Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,034
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
133
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,034 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle. Pour cloudy light golden colour with good head. A great blend of a dubbel and candy, light fruit, hops, and spice. Superior for the style and excellent drinkability. I would seek this one out and use it to transition Coors people toward good beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a 2 inch puffy beige head that settles to a thin film. Random chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, spices, and some Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruits, and some spice flavors. There is a slight bitterness that comes with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dubbel but I was expecting something much different and to be honest, much better.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an excellent dubbel, not too sweet, but sweeter than many. it pours a brick red to brown color, with a muddy haze to it and an excitible but not tall white head. the nose is molasses and sweeter malt, some spice from the yeast too, no hops to speak of. the flavor is in line with the nose, tons of malt supporting this one, a rich beer, lots of subtle flavors here, dried fruit, vanilla, and some wood. the feel is excellent. smoother than most belgian beers ive had, lighter in carbonation but plenty full of body. i like the mix, and its down easy for tha reason. wonderful as it warms too. overall a classic beer, so much going on and so much to appreciate. one bottle just isnt enough!

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popped the cork with a loud bang. This brew had a very lively tan headin it along with a decent brown color that was a little hazy. The smell of dark fruits & spice on the nose, not a whole lot of yeast aromas. This was too light on the mouthfeel, I found it went flat very quickly. The head vanishes and the brew just became kind of boring in my opinion. I expected a little more from Sierra Nevada here but I don't think this brew really turned out that great.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head.
S: There are light aromas of brown sugar and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has additional flavors of dates and nuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the story behind Ovila Dubbel is sensational, the beer carries a mystique of the highest of quality and flavor, even before its release.

The Dubbel pours with a mohogany amber color with a multiple shades of brown. Quite clear with only the modest of a haze. A creamy off-white head covers the beer with a heavy blanket of foam. Much more dense and weighted of a look than is normal for classic dubbel ales and without the lively carbonation that's normally associated with the style.

Muted aromas of barley malt, chesnuts, and with a mild spicy-fruity yeastiness that gives a simple and refined scent. Though the quality of aroma is high, the intensity is subtle.

Malty rich with deep caramel, almost toffee, along with a peanut brittle (without the peanuts) flavor. Estery influence of berries, cherries, and apples accompany the malt sweetness and give a much welcomed variety in taste. Decorated by peppery spice from yeast and by cleanly bitter hops, the balance pulls back from purely malt-focus but the beer retains it's malt forward taste. Again, a tasty beer but a somewhat simplistic flavor spread.

Creamy and full early, the beer retains a lot of its weight deep into the mid palate before a stubborn transition toward a malty dry finish. Carbonation keeps the beer creamy, but never the light and airy evaporation that's famed in such beers as Chimay Premiere or Ommegang Abbey Ale.

While the flavors that are present are clean, crisp, fresh, and high in quality, the beer lacks an overall level of complexity, depth, and layering that make authentic Belgian versions so endearing. The relatively low carbonation gives the impression of heightened sweetness and weight that steers the beer even further away from the whimsy that is a Belgian Dubbel.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, with a very wine-esque looking label. It took a bit of research to determine that 'New Clairvaux' is actually an abbey founded in California, and not the Low Countries.

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy, very dark burnt amber colour, with two fingers of thinly creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few specks of lace as it readily recedes.

It smells mildly of dark fruity malts, some roasted biscuity pale grain, a mild nuttiness, and a middling earthy yeastiness. The taste is fruity dark malt, subtle standalone earthy confectioners' sugar, some further date/fig sweetness, a waning dry yeast essence, and leafy, kind of musty hops.

The carbonation is rather average, the body a supportive medium weight, and a wee bit tacky, so smoothness is a particularly contentious issue. It finishes fairly sweet, the muted caramel malt ceding little ground, but that dusty barn aura not quite keen on giving in either.

A respectable initial (I think) attempt at a rarefied old-world style, and modeled on the new world instances of the same. Sweet malt, somewhat complex contrary players, but just not in the same heady vein as one hopes for from such a seemingly symbiotic Golden State contender. Ok to drink, but not in the portion provided.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the most powerful popping of a cork I have ever encountered in beerdom, the beer poured out with a modest cap as if nothing had happened; the color of the liquid was mahogany and there was a smattering of lace left behind

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel and vanilla, with undertones of oak, figs and cherry

Taste: The caramel and vanilla tones dominate the front end, with some dried dark fruit, brown sugar and earthy elements building up in the middle; the earthy flavors, including some oak, add a counterpoint to the sweetness after the swallow, leaving a nicely balanced impression

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather creamy, with low to moderate carbonation; lacks the delicate mouthfeel I seek in a Belgian style

Overall: I find myself slightly disappointed in this beer as I would have expected more complexity and a better mouthfeel from Sierra Nevada; a decent effort here and gets better as it warms, but nothing more

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light fruity ester, sweet malt is enticing though light alcohol ester is not that pleasant. Taste is a good mix between some sweet malt notes with light note of fruity ester and some dry raisins notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light alcohol is apparent. Interesting though there is something (I am guessing it might be the yeast train) in the Ovila series that doesn’t do it for me.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt red cherry color beneath a big light tan head that recedes leaving a light frothy lacing with a thin layer of slowly popping carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is a mixture of light malts, fruits, grains, with slight hint of yeast on basically a very washed out wine grapes smell.

The taste is similar to the aroma in that you taste what you think is grains and malts and the next taste is seems you get more fruit with a maltiness to it and back and forth you go. Although it's quite an enjoyable drink because this beer has a mouth feel to it I really liked, much thinker, frothier than most standard American beers.

A light almost woody aftertaste, not wet and not dry, it kinda reminded me of the feeling you have when you play with the toothpick that's in your mouth.

I would like to try this beer with one of its recommended food pairings, I think that would be a pretty darn good meal.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of very bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly plum and raisin.

T - It tasted of plum, currants, raisin and a good spicy bite. It had a good bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good dubbel. The Ovila collaborations have been very nice.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/21/2011. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,034 ratings.
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