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 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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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 BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was of a hazy dark amber brown with a reddish hue. There was very little light tan foam and no lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of sweet fruits and with a hint of sweet spices. A very pleasant and suttle aroma. When first tasted, the sweet roasted malts, caramel and spices were very evident in the flavor. Not very overly alcoholic on the palate of aftertaste. Not really heavy, but not sort of watery. What a very pleasant tasting dubbel. Out to buy more!

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

Original 750ml bottle (vs the small bottles they come in now) poured into tulip. Bought a case when Ovila Dubbel was first released, so this has a year+ on it. Loud pop when cork was freed.
Pours a relatively dark copper with light head and lacing, both of which fade pretty quickly.
Scents and flavors of burnt sugar and light hops, which both also fade pretty fast.
Oddly enough, the second glass from the bottle poured a 1" thick head vs almost none when first poured. It faded pretty rapidly...a lot like the flavor.
I really enjoyed this when it was first released and while its still good, the time hasn't done what I had hoped to it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa via this single bottle. I wasn't sure if Sierra Nevada could pull off a style like this but there wasn't any doubt when I finished this that this could match up toe-to-toe with its Belgian Counterparts. The trademark West Coast hops and resin mouthfeel are absent here and this beer was just as strong, nuanced, and enjoyable as I hoped it would be, with enough booze to match!

The pour to this was wonderful - a rich raisin hue with light edges, a tan head that was long-lasting for not being thick, and just enough sediment present to be noticed without seeming excessive. Not a lot to the aroma or the lacing but there was certainly the burnt sugar and dark fruits that one would expect in this style. Both of those were also in the taste along with a strong hint of Belgian yeast, and alcohol. The warming effect was nice and the fruits were along the line of plum and apricot. Not a lot of carbonation in this but enough was present to cleanse my mouth after each sip, without overpowering the flavors.

This was not a fast sipper because of how strong it felt, even if wasn't strong for this particular style. While not as complex or as heavy as Belgian Dubbels, Sierra Nevada should be commended here for going outside of their norm and hitting the nail on the head. Fans of the brewery will be pleasantly surprised and those who enjoy Dubbels won't go wrong picking up some of this either.

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

375ml bottle I picked up for $3 which is a much better value than the $10 I spent on the 750ml when this was first released. Red color, good head. Smells like raisins, fruit, belgian yeast. Flavor is sort of fruity, sugar, yeasty, good. Overall this was a good dubbel.

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

an excellent dubbel, not too sweet, but sweeter than many. it pours a brick red to brown color, with a muddy haze to it and an excitible but not tall white head. the nose is molasses and sweeter malt, some spice from the yeast too, no hops to speak of. the flavor is in line with the nose, tons of malt supporting this one, a rich beer, lots of subtle flavors here, dried fruit, vanilla, and some wood. the feel is excellent. smoother than most belgian beers ive had, lighter in carbonation but plenty full of body. i like the mix, and its down easy for tha reason. wonderful as it warms too. overall a classic beer, so much going on and so much to appreciate. one bottle just isnt enough!

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Photo of RossCain
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: The beer takes the color of burnt sugar as it sits in the glass with a pillowy tan head. Great retention on the head of the beer; it looks very attractive in the tulip. The corked, sturdy bottle and textured artwork on the label are a great touch.

S: Notes of creme brulee, caramel, and toasted malts come to the forefront. Just the right amount of sweetness.

T: As led-into by the nose, the beer starts with sweet notes of caramelized sugars and toasted bread. The flavors work together to make a smooth and buttery-sweet profile. The profile finishes with biscuity goodness.

M: Smooth velvety with a good touch of carbonation. The 7.5% abv does rear its head a bit in the finish.

O: From the presentation of the bottle to the sweet, caramely goodness of each quaff, I give Sierra Neveda and New Clairvaux props for providing a great dubbel experience.

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Photo of KKB
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Looks like light caramel or butterscotch. Has a cola-like appearance, much less thick looking than I would have thought. A half of a finger of head and the liquid is opaque. The head disappears after a while, and there is no real lacing.

S – Very sweet malt, almost a carmelized sugary smell to it, with a smell of raisins, dark fruits, banana, and caramel in the nose. Brown sugar comes across clear in the nose. A good amount of spice in there to be sure as well.

T – Here is where the raisin and dark fruits come more clearly into play. A really veerrry nice taste to it to be perfectly honest. Solid maltiness, as well as bread, with that slight banana element coming through as well and a good spice… A real nice cinnamon comes on late.

M – The carbonation isn’t what I was expecting either, it’s much more mild in this department than I previously would have thought. Not unpleasant at all though, somewhat creamy. Light-medium body.

O – I actually quite like this beer. I think that it’s good. I don not think that it is unbelievable and I had slightly higher hopes, but nonetheless I think it’s quite good. I probably wouldn’t want to take down a six pack of these and I’m sure there are better dubbel’s out there but this is good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a large, growing head.
Nose shows doughy yeasty notes, spicy phenols, brown sugar, a little dry fruit and brown sugar.
Flavours include more Belgian yeast notes, some soft chocolate and very sweet dried fruit and brown sugar.
Carbonation is much too high.

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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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