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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: 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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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 454
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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 thadbme
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Appears to be a "nutty" looking color. Medium Carbonation. Cloudy appearance not see through. Head has stayed on the beer for a good bit of time, but looks like it will dissipate.

S: Malty and nutty smell. Smells a bit of roasted malt with just a touch of caramel notes in there but its subtle.

T: Not at all what I was expecting in the first sip. With the appearance I was expecting a heavier beer and stronger flavors, but it tastes more of a smooth brown ale along the likes of newcastle. That is not trying to sell it short, just the first thing that hits the pallet for me. It finishes with a slightly bitter nutty taste, that is not strong overpowering. Has an acidic taste in there that comes from the fruit. You can pick up on the spices that they mention on the bottle, but I can't pick up on the pepper in it. I dig this flavor, it is blended very well, and can taste the sierra nevada style in there. Haven't tried the brewery, but I would venture to guess they are represented well.

M: Has a medium body to it with a light carbonation. The malt and hops tend to stick out on the pallet, but not overpowering. A good balance.

O: This is one of the better brews I've had in several weeks, and I'm glad I picked it up on a whim. Taking a quick review of this, I downed more than I normally would because its easy to drink. I'd recommend this beer to others to pick up and try.

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

Beautiful cork-topped bottle poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber colour, very slightly translucent. One finger of foamy off0white head.

S - Bready/grainy aroma up front with toffee, raisin and fig notes and some Belgian yeast in the background.

T - Fresh baked bread, caramel, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, cloves. Sweet and dry, especially in the finish.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada/ New Clairvaux Ovila Dubbel. 7.5 % ABV. Long label description too involved to replicate here.

Ruddy, rustic auburn hue, a crimson edging on brown…big, cream-toned head, starts big, thins out to a tight ring.

Aroma: brown sugar and cola, rich malt, toffee, caramel. Borders on sweet, but never gets over the fence. Beautiful.

Taste: rich malt hits at first, caramel and toffee, but overall, very dry. Sweet is kept at bay, bitterness is here, but lays low. Some flavors I look for are missing. Lacks complexity. Somewhat simple. But, satisfactory. I like this, it's good, …nice, yum, mmmm.
Just not good enough. Not AS good, as it could be. I guess I like them bigger than this. Dry and balanced. Mmmm….hmmmm.

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Photo of wspscott
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml in Duvel tulip
no date

A: Pours with a thick 2 finger off-white head that quickly drops to a thin coating on the top of the beer, leaves no lace.
S: Smells great as it is poured, up close there is a mixture of fruit and caramel.
T: Needs more yeast character, there is a little caramel sweetness, a hint of spices, and some dark fruit (raisins and prunes)in the background. A hint of alcohol heat. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't match the nose.
M: Starts off fine, but as it warms, it begins to feel a little thin. The carbonation dissipated quickly, these two issues leave the mouthfeel a little lacking.
O: A good beer, obviously well made, but I was expecting/hoping for something more from Sierra Nevada. Definitely worth trying, but I feel like something is missing.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: amber colored, 1 finger, cardboard box-colored head that thins out fast; not much lacing.

Smell: malty, fresh, fruity

Taste: Bring on the malt. Bready with caramel and molasses. A smooth, chewy finish with clove and black pepper. The alcohol slowly creeps in with a warm, all-over feel.

Mouthfeel: medium, low carbonation

Overall: A really classy dubbel. Didn't know what to expect and this one really impressed me. Let it warm a bit and more flavors pop up. Pairs well with pepperjack cheese. Worth the price. A fine celebration beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

A: brown-amber. Tan head with wide distribution of bubble sizes - not creamy (I consider creamy to be fine bubble head). There isn't much retention of the head and when dissipated, not very lacey.

S: Sweet malty, molasses, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol.

T: Matches the smell. Roasted malts, caramelized sugar, and dried fig

M: medium body, nicely carbonated, and slightly syrupy.

O: Lighter than other dubbels. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Audibly fizzy... A fingers worth of slightly creamy luxurious light khaki froth... Minimal retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... A sh*t load of bubbles cling to the glass... Those that rise deeper within do so at a very quick pace... There is a definite medium haziness... The color is a murky medium brown with some distinctive ruby highlights...

S - Raspberries... Raisins... Dates... Subtle tart apples... The fruit notes dominate and there is little of anything else... Perhaps some very light brown sugar...

T - The fruits are at the forefront of the palette as well but are rather muted... Brown sugar... Artificial sweetener... An unfortunate medical quality as well... A bit of booze lingers on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Surprisingly dry throughout... A bit syrupy... Leaves a slightly chalky character after each sip... A faint booziness lingers as well...

D - An average at best Dubbel... A bit unfortunate given how much I was looking forward to this Sierra Nevada / Abbey of New Clairvaux... Not a drain pour by any stretch, but it was a bit of a struggle to work my through an entire bottle...

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

Poured from the bottle a medium hazy brown, with a good, rocky off-white head. Aromas of light toffee, brown spices and Belgian yeast. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, spicy and well-carbonated. Flavors of light brown sugar, bubble gum, yeast and cardamom.

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Photo of AleEvangelist
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer has a nice, resilient head, which leaves slight lacing. Gorgeous amber color, with a hazy, authentic cast to it. Light reluctantly highlights the rich, woody brown of this very pretty beer.

Smell - Nice, cidery sourness is present in the nose. Slight caramel apple tang is present. Alcohol overtones.

Taste: This is where this hopeful beer lets down slightly, and I do mean slightly. I expected more sweetness to this beer. Tangy, certainly...almost sour. Alcohol is present on the tongue, giving me pleasant tinglies. Some residual sweetness would have been welcome in this beer, though.

Mouthfeel: Maybe the lack of body in this beer is because of the lack of unfermentable sugars, but it, also, is a slight letdown. Not because it isn't good, mind you. It's not bad at all. However, some more body would really have made this much more pleasant.

Overall: This is a solid offering, which with Sierra Nevada's distribution ought to be available in a lot more places than most abbey-style dubbels. I think this beer is pretty approachable for someone with an open mind to what beers could taste like. The sourness in the nose and taste might put some people off, but if someone is open to experiencing the world of fine ales, this beer could show them that there is a lot more to beer than IPA's and Stouts.

Still someone who loves Abbey Ales will find this beer somewhat wanting, I fear. Still, I hope this is something we can see a lot more of from Sierra Nevada in the future.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a pretty thick foamy cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of apples, pears, lemon, sugar and spice. Quite a bit of a floral aspect here too. Along with a fair amount of yeast too. Everything here is much weaker in smell than I expected.

T- Taste is a lot like the nose and that I expected more out of this one. Every thing was kind of muted. A good amount of sweetness, apple and spices. A ton of malts here, alcohol is masked well and a good amount of yeast spiceness.

M- Medium in body at best maybe a tad on the thinner side. A good amount of carbonation.

O- A bit on the sweet side. I found this one rather boring. I'd pass on this one. and try.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a very dark amber almost brown with a fine white two finger head that thinned as I drink it, but was there until I refilled my glass with the second half from the beautiful bottle.

Smells: sweet with a caramel hint, scents of coffee almost seem to be there for me.

Tastes: a little different than the nose lead me on to think. its actually kind of spicy and fruity at the same time. the malt and caramel flavor balance nice and leave a wonderful aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: its more sweet than anything and the alcohol make a subtle bite on the buds ,but the spice and sweet notes don't cover but balance this ale wonderful

Overall: I nice dubbel, but there are better out there. Its great that the collaboration was authentic, but there is just something that was different from the traditional dubbel that I cant articulate, but I am happy that I purchased a case. 8 out of 10.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany/dark amber color with a nice off-white 2 finger head that refuses to die down to anything less than a finger

S: Very characteristic of the style, Belgian-style yeast gives it that peppery and fruity smell along with some dark malts

T: Just like the smell. Fairly heavy on the pepper, along with some nice dark fruits, banana, and clove. Possibly some other spices as well. Alcohol is very well integrated and is hardly noticed

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Very hearty for sure

O: Very enjoyable for an American-style dubbel, and does a very nice job interpreting the style. Definitely one of the best I've had from the states

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, deep caramel bordering on a brown/mahogany. Not any real depth to the color. head is off-white/tan. Bubbly with some mild lacing that drops down pretty quickly. Head lingers for a good bit.

Smell: banana, clove, pepper, dark fruit, candi sugar, and caramel malts. it hits all the right aromas for the style. Strong Belgian yeast character. There's a lot on the nose, but it lacks depth and nuance. The aromas are present, but fade quickly. A slight hint of booze in the back as well.

Taste: Upfront explosion of clove, banana, spice (pepper), and dark fruit (fig), coupled with sweet caramel malt and pure candi sugar. Lacks any definition in the middle of each sip. It's all upfront flavor and then a dry sweetness at the end, but that's it. As it warms, some more booze, caramel malts, and candi sugar come out, but don't add any more depth. Sweetness take a big step up the longer it sits. Heat and Belgian yeast linger.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth to start. Touch dry overall. A little thin overall.

Overall: Decent, but not of the caliber I expect from Sierra Nevada. It's a respectable take on the style, but lacks a middle.

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

750mL bottle poured into dfh signature glass

Pours a clouded caramel/burnt orange color with some brighter cherry hues shining through the light. A nice crop of beige head sits on top, retaining especially long, with some patches and spots of lacing on the glass.

Notes of cracked wheat and bread crust with candi sugar. Some dark fruit with raisin and date, along with a hint of brett.

Fairly rich malt character up front with caramel and bread crust. Dates and plums with candi sugar and some burnt tones. Decent syrupy, sticky base throughout the middle. Finishes with some dark fruit and a light touch of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, sticky and lingering on the tongue, a bit chewy. A pretty solid dubbel, although there's better options available.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes - Sampled on draft at the Copper Mine 8/7/11

Appearance: Pours a dull and slightly hazy caramel tinged orange with a 1/2 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: 4.3 so I'm rounding up a bit....Nice yeast profile (soft young brett over a slightly fruity malt) that dominates.

Taste: Same as the nose sans the fruity quality. Minor hop notes and a small honey/toffee like malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent.

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

Pretty good beer. Let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that settled out after a bit and a little lace. Color is a hazy, medium amber. Aroma is kind of like the label description, but I don't get the clove - lots of malt, caramel, some other spice, dark ripe fruit. Flavor is like nose, dominated by the caramel sweetness, although that's not over done. There's some bitterness and a bit of tang to balance. Body is good and carbonation is a tad light. Finish is like flavor, maintains its pleasance and is of medium length. Good for slower drinking shorter sessions.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a snifter. It was a ruby tinged brown with massive carb streams from the etching. It had a 3 finger head that slowly settled into a thick foam cap that remained till the end. Great sheeting with some sticking.

The aroma was classic dubbel with good pepper and clove spice mixed with dark fruits like raisin and plum along with a sweet caramel malt base. A lot going here but it blends very well. The taste follows the aroma with the sweet malt leading the way with the fruit quickly behind it with a long build of spice that peaks at the end. Very good. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels and pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, it's been awhile since I had a dubbel and this one has me wondering why! Very tasty and not sweet or too much alcohol in aroma or taste like the last couple dubbels I remember. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - this won't ever be a huge style for me but I enjoyed this and would share a bottle again and definitely try on tap. [O;O]

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Photo of hiku7
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nut brown, with hints of red, opaque, with a thick tan head.

Smell is caramel malty, funk, and peppery. Taste is rich caramel, no hops, with a peppery, clove finish. Definitely sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, with sweetness in the finish.

Overall this was a decent dubbel, but not outstanding. Not sure I'd buy again, though I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jifigz
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

Had this one last night, and then had many, many other beers afterwards, but studied this one as I drank it do do a review. So here we go:

A: The appearance is a dark very hazy color. The head that appeared was huge and lacing was great.

S: The smell is of ripe fruit/raisins and sweet candy.

T: The initial flavor profile of this one was extremely sweet. It seemed like Belgian candy and brown sugar mixed with hints of spices such as anise.

M: Pretty average mouthfeel. Nothing to really say here.

O: A cloyingly sweet beer that grew on me the more I drank it. It is not something that is stunningly excellent, but it is good. I might grab a bottle at some point in the future.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 750ml bottle poured into tulip glasses

A: color was a cloudy amber, not much head w/no lacing, very carbonated but the carbonation did not produce much head, lots of little bubbles.

S: it had a caramel sweet smell, nothing strong

T: decent example of a Belgian style dubbel, caramel notes, tasted dates or raisins, hops on the back end but well balanced and not a hoppy beer.

M: just fine, not thick, the carbonation subsided after awhile, pleasant drinking beer.

Overall: not a bad beer, I enjoyed it and will probably buy it again at some point. I enjoy Belgians and Belgian styles, this did not banana notes, but more caramel and raisins. A bit sweet but not overly.

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Photo of bierguru
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - its a muddy brown with mild carbonation and a thin tan head laces well

S - the nose of the beer is very weak. Mostly covered by brown sugar followed by mild yeast and spice.

T - right up front you get smacked from brown sugar followed by spice that flows through the rest of the taste.Taste ends with some fuitiness.

M - mild carbontation which is good however the beer leaves a mild-heavy flemminess in the mouth very unpleasant

O - the beer is okay not worth a seond try but worth a first somewhat

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a SN brew I really enjoy. This brew is spot on for the style in every regard except for the appearance as the head doesn't have the (almose bizzare) sustain like its Belgium counterparts.

Looks red brown with a thin head and some lacing. Smell is wonderful like dried cherries or dried rasberry. The taste is malty sweet almost candy like grape jam with plum and light carbination. Subtle hops. Warming subtle alcohol. Very different that other SN brews in that there is no piney (cascade?) hops to speak of. If you like dubbels this is a good one.

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Photo of JLeege
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Ruby brown color, with a large frothy off white head. Pretty color, ok retention, no lace.

Smell- Grape, plum, caramel, brown sugar.

Taste- Fairly grapey, slight caramel, has a bit of an earthiness as well. A little peppery spice and Belgian yeast towards the finish. A pretty simple, straightforward flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with high carbonation, a tad prickly and slight heat on the finish. It is definitely over carbonated though.

Overall- A pretty decent double, a bit more on the fruity side than most actually. Though the carbonation should not be so high, and the ABVs should be unnoticed, especially with the high carbonation.

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