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: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 454 | Ratings: 1,035
Photo of DuncanIdaho86
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Dubbel was the best I had, from bottle to the pour to the color and robust taste it was sensational. This beer should have a papel blessing.

I wish it were winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it!

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Photo of billybob
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy brown with a fair size light tan head. smell is faint with a mineral note to it. taste is also light and malty with hint of spice fresh and clean on the palate and lots of carbonation. one of the better dubbel beers i have tried hats off to sierra nevada.

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Photo of klimabean
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hi, I'm Kris (..and you all say, "Hi Kris") and this is my first review on BA. I wanted to start with an exceptional brew and go from there.

I first picked this bottle up while on a wine tasting weekend in Sonoma, Ca. I'm so happy I did.

Appearance - poured a wonderful copper color with a soft cream colored head that dissipated a little quick and slight lacing.

Smell - great spiced fruit & clove hinted aroma, but not overwhelming.

Taste - Great. Cinnamon & mild malty fruit. I was expecting more hops, but was pleasantly surprised how clean this Dubbel finishes.

Mouthfeel - you get the complex flavors up front and rolls to a little dry. I love the high carbonation in this bottle that leaves your palette refreshed and wanting more.

Overall - this is one of my favorite brews right now and I get excited when I know that I will be popping the cork on this bad boy. I've bought more to share with friends and family. Not sure if this is on tap anywhere, but would love to compare the taste (the Saison/Farmhouse sister brew to this one reviewed is on-tap).

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Photo of Con-a-sewer
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark ruby poured into sniffer no head little lacing

S: raisen fig slight booze bourbon

T: malt, raisen ripe fruit, awesome bourbon

M: smooth, clean crispness easy to drink

O: I like this a lot it's smooth and rich I like the aged taste it makes me feel sophisticated at least until I hit the floor lol

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Photo of avwrite
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%

Was skeptical because it was a dubbel from Sierra Nevada. I'm fond of their pale ales but haven't tried much else. Safe to say, I enjoyed it. Had a nice, dark brown color, smooth taste, sweetness, and some bitterness. I would drink it again.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with about one finger of tan frothy head that leaves a small amount throughout the beer.

Very nice scent, sweet fruit is prominant along with a lot of spice. Some alcohol is noticeable.

The taste is of sweet fruit like grapes, banana, maybe some apple, a nice amount of spice, and some roasted malt flavor, alcohol is quite noticeable.

Medium body, smooth but prickly feel, moderate carbonation.

This was maybe the most flavorful dubbel I've ever had. There is a lot to taste with this beer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed May 22nd, 2011 from a Triple Petrus tulip/snifter.

Beer pours a mostly transparent deep caramel color; not as dark as a soda, but dark brown. A two finger head of irregularly sized bubbles forms and fairly quickly subsides to a thin crown of off-white bubbles.

Gorgeous aroma: fruity (apricots and white grapes) with a hint of pepper and sweet, yeasty fresh bread.

Flavor follows nose, though pepper is mostly absent. White grapes and light breadiness are the main components. The flavor is also relatively light, as in not too malty or sweet. Low bitterness. Nicely done!

Slightly thick and ever-so-slightly creamy. Win!

This is a great beer with a flavor profile slightly out of the norm for a dubbel; I drank the whole bottle with no difficulty at all. Goes great with red meat.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extra thick champagne corked brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date into standard pint. Been craving Belgian beers latley.

A: cloudy brown like an unfiltered nut brown ale. Opened with thick off white head hat fell to a pretty average splotchy cap and a might thick ring. Big caramel notes with alcohol. A bit of yeast but it is pretty light. The slightly astringent smell I always get from belgian beers is there but not huge either.

T: follows nose, opens with caramel from the candi sugar followed by that belgian astringent yeast funk that I have been craving this past week. Finishes off with a bit of spicy bitter hop. Really well balanced and I want to take bigger drinks but this is for sipping.

M: thick and rich a little bit of a slick finish that is rather drying. Very drinkable.

O: sierra nevada scores again, this beer is wonderful. Just wat I needed to kick off my own little belgian style beer fest.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown with a golden hue. sits clear, deep amber with not quite two fingers of cola-colored head when poured into a goblet

Smell: malt balanced with moderate spicy phenolic notes, sweet bread, and light fruitiness resembling dark varieties

Taste: rich maltiness with some caramel and sweet bready notes, balanced with Belgian spicy phenols resembling clove and pepper. alcohol is apparent but not hot or even that warming. very low hop flavor and bitterness. finish is somewhat dry with some spiciness dominant along with some sweet breadiness

Mouthfeel: medium body with high-medium carbonation

Notes: very classic dubbel. pretty textbook. not an over-the-top attempt and certainly not lacking in any way

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on - 4/18/11

Aroma - Light hints of dark fruit sweetness

Appearance - Tons of carbonation but no head when poured into a chalice. Reddish cooper in color with a lot of residual carbonation.

Taste - Sweet with a subdued Belgian yeast character. Smooth no hints of alcohol. This is a good beer that I wish I could get more of a a slightly lower price point.

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Photo of burns1066
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer! Not as substantive as I expected, but with enough body to satisfy. Wonderful caramel smells, with just a hint of citrus and pepper. Very little lacing, head disappeared fairly quickly, which I thought was surprising. Tastwed like it smelled, a less full-bodied version of a more autumnal brew. Nice when you want something with a little bit more substance, but without being overly cloying.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Ovila is deep copper in color, and pours with an enormous head of a creamy color. The lacing is the most impressive aspect here, with millions of pinhead-sized bubbles racing to the top of this brew, and its head never falls below 1/2" in thickness.

S: The bouquet is vibrant, with great hints of stone fruit, clove, and rum.

T: What a display of balance! Ovila boasts notes of stone fruit, rum, clove, and a touch of chocolate. This brew displays all of the characters of a great Belgian-made dubbel.

M: The full body and chewy texture of this brew is emphasized by its extreme level of carbonation. It displays the awesomely creamy texture only found in the best dubbels.

D: This is a top notch dubbel from one of my favorite breweries in America. It has all of the attributes I look for in this style, and doesn't seem to have a single flaw. Congrats, SN, on another amazing brew, I look forward to the next two offerings in this lineup.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. The cork wanted to get out of the bottle in a hurry!

A. Deep, very deep mahogany colour with a light tan head that fades fairly rapidly. Not much lace.

S. Lots of caramel, a strong waft of hops, otherwise very typically Belgian dubbel. Hints of barley sugar.

T. This is a really well balanced dubbel with non of the cloying sweetness sometimes found in this style. Very fruity up front with an exceptionally dry finish.

M. A little on the medium bodied side for a dubbel.

O. A very nice beer indeed. Subtle in both flavour and ABV (7.5%) making it deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with red highlights. Head is a light tan, decent size, and fades quickly. Light lacing.

S: A nice aroma of caramel malts, spices, banana, clove, & dark fruits.

T: A nice dry flavor that follows the nose very well. Belgian yeast gives it a spicy quality with banana notes. There's a sweetness from some toffee malts, dark fruits, & brown sugar. Finishes slightly bready with a hint of booze.

M: Carbonation is very tingling on the tongue, medium body, smooth texture.

O: A great beer that's easy to drink and not too hard on the wallet. Glad I have more then one bottle.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355th review on BA
bottle to chimay goblet
750 ML C/C

App- A very nice dark brown with amber/red highlights. One and a half finger head. Just soft and pillowy looking head and a marshmellow softness fade.

Smell- Rich layered sweetness with a malts and a bit of brown sugar.

Taste- The thing I love about dubbles is the yeasty softness. This was no different. Yeasty, soft and delicious. The slight peppery spice notes are very pleasant and the softness again just keeps drawing me in.

Mouth- Medium bodied with an almost high carb soft lace like finish.

Drink- A very good beer. I have wanted to try this since I read about it a long time ago. Was not dissapointed. I could drink a lot of this very quickly. Oh wait I did, my bottle was gone much too quick.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a big light tan head forming from my less than perfect efforts. No lace left behind as the head recedes.
Smell is rich with malt, backed with notes of dark fruits, apple, hops, pepper and fruitcake. Really well balanced.
Taste is superb. Rich and malty with a strong fruitcake presence with all the raisins, figs, candied cherries, wheat and slight rum-like note. Lesser notes of pepper and hops and a faint soy taste mostly up front.
A rich, full bodied brew with a fairly light effervescence. Warming with a beautiful slow fade aftertaste. A really nice example of the style.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating noticable.

A= Pours a deep brown color with a nice huge thick creamy off white head. The head holds awesome retention and lacing on the glass is crazy. Really a near perfect looking beer.

S= The smell is a nice mix of biscuity malt and spicy yeasty quality. It actually smells quite nice. Strong and pungent which I've found the be a lacking character in Belgains. Hard to put my finger on the exact smell. Yeasty I would say.

T= The taste is similar to the smell. Hard to put my finger on again. A nice biscuity malt with a ton of spicy yeast. The typical dark fruit characters are not present. Really interesting.

M= Great for me but for the style a little low on carbonation. Not too sure how to rate this. I prefer the lower carbonation but it isn't to style.

O= This may be the best Dubbel I've ever had. Really really nice. Can't wait to try the others from this series. This is a great beer.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reveiw is based on a goblet quaffed at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore (a goblet that they let me keep!).

It pours out a thick and spongy head, one that slowly sinks into a filmy crown of lace atop a mysterious russet body; this one retains little lacing throughout. The nose gets a few whiffs of cinnamon and raisin with a few specks of vanilla thrown in for good measure. The palate initially is blanketed with plum; following this, comes a swift rush of brown sugar. This boasts a superb balance, one that makes for a comfortable mouthfeel.

While this is not a true Belgian dubble, it does make for an accurate (and highly drinkable) rendition of the style.

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Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red walnut color with thumb sized tan head that falls to ring with some spotty lace.

Aroma is malty goodness with dark fruits plums, raisins, hints of peat and soft cloves, spice. Aroma is sweet, soft and inviting very pleasant if a bit subdued.

Taste is wow spot on, big malty goodness sweet moving to fruity plums, figs with residual sugars here and there. Moving to peat, earthy yeast notes then spice clove mostly. Some lingering hop notes herbal like. Very nice Dubbel very well done, much better then any of Stones Belgian tries.

Mouthfeel is maybe little lighter then expected but carbonation is wonderful lightly peppy but mostly feels nice and smooth. One of my big knocks against most brews is to much carbonation, but not here.

Drinkability is great very enjoyable, very well done wouldn't mind having a few more of these at all.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was of a hazy dark amber brown with a reddish hue. There was very little light tan foam and no lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of sweet fruits and with a hint of sweet spices. A very pleasant and suttle aroma. When first tasted, the sweet roasted malts, caramel and spices were very evident in the flavor. Not very overly alcoholic on the palate of aftertaste. Not really heavy, but not sort of watery. What a very pleasant tasting dubbel. Out to buy more!

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Photo of vince4953529
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a Belgian ale for awhile...got one bottle for $10, 7.5% abv listed on the classy label; a relaxing drink on a Tuesday morning.

Served slightly chilled in my RR glass. Dark ruby red color against the backdrop of an overcast day. The pour formed a creamy head also.

Tasted of brown sugar, peppery, and some unusual faint hint of celery and taste of fish; sounds weird but tasted great.

A very very smooth brew, creamy in the mouth goes down easily. Definitely enjoyable, but for the price it's unlikely I'll have this again... at least not in bottles.

I also toasted Ovila to one of my dear friends who committed suicide the past week, so tragic and shocking. May you have a good afterlife...

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Photo of eluchini
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a newbie to the craft brew scene and no a huge fan of superstrong hoppy flavored beers, I found this beer to be exceptional. It was smooth from beginning to end, had a nice/crisp finish, and was good pre, during, and post BBQ. I would drink this beer anytime!

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Photo of Eigenslam
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown color, head pours a nice thick light brown lather but it quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass.

S - Raisiny, malty aroma. A very faint smell of spices in the background.

T - Raisins and malty sweetness! Very nice balance between the two with a great blend of spices. Taste has a nice bell curve, flavors begin to build as it hits the tongue and rolls off very smoothly.

M - Good amount of carbonation, not overpowering and doesn't distract from the rich flavor of the beer. Sits sweet and spicy, but not too heavy. Leaves a pleasant and complex aftertaste.

O - Excellent beer! Well made, balanced, smooth, tasty, and drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up the other day when I noticed it on shelves...

a - Opened bottle and poured into an ommegang chalice. Opened with a huge pop! Smoke rose from the bottle top (love that). Beer poured a deep mahogany with a thin dubbel head. Steady and even carbonation. Looks like a quality dubbel.

s - Spicey dark fruit and a touch of the dubble booziness that you'd expect. The booziness is subdued by the spicing.

t - Malty caramel and brown sugared plums/figs. Nicely done dubbel with good flavor balance. If anything, maybe a tad on the sweet side.

m - Very creamy just how I like a dubbel. Very pleasant aftertaste. A touch on the watery side.

o - Overall, this is an extremely solid dubbel. There aren't many american breweries that hit a dubbel (or a quad or dark ale) properly in my opinion. This was better than I had expected. Beer after beer, sierra nevada does not disappoint. The 30th anniversary and these special beers are all great examples that a craft brewery can be readily available across the country but still give the proper attention to all of their beers and make then with such quality in such large quantities.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip. Same presentation as I've come to expect from all of Sierra Nevada's special releases, which is pure class, from the cage to the label to the cork itself.

Pours deep mahogany, with a lush three fingers of fluffy, dense khaki head. Fantastic retention, and excellent stickage as it settles slowly down to a one-finger cap, clinging tenaciously to the sides of the glass as it does. A bit better lacing is all this one would need to hit perfection.

Nose is very nice - light alcohol, pronounced spicy clove and a bit of white pepper, fresh strawberries and a bit of red grapes, with a light, deeply bready brown sugar sweetness underneath.

Taste is very good as well. Soft and lush, this one drinks way, way too easily. The spicy phenolics mentioned earlier, replete with bucket loads of clove and just a bit of soft pepper, are wrapped up in a blanket of deep, soft, fresh-baked spice bread. Dark fruit shows through with some soft dried figs - the berries and grapes promised in the nose are only hinted at here. Still, not sweet - deeply malty, but dry for all that, with the soft alcohol adding quite a bit of depth within the grand scheme. Not to repeat, but every bit of this one felt light, soft, and lush, from the mouthfeel to the individual flavors. Not one to bash you over the head by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is perfect - creamy, soft and lush, almost fluffy because of the ridiculous head retention, with a body that feels lighter than expected, and a carbonation that is as far away from sharp as can be imagined.

Very nice beer overall. A drier take on the style, but well executed - the guys from Chico delivered an absolutely world-class Abbey Ale for sure.

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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