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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Abbey Dubbel was aged in a blend of red wine and bourbon barrels to add a new level of complexity to an already beguiling brew. Rich malt flavors of burnt sugar and caramel blend seamlessly with bright fruit notes from the wine barrels, while the bourbon oak lends a mellow hint of vanilla.

Added by mdfb79 on 09-27-2012

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Reviews:
46
Ratings:
152
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
16.34%
 
 
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 152
Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark like an antique bronze, good tasting with a hint of wood/oak and a very strong toffee like flavor. There is an inherent floral taste, but is is that of a single flower, not a full bouquet. I found this to be a bit bitter for a belgian. The body is solid, and well balanced, and the head was nice while it lasted.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical over the top, too much bourbon barrel-aged beer. The bourbon barrel flavors stay in the background and the vanilla and caramel blend nicely. Still the alcohol from the barrel is evident.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown pour with a small off-white head. Strong aroma of malt and light booze. Taste has bready malt and licorice upfront backed by a slight boozy warmth. Can also taste a bit of brown sugar and caramel.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep deep Amber color with a ruby hue. Head quickly diminished. The aroma is caramel, stone fruits, bourbon and oak, subtle Belgian spicy character and a little fruity. Flavor is front loaded with oak, bourbon, some vanilla and stone fruit, then a pleasant red wine flavor emerges accompanied by Belgian spicy flavor and a long lingering dry finish. Body is medium and carbonation the same. Finish is dry, fruity, oaky and very flavorful.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2015. Reviewing first December 2015. Will age (and review) my second bottle for a year from now I think.

Dull but beautiful semi-hazy mahogany. Head is fizzy and weak, although after it has almost entirely dissipated leaves patches of fine bubbles. Dark fruit but not overly sweet, light balsamic vinegar, light vanilla, light alcohol, oak, phenols, and leather aromas. Almonds and caramel backbone. Oak is much more prevalent on the palate, and balances well with dark fruit (dates all the way!) and liqueur flavors. Vanilla and balsamic notes, not too sweet or sour. Aftertaste is unsurprisingly woody and bourbon-like, and yet, bready. Medium in body, though somewhat thin, choppy, with carbonation that starts out sparse and prickly but flattens quickly to fine, abundant, gulpable suds. Warm, not hot. Overall, it is about as good as any number of other high ABV, darker Belgian style beers, but it didn't live up to my expectations, vague though they were.

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Photo of ccg
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, rich orange with nice retention on a layer of tan foam
Initial blast of whiskey smells gives way to Belgian, banana-like malt and a hint of alcohol burn.
Flavor is mild sweet malt and mild whiskey. A bit of oak and earthiness comes through. I wouldn't have guessed it was partially wine-barrel aged if the label didn't say so, but it makes sense. It's a bit more earthy and less sweet than I would expect otherwise.
A mild and well-balanced double.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no date found, but been in fridge for couple months:
Pours a nice cola brow, perhaps a slight plum tint. Head builds up nicely, a foamy redfish-purplish tan. Still have nice head coverage halfway through pour, though no lacing.

Nose includes the barrel notes, but the base beer is the star. Candi sugar, cola or light root beer (sasparilla?), bourbon-tinged vanilla.

Taste leans a little more on the barrel notes, especially the bourbon and wood notes. There is no heat from the booze notes, just the flavor. Not as sweet a beer as the nose implied, a bit more cola-ish than root beer. The carbonation is light and tingly at strongest. Lighter side of medium body, drinks easily for a BA beer.

Wished the taste had the strength of the nose, but the fishers were well-balanced. Not sure if some age had an effect on that. A little more robustness or a little more excitement of feel wouldn't hurt, either. A nicely made beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle, shared 4 ways
A - foamy tan head on a brown body with plenty of carbonation
S - fruity, apple, fig, date, oak, earthy, yeasty, vanilla, faint bourbon
T - similar to aroma with notes of earthy yeast, apple, grape, fig, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak
M - velvety smooth, fuller body, higher carbonation allows its complexity to dance across the palate; vanilla and bourbon ride out the dry, peppery finish
O - great to try! I think it would get cloyingly sweet to drink more than half of the bottle, so it was nice to share it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ovila Quad was so good that I’d been watching for this one, & here it is. 750ML brown bottle, corked & caged, split with my wife.

The pour, leaving the last ounce or two in the glass, is clear, ruddy cheeks in an anticipated Minnesota winter breeze (which should be arriving tomorrow morning, finally). The head is big & persistent. The nose is interesting enough that I sip it through most of a movie trailer: very vinous. Wine, with some malt dropped in the barrel, & plenty of dark fruit. Oaky. This will be fun!

Ovila Dubbel - Barrel Aged is yet another cross-breed of wine & brew. The barrels are strong: wine & oak are on top here, along with a strong breath of vanilla & mild booziness from the bourbon. Flailing underneath the barrels is the dubbel: rich dark fruits, brown sugar, sweet cherry juice. Slight spiciness, perhaps from the yeast, perhaps from the jaded dialogue. Easy to sip, but I’m finding everything easy to sip these days. Perhaps I should have that looked at by a professional.

I’m liking the Ovila series. This doesn’t hit as close to my joy buzzer as the quad, but it’s very good & even better, different.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

exceptional beer, one of my favorites from them in some time, its magic. the combination of the wine and the bourbon barrels really lends itself to elements already existing in the base beer. the vanilla from the bourbon loves the sweeter darker malt in the dubbel, and the fruit from the red wine likes the fruity notes in the belgian yeast strain, and when it all comes together, its really splendid. i was surprised by a number of things here. the first is how clear it is in color, has the right tone, but no haze at all, just a crystal clear deep auburn with a tall tan head, gorgeous. it smells and tastes fantastic, i like that its not too heavy on the barrel, not overly oaky or boozy and thick, especially not thick, its almost light for a dubbel, far drier than most, without half the body, but it doesnt want for grain flavor or texture, which is the real genius. i suspect the yeast kept working in the barrels, as this is much less sweet than i remember the regular version being. minor acidity from the red wine cuts it as well. maybe a little less complex and cleaner than others like it, but really, there is no others like it, its a work all of its own, and worthy at the finest table. improving constantly as it warms. this series has simply blown me away, and this is one of my favorites in it. i sure hope they keep it up!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cream colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing around the rim. The beer itself is very nice to look at it with a clear ruby-brown. The hue is pretty nice and resembles wine a little bit.

The smell is pretty good and is a pleasure to smell. There are some nice bright red fruit notes like grapes from a cabernet sauvignon and bits of ripe plum. The malt notes mainly come off as caramel and burnt sugar notes with a little bit of toffee. The vanilla from the bourbon barrels is definitely there and blends well with the fruit and malt notes.

The taste is delicious and much better than the smell. The taste has the malt notes such as caramel, toffee with a hint of burnt sugar. The vanilla note is definitely present and still mixes with the malt notes. The fruit notes are bit more muted than the smell but still present and are given a slight bitter hop boost. There is also a very slight bourbon character to it that is subtle enough not to overpower the other notes but strong enough to be counted.

The feel is pretty good. It's medium bodied but a bit thin because of all the aging. The carbonation is pretty nice and biting; giving it a good texture.

Overall, a very good barrel-aged dubble and certainly unique enough to pay the purchase price.

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Photo of Boccu
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice with thick head. Lots of aroma. Taste is very smooth with tones of wine with a Carmel middle to a light bourbon finish. It's very drinkable like a mellow barley wine; smells of sweet malt, caramel,red wine with a light bourbon. As usual for sierra a great beer.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer.
After reading review that it had low carbonation I gave it an aggressive pour. I nice tan head developed atop this dark reddish dubbel. It dissipated after a few minutes leaving a slight lacing around the top.

Smell was a tad pungent but in a good way, yeasty and dank

Taste was very complex, belgian sour bitterness up front that developed into a nice dark fruit flavor and as it hit my throat I started picking up a little vanilla

Feel is mild carbonation that let the complexity of this beer come through

Over all i would buy it again. I really enjoyed it. The cost was more than I can afford often but when I can I will treat myself to this great beer again!

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Photo of Pencible
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with rocky light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy pumpernickel and dry dark fruit, with some oak and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy honey wheat bread and nutty biscuit, with some oak and raisin and sour Belgian yeast. It had a clean earthy and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice brew, with subtle and complex scent and taste. The body was a little weak, but the finish was really smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Should age well, but doesn't need it. Yum!

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Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Amber color with a short dense khaki head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. I pick up the wine barrel on the nose. Nice fruity aroma almost grape juice like. Perhaps some caramel notes and fig but those would be subtle.

The taste is of plum, dark cherry and fig. A light pepper and clove spice. Nice subtle wine barrel note, again brings some grape juice notes. The bourbon barrel brings toasted caramel and vanilla. Not a lot of bourbon flavors but it smooths out the beer. Excellent example of of dubbel

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not overly so. A bit sticky in the finish.

I dig the flavor in this beer. The wine barrel works well with a dubbel. Just the right amount of dark fruit notes and sweetness. Good yeast presence.

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Photo of stortore
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Pours a hazy, deep garnet color. Small head, small ring of foam clings throughout. Smell brings plenty of malt, wine, grapes, plums, oak, some bourbon as it warms. Taste also leads with the malt and wine, plums, figs, more bourbon than the nose, dates, caramel, oak, touch of vanilla. Little bit of alcohol taste. Smooth, creamy for the style, nice level of carbonation. A touch thin feeling.

Really like this. Both the wine and bourbon barrels had a solid presence, but were restrained, allowing the style to come through. Well blended, very enjoyable.

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Photo of mschrei
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark. Big head and carbonation at the beginning but mellows out big time. Slightly sweet and mouth filling. Barrel aging gives it a mellow warmth underneath. Warms up nicely. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice dubbel with a very strong barrel presence on both the nose and the taste. I found this beer got much better as it warmed. Very little carbonation was present, and the feel full and sweet.

An enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into Old Guardian glass.

A: Reddish brown with one finger light tan head that settles to a thin ring and moderate lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits - raisin, plum, fig, and dates. Subtle oak and vanilla.

T: Belgian yeast, plum, figs, and dates. Slightly sweet but well controlled.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation. Finish is a touch sweet.

O: Very nice beer. I just wish the price point was better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the tethers of bourbon barrel flavors pulling the flavors of Ovila Dubbel even tighter and tighter, a beautiful array of flavor tantalize the tastebuds and seduce the senses in a unique Belgo-American kind of way.

Deep and russet brown, the beer's chestnut and mahogany hues shed a creamy yet short foam cap and simmers with rich maple, dark dried fruit, pepeprcorn and booze-soaked wood. To taste, the beer is lavish with residual sweetness, slathering the palate with caramel, toffee, butter pecan and maple.

Then the middle opens up and the sweetness evenly coats the mouth as the fruit and spice come out to play. Date, fig, raison, cherry, apple and apricot all seem dried and leathered, stewing in its earthen broth. Counter to the fruit and malt are the yeasty spices who carry a spicy tinge of fresh-cracked peppercorn, mild clove and oak tannin and an unmistakable bourbon jolt.

Holding onto its sweetness, the malts resist fade as the carbonaiton turns from an initial zesty nature to creamy, candied feel. Seemingly somewhat barleywine-like, the forefront of fruit and spice distinguishes it a Belgian. Yet the ale finishes malty-dry with caldering warmth and a pleasant prickle of peppercorn with an aftertaste of peanut skins.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled on 6/18/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon/wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine/bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged dubbel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine/bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruits, moderate spice, caramel, a bit of a vinous touch from the wine barrels, and some light sweetness from the bourbon barrels. Hints of oak and vanilla in there as well

T: Starts off with the dark fruits, oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels, vinous notes from the wine barrels, and some spiciness from the yeast. Goes into some moderate sweetness from the caramel maltiness and burnt sugar as well as more general fruitiness from the wine. Finishes with lingering oak, spices, and burnt sugar

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice take on a dubbel, with a solid base and great barrel additions. It's hard to pick out which barrel shines more, but both do a very good job at imparting themselves onto the base. If you're a fan of Belgian brews or looking for something a little different, don't let the $17 scare you away

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Photo of Jnarowe
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light aroma of candi sugar, malts. Solid dubbel with some heat and traces of cabernet on the finish. A little more complex than the average dubbel, but well balanced and enjoyable. Tasted @ 60F.

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Photo of Atatum
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a nice tan head that lasts very shortly. A thin lacy head sits as the drink warms. A very dark orange body. N: licorice, brandy, dark fruit, molasses, leather. A very beautiful nose! T: a dry, alcohol dust taste. Tastes a lot like a good brandy, quite syrupy and has a nice malt balance. Burnt sugar and thick molasses taste. Overall: the barrel aging adds a touch of dry flavors but does not contribute to the flavor like one would assume. No real woodiness, just a little extra brandy flavor. Overall a very tasty brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a sliver of cream colored head. Viscous look, minimal lacing or head retention

S: Plums & Bourbon barrel

T: Plums, raisins, figs, a little oakyness, dryness up front. A little boozey, plums & not much else as this warms, some leafy & aged hops as well, woodiness as well. Finishes dry, a little plummy with caramel & faint boozeyness

MF: Medium body with lively carbonation, a little sticky, warming, carbonation slacks a bit once warm

Alright, but was hoping for more

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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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