Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey DubbelOvila Abbey Dubbel
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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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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Dubbel | on-tap | 7.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: Dubbel
Glass: tulip

Muted amber with a receding khaki head. Somehow I remember it being much more vibrant from the bottle. Interesting how lighting conditions make such a difference.

Sweet bready malt up front with brown sugar and fermenting dark fruits.

There's a very nice light maltiness to this beer augmented by caramel and dark fruits. But it's all quite subtle, so even the light spicing provides adequate balance.

Medium bodied and smooth, with just enough carbonation.

Ovila dubbel is a nice ale. It's balanced and it has some sophisticated flavors. I think this is good in a tripel.

Would I get it again?:
Yes (I've already had it in the bottle).

Bottled: on-tap at The Stag's Head (July 15, 2011)
Served: July 15, 2011

Price = $7.00 at The Stag's Head (NYC)

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Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with some red highlights. Good creamy offwhite head with some good lacing. Nice.

Big fruity yeast aroma with a dose of liquorice. Nice spiciness.

This tastes distinctly like Chimay yeast with a big dose of malt sweetness and then some spicy yeast and a lot of raisins. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A good dubbel with nice flavour and well handled yeast. Solid.

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Photo of klimabean
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Forb
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked from a 750ml bottle...

Appearance: A very dark reddish brown with deep ruby coloring as well. Pours a 3 finger head, frothy and fluffy; with minimal retention.

Smell: Heavy yeast scents accompanied by an obvious dark fruit flavoring. Many elements common of a doppelbock scent yet not so strong.

Taste: Tastes of dark fruit and a subtle brown sugar sweetness. Only downside in my opinion is the alcohol prevalence here.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect. A strong carbonation with a smooth yet rather dry finish. Unexpected plus here for my taste.

Overall: A great beer. Beautiful, tasty, and drinkable. It's not an every day drink for me but something I wouldn't mind on occasion.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brownish color with ruby highlights, good white cap with some bubbles...appeared a bit thin

S: Yeast with some dark fruit and sugary sweetness

T: Dark fruit, yeast a sugary sweetness followed by a a sharp booziness. Pretty average.

M: Medium body, dry, sweet

O: Not my favorite of this style but its a pretty good beer overall.

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

Ovila Dubbel is a hazy, deep amber beer with a light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a slightly funky, grainy and fruity with notes of apple, pear and clove. It's medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish. It tastes fruity and spicy with notes of apple and cinnamon. A light wooden bitterness cones in at the finish. Light phenol is detected in the aftertaste. It's really smooth, mellow and satisfying.

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total Wine in early April for $8.49.

Beer poured a copper-burgundy color with a nice off white head on the initial pour.

Nose is sweet malts with a light hint of clove.

Taste is dark bread with some carmalized sugar, raisin. Finish is dry pepper.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and slightly smooth from the belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, not the best in class but enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zoso1967 for letting me sample this bad boy with him!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark brown/amber color, with a two-finger head. Even with the significant haze, there is quite a bit of bubbly carbonation visible on the edges of the glass. Not a whole lot to speak of in the way of lacing.

Smell: There is more peppery clove, funky yeast, and mineral water aromas than the sweeter dark fruit smells you typically get with a Dubbel. Not as sweet as I expected; fairly dry and fresh - almost like a Saison.

Taste: The taste matches up with the smell and is fairly dry. Some grassy malt is there, but not much in the way of fruity sweetness. Some more depth and dark fruit influence may have added a bit of balance here.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, fairly dry, and a clean finish. Quite a bit of carbonation adds a good bite to this one.

Overall: Certainly Belgian in character and quite refreshing, but not the typical Dubbel as far as style goes. Overall, I definitely enjoyed it though.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this brew down at Friar Tuck's in O'Fallon, Mo, and poured this one into a Belgian tulip.

Looks decent, and has a two finger thick light tan hear, and has a brown hazy body that is quite dark and hazy (not murky though). The head dissipates pretty quickly.

The aroma and taste is yeasty with some fig, a hint of cocoa, metallic hops, and maybe a bit of cola too with some herbal notes.

Feel wise, it's pretty soft on the palate and mildly carbonated. The alcohol is a little masked. Leaves the palate refreshed.

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

Served on-tap at Holy Smoke.

Appearance is a medium brown with an off-white head. Ovila has a very pleasant aroma, with some brown sugar, dark fruits, different spices. Its` taste has malts, caramel, belgian yeast, clove, a good balance of the different flavors. MF is medium, some nice carbonation. This is a nice dubbel and I look forward to trying the next beers in this series.

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

Appearance - slowly dissapating head with no lacing. dark brown color just right for a dubbel.

Smell - slight malt and nut aroma not but no strong scent.

Taste - smooth brown ale with a nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel - very creamy and smooth.

Overall - hard to tell this is a Sierra Nevada product it is missing the trademark hop presence but still a very adequate beer.

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Photo of smulkowski
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Enoteca, Post Falls, Idaho.

A: Prodigious head, light beige, quickly dissipating. Toffee brown/very dark honey/copper color.

S: Some spice, golden raisins, sweet malt, doesn't kick you in the face with that Belgian funkiness.

T: Relatively low funkiness from years, rich malts, a bit sugary, golden raisin and fig comes through strong.

M: Somewhat heavily carbonated, makes this creamy and silky.

O: Malty, complex, this is a tasty beer, and a great first run for a new brewing project, although probably not particularly representative of the style with low esters and funkiness.

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Photo of Swillbur
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

A-This beer pours dark copper in color, almost has a leather color. Two finger head on moderate poor reduces pretty fast. Leaves some lacing.

S- Rich Malt, blaclk pepper, caramel, spicy hop smell, and i think im getting burnt sugar.

T- The taste is different from the smell but i get the black pepper, burnt sugar as suspected. Im also tasting a nice array of dark bread apples, appricots, and rasions.

D- This beer is super carbonated kinda takes away from mouth feel for me. The body is medium. Overall its a tasty brew and i have a few more bottles. Going to try one evrey six months or so.

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

750mL bottle (code 1(0 or 5)46619:20) poured into a chalice. Deep amber color, perfectly clear, with a minimal light tan head that subsides quickly.

Aroma of faint yeast, dark malt, figs.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy at first, taste is pretty subdued. Some mild caramel, brown sugar and spice, but not a lot of complexity here.

I really like the concept of the Ovila beers, trappist style beers brewed in America. And I ws kind of hoping this would be really good. But this one isn't very representative of the style, just doesn't have a lot of character.

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

Sampled onm June 30, 2011 from the wire-caged, corked, 25 ouncer. The pour is cloudy brown with a thick, but short-lived bubbly off-white head. The aroma is bountiful with sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and pepper. The body is smooth and in the medium range but overall kind of mellow. The taste is a mish-mosh of sweet caramel malts, yeast, pepper, and dark fruits. The pepper stands out. It stays in character for the style and is nicely done but still not quite there.

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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 Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of goblets.

Pours a deep ruby, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a thin and fizzy layer that skims the surface and collects more along the edges with some foamy bunching. This leaves back a rich cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sugary caramel, light toasted bread, and ripe fruit, with some light floral accents that surround the edges. Peppery clove and some light warmth add a touch of attitude to the nose. This is pretty straight-forward for a Dubbel.

The taste is sweet sugars and ripe dark fruit, with a dash of roast present. A flush of green citric character comes out a bit more towards the back. Spicy clove is present throughout the profile and really comes out in the finish with an assertive lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that stays sharp on the palate. There is a bit of underlying beefy warmth to the body, which mostly serves to accentuate the strength of that yeast character, yet the actual ABV seems mostly well hid here.

This is a pretty serviceable American take on the style from Sierra Nevada. There wasn’t a massive amount of complexity here but the flavors that were present mostly got the job done and this had a pleasant smooth warmth to it that kept me interested. This is worth a look.

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Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Winking Lizard on 4/19/11.

Sadly they had just run out of the branded chalices.

The beer is a dark chestnut color, with decent clarity to it. A half-ish finger of head that left a small ring of bubbles once the head had dissipated. No lace despite having visible carbonation rising from the glass.

Smells of ripe dark fruit - figs, raisin, and some caramel malt. This leads into toffee and leathery notes with a bit of detectable alcohol warmth. I was also getting some lemony/mineraly type aromas that I was attributing to the high carbonation.

Tasted very fruit forward. But with time the malts did eventually come into play nicely with flavors of biscuit and bread crust.

The mouthfeel was too carbonated, almost painful initially. With rougher subsequent pours this got better though.

Overall nothing too amazing, but it gets the job done if you're fixing for an American dubbel.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Abbey Dubbel pours a hazy reddish/brown with a small light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with hints of clove, orange peel and brown sugar.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is very soft and creamy on the palate. Light carbonation. The flavor is malty with spices mixed in. It begins malty with sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. Hints of dark fruit. Soon, clove and orange peel appear. Once gone the caramel malt lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a fantastic mouth feel. However, the aroma and flavor are light.

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- brown body with a very big off white head

S- fruity and yeasty, solid Belgian smell

T- sweet malty dark fruits with good spicing

M- medium body and a moderate level of carbonation

O- a very solid Belgian style. Nothing outstanding but solid none the less

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

Wifey picked this up for me a few months ago. Pours a beautiful burgandy/brown color with a nice beige head that stays around. Nice dark fruits in the aroma with some malt whiffs also and some alcohol presence as it warms. The taste is very malty with some nice fruit in the swallow. As it warms, there is an underlining alcohol presence and a bit of spice on the swallow. Slight warming. Nice mouthfeel with some bubbles on the way down the throat. Overall I was pleased with this effort. I like the branching out Sierra is doing and this is a great step in a different style for them. Would love to see a Trippel or Quad and see what they can do with it. Well done.

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

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours with a thick stiff head. Clear reddish brown body. Leaves some nice lacing. Dry and fruity taste with some medium roasted malts. Herbal hop flavor and bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Thinner feel and drier than I was expecting but I'm learning to really love that in beer. My overall thoughts: very good dubbel, I'd like to purchase it again sometime.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a sort of hybrid wine/cocktail glass.

Deep brown with a moderate tan head that falls rather quickly.

Loads of brown sugar supported by hints of grape skin, English toffee, and a dark berry fruitiness. Bitterness balances the semi-drying finish and hops add an earthy flair.

Subtle, yet complex, similar to some of the great Trappists but lacking the extreme dryness. It lives up to what I expect from a great brewery like Sierra Nevada, but I was also hoping for a similar price point to the rest of their line.

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

Very nice packaging (on bottles), very sweet story and all, but let's see how the beer is.

Appearance: hazy amber body with a fine beige head. Head had very good retention.

Smell: subtle nutty and yeasty aroma with faint hints of fruit and vague spices.

Taste: The 1st sip immediately reminded me of Westmalle dubbel, but this past quickly as the Ovila doesn't have quite same flavor profile ... nor the complexity. Fruity and floral, but not overly so, with a modicum of spices that sit in the background rather coming to the fore. Nice semi-dry and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; well-chosen medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very good Belgian beer that can be said to have no flaws yet it is not up to the best. With actual monks and Sierra Nevada involved I had high hopes that were not quite met.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber color, very deep but nice for a Belgian. It has an off white head that is very prominent.

S: The aroma is of heavy fruits, the ubiquitous apricot, figs, biscuit maltiness, and a strange saltiness, almost like soy sauce.

T/M: Texture is fizzy and warm with alcohol. There are hints of apples and white grapes, along with a maltiness that is more like crackers than biscuits, possibly from the carbonation. It’s very light in flavor with an alcohol twinge similar to a sparkling wine.

This Ovila has the appearance and ABV of a dubbel, but the flavor of a blonde. Either way, it’s still quite good, right on par with the Trappist ales I’ve had thus far.

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 68.3% out of 100 with 1,036 ratings
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