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)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 454 | Ratings: 1,035
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown. Head is ample, but then dissipates to a ring. Doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is roasted malts and spices. There is a little astringent charred ash smell, some clove, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

A nice tasting dubbel. Malty sweet but with a charred malt note that gives it some depth, there is a little citrus acidity as well, along with dark fruit and some milk chocolate and clove and cinnamon. Finishes very dry with a bit of ash and some hop bitterness. Leaves a little spicy clove/cinnamon note in the long finish. It is tasting very like a Belgian dubbel, but a bit spicier than the norm.

Body is medium and carbonation is light, has a bit of a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a better dubbel than I was expecting. This is a nice, spicy Abby dubbel and very drinkable. Another good, novel offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of salvo
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful collaboration. Ovila pours dark walnut brown into a snifter with two full inches of tan head that eventually disappears leaving very little trace it ever existed. Nose fills with smoky rich chocolate and coffee vapor with just a hint of jasmin behind a roasty fresh bread yeasty mist.

Taste starts tart with some rich figgy fruit flavors ending with tartness and bitterness. No real chocolate on the palate, but the coffee and roasty-smoky hints are there in the middle between the start and finish. Finishes languidly, particularly when warmed to room temperature, slowing wishing your tongue, lips, and palate adieu. Thank you. Thank you for visiting.
Mouthfeel is astounding: rich, meaty, full-bodied, and worthy of a central starring dinner table role, able to hold its own amidst any oenophile's tantrum about the relative value of grape to grain.

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Photo of thekoz
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a corked bottle. High carbonation pop when I removed the corked, though the carbonation level seemed light and tight.

Great mahogany color. Sweet aroma with hints of raisin and other dried fruits (dates?).

Lightly bittered, lots of fruity flavor. Mostly raisin.

Head a tan head when initially poured, which dissipated fairly quickly.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. $9.95 from Pint's O'Plenty.

Appearance: Beautiful clear ruby with a very authentic looking, tightly bubbled, Belgian head. The head retention is outstanding. Sheets of lace fall, but unfortunately, do not stick.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit and brown sugar. Spicy and bready yeast notes. Phenolic and alcoholic, but well balanced.

Taste: Raisins, dates, clove, booze, and bread. Its a really tasty and well done dubbel, if not quite as rich and complex as the very best.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately high carbonation. It is somehow soft and creamy, yet tingly at the same time.

Overall: I like this dubbel quite a lot. I'll be buying it more when it comes in four packs.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear red-brown, ruby held up to the light, in a Brewers Art goblet with a finger of light khaki head that hangs around for a bit.

S: caramel, brown sugar, dates, figs, apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg.

T: the first thing to hit the is the sweetness of the brown sugar, caramel and the sweet must of the fruit. The spicy characters whirl around and balance out the sweet qualities. Its definitely musty and flavorful.

MF: heavy, chewy, great effervescence and filling.

O: great Dubble, I love the musty fruit notes and the spice qualities.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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 berebrando
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a great one! I love the story, the cause, the collaboration and the beer!!!

This beer pours near the dark end of a dubbel. Heavy carbonation caused the Belgian style cork to create a champagne-like pop. The first glass poured with a thick white head with medium to large sized bubbled. No lacing as the head dies back to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells of bananas and burnt sugar. There was a little heat in the aroma that has since dissipated. This beer hits your tongue with a creamy mouthfeel that makes it extraordinary to drink. A very pleasant and drinkable beer. Enjoy, with friends.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 MerryTapster
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- not the best looking beer in my chimay challis. Very dark brown iced tea look with no head

S - sweet plums and maltiness

T- Very delightful beer flavoring. Sweet and malty and the yeast and various fruits and spices come through nicely. Very smooth with crisp finish .
M- Nice and full bodied.

O- One of the better and more reasonably priced Abby Belgian. Beers made in us. Very good job sn.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown with a pillowy white foam cap that rises above the rim of the glass. Fruit and malt aromas. Rich malts with a light fresh fruit and dark dried fruit. Starts sligyhtly sweet but finishes dry. Medium full body and above average carbonation. Domestic Dubbel tastes imported.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked caged bottled poured into my Chimay goblet.

A-Deep dark cloudy red/amber

S-Raisins, fruit, bananas.

T-Wow this thing is very sweet. very fruity, clove and bananas.

M-Light and carbonated.

D-A great drinking beer, took down the 750ml easily, the 7.5% abv is not bad at all. Rather tasty. I look forward to the next two releases.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice deep orangey brown with a thick khaki head that fades quickly to a ring. just a bit of haze.
the aroma is pretty subdued, but i pull out some sweet malty, slightly fruity bubblegum. some minimally sweet caramelized aromas are also present along with a sweeter but clearly defined brown sugar. with warmth a little white pepper appears.
the taste is toasted and malty up front, fading into some darker fruitiness. caramel, brown sugar and fig would be the dominant flavors. the belgian yeast is present, with it requisite flavor profile, contributing a little clove. throughout it maintains a robustness, but also a complementary lightness or airiness to it, somewhat hard to describe. the mouth is is left with a little peppery spice.
the mouthfeel is slick and silky, the carbonation is very creamy.
overall very nice. it's a dubbel that tends toward the more delicate side, letting the complexities shine through clearly. a great effort.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darker brown with a creamy white head. Head disappates to nothing and leaves little lacing on the glass.

S: Good hefty malting and some candi sugar is present via the nose.

T: Large malt dosing up front and followed by the candi sugar sweetener. Great flavor.

M: Despite the somewhat flat look after a few minutes it still has a nice carbonation in in the mouth but definitely a brew with some heft.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a semi-transparent golden dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma is fruity, malty, woody and slightly sweet. Rich malty and fruity flavor has tones of oak, toffee and caramel. Fizzy texture leaves a persistent tingle and a fruity, sweet finish.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a bomber at a Whole Foods in Dallas. Poured a nice creamy head with great lacing, and a beautiful deep brown. The smell was sweet and fruity. The taste had cherry, vanilla, prunes and other dark fruit. Very nice!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dense off-white foam of perhaps a finger or so covers a nice chestnut brown ale. My pour included some of the lees from the bottom of the bottle so there was a slight haze.

Aromas of caramel malts, some raisins or dark fruit, and that Belgian yeasty smell. Pretty classic for a dubbel, but with a little bit more fruit.

Flavors are nicely joined on the tongue with caramel malts coming on first and then folding nicely into a complex splash of dark fruit, a slight bitterness, and some of the bready yeast. There is some of that brown sugar on the back end as well. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but still pulls off some creaminess that was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this brew a bunch! It had notes of a typical dubbel but also has some character of its own. Nice.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, toffee and candy sugar. I don't have any complaints from the aroma, which smells like a dubbel should smell. The flavor a nice mix of toffee, yeast and candy sugar. The alcohol is detectable but is not overpowering. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made dubbels that I have tried.

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

A: Fairly clear, and a nice garnet shade. The head is frothy smooth and light tan. It looks very soft, even if it is shrinking as I type. A very healthy pop upon opening, so this baby has some carbonation... an aggressive pour would make my cup runneth over.

S: Ripe strawberries, and grapes come through, almost a touch like champaign. Once you sniff past the fruit and yeasty scents you get a bit of fresh baked bread. Very classic belgian yeast notes in this.

T: Sweet clove and a touch of banana at first. Remarkably clean finish on this. Notes of raisons, baked bread and a touch of citrus. Very nice overall, with just a hint of booze in the finish.

M: It feels a little thin. The carbonation is plentiful, and appropriate for the style. There is almost a smoothness to this which I really like. Finish is dry.

O: Perhaps just a smidge timid on flavor, but it is certainly well crafted. Classic Belgian flavors, and an enjoyable experience. If it was a wee cheaper, I'd buy a lot of this.

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

750ml corked & caged. It pours a mahogany color with an off-white head that pulls a Houdini after a bit. The smell is caramel, charred oak, pepper and cloves. The taste starts with raisins, then a strong peppery middle followed by a delicious caramel aftertaste and a slightly dry finish. Very nice! The mouthfeel is well carbonated and a bit slippery. And I seem to remember drinkability in here somewhere but I've obviously not been reviewing lately b/c I don't know how this works any more. So, stream of consciousness aside, a very nice beer and the best I've had from Sierra Nevada!

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

Beautifully designed bottle! 750ml corked and caged.

A - Mahogany/Chestnut, ample carbonation bubbles, 3 finger thick fluffy white head, decent lacing.

S - Peppery, pears, raisons.

T - Starts peppery, the middle blasts you with fruity, raison, & plum flavors, finishes with a toasty, bready dryness. It is amazing how the flavors literally start and finish, then change completely; start and finish, then change completely again, so on and so forth!

M - Slightly smooth, slightly carbonated: less carbonated than the bubbles made it seem.

D - Very drinkable, the alcohol is hidden perfectly, amazingly fresh take on the style! Well done Sierra Nevada, looking forward to the saison and quad!

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

P:  Tannish finger width colored frothy head crowns a body of cloudy dark brownish amber with aggressive bubbles.  Head fades fast but leaves a thin layer of froth on top. 

S:  Loads of spiced banana, grapes, prunes, rich malts, faint phenolic aroma. Once swirled the peppery alcohol becomes more pronounced. 

T/M:  Taste delivers caramel sweetness, apples, pears, old mushy bananas, orange preserves, vanilla bean, clove, cherry alcohol, rotted wood and musk. The taste is not as sweet as the nose but more thick malts and earthy notes.  The yeast is apparent and brings pepper, stale wheat bread, and hints of rye.  Burnt brown sugar, toffee, tad salty and herbal hops on the drying finish.  Body is light-medium and a tad watered down for the style but has a slightly chalky feel with nice prickly carbonation. 

O:  Overall a great dubbel that delivers rich robust flavors and a good mouthfeel. The sweetness is complimented by the spices and herbal notes. The alcohol is hidden well and is easily drinkable. After one glass I was pretty full but eager to drink the rest. 

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

Lots of dark fruit and some Belgian style yeast and sugar give a true Dubbel flavor. Not a lot of hops. Not much lacing with this pour, but some film coats the sides. Drinks very easily. I like this beer a lot and hope there will be more like this from Sierra Nevada.

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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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