Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged DubbelOvila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
58
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
42
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into snifter at Avenue Pub, NOLA. Pours a deep ruby brown with no head. Superb funky aroma of cherry and dried fruit malts. Taste is awesome! Great mellow funky cherry sour with typical abbey dubbel dried fruit and yeast esters. Its so smooth and just full of perfect balancing flavors. The barrels just smooth this brew out so much. Excellent brew!

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4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark Amber. Smell of sweetness. Taste of some barrel aging. Not overpowering. The look was alluring (corked bottle and $20 price tag) but probably over priced.

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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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