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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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Zylod
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martinpfal
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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Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uwmgdman
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +3.7%
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 RUN-4-B33R
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 DrMindbender
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jams1220
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hallertau
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sparky44
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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 aasher
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 xShoWTeKx
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Ovila Abbey Barrel Aged Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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