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Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey DubbelOvila Abbey Dubbel

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

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 455
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with over one finger of persistent offf-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Cookie-like, more doughy than yeast-affected, even unctuous at times. Malt qualities are a satisfying combination of Belgian aromatic and crystal. There is some aspect of floral and fruity perfume present, as well as coconut.

T: Begins off-dry, with focused yet nuanced malt that yields some definite molasses. Vigorous acidity buoys the overall mood, maintaining a balance between bright and dark qualities but diluting some of the flavors most worth contemplating. Delicacy remains the theme in the middle, where light esters evoke rose water. The nature of this beer's flavors become more transformed deeper into the profile, and also as it warms, yet phenolic-derivative Belgian yeast character remains elusive throughout.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This approachable beer serves as a splendid introduction to stronger ales for the novice, fully able to delight the palate without providing much of the challenge inherent in most authentic abbey beers from Belgium. It also possesses a depth of character that unfolds with time and repeated exposure by the drinker, even though the first glimpse is of something simple and straightforward--even compromised. As a result, this California Abbey ale is adaptable to many situations; do not hesitate to serve early in a series, or with lighter fare such as fruits and salads.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked caged bottled poured into my Chimay goblet.

A-Deep dark cloudy red/amber

S-Raisins, fruit, bananas.

T-Wow this thing is very sweet. very fruity, clove and bananas.

M-Light and carbonated.

D-A great drinking beer, took down the 750ml easily, the 7.5% abv is not bad at all. Rather tasty. I look forward to the next two releases.

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Photo of xensure
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle in to wiezen glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with about a finger and a half of head. The beer has a very distinct haze of suspended particulate matter. I assume that this is the yeast which is plentiful in the taste.

The beer doesn't give off much of a pungent smell, but light fruity notes and a sweetness from the malt. The beer drinks well with sweet notes from fruit and the large amounts of yeast add more off fruit flavors like banana and pears. The sweetness is balanced by light hops, but there could be more. Although this is a Belgian style dubble I think a little more hop flavor would keep you drinking it.

I would definitely buy this beer again. It is a smooth Belgian, but its dark malts make it a strange combo. Certainly worth a try and at its price/abv and taste certainly worth a repurchase.

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Photo of quizicle
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a wine glass. This, the first of the Ovila series, occupies the same bottle as the 30th Anniversary Beers from Sierra Nevada. A firm pop opens up the beer which pours a medium brown in color with some muddled crimson highlights. A half inch of off white crown offers good retention and keeping a nice cap throughout.

Nose is light and subtle. Perhaps too subtle in fact. I have a bit of a time gathering much from the nose at all. A bit of caramel with warming is evident but otherwise rather discreet, though surely not negative.

Similar in taste as to the aroma. Touch of caramel and a light sense of muddled brown sugar. The yeast notes are rather subtle both in the aroma and the flavor. Perhaps this an Americanized Dubbel as for makeup, though not quite sure where it's going. Has a bit of hop spice on the finish which seems oddly out of character.

Feel is a bit thin with light hints of spice and caramel. Overall rather mediocre I would say, with a rather light body for the style. Not much to offer..

Honestly, I'm rather disappointed in this brew. And at the price point, it's a total fail... Think I'll jjust grab a better beer from 6000 miles away next time...

Note: 7.5%

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good overall beer. Typical Dubbel.

A: pour almost mahagony. Nice foamy head about two fingers. Nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy and fruit with some notes of raisin.

Taste: Plummy or Pruiny. Nice balance. Some spice.

Mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly crisp. Goes down easy.

Good beer. The Sierra Nevada collaborations are working out really good.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a sort of hybrid wine/cocktail glass.

Deep brown with a moderate tan head that falls rather quickly.

Loads of brown sugar supported by hints of grape skin, English toffee, and a dark berry fruitiness. Bitterness balances the semi-drying finish and hops add an earthy flair.

Subtle, yet complex, similar to some of the great Trappists but lacking the extreme dryness. It lives up to what I expect from a great brewery like Sierra Nevada, but I was also hoping for a similar price point to the rest of their line.

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Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of martyl1000
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Chestnut brown with ruby red highlights around the edges. Very active carbonation leads to a thin fizzy off-white cap of foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass. Looks like what a dubbel is supposed to look like in my book.

S - Sweet, dark breads with hints of dark fruits and a peppery spice. Bits of fig, raisin, cracked pepper and a yeasty smell I associate with fresh baked bread. None of the aromas stand out as particularly exceptional, but the whole thing comes together nicely.

T - Rather sweet initially with an underlying yeastiness behind dark fruits. Raisins and fig come to mind. There is a light pepperiness mid-drink that offsets the sweetness quite well. Seems to become increasingly sweet as the beer warms with hints of burnt caramel.

M - Very lively mouthfeel with excellent carbonation; much like what I expect from authentic Belgian dubbels. A little sticky on the backend and the sweetness certainly lingers.

O - A good dubbel, and I like the story behind it. Nothing earth shattering here but once again another quality beer has been put forth by SN. Certianly looking forward to the others in the series. My only qualm is the price is a touch high for something that isnt better than the dubbels coming from Belgium in a similar price range.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with very little head. No detection of Malt, Hops or any spice.
Taste was relatively light, from start to finish.
In fact it had a bit of a bitter aftertaste
I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had more body.
I am not sure if I would try this one again, but I am sure there will be some followers

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Photo of Stouttyme
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dark copper in a tulip with a brief khaki head that produces no lace. Oddly, carbonation is prominent.

Has a similar aroma to fruit juice with some spices, plums, and a hint of red wine.

Well balanced with fruitiness being less prominent than suggested by the nose. This one is earthy with some mustiness and a light, acidic, subtle finish.

A burst of carbonation with each sip comes from this medium bodied beer with a woolly texture. Alcohol initially stings, then warms.

Enjoy with a relaxing meal.

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Photo of thekoz
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a corked bottle. High carbonation pop when I removed the corked, though the carbonation level seemed light and tight.

Great mahogany color. Sweet aroma with hints of raisin and other dried fruits (dates?).

Lightly bittered, lots of fruity flavor. Mostly raisin.

Head a tan head when initially poured, which dissipated fairly quickly.

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Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of snotster
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of impending
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Opens with a PoP, pours a deep bronze cola, light coffee colored head recedes slow, ok lacing.

Nice classic dubbel aroma, rich with spices, clove and ginger atop mild dark fruits, nearby sits dark bread dough.

Taste surprises somewhat, significant vinous qualities. Light on the dark fruits. Ends just slightly bitter and burnt. Aftertaste is sweet, much more so than at the start, lingers pleasantly. Full flavored and full bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.
nice label

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Photo of Iowacraft
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Arch578
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,036 ratings