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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Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich coffee color looks very delicious with it tan cap which slides down the entire glass.

S: Definitly sweet malts and dark fruits.Lots of fruits and some spices like clove which is pretty hefty on the nose followed by some and some raisin as well.

T: Fruity , malty , slightly boozy .Sweet malty character and some carmel flavors as well as some fruity bits like cherries and raisins.

M: Medium bodied and slightly alchohol taste and feel.

O: Very nice and will have to find a bottle or two to stash for later in the year, very much like the style of this and taste as well.

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


Poured into a chalice a very nice plum color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, raisins, plums, figs, grapes. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice yeast note, with lots of dark fruits. Medium Body. A very tasty brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive with darker color, partially cloudy, big full head that settles down rather quickly, for style.
Rather tight aroma with phenols, mild malt and some sweetness.
Subtle, but fairly complex flavors, that change over time. Sweetness, brown sugar, soft phenols, mild spice.
Moderately light body. Full carbonation.
As others have noted, not quite as good as anticipated, but a good enjoyable dubbel nonetheless.
Went well with Toy Story III.
Many thanks Dave for a nice donation and B-day present

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with red highlights. Head retention is fairly decent and lacing is adequate. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light brown sugar, light spice and some ranier cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but there's a bit more too this beer on the palate. The spice component is much more noticeable, and helps to buoy the brown sugar, modest chocolate and cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a moderately long, slightly sweet, spice infused finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer, which I consider a big plus. This beer drinks like a 6% abv. or lower beer.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but a nice enough beer nonetheless.

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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 Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Correct Dubbel, a pleasing if forgettable collaboration with a questionable historic preservation cause behind it.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Old fashion label trying to look non-sierra and antique themed, overall quite unremarkable image of faded abbey arches in muted cream/brown. Back offers notes about the collaboration with the abbey, main characteristics of the brew, and how a part of the benefits will go to an effort to restore a transplanted medieval building in California. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Amber/brown pour after an energetic cork pop. Rich and generous early head, medium to low retention, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Fruity yeast with some caramel, pleasing but a bit subdued.

T - In sync with the soft nose and the general sense of the style. Caramel maltiness, touch of fruits, figs, prunes, soft… nice overall.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a slight dry touch in the finish.

O - Fair, worth the try but all in all not too enticing unless, maybe, one is a big fan of Dubbels...

Notes: More hype than reality… A good brew sure enough, but it tries to ride on some sense of authenticity and truthfulness to style that is pretty irrelevant. Fair and all kinds of decent but far from the big offerings of Sierra Nevada.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- The beer glows with a dark brown body with hints of garnet at the base and a thin creamy film on top that last for a good bit. The beer is clear but a bit too dense to see any carbonation except for a few bit bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The mellow blended brown malt aroma has some cream and toffee hints to it with a faint coffee malt note in the finish that is dry.

T- The soft toffee flavor has only a slight sweetness to it and a fruity prune note to follow with some roasted malt and melanoidin notes underneath. The finish is a bit dry and a soft malt note lingers a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms.

O- This beer has some nice dubbel characteristics with some interesting support from darker malts in the background. The alcohol adds a nice warming touch and supports the malt nicely.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, mahogany color. I expected it to be a little hazier, but it's still a looker. The head is initially thick with off white bubbles, but dissipates in a couple minutes.

Dark fruits and spicy cloves and pepper fill the nose, but they are reserved. The sweetness from the malt is present.

Like in the nose, the flavors are reserved, but still clearly present. There's a fruitiness followed by the spices, with the Belgian yeast providing a slight fruity tartness.

It's not a thick beer, but you can feel it coat your tongue with an oily spiciness. Lots of different characteristics...sweet, spicy, tart. In the finish, the lasting note is pepper.

Not a great Belgian beer, but a really good American take on the type. The ABV is relatively high but it's masked well by everything else that's going on. Wouldn't mind another one of these in the future.

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Photo of elinash
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I was really excited to find this beer at my local market. I'm eager to try all the Sierra collaborations I see on their website. Most of all, I'm anxious to know what a Belgian style Sierra ale will taste like. Judging by the bottle, it's going to be traditional, which I regard as a treat! Since Belgians are now in the mainstream of American microbrew recipes and consumption (to a certain extent), the American-Belgian styles and collabs are just going to get better.

Okay, so, this one pours with a nice head to start, but peters out to nothing. Caramel colored. Tight carbonation is present, without any residual head. The picture on their website is purely promotional.

Nose is medicinal, burnt sugars.

This one is not a summer beer, but it's summer right now, and it's pretty hot. The temperature of the beer is pretty warm. Carbonation is tight, fizzy, with nose-hair singeing zest and alcohol in the mouth. (exaggeration?) Alcohol is warming and spicy. Orange, cloves, allspice, etc. dominate taste, along with sugars. Finish is moderately dry.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer.

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Photo of mattjv
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown with amber hue around the edges. Lots of tiny bubble streams, carbonation
appears moderately high.

S-Sugary malt sweetness comes through strong, mild solvent alcohol contributes a sticky presence to the sweetness. Gets increasingly boozy as it warms, alcohol becomes the primary aroma. some sweet fruit notes, mainly apple.

T-Sweet malt palate, reminiscent of caramel and candy. Lighter fruits complement the taste, pear and green apple with a mild fermented funk similar to hard cider. Mild spiciness on the
finish. Aftertaste is fairly clean with some lingering sour apple.

M-Medium bodied, fairly easy drinking even in the summer heat. Robust carbonation that prickles on the tongue.

O-Pretty tossed on this one.. It was absolutely worth a try to see Sierra Nevada's first real venture in the Belgian style and I would recommend others do the same, but on the college budget I have a hard time justifying another $12 for a second bottle. Overall it was a good brew though, Sierra could have done *much* worse for the first crack at a Belgian.

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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 mvforegonian
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a sniffer

A complex and rich malty sweetness with hints of caramelized sugar. the aroma is heady and layered with a mix of fruit and space with hints of clove and black pepper (evident of Belgian yeast). The aroma was great but seemed to be lacking. Mouthfeel was syrupy (not in a negative way) and appropriate for the style. This beer is a great change of pace. i would love to see how it ages!

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Photo of bsp77
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark orange-red (almost a pinkish head) with a very thick, light tan head.

Smell: Plum, raisins, molasses, clove and spicy hops. Slightly metallic. Boozy.

Taste: Somewhat sweet and syrupy caramel, dark fruitiness (plum & raisins), with just the lightest spicy touch at the end. Taste just seems muted overall.

Feel: Despite some syrupiness, this is way too watery. Moderately high carbonation. Much more warming than 7.5% abv would indicate. Finish is not dry at all. Wow, the mouthfeel really misses the mark.

Overall: Between the light flavor and the horrible mouthfeel (for a Belgian at least), this completely let me down. I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan and a pretty big Trappist fan as well (even if this is not quite Trappist), but this does not at all live up to what either SN or the Monks are capable of.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown with slight reddish tint. one finger of creamy tan head that receded quickly and left some decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with dark malts beneath. Hints of dark fruit and spice.

Taste: Like it smells, sweet and yeasty with good dark fruit flavors like dark cherries and raisins. A little vanilla and caramel in the malts. A tasty Belgian dubbel.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with creamy carbonation that makes it sweey and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability: It's a good, not great, Belgian style Dubbel. It's a bit heavy, so I'd probably stop after a tall glass or two, and wouldn't session. But, overall a pretty good representation of the style.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown with a thick bubbling khaki head that quickly recedes to a small amount of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and a little spice. Some roasted malt in there as well. A little underwhelming.

Tastes are brown sugar, raisins, plums, mild pepper, a hint of caramel, and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with pleasant carbonation.

Overall isn't bad just isn't amazing either. Probably won't be buying this again bit I will try the Ovila Saison when I see it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada - Ovila, a collaboration between the brewery and Spanish monks.

The bottle decants an effervescent beer after a significant pop. Pours a rich brown, off white fizzy froth forms and leaves little lacing on the tulip snifter. Aroma is bready, Belgian yeast flare with a soft spiced bread note. In the flavor, dry raisen, fig and red grape. Bready malts accompany and a small hop bitterness shows in a very dry finish. Some yeast spice and a pinch of alcohol showing. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, Ive had this beer ontap and in the bottle, and while ontap it has a bit more leafy, herbal citrus note, in the bottle the beer had alot more depth and a much better mouthfeel. I'd suggest a bottle or two for the cellar as well.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cider brown like color with a one finger off white head which gives way to decent lace. The aroma is of breadiness along with dark fruits and a sweet aroma. The taste has a caramel malt backbone along with a bread malt backbone, over the top is a nice sweet dark fruit character. The mouthfeel was very carbonated almost too carbonated. Overall it was solid but not great, it almost got you there but left you wanting more from it.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks area bit lacking as it has no head or lacing, a bit dull

the nose is typical dubbel character a mix between fruity esters and rich bready malts

taste is more of the same, wasn't very sweet or wierd...good but not excellent, this wouldn't be something i would order over other dubbels, but it is definitely a good beer.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark fruits, cola like, some liquorice, sweet caramel, raisin cinnamon, touch of breadiness.

L: Cloudy dark brown, creamy , carbonated light tan head with 1/4 inch retention, ok lacing.

T: Cola like and cinnamon caramel like malt up front. Medium low earthy bitterness leading to some dark fruits and candy sweetness. Finishes slightly spicy and semi-dry. Fairly clean finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Fairly solid, a little too sweet, but good overall.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my La Trappe goblet gold rim.
The depth of color is an amber hue with ruby high lights. Little head formation but is maintained through out this drinking session.
Head fades quickly leaving some lacing on a full foam collar in it's wake.

Aroma is very light with sweet malts, yeast and alcohol. Fruity esters and hops were very light in aroma.

Taste is rich and malty with some spice essence.
Some yeast flavor. there is very little in way of fruity esters or dark skinned fruit that is associated with a dubbel in my opinon. There is alcohol warming that is soft.

Mouthfeel leans towards thin and watery with a slightly dry finish and little aftertaste.
The thin body I think brings down the flavor of the beer that meaning thins out the flavor too.

In general I think this is a good beer and have no problem drinking more of it, but compared to others in this class it's just slightly better then average.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 25.4 oz bottle.
It poured very clear, deep coppery amber, nearly chestnut in colour. A short beige cap was supported by a constant stream of bubbles rising through the beer. Good head retention. Yeasty, bready aroma, sugary, dried and ripe fruit, mild spiciness. Malty flavour with more than enough hop bitterness for balance. Notes of grassy hops, malt sweetness, brown sugar, bread and nuts, mild caramel and cocoa. Lingering peppery spice. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty overall. I'd gladly purchase this again.

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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 jgagne
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-dark amber body with small white head.

s-nice sweet malt smell with hints of raisins and spices.

t-very good balance. Even blends of spices and sweets. very smooth and easy to drink

M-medium carbonation and medium body

O-very good well made beer. Smooth and tasty. Not the most exciting beer. Just really nicely made

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

Ovila Dubbel
25.4 fl. oz bottle; corked and caged.
Ink jet coded: 1047613:31
Purchased warm and stored upright for three week before chilling to 40˚F for two weeks.

The refrigerated bottle opened with quite a "crack" but the beer did not rise up in the neck. A careful pour delivered a hazy deep-russet brown body beneath a one-finger thick head of pillowy khaki lace. When held to the light it revealed glowing crimson-orange edges along the glass. The head dropped fairly quickly to a quarter inch cap, but then held steady.

In the nose I found hints of peppery spiciness and sweetish clove amidst a soft, dark skinned fruitiness.

The flavor was much fuller than the nose suggested, I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how rich it was, offering up plenty of the malt that was missing in the aroma. It was caramelish and sugary with an undertone of cocoa that became more apparent in the finish. The yeasty pepperiness and a spritz of drying alcohol balanced it perfectly. Oddly, the dark skinned fruitiness was restrained. It was straightforward across the palate, opening with sugary malt and finishing a bit dryer with lots of black pepper and a bit of alcoholic heat. The clove character remained throughout, tying everything together and lending to a "rounded' character.

In the mouth it was surprisingly creamy with a medium-full body, and a fine-bubbled median carbonation that lent a gentle zest to the tongue.

I don't think that it can be said that there's any fault to this beer, and I think that the alcohol that's present is in balance, and an important component of it. It would be nice if there was a bit more 'tart' fruitiness to it, lending another component to its complexity, but you can't judge anything on what it might be, only on what it already is. That said, I appreciate the rich fullness of it; and given the price point I'll certainly be buying more. I'm quite curious to see what a bit of aging will do for it.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of sugar-dusted medium and dark fruits – pears, plums, and hints of dates.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry medium to dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly boozy dark fruits. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of dark candi sugar, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn’t blown away by this beer but it’s very solid for the style. Worth a shot.

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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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