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)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 455
Reviews by mlhenson:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang goblet an amber tinged brown with a fluffy slight off white head atop,aromas of brown sugar,light roasted nut,and phenolic spice,smells quite sweet.The palate is on the sweeter side with dark fruit and brown sugar dominating,the phenols pack a hefty spiced punch as well.Its not bad but it isnt overly complex, and on the sweeter side for my taste.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ovila Dubbel collaboration with the Abbey of New Clairvaux and Sierra Nevada. Corked and caged 23.4oz bottle onto Ommegang goblet.

A- Pours a deep and dark brown fluid that produces light firey redish hues when the light passes through it. Produces a nice and even quarter inch tan head that stays the duration of the beer. Light patchy lacing is seen.

S- Sweet brown sugars, burnt malts and light alcohol fuses in the nose.

T-M- Upfront is a bold bite of sweet brown sugar and prunes. After the initial bite subsides I sense an earthy, spicey mix of malts and hops. This balances the flavor to a sweet and slightly dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very smooth and with little to make your palete resist this one.

Overall this is a good Dubbel to session with if you can find the quantities and cash to provide.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original 750ml bottle (vs the small bottles they come in now) poured into tulip. Bought a case when Ovila Dubbel was first released, so this has a year+ on it. Loud pop when cork was freed.
Pours a relatively dark copper with light head and lacing, both of which fade pretty quickly.
Scents and flavors of burnt sugar and light hops, which both also fade pretty fast.
Oddly enough, the second glass from the bottle poured a 1" thick head vs almost none when first poured. It faded pretty rapidly...a lot like the flavor.
I really enjoyed this when it was first released and while its still good, the time hasn't done what I had hoped to it.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dense off-white foam of perhaps a finger or so covers a nice chestnut brown ale. My pour included some of the lees from the bottom of the bottle so there was a slight haze.

Aromas of caramel malts, some raisins or dark fruit, and that Belgian yeasty smell. Pretty classic for a dubbel, but with a little bit more fruit.

Flavors are nicely joined on the tongue with caramel malts coming on first and then folding nicely into a complex splash of dark fruit, a slight bitterness, and some of the bready yeast. There is some of that brown sugar on the back end as well. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but still pulls off some creaminess that was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this brew a bunch! It had notes of a typical dubbel but also has some character of its own. Nice.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany color, moderate carbonation, nice tan head on the pour that hangs around leaving a bit a lacing.

S - Muted, dark fruit, yeasty bread, raisin...would like more.

T - Spiciness from what I think is the yeast and not added spice. There is a sweetness from the carmalized malt, dark fruit flavors present, good flavor...just muted a bit like the aroma.

M - Nice body, a bit of carbonic bit, even a touch of warming from the alcohol...quite nice.

O - As much as I love Sierra Nevada, this beer just fell a touch flat. Nothing wrong with it other than it does not match many of the dubbels from Belgium.

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Photo of elinash
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I was really excited to find this beer at my local market. I'm eager to try all the Sierra collaborations I see on their website. Most of all, I'm anxious to know what a Belgian style Sierra ale will taste like. Judging by the bottle, it's going to be traditional, which I regard as a treat! Since Belgians are now in the mainstream of American microbrew recipes and consumption (to a certain extent), the American-Belgian styles and collabs are just going to get better.

Okay, so, this one pours with a nice head to start, but peters out to nothing. Caramel colored. Tight carbonation is present, without any residual head. The picture on their website is purely promotional.

Nose is medicinal, burnt sugars.

This one is not a summer beer, but it's summer right now, and it's pretty hot. The temperature of the beer is pretty warm. Carbonation is tight, fizzy, with nose-hair singeing zest and alcohol in the mouth. (exaggeration?) Alcohol is warming and spicy. Orange, cloves, allspice, etc. dominate taste, along with sugars. Finish is moderately dry.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer.

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

In a goblet the beer was claret colored. A thick tan head quickly disappeared.
Sweet aroma, sugary, fruity.
Big time malt taste, kind of caramel. Dark fruit. Candy.
Rather full-bodied and filling.
I definitely enjoyed this beer and look forward to more collaborative efforts.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mikechance
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened a chilled bottle and let it breathe and warm up for about 15 minutes. Pours very dark, almost copper or mahogany with a nice half inch head - very nice. I picked up a lot of aroma - raisins, spices, clove, and dark fruits. The taste is very malt forward, peppery, and not bitter at all. It is fill-bodied and very smooth. The aftertaste holds up well, but got a little sour near the bottom of the bottle. It is good, but not great.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, clear, caramel in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: figs and bread

Taste: bread, figs, dark fruit, apple, and some Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet with a nice amount of spice and some bitterness in mid-swallow, low carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: A good dubbel that is both parts bready and spicy. I could have several glasses of this. The fruit pops more in this one than other examples of the style. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, toffee and candy sugar. I don't have any complaints from the aroma, which smells like a dubbel should smell. The flavor a nice mix of toffee, yeast and candy sugar. The alcohol is detectable but is not overpowering. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made dubbels that I have tried.

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Photo of bsp77
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark orange-red (almost a pinkish head) with a very thick, light tan head.

Smell: Plum, raisins, molasses, clove and spicy hops. Slightly metallic. Boozy.

Taste: Somewhat sweet and syrupy caramel, dark fruitiness (plum & raisins), with just the lightest spicy touch at the end. Taste just seems muted overall.

Feel: Despite some syrupiness, this is way too watery. Moderately high carbonation. Much more warming than 7.5% abv would indicate. Finish is not dry at all. Wow, the mouthfeel really misses the mark.

Overall: Between the light flavor and the horrible mouthfeel (for a Belgian at least), this completely let me down. I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan and a pretty big Trappist fan as well (even if this is not quite Trappist), but this does not at all live up to what either SN or the Monks are capable of.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a SN tulip.

Pours a nice deep dark brown that's cloudy with some ruby notes. A thin dark brown head with some light thin lacing all the way down. Nose is malty, crisp, and a bit yeasty.

Taste is pretty crewy and yeasty right off. I've ha quite a few amercan interpretations of Belgian styles and this is easily one of the most spot on versions. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt but even though it's not hoppy in any sense, it's well balanced and very drinkable. I'm very mug lookin onward to the other beers in this series.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown with a pillowy white foam cap that rises above the rim of the glass. Fruit and malt aromas. Rich malts with a light fresh fruit and dark dried fruit. Starts sligyhtly sweet but finishes dry. Medium full body and above average carbonation. Domestic Dubbel tastes imported.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A deep rich mahogany brown with deep auburn edges. The tan head quickly forms and builds to the rim of the glass, but doesn't last for a particularly long time, nor does it leave much sticky lacing on the glass. This beer appears to be missing the extraordinary carbonation I've become accustomed to with terrific dubbels.

A somewhat subdued and distant aroma; I wish there was more here, but granted, what is here is very, very good. There's the familiar and welcome aroma of some dark fruits: plums and some raisins, which is backed up by strong bready malts, and some fruity and yeasty sweetness. Very nice, but subdued.

Bready malts along with caramel, a hint of yeasty spice, and plenty of dark fruit flavors. Very balanced and relatively simple, even with all that incredible deliciousness going on. I suppose I wish everything that is here was just multiplied.

Medium body and the carbonation helps the beer feel light and extremely palatable. A real pleasure to drink.

A relatively simple dubbel and an interesting venture from the West Coast boys at Sierra Nevada. While it doesn't stand quite alongside its Belgians forefathers or its Lost Abbey brothers, it's still a remarkably delicious beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, extremely attractive bottle and label work. Corked and cage into a wine glass due to the fact that my glass ware is either on the way or dirty.

Pours a light brown, transparent. Ruby highlights with a one finger head of tan bubbles that no matter how hard you pour it, never elevates more than a finger. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of malts and some sweet fruits.

Taste is a bit underwhelming. Some bready malts, hints of dark fruits, some caramel/brown sugar, finishes a bit warm. Weird taste when cold but is a bit better warm.

A bit thick, medium bodied.

Well I was a bit disappointed, I'm glad I got to try it, and being my first dubbel I expected more. It was a bit weak and one sided, hopefully some other examples will impress me more.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour, very nice clarity for something so dark, looks very professional, no murky homebrew here. Nice 1/2" head on it, slightly mild tan in color, average retention. Aroma was a bready brew, lacking any belgian pungency in many yeast strains from that region.

Very good taste, ample amounts of caramel running through it, I'm already surprised how much I enjoy the beer, really just bought it for the old lady who doesn't really like hoppy brews, since this came out in 4 packs, its a lot easier of a venture to jump into instead of a 750 of a dubbel, a style that lags far behind my favorites. Toffee compliments caramel, with a small nutty contingent to accompany the other flavors.

Amazed by the crispness and carbonation in the mouthfeel, most dubbels seem to be lifeless and dusty. I didn't really gather all the dark fruit descriptors that many use in these style of belgians. Nicely crisp and dry. One of my more favorite malt bombs that isn't a stout.

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Photo of JL1
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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