Ovila Dubbel - Wine Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
12-03-2012 18:28:17 | More by BEERchitect
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
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!
11-24-2012 00:57:39 | More by SanFranJake
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
11-18-2012 17:25:02 | More by woosterbill
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
11-15-2012 14:22:07 | More by barleywinefiend
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-12-2012 02:40:15 | More by spinrsx
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
11-07-2012 01:45:27 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-30-2012 23:17:56 | More by John_M
Ovila Dubbel - Wine Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.