Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,035
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
133
For Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burns1066
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer! Not as substantive as I expected, but with enough body to satisfy. Wonderful caramel smells, with just a hint of citrus and pepper. Very little lacing, head disappeared fairly quickly, which I thought was surprising. Tastwed like it smelled, a less full-bodied version of a more autumnal brew. Nice when you want something with a little bit more substance, but without being overly cloying.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Ovila is deep copper in color, and pours with an enormous head of a creamy color. The lacing is the most impressive aspect here, with millions of pinhead-sized bubbles racing to the top of this brew, and its head never falls below 1/2" in thickness.

S: The bouquet is vibrant, with great hints of stone fruit, clove, and rum.

T: What a display of balance! Ovila boasts notes of stone fruit, rum, clove, and a touch of chocolate. This brew displays all of the characters of a great Belgian-made dubbel.

M: The full body and chewy texture of this brew is emphasized by its extreme level of carbonation. It displays the awesomely creamy texture only found in the best dubbels.

D: This is a top notch dubbel from one of my favorite breweries in America. It has all of the attributes I look for in this style, and doesn't seem to have a single flaw. Congrats, SN, on another amazing brew, I look forward to the next two offerings in this lineup.

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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. The cork wanted to get out of the bottle in a hurry!

A. Deep, very deep mahogany colour with a light tan head that fades fairly rapidly. Not much lace.

S. Lots of caramel, a strong waft of hops, otherwise very typically Belgian dubbel. Hints of barley sugar.

T. This is a really well balanced dubbel with non of the cloying sweetness sometimes found in this style. Very fruity up front with an exceptionally dry finish.

M. A little on the medium bodied side for a dubbel.

O. A very nice beer indeed. Subtle in both flavour and ABV (7.5%) making it deceptively easy to drink.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with red highlights. Head is a light tan, decent size, and fades quickly. Light lacing.

S: A nice aroma of caramel malts, spices, banana, clove, & dark fruits.

T: A nice dry flavor that follows the nose very well. Belgian yeast gives it a spicy quality with banana notes. There's a sweetness from some toffee malts, dark fruits, & brown sugar. Finishes slightly bready with a hint of booze.

M: Carbonation is very tingling on the tongue, medium body, smooth texture.

O: A great beer that's easy to drink and not too hard on the wallet. Glad I have more then one bottle.

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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355th review on BA
bottle to chimay goblet
750 ML C/C

App- A very nice dark brown with amber/red highlights. One and a half finger head. Just soft and pillowy looking head and a marshmellow softness fade.

Smell- Rich layered sweetness with a malts and a bit of brown sugar.

Taste- The thing I love about dubbles is the yeasty softness. This was no different. Yeasty, soft and delicious. The slight peppery spice notes are very pleasant and the softness again just keeps drawing me in.

Mouth- Medium bodied with an almost high carb soft lace like finish.

Drink- A very good beer. I have wanted to try this since I read about it a long time ago. Was not dissapointed. I could drink a lot of this very quickly. Oh wait I did, my bottle was gone much too quick.

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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a big light tan head forming from my less than perfect efforts. No lace left behind as the head recedes.
Smell is rich with malt, backed with notes of dark fruits, apple, hops, pepper and fruitcake. Really well balanced.
Taste is superb. Rich and malty with a strong fruitcake presence with all the raisins, figs, candied cherries, wheat and slight rum-like note. Lesser notes of pepper and hops and a faint soy taste mostly up front.
A rich, full bodied brew with a fairly light effervescence. Warming with a beautiful slow fade aftertaste. A really nice example of the style.

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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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