a better version than the original and begins to make me think it may actually be made in Belgium. 3.0 should be forthcoming.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 18:28:17 | More by BEERchitect
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SanFranJake

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just enjoyed this at the SNBC brewery and it was great!
I enjoy the regular Dubbel a lot so when I saw this on tap, I had to try it.
Poured into an Ovila goblet, a semi dark amber color with a small bit of head which dissipated fairly quickly.
First scents of fruit which were also present when drank.
Went down super easy with great after-taste and while not what I expected, tasted like a cider.
Went down nicely and while not super high abv, it crept up on me.
Glad they had this on tap...even better that they had it at the shop for me to brings few home because its exclusive to the pub!

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 00:57:39 | More by SanFranJake
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep amber-red color with some purple hues, good carbonation leaves a nice small white cap. Head retention is pretty decent leaving a minimal rings on the glass.

S: Defnitely red wine, purple grapes with subtle raspberry, blackberry and cranberry notes, some wood and Earthiness

T: The red wine blends very well with the base of this beer. Lots os fark fruits from the base and the barrel leave a prominent but subtle purple grape taste with underlying red berries, wood and some light Earthinesss. A faint sweet and sour combo rears its head on the finsih but it is dry yest satisfying

M: Medium bodied, very silky, wine like texture makes it almost decadent in a way.

O: Very nice. I have been dying to try this and now know why. SN does another great job, now I hope we can get some Quad in those barrels!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 14:22:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at JRyans Syracuse NS for 6$ - part od CSNY beer week

Appearance - Reddish copper colour with an average size fizzy off white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, wood, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dark fruits, and some sour cherry notes. There is also a woodiness and some spicy yeasty notes. It ends with a sour cherry aftertaste.

Overall - Happy I had the chance to try this one.. very complex tasting and bold yet well balanced flavour wise. They would sell a ton of this if it was bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 02:40:15 | More by spinrsx
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish dark amber color with a ring of off white head around the pour.

Smell: This one smells rather tart with some red wine and red berry notes showing up right away. After that I get some sweet malt and cranberries. There is a faint smell that reminds me of dark fruit.

Taste: The wine has definitely taken over here. I'm getting the cranberry notes along with the red wine. Behind the wine notes I'm getting a malty sweetness that's a bit bready. The bread notes stick around with the tart notes through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The wine tartness seemed to take over the dubbel flavors a bit too much for my liking. I expected this to be a sweeter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 01:45:27 | More by oline73
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at max's the other day, as part of BBW.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with good head retention and lacing. There is a prominent wine aroma in the nose, but it blends well with the rootbeer, honey and spice I'm picking up as well. This is pretty impressive. The flavor profile is nearly as good, and is very complex. Once again the wine presence dominates, but it blends well with the brown sugar, honey and spice I'm picking up as well. The wine flavor imparts something of a light sour component, which balances and buoys the modest sweetness in this beer very nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, wine and sour finish. Alcohol is nearly undetectable in this well crafted beer.

Pretty interesting and pretty impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 23:17:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
Ovila Dubbel - Wine Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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