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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged DubbelOvila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel

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

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.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 156
Reviews by Samuel906:
Photo of Samuel906
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and fruity, you can really taste the barrels this was brewed in. Pours deep ruby red, thin head, no lacing. Really great smell, lots of grapes, some lime, cherries yeast, and cider. Taste is delicate and complex. Lots of wine influence, oak, yeast, caramel, and fruit. No booze at all. Very light feel, refreshing. Good beer, more well balanced than the quad.

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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 t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Dbrulet
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaiyote
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a shared bottle at the Fall 2016 L.E.A.F.

Fine use of barrel aging with these effects in very nice balance with the base dubbel which, of course, is excellent to begin with. Lots of dark fruits, especially up front, with the woody bourbon notes coming in later.
Very smooth.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of weonfire
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY. Poured into a snifter.

A - Think finger of white head. Dissapates after 3-4 min. Brazilian Cherry hue.

S - Vanilla, Red wine, Sugar/molasses, really sweet. Smells very very good. Assortment of fruit in which I cannot distinguish individually. Dates if i had to guess ?

T - Yep, certainly aged in a red wine barrel. Nice Vanilla taste. 8.5ABV hidden really well. Very sweet though

M - Viscosity is low/med. great vanilla/fruit flavor remains for 20-30 seconds after each sip. Small taste of vinegar down the throat.

O- Really nice. Aging in the wine barrel was a great addition to the already great Dubbel. very nice wine flavor. A bit sweet to drink all night. It did remind me of an unaged BFM - Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of augustgarage
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of McMatt7
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -1%

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 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 Bouder32
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Catracho5
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into Ovila Abbey Ales goblet

A: Brown with a tan colored head that disappeared pretty quick. Some decent amount of carbonation, little lacing, light comes through when held up, looks cloudy.

A: Belgian yeast, caramel, spices, picking up some oak, cloves, figs, prunes, some sweetness, not getting any of the bourbon but there is a nice oak presence, not getting any alcohol, smells complex with some depth.

T: Belgian yeast flavors, toasted caramel, spices, cloves, oak, slightly bitter, finishes with some strong dark fruit notes likes figs, prunes, lots of flavor, complexity, depth. The oak from the wine barrels comes through more than the bourbon flavors, not a bourbon bomb, a little heat from the alcohol.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry finish, a good amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed, has a nice Belgian yeast characteristic up front, get some oak, lots of other flavors, a great sipping beer. I'm going to pick up another bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of n2185
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Reidel stemless red wine glass.
8.5% ABV,

A - After a surprisingly light cork pop, the rich ruby mahogany colored beer poured out completely is sediment-free, but that doesn't keep it's dark nature from appearing murky. A creamy light khaki head crowns the beer, somewhat briefly while sticking light legs to the glass after a brisk swirl.

S - Barrel-Aged Ovila Dubbel's aroma is immediately intoxicating and extremely reminiscent of the likes of Russian River's illustrious sours. Deep fruitiness flourishes within this dubbel, blending together a medley of strawberry notes, rich ruby port, plum, and raisin. Chocolate and cocoa hints from the malt blend well, but the beer overall hides it's maltiness in the background with minimal characteristics emerging from behind the wine-like aroma. Interestingly enough, the wet wood barrels also seem to contain a sort of domesticated wild yeast scent which nudges this beer even further towards, say, "Consecration".

T - A paradigm shift occurs between the deep inhale before the initial taste and letting this beer wander on the taste buds. It's maltiness becomes more apparent while releasing some of those larger wine and yeast aromas for something that might take one by surprise. The decadent fruitiness is more subdued; raisin and thinner, Merlot wine develop complexity but it doesn't expand quite like the aroma. Faint chocolate and amber malts keep themselves at bay unlike a typical dubbel which would tend to feel much more rich and full.

M - This beer's prickly carbonation dances on the tongue playfully but oddly enough, the cork pop didn't quite foreshadow that. Velvet smooth, this beer has a medium-bodied feel; much lighter than a classic Belgian dubbel but it works out very well with the very dry wine-like finish which is almost astringent with faint acidity.

O - From it's totally absent Belgian yeast to the very mild and understated maltiness, I find it very hard to come to grips with the core idea that this beer is a dubbel. That doesn't keep me from loving what's in my glass though, because this beer, with all it's wine characteristics, is just plain excellent. Barrel-aged Ovila's plethora of fruit, wine, and wood notes all come together with meticulous care; near perfection, for something that, sip by sip, continues to develop and amaze.

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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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