Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Ovila Abbey Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
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4.31 | pDev: 4.41%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Aged in Brandy barrels with Mandarin Oranges and Cocoa
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 7 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Clear, mahogany , dark brown to red colored beer with a three finger high, smooth and creamy, beige head. A LOT of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Brandy, barrels, hazelnut, brown sugar, caramel and fudge.
Taste: Complex taste of oak, brandy, mandarin, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, orange, dried fruit and roasted nuts.
Mouth: Smooth! Almost no carbonation. Warming but no alcohol taste - so well hidden!

I must say: ABV: 11.4% - I would never guess! Silky smooth, easy drinking (!!) and almost oily - So good!

Aug 04, 2019
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robot777 from California

4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A richly flavored brew that is really smooth, dark, dank and delicious. Very expensive but you get what you pay for and pour for, right?
Find one, buy one.

May 08, 2019
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BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a thick walled goblet, with a moderate pour generates a solid finger thick white tan head which sticks around for a while. On the nose there's the obvious Belgian characteristics, spicy, rich yeast etc. Taste yields an additional nip and warmth, presumably from the brandy barrels, rich chocolate notes, along with subtle fruits such as oranges, plums, and surprisingly ripe dark cherries. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, as well as being quite viscous, but doesn't overstay its welcome and become overpowering. Overall a very cool experiment from Sierra Nevada, it's everything a trip in the woods brew should be.

Mar 22, 2019
Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Ovila Abbey Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 7 ratings