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

Had on tap at 12th South Taproom; served in a tulip glass.

Color is a clear, dark copper. Nice lacing from the off-white head of about 1 finger. Aromas are complex, with sweet malts and caramel, dark fruits and spices.

Taste is very good - caramel malt sweetness with spices in the background. Smooth mouthfeel and a medium-full body. A nice bit of alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is sweet, but not as sweet as other dubbels I've had.

Great start to the new Ovila series. I'm looking forward to the others from Sierra Nevada.

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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 DelMontiac
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from the corked and caged bottle I purchased from Brown's Bottle Shop in Stillwater, OK. Bottle cellared for over 12 months from date of purchase. (Not sure exactly when I bought it.)

Dubbels are not the prettiest of beers, but this one holds its own. Poured into a Chimay chalice, the overall look is a very murky deep rustic bronze topped with a finger of kahki foam which decided not to hang around for consumption or glass coating.

In the nose, I get a steely phenolic dark fruit blast from this dubbel - thinking of plum, raisin, cherry, and red grape. A little barn straw creeps in as well reminding me of trips to my grandmother's farm and sipping homemade elderberry wine. There is an unmistakable vinous character which I love in a good dubbel or trippel.

Flavors reflect the previous with much added sweetness like dark candies. There is a flash of hops at the end, but it fades quickly leaving a pleasant light vanilla malt overtone that I was hoping for. Classic, but sweeter than what I expect from a dubbel. Again, the vinous qualities are pleasing here as well. This would be great with a red sauce pasta dish...which I am preparing right now - classic sausage and beef lasagna, bam!

Nice chewy feel with a near perfect carbonation. A bit dry, but I want that from a Belgian style. Near perfection.

All together an impressive collaberation. I sure wish I had more of this.

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

On-tap at the West Hartford Plan B into a shaker pint.

A: Looks black in the dim light, but when held up to a brighter background it positively glows with a radiant burnt sienna hue; one finger of fine tan foam makes a brief appearance, and leaves some delicate lace. Just fine.

S: The boring glass isn't doing it any favors, but I'm getting mainly malt: chocolate, nuttiness, and whole-grain bread come through, as well as some lightly spicy yeast. A little understated, but very pleasant.

T: Opens with sweet chocolate malt, then gets quickly dried out by the yeast. Undertones of hazelnut, earthiness and spice. Lovely.

M: Delicate - fairly light, but substantial body roiling with soft, fine effervescence. Great.

O: What a pleasant beer. This didn't blow me away like some authentic Belgian's have (although I can't think of too many great Dubbels - Westmalle?), but it was really enjoyable throughout. The complexity of the malt, added to the yeast character made for a deep and satisfying drinking experience. I'd gladly drink it again.


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

Nice bottle presentation with the caged and corked bomber. Poured into a Chimay chalice. Deep brown body with a touch of plum red hue, and slightly hazy. Big three-finger light tan that is creamy and has superb retention, but little lacing.

Solid aroma that is balanced but not overpowering. Dark fruit and peppery spices from the yeast up front. Some sweet, caramel malt aroma follows.

The flavors definitely step it up a notch. Tasty blend of dark fruit, featuring plum and raisin, with the signature Belgian yeast spiciness. The yeast gives just enough zest to balance the sweeter malt flavors. Very balanced mix.

The mouthfeel is thin to medium, with a very smooth finish, and definitely appropriate for the style. No real notice of the alcohol at all. Excellent Dubbel.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a muddy, semi-translucent brown. Extremely murky with rusty highlights around the edges where the light creeps in. Just about opaque in the center. No real signs of sediment. Quarter-inch of tan head dissipates quickly into a thin patch on top of the beer. Virtually no lacing.

S: Smells like beer. A very rich, sweet, heavy aroma that invites the drinker. Notes of honey and lots of fruit with a real kick from the alcohol. I don’t profess to be an expert on the different strains, but there is something special about the Belgian yeast behind this.

T: Creamy with notes of dried fruit (plums, currants, cherries, raisins, maybe pomegranate), caramel, oak, and a hint of chocolate. Very heavy roasted malts lend a pleasant sweetness that is balanced with a distinct bitterness on the back. The alcohol makes itself known going down. Lots of the flavors you’d expect from a true abbey dubbel but without quite the same level of composition. Almost reminiscent of a barley wine.

MF: Nice body. Full and hearty. Very creamy, but still crisp. Goes down smooth.

D: Quite drinkable, not nearly as heavy as I expected.

Note: I will admit walking into this beer with some pretty serious biases, both good and bad. First, I am very excited about the Abbey of New Clairvaux’ ultimate plans to brew this beer on premises and establish a legitimate, recognized Trappist brewery in the United States. I am rooting for my Catholic countrymen! However, generally speaking, the American “Belgian-style” Abbey Ale is my absolute least favorite variety. I find that proud small and medium-sized breweries, as well as BMC-owned ventures, that attempt to replicate the work of centuries of celibate men all fall flat on their faces. This beer lands somewhere in the middle. Let’s call it a good starting point for a hopeful future.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight down the middle of the goblet. Murky reddish-brown in color with a consistent tan head that pops slowly into oblivion, leaving little lace behind. Subtle aroma involves sweet malts, some toasted grain, dark fruits and phenols. There's a definite bitter edge to this Dubbel, but it plays well with others. Tastes sweet and fruity with a creamy base and somewhat dry ending. No discernible alcohol heat. A little grainy after a while with some spice and a bit of melon. Thoroughly enjoying this one. Nothing bold or extreme here, just a good, well-balanced beer that accomplishes a lot with its nuance.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Cork pops out of this bottle like a shot and pours a hazy brownish amber with a frothy beige head that leaves only traces of lacing.

Aroma is definitely sweet with lots of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. Dark fruits in the form of raisins and plums with a noticeable doughy bread character and faint spices.

Taste also starts with the caramel malts and candy sugar with the breadiness in the background. The taste is more balanced than the nose with the spices coming out in the finish especially. Really good taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with decent carbonation.

This is an excellent dubbel, one of the best I've had in a long while. Very complex but not overly sweet and super drinkable for a dark Belgian. Great stuff.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, Ovila signature glass.

Appearance: A semi-cloudy brown, with slight amber tint to the body. Bubbles are light topped off with a 1/4" orange-white head, settles quick after a sip.

Smell: As I poured it into the glass, you smell the yeast and malts.

Taste: This beer is dessert, not sweet like fruit beers but closer to red wine type of feel. Yeast is pretty evident malty with no complaints.

Mouth: Smooth medium texture. Feels a little light but when you feel the smoothness you know this is a quality.

Overall: A lot better than what I thought, I love dubbels and to compare this with the others I have had this beer feels like a steal. Salud!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Murky brownish/burgandy body with a thin, bubbly cream-colored head. Head leaves quickly, but a thin layer of bubbles stay around for a while.

S- Big fruity aromas of raisins and plums, with some caramel malt and spicy yeast flavors present as well.

T- Way more malt comes through in the flavor than in the nose. Big caramel malts give way to sweet dried fruits and lots of peppery yeast. Hints of grains and clove in the finish.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation level. Very nice feel for a Belgian style ale.

O- A very solid dubbel that smells fantastic. Huge, full flavor for a 7.5% abv beer.

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Photo of psujmatt
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Black Star Co-op, 9-oz serving in snifter.

A -- Essentially no head, small bubbles form at side of glass leaving very thin, short lived foam. A bit lighter in color than a normal Dubbel, but maybe it was a trick of the smaller glass. Definite reddish tint to it.

S -- For some reason, about all I'm getting is sweetness and raisins, with the sweetness almost reminding me of a brandy barrel aged beer.

T -- Pretty sweet on the tongue with little tang at the finish, and a definite sense of raisins/fig, especially in the finish. Some of the normal Belgian spiciness, even though that was absent in the nose. I hint of oak, almost as if it were barrel aged. For my tastes, this was nearly perfect balance of sweet and tangy, without being fruity (other than raisin/fig). Not as complex as some Dubbels, but I think it added to the drinkability.

MF: It has a thicker mouthfeel than I expected, and it was wonderful. Very smooth and light with carbonation while also seeming viscous. I really enjoyed it, but can't quite describe it!

I could have kept drinking this all night. Assuming it had the normal Dubbel alcohol content, it was well hidden.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Murphy's Bar and Grill, Honolulu, HI.

Appearance: Poured a copper-red-brown with a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread with a slight amount of alcohol coming through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Getting some cloves and dark fruit. Got some tang and spice to it. Aftertaste is grainy with a slight flash of alcohol. Also, tend to get an ever so slight bit of banana/bubble gum flavor, along with a ting of sour fruit notes. Carbonation tingles a little bit.

Overall: Very impressed by this brew by Sierra Nevada. Very great example of the style by the people who know what they're doing. For a 7.5% abv, it's very hearty. This is a beer that should be sipped and enjoyed.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nicely presented corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle...no expense spared on the label either!

Pouring into a La Trappe goblet, exhibits an effervescent light tan head quickly settles over a very slightly murky brown liquid. Aroma of lightly roasted malt and brown sugar mixed with yeast spiciness.

The maltiness carries thru on the first sip, fruity yeast notes too...bitter but subtle hoppiness is well balanced here. Verrry well balanced between bitter and sweet with the sweetness winning over. Finishes a tad thin body wise but the nose and taste makes me forgive quickly. Well done effort here.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a snifter. It was a ruby tinged brown with massive carb streams from the etching. It had a 3 finger head that slowly settled into a thick foam cap that remained till the end. Great sheeting with some sticking.

The aroma was classic dubbel with good pepper and clove spice mixed with dark fruits like raisin and plum along with a sweet caramel malt base. A lot going here but it blends very well. The taste follows the aroma with the sweet malt leading the way with the fruit quickly behind it with a long build of spice that peaks at the end. Very good. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels and pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, it's been awhile since I had a dubbel and this one has me wondering why! Very tasty and not sweet or too much alcohol in aroma or taste like the last couple dubbels I remember. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - this won't ever be a huge style for me but I enjoyed this and would share a bottle again and definitely try on tap. [O;O]

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber. Nice carbonation, thick off white head with light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and dark fruit, light Belgian spicing. Flavor follows with dark and light fruit, caramel malt and light spicing. Carbonation adds a bit of a kick to the light, somewhat dry hop finish. Reasonably complex and the body borders on creamy. A nice dubbel on the dry end of the spectrum.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a chalice.

L - hazed, dark cherrywood color with a off-white head that stayed as a thin layer which was fueled by rising carbonation bubbles.

S - the aroma is on the sweeter side with dark fruit and mild yeast.

T - sweet dark fruit upfront with a light yeasty twang on the somewhat dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a light, crisp feel.

O - a very delightful and most enjoyable Dubbel. I look forward to the other beers from this series.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 KTCamm
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle poured into a duvel glass.

Pours medium dark brown, builds from light to dark bottom to top. Small layer of off white foam covers the top. Light esthery yeast smell. Taste is fruity, lightly sweet with a dark fruit raisin anise taste throughout. Cherries buried too. Very minor hop bitter. This is an excellent made beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, great label, opens with a Champagne like pop,

A: Pours a deep red umber to brown with an initial three finger head which recedes quickly to a smooth cap of foam, no lace is a surprise.

S: Definite plum notes and sweet brown sugar with a soupçon of dark chocolate.

T: Direct gingerbread notes attack first with a pleasing mix of dark sugar, allspice, and clove. Secondary dark fruit flavours, mission fig and prune, though the fruitiness is not as direct as the nose would indicate.

M: Medium-bodied overall. Soft prickly pleasing carbonation which is very distinct. Arguably the most authentic Belgianesque mouthfeel I've had in an American made, Belgian style beer, reminds me a ton of Achel Brune in this respect. Very impressive.

O: A fantastic dubbel, good flavours and tasted blind this could easily be mistaken for a Belgian made effort, perhaps it's the monks. Fans of St. Bernardus Prior 8 should love this.

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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 StuartCarter
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby brown with very little head that rapidly dissipates to a thin ring.

The smell is kind of not there - it smells slightly hop funky, but nothing really sticks out.

The beer is lively and dances on the tongue, with flavours of sweet brown sugar, sour cherries, and a lingering subtle hop funk with a gentle bitterness to offset the sweetness.

A very nice example of a Trappist Dubbel - not thick or heavy like a tripel or a quad, but refreshing and moreish.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork made a popping noise as it pours out a tannish brown, a thick head gives way quickly, leaving little lacing behind.

It smells of sweet carmel and fruit. Intriguing to say the least.

Tastes of carmel, toffee, and fig with perhaps a touch of citrus note. Thick and velvety mouthfeel. Filling brew that encourages you to savor it.

I did not know what to expect as this a completely different style than I associate with Sierra, but, wow, well done.

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this Dubbel and it does need to settle right out of the bottle before trying this. It pours a nice cloudy, slightly dirty water amber brown. The beer is plenty carbonated and has lots of head soon after the cork is popped. Things settle considerably as the beer settles in and then there is really no head at all, no lace either.

The nose on the beer is quite yeasty, caramel bready, with a touch of booziness. There is a candied type pineapple liqueur nose on this beer, its very typical for the style. The taste is also very typical. There are hints of clove, lots of candied sugars, plenty of caramel, some green apples, a nice bready earthiness, the beer is quite sweet. There is a peppery snap to the beer towards the finish. The florals and fruitiness picks up as this beer starts to warm and settle in. This is a medium bodied beer, the consistency is a bit thick and syrupy, a touch cloying. The spicey pepper in the finish adds a nice touch to this beer. What's not to like. I would have this again if I were seeking out a Belgian Dubbel. The labelling gives you all the background on the collaboration with Sierra Nevada, without it just being silly marketing. L'Chaim.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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