auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Lightly corky nose, with some soft cooked fruit. Warming, with a soft, bready yeast quality that I enjoy. If there is any spicing, itís subtle and lays a foundation more than overrides malt and yeast flavors. The maltiness is clean, slightly Special B-ed, and lightly vinous. Thereís a strong woody minerality to this beer that sometimes gets a little too peculiar and herbal, but otherwise I find this to easily be one of the better American renditions of the style, maintaining the softness that the Belgians get without creating too many harsh phenols. Update. After a while, this beer begins to leave a strange taste in my mouth, that I donít enjoy. I think itís the weird corky herbal quality that really comes through strongly as this warms.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
this is a bottle. sweet raisin plum sherry dough bread malts. spicy fruity rum cake. okay for what it is, but what it is is not where i would like to be @.
Astrozombie (46) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of rasons, lemon peel, burnt suger. Cloudy brown color with light tan head, head is almost nonexistent. Taste is sharp.. Dark fruits, lemon, riy, alcohol burn. I did expect more but itís beter then most attempts
chinchill (3124) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[from notes]. Very nice packaging (on bottles), very sweet story and all, but letís see how the beer is.
Appearance: hazy amber body with a fine beige head. Head had very good retention.
Smell: subtle nutty and yeasty aroma with faint hints of fruit and vague spices.
Taste: The 1st sip immediately reminded me of Westmalle dubbel, but this past quickly as the Ovila doesnít have quite same flavor profile ... nor the complexity. Fruity and floral, but not overly so, with a modicum of spices that sit in the background rather coming to the fore. Nice semi-dry and fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body; well-chosen medium-high carbonation.
Overall: A very good Belgian beer that can be said to have no flaws yet it is not up to the best. With actual monks and Sierra Nevada involved I had high hopes that were not quite met.
sinfull (1117) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown , with medium beige head. Awesome aroma of dark malt , fruits , caramel, spices and yeasts. Soft , fruity taste with spicy , yeasty notes and hint of sourness. Light bitterness and long warming aftertaste.
mkel07 (4343) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique April 2013. Big and boozy with fruit aromas. Swirling brown colour with splashes of light tan foam. Nice.
larryLSB (474) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750 into a Rastal Teku glass. Mahogany in color, clear, with a nice tannish medium sized head. Complex malty nose, with figs, bread, raisins. Taste is somewhat balanced, a tad on the dry side. Medium bodied with a mildly creamy texture. Decent Dubbel.
slowrunner77 (7261) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap itís more fruity than spicy, though both make a showing. soft on the palate, bready and slightly sweet and yeasty, this is a tasty easy drinking dubbel. iíll return to this beer and it makes me excited for the upcoming tripel release as well."
Salmoniform (1229) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper brown hue with tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, fig, bread, clove. Mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a slight peppercorn spiciness in the finish. Overall this was an enjoyable beer.
mstrcrwly (699) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass..burgundy pour with an off-white head..aroma of plums,cherries,caramel,malts..dry,malty,fruity taste..good but nothing special.
superspak (3496) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/21/2011. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.