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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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Reviews: 453 | Ratings: 1,034
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 mattkoon
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i like this beer because for a beer with a potential to be overpowering- sierra nevada made it really drinkable. the color is a cloudy brown. there isnt much going on in the way of smell. the flavor has a lot of dark chocolate and spices and fruits but the back end of this beer is really mild- which makes it more drinkable than i expected.

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Photo of LibrariansLoveBEER
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't have much experience with this style, but I'm always looking to expand my horizons (beer-wise) so I decided to give it a try. I picked this up at Bill's in town after a recommendation from Joshua. Thanks Josh!

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet

A: dark brown almost black, like coffee. Half-inch tan head, minimal lacing down the side.

S: Sweet, alcohol is up front, boozy. Smells fruity, yeasty.

T: Cherry, a bit boozy at first but not so bad after the first sip.

M: Medium and creamy. Smooth finish.

Overall: I am not a fan of this style but this beer was much better than I expected.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours deep brown with reddish tones. Smell has a boozy caramel. Taste of sugary alcohol, caramel, sticky, sweet limited complexity. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet and just ok.
Overall nothing that special about this beer. Very sticky and caremel sweetness overwhelms

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Ovila Abbey Dubbel is complex and malty with hints of caramelized sugar, dark fruit, and peppery spice from the unique Belgian abbey-style yeast. A portion of proceeds goes toward the restoration of the historic Óvila chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel. My first entry into the Ovila series, this second release was repackaged into miniature bottles, individually corked & caged and sold in 4-packs for multiple sessions. I like it far better than the original packaging concept. It seems this may not be returning any time soon, if at all in its original form. *Note: Beware the cork! This one's quite an explosive beer with a ton of pressure built up inside. The cork launched off by itself shortly after i removed the cage.*

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle to an Ovila Goblet. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy copper cream head of a light crisp consistency. Body color is a copper brown with mild sediment and mild, relaxed carbonation. Retention is average, this one sizzles for a while yet doesn't quite die down so easily, thickening up to a nice, unbroken solid creamy layer with a subtle bubble roll. Lacing is light and clingy. It's a good appearance, a touch more lively than expected. 4

(Smell) Aromas are very fruit-forward with sweet red grapes, tart cherries, trace dates and figs, very clean and with a mellow tartness. Paired with a bready malted barley and mellow spices like clove and trace nutmeg, the balance is nice although the potency is medium at best. It's a very entertaining aroma if not particularly complex nor deep, it is exciting for fans of clean, light and fruity Belgian beers. 4

(Taste) Up front a fainter grape malt profile, rounded out to a more biscuity and bready malted barley as the main attraction, with a very faint Belgian spice blend, no more than a touch of coriander, white pepper and clove to accentuate a mildly dry finish accentuated by murky cherry. Some boozy characteristics linger in the midsection, likely out in the open due to the general lightness of this beer. Drinkable certainly, but not incredibly complex. I was let down by the further reservation of fruit character and a much more shallow malt and yeast depth than the nose predicted. Balance is slightly acidic over sweet, just not enough malt power to justify an ideal balance. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Thin malt depth for a subtle slickness but a mellow carbonation goes for quite the creamy texture, almost a nitrous consistency head that muffles a lot of the subtle flavor. Body is light for the style, just not full enough on malt depth and sweetness to balance it out right. Alcohol presence is above medium, not very well concealed. While I enjoy the texture overall it doesn't settle as ideally as it would with a deeper, more heavily-bodied brew. I couldn't see it working any better with a more brisk carbonation texture, so this will have to do. 3.5

(Overall) I hate to come down hard on this beer, but I've enjoyed better and more tasty Dubbels before and this one just isn't a game changer. I felt it came off far too light in the malt profile and the fruit notes as well as the yeast profile had to be equally subdued to round it out. Overall the potency and depth is just too shallow to be memorable. While I'm not closing the book on this series this is not the best start and certainly not my ideal take on the style. It would settle best for those who want a drinkable, moderately spiced Dubbel that isn't overly sweet nor potent. This fits that niche but it's capable of going so much farther than that. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Óvila Dubbel

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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 Roose13
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: transparent dark amber/brown. Half-inch off-white head, lacing down the side.

S: yeast; caramel; a bit sweet. I detect cherry and some other darker fruit notes

T: subtle cherry and caramel. A bit syrupy and malty. Spicy and a bit boozy

M: Medium and creamy. Very smooth finish.

Overall: Heard a lot of great things on this but it just didn't blow me away like I expected it to from the reviews I got. Still a fair beer overall.

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with over one finger of persistent offf-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Cookie-like, more doughy than yeast-affected, even unctuous at times. Malt qualities are a satisfying combination of Belgian aromatic and crystal. There is some aspect of floral and fruity perfume present, as well as coconut.

T: Begins off-dry, with focused yet nuanced malt that yields some definite molasses. Vigorous acidity buoys the overall mood, maintaining a balance between bright and dark qualities but diluting some of the flavors most worth contemplating. Delicacy remains the theme in the middle, where light esters evoke rose water. The nature of this beer's flavors become more transformed deeper into the profile, and also as it warms, yet phenolic-derivative Belgian yeast character remains elusive throughout.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This approachable beer serves as a splendid introduction to stronger ales for the novice, fully able to delight the palate without providing much of the challenge inherent in most authentic abbey beers from Belgium. It also possesses a depth of character that unfolds with time and repeated exposure by the drinker, even though the first glimpse is of something simple and straightforward--even compromised. As a result, this California Abbey ale is adaptable to many situations; do not hesitate to serve early in a series, or with lighter fare such as fruits and salads.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel brown. Medium beige head with good retention. Aroma is cherries and toffee. Flavor is similar, with just a bit of spice to go with some sweet toffee flavor. Slightly more carbonated than most dubbels, but not hugely so. A very nice beer that I drank fresh, but would probably benefit from a bit of aging.

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small bottle format review from 3/31: pours very hazy chestnut brown color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left minimal spotty lacing. Lots of bubbles race up the brew like a champagne.

Smells of caramel, yeast, malt, dark fruit, cherry, herbs, a general sweetness and light spices. Nice notes and quite a combo of things, but nothing really stands out.

Tastes like it smells, with caramel, yeast, malt, dark fruit, cherry, herbs, booze like rum, malt, sweet bread like cinnamon raisin bread and light spices like pepper, coriander and cinnamon; not overly sweet, but fruity enough to tame the yeast and let the booze peek through in a nice way.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost watery, with a medium body, very light carbonation and a slightly funky finish.

Overall nice and easy to drink, but very much an American impression that falls short of the Belgian classics. I’d like to try a big bottle to really see how it progresses as it warms up; this review was quick and at the end of the night, so it was a bit rushed. I will try it again with an open mind.

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Photo of budgood1
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

pours out a deep and dark chestnut colour with a massive light tan head showing off some sturdy staying power. burnt brown sugar malt aroma with some chocolate pudding, ripe red fruit and peppery spice in the nose. the flavour profile is similar to the nose with more accentuated malt flavours such as caramel and nougat, candi sugar, cocoa, and belgian yeast. alcohol is certainly present throwing down some peppery spice with a nicely placed hop bite on the back end. tastes pretty nice. it's fairly full bodied, accompanied by a mellow mouthfeel . drinkability is nice, but this dubbel doesn't leave me waxing poetic.

overall i would say that this is really middle of the road for an abbey dubbel. it's not overly complex or compelling in any way. glad i got to try it but probably won't revisit.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apparently I will buy any thing this cheap that is corked and caged...12.7 into a Jackie O's tulip...

A: Brown color with ruby tints...sediment hazed...one finger off-white head fades quickly. No lace really..

S: Bready, some grape, sweet malts, raisins, hint of plum, yeasty, light spice, faint wine characteristics.

T: More of the same; malt, bready sweetness bordering on caramel. Some dark candy sugar, dark fruits and red apple, dry Belgian yeast, and some indecipherable spice notes.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, with moderate/strong carbonation that seemed typical to the bottle-conditioned style.

O: Dubbels are tough for me; usually nothing really stands out to me and this one is no different. Ok but not special.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on-tap
Glass: tulip
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
Price: $6.50

Appearance: black in color with a tan lacing along the sides when I got it. opaque.

Smell: dark fruits and belgian yeast

Taste: Same as the nose. well brewed but nothing special or interesting.

Mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: a good Belgian dubbel certainly drinkable but I was expecting something bit more special

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked 12.7 oz bottle into small Konings Hoeven tulip glass.
Pours a dark brown with amber head.
Aroma of medium malts, peat, chestnuts.
Significant carbonation; medium mouthfeel.
Flavors of medium roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, chestnuts, slight grass, minerals, persimmon fruit, cranberry, & melon rind. Let me give it a few minutes...
OK...head is mostly gone, earthy aroma, big carbonation, moderate dubbel flavors. The yeast and malt combo is guiding the flavor profile with richness, more so than a brown ale (Newcastle, SS Nut Brown), but less smooth and tasty than say, a St Bernardus Prior 8. Granted, the yeast of St Bernardus is fantastic to my tongue (and many others), but I think also they have a tad more sweetness in the malt profile, making it easier to drink and relish. While not close to bad, this is a good beer, but the flavors here are not so compelling that I'd jump for another pour.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Not much lacing.

S: Alcohol, fruit, spice, hay in that order.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet fruit and spice. Not much hops. Has a wine-like character.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dry and crisp. Warm going down.

O: This is a good Dubbel. The cork popped when I opened it. Lots of pressure and lots of alcohol, but with a refined taste.

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Photo of XxNitExX
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice

A- Pours a brownish, bronze, with some light honey highlights. Thin white head that doesn't stay around at all (dirty glass maybe)

S- Candied fruits! Slight alcoholic wine smell, but really strong plum, cherry smell. A little barnyard also that so many good Belgians have.

T- Again it is all about the fruit, but with significantly more sweetness now. If you have ever tasted dark candy sugar, you get that for sure. Next to zero hop presence, but a slight bit at the finish along with some darker malt taste.

M- Very smooth and thin. For such a darker colored beer this is very light and bubbly on the tongue.

Overall very good dubbel. Had been waiting to try this, and was not disappointed. Not the best, but a very good easier to get option.

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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 sevenarts
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Ruddy brown and cloudy, modest tan head, not much retention or lacing.

S: Smells sweet and sugary with a good amount of booze and some yeasty Belgian aromas.

T/M: Sweet, sugary dark fruits up front, quickly giving way to a harsh boozey element and a lingering yeasty aftertaste.

O: Not terrible, but it's too harsh and one-dimensional compared to true Belgian takes on the style. Taste is pretty good besides the alcoholic bite.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl cork & cage bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

I was really in the mood for a dubbel. I've been looking at this beer in stores for years but never picked it up. Finally bought a bottle about six months ago and opened it last night.

The beer was a really nice example of the style, and had I been blindfolded, I would not have guessed it was American. A very murky reddish-brown hue with aromas of clove, nutmeg, and cherry cough syrup, the beer is very drinkable and enjoyable with flavors of bakers chocolate, clove, biscuit, sweet quickbread, and subtle banana.

I can't say it is among my favorite dubbels, but it certainly hit the spot and was a delight to drink.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured to a Rochefort Chalice from a 12.7 oz bottle

A- pours a dark murky reddish brown, slighty off white creamy head.

S- Grainy, brown sugar, candied sugar, slight dark fruits, some raisin

T- carbonation tingle right at the tip of the tongue, very sweet brown sugar, fruity esters, finishes with a cherry/alcohol

M- medium bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet, finishes nice and dry

O- meh, its ok, its very sweet, not much complexity to it, slighty boring for a dubbel but def drinkable

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

Poured into a Stella glass from a 12oz corked bottle.

Pours a brown maple. Cloudy partly see through.

Two finger head that leaves a nice thick lacing.

Smells of tradishional Belgium yeast, little funk that is just great. Oak, maple, fruity.

Taste of tradishional Belgium beer. Smooth creamy light carbonation good mouthfeel.

Overall a great beer, I like the spin Searra Navada put on it.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown mahogany. The two finger head dies to a film.

Aromas are of brown sugar, Belgian yeast.

Taste is sweet and in the same vein. A bit one dimensional. Hint of vanilla/butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium weight. But too sickly sweet.

All in all, in danger of blanding out here. No real redeeming features and the sweetness just plain gets in the way.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extra thick champagne corked brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date into standard pint. Been craving Belgian beers latley.

A: cloudy brown like an unfiltered nut brown ale. Opened with thick off white head hat fell to a pretty average splotchy cap and a might thick ring. Big caramel notes with alcohol. A bit of yeast but it is pretty light. The slightly astringent smell I always get from belgian beers is there but not huge either.

T: follows nose, opens with caramel from the candi sugar followed by that belgian astringent yeast funk that I have been craving this past week. Finishes off with a bit of spicy bitter hop. Really well balanced and I want to take bigger drinks but this is for sipping.

M: thick and rich a little bit of a slick finish that is rather drying. Very drinkable.

O: sierra nevada scores again, this beer is wonderful. Just wat I needed to kick off my own little belgian style beer fest.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice brown woody color barely see through, a nice little finger of off white head at the top, left a little lacing around the glass.

S: Brown sugar, honey, vanilla, cherries and hint of oak on the tail end as well.

T: The vanilla and caramel are very present at first sip, the oak and honey are present on the back end with a nice coating of sweetness, lots of dried fruit comes in on this one as well.

M: Medium bodied, and little bit of carbonation, has some creamyness to it.

O: I will tell you what I was expecting a lot more from this beer, I think my high expectations killed it for me. This beer is not bad but I just wanted more from it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an old Rochefort chalice on 12/8/12

Brown and dark caramel hues. Rather clear. One finger of smooth light tan foam. Decent layer of thin retention, but no lace.

The aroma is straightforward - dark bread, light herbal spices and pepper, figs and dates. hints of raisins and brown sugar. It's easy to get drawn in to it.

The flavor starts off with a quick hit of raisin before turning very earthy with a distinct nuttiness. Bread is prominent throughout - toasted and dry. Fruity yeast notions linger on the back half.

Tight medium body with a coating, slightly gritty finish. Bold carbonation.

Overall, seems like a odd dubbel to me. Kind of a brown ale / dubbel amalgamation. Regardless, it's a good beer.

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,034 ratings.
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