Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged DubbelOvila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel
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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #13
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,524
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.58%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
210
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  43
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged DubbelOvila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel
Notes: 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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bwriley4 from Arkansas

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a joy to drink and to return to on tap at the brew pub in Chico during a week there. It is an excellent boozy dubbel that satisfies at every level. It tastes great. It quickly raises your joy level. The bourbon vanilla flavors aren’t too sweet to enjoy more than once.

Jun 17, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Dec 12, 2015
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from the Craft Beer Hop Stop for $9.99. Alan must have gotten a deal from the distributor as i would have expected the charge to be $17.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer uncorked without much pressure, poured with a smallish bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Was concerned about the quality.

Nose is light bourbon, light dark fruit, light vanilla.

Taste is light bourbon and vanilla, getting some puckering from the red wine barrel and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a nice beer, aging this one has enhanced the flavor profile, glad i got to try!

Apr 09, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -10%
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.

Aug 20, 2015
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rab53 from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 03, 2015
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DrFunkenstein from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Feb 13, 2013
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
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

Jul 30, 2015
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banger7 from California

4/5  rDev -2%

Feb 12, 2013
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brheuer from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%

Aug 19, 2014
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rydev24 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2016
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this about 2 years ago now when I went to visit my good friend Jon Passow in northern California and we went on a day trip to the brewery. Decided to finally open it tonight. Poured out a 750 ml bottle into my goblet glass, this beer pours a fairly hazy/cloudy, deep, dark copper color with a slight tan/off-white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. head settles pretty quickly to a creamy looking surface coating of foam along with a pretty thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing too. Aromas of toasted, bready, caramel malt and toffee sweetness along with charred bourbon oak, a bit of red win tannins, and some dark fruit notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with somewhat toasted, bready caramel malt and toffee sweet notes that give way to some charred bourbon oak flavors and a nice bit of red wine taste. Rounded out with a bit of vanilla and some dark fruit notes of dates, plums, and raisins. No discernible hop flavors here at all whatsoever. Really an excellent flavor profile though. Has a fairly crisp, yet also smooth, frothy, and even somewhat creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a silky and somewhat dry finish thanks to those red wine notes in this beer. A truly excellent beer all around.

Eric

Jun 30, 2017
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flexabull from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a small free sample of this last night, ordered an 8 oz. glass and the keg kicked 2/3 of the way through the fill.

Nice dark amber pour, clear, with a pretty good off white head.

Aromas were pleasant, but a bit faint, mostly notes of vinegar and apples.

Taste is very nice. A nice background of dubbel flavors, mostly baked apples and bread. Barrel aging adds some wine notes, light funk, and subtle sour vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch thin.

Overall, a very interesting and tasty treatment of a dubbel. Well worth trying.

Nov 01, 2012
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uwmgdman from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Dec 20, 2015
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MICAMD from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 26, 2017
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Pencible from Virginia

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!

Oct 06, 2015
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Gmann from New York

4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

Sep 23, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 13, 2015
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Nov 08, 2012
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drewone from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 22, 2012
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largadeer from California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Mar 04, 2013
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(purchased this at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in April 2013 - poured into a 10 oz goblet)

A: big head rise on the pour (as well as extra pours), quick.... fairly hazy russet-amber.... keeps a misty foam atop straight through, however, not a spit of lace

S: initial impression is it's comparable to a Flemish red or Oud Bruin - that realm - maybe (sweet) red wine?.... oak-aging is apparent.... touch of cocoa nibs.... wine-fruity, yet also hints of dates and raspberry(?)

T: a bit messy upon first sip - a touch of smoke (phenol) comes through in the finish.... an unrefined sort of "infection" quality.... late lightly-toasty, bruised-prune, lingers in aftertaste... midway through the tasting, nice hints of dark fruit (via dark caramel malt or yeast? both?), however, a mild acidic funk keeps getting in the way... warmer (15-20 min): mellow chocolate-vinous notes like that found in a Flemish Red (again, the wood?)... overall, it has a bold enough flavor, it's just the balance is pretty off between the malts/yeast against the results of the barrel-aging

M: a bit light-bodied and watery for a Dubbel - this improves as it warms but, with the tartness and the seeming tiny prickliness of the carbonation, it's still slightly dull-dry and one can't help but long for a little depth/richness in the malt-body character

O: almost decent - best offerings when warmer - the barrel-derived funk does seem to dominate (at the expensive of balance and malt savoring).... perhaps it improves with age, but I have my doubts

May 19, 2013
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t0rin0 from California

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Apr 06, 2013
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PaleAleWalt from New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2015
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mrandypandy from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Feb 24, 2013
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dar482 from New York

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this at Good Beer in NYC.

It comes in a ruby color, lighter than the Quad version.

I did not like this as much as the BBA Quad version. It had some lovely drinkable flavors, but lacked the depth and smoothness of the BBA Quad. It taste a bit of dried prunes and sweet cherry juice. It has a medium carbonation and I'm surprised it was so drinkable with its decent ABV.

Mar 01, 2013
Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 210 ratings