Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey DubbelOvila Abbey Dubbel
1,036 Ratings
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 Liverpool08
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Not much head. Aroma of dried fruit figs and a little spice. Flavor is also figs, a little bready and spicy. However the feel is a little thin, I expect a little more body in a Dubbel. While overall the flavor is ok, its nothing special. I really expected more especially from SN.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this during the IX Beer Fest, and was curious to see if my memory of this being a quality brew bears out once I have it in a controlled setting.

I let this sit out about 45 mintues before popping the cork. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a ruddy brown with garnet highlights and a bubbly, frothy head that fizzes away to a thin lid.

Despite having had plenty of time to warm, this doesn't have as much of a nose as I would expect. Sweet dried fruit, figs, brown sugar, and a hint of peach combine with a somewhat medicinal cherry for a pleasant, though short lived aroma that has to be fluffed through active agitation.

Taste starts mildly tart, with a definite cherry taste, that gives way to a malty, almost smokey taste in the top and back of the mouth. There's a decidedly spiced flavor and feel that leaves a hint of pepper on the tip and sides of the tongue. Tart wins out in the end though, leaving the tongue feeling plump and dry.

Medium bodied, with a smooth, though spicy and tart feel and a mouth waiting finish.

This is spicier and more tart than I remember, but still a nice tasting brew. I'm not terribly familiar with this style, but if this is an average to slightly above-average example, then I'm eager to try more!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark and brown. Foam dies quickly and leaves a thin white ring. The aroma is boozey and medocre. Taste is pleasant, although could be a bit sweeter. Very bready with a little dark fruit. I like my stuff dry, but this is too dry and thin. The yeast character and funkiness of a Belgian dubbell just don't seem present.

Tis a palatable beer, but Sierra Nevada I expected a little more body and yeast to be frank. For what I paid I shouldv'e bought a Belgian... from Belgium and not Chico.

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Photo of racer2k
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22oz. into my favorite Belgian tulip glass

A - Hazy dark copper pour with minimal carbonation and a relatively thin single finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very complex aroma with hints of dark candied sugar, spicy yeast, dark fruit, chocolate and hops on the back end.

T - Balanced flavor profile with dark fruit, candied sugar, caramel, spicy Belgian yeast and some back end malt on the taste.

M - Moderate carbonation on board in this beer

O - Great Dubbel that is quite balanced and very drinkable. I absolutely enjoyed the freshness in this beer which can be hit or miss in some of the traditional Belgian offerings.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass (all my chalices are dirty), this beer makes a dark reddish-brown color with a very small head. The aroma is nice, offering dark, raisiny fruit, and a touch of spiciness. Very good flavor. The malt contributes a pleasant caramel taste, while slightly above-average bitterness offsets the sweetness found in many dubbels. Yeasty fruitiness is present, but so are a lot of spicy phenol notes. Well-attenuated, which together with the bitterness makes for a delightfully dry finish.

A very good Dubbel. SN hasn't ventured into Belgian styles very often, but this would hold its own against many native brews.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a pretty clear crimson color. Head is light brown and bubbly, fades pretty quick and leaves just a little lacing.

Nose is pretty nice, dark bread and fruit are most prevalent with help from some burnt caramel and sugary sweetness. I even get some grassy hops in here somewhere.

Hmmm, this one seems a little overdone on the toasty, near bunt maltiness. Body is not full enough and the sweetness seems restrained, more sugary than malty. Yeast is too clean and does not shed enough dark fruit and rich breadiness to compete with the better versions from Belgium. Maybe this one would develop with a bit of age, all the working parts just are not in harmony right now. Perhaps SN can fine-tune this one over the next couple years, but right now Id have to say I am a bit disappointed.

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Photo of billybob
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
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 Sipchue
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully, just as I expected it should for the style, comparing it to Chimay Red. Aroma was right on. A bit thinner, and certainly more carbonation than I expected. but the flavor was well balanced and satisfying. This is a respectable offering from Sierra Nevada and worthy of your attention.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a dark woody red with a billowing, fluffy light tan head that took forever to fade into a dense thick film leaving behind a few streaks and spots of lacing. Great head retention.
S: Not exceptionally complex but I get notes of dark toasted malts, dark fruits, sweet fruit juice and bready smelling yeast.
T: Very bready and doughy tasting with notes of sweet candied dark fruits, clove, cardamom, and a hint of chocolate. I even get a touch of banana bread. There is a bit of warm alcohol in the finish, and I get a suggestion of tobacco in the aftertaste. Pretty straight forward, and it lacks a certain depth that the great dubbels have.
M: Tingly, bubbly carbonation, medium body and a tingly, sticky, and slightly dry mouthfeel.
O: Not a bad drink by itself, but nowhere close to the greats of the style. It’s lacking potency and depth. The flavors are pretty good though. Very bready.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; April 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a pale, amber tinged, tan colored head that starts out about one-finger in height. murky (not clarity, just adjective) amber color, light show clear brown amber hue. aroma quite fruity with fig, prune and raisin eqasily noticed; amplified fruitiness goes beyond these notes even. spicy clove aromatics and touch other phenolics towards end. The spice notes end up being the more noticeable character in the nose over time, though the fruit still plays an important role.

light sweet, lots of fruit melds with big clove presence that boosts both fruit and percieved sweetness. clove lingers on palate in a long finish, touches of cardamom and woody hints of nutmeg. When paired with my pizza I notice notes that are peppery, warming alcohol notes, and spicy higher alcohols are accentuated. Dark caramelize sugar notes add flavors of molasses, rum and a hint of butterscotch. A prickly carbonation adds to the texture and works well with the lightly viscous, sometimes chewy, though appropriately light body that this beer has. A whole grain malt note adds caramelized brown bread crust flavors, toasted grain and a molasses wheat bread like flavor to this beer.

This is a good, if not great example of the style. It is a style i have never really been wowed by though. This beer is solid, even tasty and I am happy to be drinking this right now, but it just doesn't get me all that excited in the end.

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Photo of jamescain
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass

Appearance: Light brown with some sediment floating in the beer. The head quickly dissipated and left no lacing, nor a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Figs, sweet malt, yeast and peppery. Very typical for a dubbel.

Taste: Yeasty up front with notes of brown sugar, figs, and other dark fruits. Of the American Belgian style dubbels I’ve had in the past, this is one of the closer to the original tasting versions.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation, probably due to the bottle conditioning. I would have preferred a lower level of carbonation, but it is true to the style.

Overall: A good version of a dubbel brewed by an American brewery. I don’t think I would buy it again but I do look forward for the other offerings in the series.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abbey light? Pours dark amber with tan head. Nose is very light, even as it warms considerably. Faint toffee and black tea leaf. Palate delivers the caramel with brown sugar, some baked dessert flavors, and a silky feel across the palate yet it seemed watery at the same time. Aftertaste has more of the tea qualities.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper with a reddish hue. Looks like almost no carbonation and 1 finger of lacy head that dissipates quickly.

N: Banana, wheat, clove, candy sugar, yeast and notes of dark fruit and chocolate.

T: Chocolate, candy sugar, banana, wheat, caramel, lemon zest and Belgian yeast. There are also hints of dark fruits such as fig, ripe plum and possibly some cherry. Finishes with some grassy notes along with some very subtle spices.

M: Light-medium bodied, frothy and smooth.

O: A nicely done Dubbel. Balanced, delicious and very drinkable.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A medium to dark brown with a thick bubbly tan head that dissapates rather quickly leaving almost no lace. Nice color but with the lacking head and no lacing it's not that impressive. Belgians typically look great in the glass, this one doesn't.

S: A malty sweetness with caramel and some fruit. There's a fairly distinct smell of alcohol but it's not heavy. Maybe a little honey as it warms. No hop aroma.

T: Some caramel with a peppery finish. I think a little alcohol sneaks in at the end. Bitterness is low to moderate, enough to help balance the sweetness. Not really as much flavor as I had expected.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate. It drinks smooth with lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation.

O: I'm not really loving this one. It's good but it's not great in terms of the style. It has it's roots in a true Belgian Dubbel but falls short of delivering the full experience. I have a feeling this beer could age really, really well. This beer has spirit like qualities to it and I'd be interested to see how they turn out in a year or two. I might look for another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of Vixie
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice looking deep ruby red, with a nice thick tan head that sticks around for a bit. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is a bit candy like, sweet with caramel notes. Also a hint of fruit and spice.

Sweet and spicy is the main first impression I get here. Has some caramel sweetness, and the spice kicks in right away. It is peppery, with a hint of clove.

The feel is a bit on the thin side, I was expecting a little more fullness.

Basically a decent beer, but not a great one. It is good and very drinkable, but lacks the complexity of a true Dubbel. Still, one I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of ajwillys
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Caramel colored thick head. Quickly vanishes after the pour, but clings a bit to the glass. Color is like a red moon (or bourbon)
Smell - Smells like I would imagine a banana jolly rancher, and a bit sour.
Taste - The taste did not deliver as big of a punch as expected from the smell.
Mouthfeel - I'm fine with it, but I don't like the word.
Overall - It's like a Belgian dubbel for the masses - not entirely strict to the style

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Photo of eluchini
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: body is a tawny brown with a fair amount of haze and lots of apparent effervescence. Head poured about three fingers of creamy light-tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma which has a nice nuttiness to it. There's just a hint of fruit as well, but overall the aroma is not strong enough for my taste.

Taste: light, sweet malt with a good fruitiness. Raisins and pears are present, but it is not too heavy. There's also a very light tartness which helps balance the sweet. It's not bad.

Mouthfeel: body is surprisingly thin, but it does have an excellent carbonation level. Unfortunately, it's too thin for that to give it a stellar creaminess; however, it's still pretty good.

Overall: I like this dubbel. It's got some imperfections (body, aroma, general lack of complexity), but it is still relatively tasty and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Carnivore's in Oakmont, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Thin tan head that quickly drops to a dusting over a deep amber body, barely transparent.

Smell is a nice cooked strawberry at first, with a malty sweetness like light baked goods (pie crust?). Not very intense & can just make it out with a good, strong whiff, but good nonetheless.

Taste is dark fruit soon overtaken by booze & dryness, kind of a medicinal quality. Gains a little honey & bread sweetness, but still not great.

Medium body with a kind of metallic tang.

Man, another mediocre American-made dubbel. I can count on one hand how many decent American dubbels I've had. I finished the glass, but can't say there's really much noteworthy about it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy mahogany color with an inch and a half frothy light tan head. The head stays around a long time, but there isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruit and some clove and brown sugar. The aroma is weak at first, but does get stronger the beer warms up (I did let this sit for about 15 minutes out of the fridge before opening it). The brew tastes like dark fruit (raisins, figs), caramel and bready malt, peppery spice and brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with high carbonation. There's a little too much carbonation for my liking, but it doesn't hurt the beer too much. I think it's a decent brew, but for $9.99 I'm not sure if I'd buy it again at that price.

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

Clear mahogany pour with a touch of ruby. Gorgeous two finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is pretty typical for a Belgian Dubbel with hints of brown sugar, toast, caramel, and dark fruit. The taste follows suit, but with an American twist. Lots of caramel, figs, toasty malt, and a healthy dose of metal. As it warms, the spicy hops emerge with a touch of black pepper, black cherries and vanilla. Nice dry, but slightly syrupy finish. Great drinkability as I killed a bomber by myself. It has all the best characteristics of a Trappist with that American spin on a Dubbel. Another classic beer from Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is a nice dark amber with a touch of tan colored head. Looks kind creamy.

S - Kind of muted actually. Maybe some slight dark fruits and touches of rum soaked bread.

T - Wow is this smooth. I guess as far as Belgium Dubbel's go this one is the smoothest. I get some plum but what mostly seems like rum soaked raisin's, but no traceable alcohol to detect. Kind of watery but smooth at the same time with very little bittering yeast or hops.

M - Best part of this brew. It's alcohol is very hard to detect but clocks in at 7.5%

Overall it was very interesting to grab this on my flight of samples, and I almost grabbed another pint of it but went onto other things. Kind of a lackluster entry for some but it me it came off as a low ABV dubbel with rum notes. Would have it again if it's at the pub next week.

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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 Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep amber body with some sediment floating around in it topped by a cream colored head. Great retention and a nice pillow of foam on top of the beer.

Smell - When it's cold, it smells of nothing. When it's warm, I swear I smell bourbon. Also, some bready malts and a hint of caramel. Really have to suck it in to get the aromas, though.

Taste - Again, a hint of the bourbon, with a bready sweetness right with it. After that, it falls off to an odd, but light, bitterness. Not a lot of flavor going on and the finish is a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated with a dry finish. It's actually a bit abrasive in the finish as a result. Medium bodied, but it's gone quickly due to the dryness.

Overall - Not something I'd drink again. Takes a lot to get any flavor out of it, and when you do it isn't great. Not a good take on a Dubbel.

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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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