Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

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56
Ratings:
189
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 189
Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a ruby brown color, with a thin rapidly dispersing head.
Smell: Sweet and oaky.
Taste: Rather diappointing, a raisin and oaky sweetness prevails but overall the beer is thin and lacking spiciness.
Feel: A syrupy mouthfeel that is offset by a lively effervescene, appropriate to the beer.
Overall: Very disappointing given the price.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm mahogany with tangerine and maplewood undertone hues. Fuzzy microbubbled cream colored head that wades around the surface and doesn't lace.

S: An odd combo at work:
-Dark fruitiness such as candied appricots, apples, maybe a little bit of not yet ripe figs and green raisins.
-Splinteringly fresh oak
-A bug and bourbon oak cocktail like the ones that don't work in a AWA. Reminds me of Squatters Root Cellar.

T: Much more balanced and beer-backboned than the nose. Lighter malts than the average dubblel and seemingly more like a petite quad. The wine is there and works well with the belgian yeast and malt profile, but is in the foreground for sure. It almost has notes akin to a partial apple brandy barrel treatment amidst merlot barrels. The oak is vary faint (I'd guess these saw ~3 months) and not astringent and bold like the nose.

M: Very light and mild. A teeny tiny bit of residual tartness, but nearly squeaky clean down and out. Light and thin for sure, similar to a light apple juice.

O: Overall pretty balanced, but there's a few things that don't quite tow the line. Worth the try for $2.99 all day.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Rock_Glenn
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
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 scottfrie
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into snifter. Aged in red wine barrels.

A: Pours a very dark ruby red with a finger of short-lived light brown head that quickly faded into a faint collar and scummy film.
S: Dry oak nose with a large red wine vinous quality to it (as expected). Musty earthy woody grape notes dominate over hints of dark fruits, leafy hops, and peppery yeasty spices.
T: Greasy caramel, dark fruits, and “dubbel” flavors take a back seat to the vinous wine barrel that dominated the nose. The finish is light with flavors of pear, apple and cinnamon, and the aftertaste contains raisins, brown sugar and toffee. No tartness just dry oak and light red wine.
M: Airy splashy carbonation, medium-light body, drying mouthfeel and fairly crisp overall.
O: A nice touch on the original, and while not my favorite, a very drinkable beer all around. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the brewery. Haven’t seen it around the East Bay so not sure this is ever making it down to the Bay.

Pours a cloudy brown/burgundy ale with a nice size off-white head. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma has a nice wine element to it. Which it should considering where it was housed. Light funk. Cherries. Raspberries.

The taste is rather lacking in flavor. Not getting much of anything. Bland. Light wine but mainly just dull tasting. Actually reminds me of a very, very flat cranberry juice. Some bitter notes. Not sure what I’m supposed to be tasting here. Spicy finish with a biting-back hope bite at the end.

Mucho carbonation here.

Overall I, sadly, was not impressed. The wine barrel didn’t do much for this other than the nose. Love the look of the dark burgundy label, but the flavor was just lacking. I can’t blame it on lack of carbonation either. That was there!

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Photo of Tele
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.25 Pours reddish-brown with a one-inch, light tan head. Looks like a pretty standard dubbel.

S: 4 Smells rather sweet up front with some spice and fruit mixed in. Mostly get caramel and malt followed by classic Belgian esters. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem a bit more dominant than most Belgians. There’s a little earthy funk as well, probably from the wine barrels.

T: 3.5 Actually a bit fruity and tart at first. It doesn’t taste infected, rather the wine barrel aging must have imparted more tart, cherry-like qualities than expected. Sweetness and esters come through as well, but they are covered up by the tartness. Bitterness on the finish is a bit off-putting, but it does provide some interesting funk that reminds me of aged cheddar; it’s strange, but at least it counters the unexpected tartness.

M: 3 Rather thin, watery, and under carbonated.

O: 3.5 Pretty strange beer here. The wine barrels have made some interesting aspects come through, but it doesn’t seem like the base beer could handle it resulting in an unbalanced beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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 stumac
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this fo free!!! Pours up a dark apple juice color. No head. None. Aroma is quick faint sour fruit. Then it escapes me. Flavor is slightly tart, dark fruits, like cherries and red apples, plum. Just a kiss of hop buttering for balance. Kinda muttled crispy carbo. Light bodied. A tastey burger indeed

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Photo of DBosco
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised that there was almost no "pop" when taking out the cork. However, there is a reasonable amount of carbonation after pouring, although little head that quickly settles and disappears. Color is a clear reddish brown. Smells of some plummy fruit and bourbon. Taste is sweet, almost cola like with the touch of bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth with some alcohol heat and not much carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of impending
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B+

Petaluma Taps

Served a dirty dishwater cola, minor tan cap, no lacing of mention.

Smells of traditional gingered clove with raisins and figs, spicy with an obvious note of sour.

Barreling contributed a significant dose of bugs. Just the beginning of souring but obviously with more time this could be a fully fleshed oud bruin. Significant vinous notes with a dry finish. Little bitter, a touch of scorched caramel. Thin bodied lifeless mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Our Ovila Abbey Ales series of beers is a collaboration with the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California. The monks there operate a winery, so it was a fitting choice to age this Abbey Dubbel in a blend of red wine and bourbon barrels to add a new level of complexity to and 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." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel, aged in Bourbon and Red Wine barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a creamy tan color over a moderately hazy copper-brown body with varied sediment in tow and moderate, lively carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Bread and biscuit malts, rich, caramelized candied sugars and a clean, subtle dark fruit undertone. Aromatically, the impact of red wine and bourbon barrels is minimal, with red wine edging out slightly, generating a touch more acidity and vinous characteristics, all of which compliment this mildly-mannered but solid base beer favorably. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with smooth bread malts, dark fruit and candied sugars forming a simple, but pleasing malt base, and a very high cleanliness throughout. The wine barrel aging is subtle but the bourbon more so, with subtle wine and fruit compounds, and very gentle vanilla and leather from the bourbon. Honestly, it's not a significant improvement from Ovila Dubbel standard, but fortunately it's no worse for the wear with the barrel-aging in place. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to acidic, soft tannins and specialty malt bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) It's a pretty run-of-the-mill Dubbel, even with the inclusion of barrel-aging and blending, which I would have expected to make a far more significant impact than it managed to do here. Despite coming off as pretty ordinary, the beer is flavorful, very easy drinking, clean and accessible, a fine example of a quality Dubbel going in- the barrel aging itself was the biggest underwhelming quality of this product. In summary, the better buy may be sticking with the standard 4 pack of Dubbel the next time it comes around (if it comes around again), and save this beer for the biggest few fans out there. The price hike isn't worth it on the surface. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Barrel-Aged Ovila Belgian-Style Dubbel
3.74/5.00

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of ccg
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Pundit_of_Potability
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice brown color dubbel with tight bubbles and a head that is almost nil and dissipates quickly. There is some minimal lacing. So, I bought this out of curiosity... Sierra Nevada is famous for their pale ales, but here they give a dubbel a try... You can smell the fruitiness, and caramel malts, apples, plums--and you can taste the same with the very first sip. The end of the sip leaves a slight bitterness and hint of the barrels this ale was aged in. Distinctly missing, however, is that wonderful Belgian yeast strain you find in authentic Belgians, and from domestic brewers like Ommegang and even Schlafly (and Unibroue, if you live in Canada). There is almost a chocolate-cola thing happening here and I enjoy slight bitterness you get from the barrels. Also distinctly missing (for me) is the zip of carbonation you get from the majority of Belgian ales in this style. A refreshing finish would really give the complex nature of the flavors here a lift. Instead, the finish is thin and lacks the creaminess that the color intimates. Worth drinking once, but I probably won't drink again. Reading some of the reviews below leads me to believe there may be a consistency issue with the batches... Some people seem to have got a nice head and carbonation--and others, like myself, got almost no head at all and very little carbonation... So keep that in mind.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Barrel-Aged Dubbel, on tap at Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen, served in their 8-ounce glass. Aged in brandy and wine barrels...

Appearance: One finger of solid head, tons of bubbles. Not much retention or lacing, though. Tinted chestnut color, like a good barleywine.

Smell: Sharp, astringent, medicinal. Corn syrup, booze. Calvados, old barrel. Apple, tartness, sour. Fernet Branca. Unfiltered, unpasteurized cider. The brandy barrel does come through, prominently.

Taste: More of that apple (pie this time), booze-soaked dry fruits, brown butter slightly scorched. Very and crisp and tart, like a cider. The "dubbel" aspect is almost lost after the barrels work the magic.

Mouthfeel: Super dry, this hat got me running for water. Medium body, feel, full brandy flavor. Tangy at the end like pop rocks.

Overall: Nice experiment, if not totally succesful. The barrel feel is great, but it overwhelms the beer. A dubbel turns into a more interesting and complex god-knows-what style of beer. Moderately drinkable, a tad too boozy.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -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 cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -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 richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Gmann
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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