chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ML bottle purchased at BevMo in Redding, CA. AROMA / BOUQUET: Sierra Nevada have accomplished hard to produce bouquets at the same time: raisiny yet slightly grassy! Esters come through really well, with citrusy undertones. Hops are subdued but evident. APPEARANCE: Pours a medium dark brown, lively light brown head, with great lacing. The head is largely spaced with bubbles that collase in the appropiate amount of time. TASTE: Medium bodied, definitive pepperiness, with overtones of cacao. PALATE / MOUTHFEEL: slightly sticky due to the Belgian candi sugar used in the brewing process. Fizzy carbonation, but I have always liked "fizzy" carbonated Belgian beers. The finish is a subdued nutty / pepperiness. Overall, a great Dubbel. The brewers at Sierra Nevada have taken their skills and created a good first offering. I see this Dubbel morphing into something greater as they receive feedback from beer tasters from around the world. I’d love to know what the Belgians think of this one... Reminds me a bit of Ommegang Abbey Ale.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
California might not the first thing that springs to mind when you say "abbey dubbel" but this very accessible Belgian will stick in the memory after you try it. Affordable, widely available, and inviting, it leverages Sierra Nevada’s experience to introduce people to one of the best styles out there.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep caramel body melts away under the short lived cream head. Malty apples, chocolate, and fruits highlight a chewy dense profile. Despite its weight it retains a smooth velvety undertone.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate dipped apple slices tickle the tongue. A rich malt emerges next before the clean finish of dark fruits and delayed warmth. Sticking in the throat it leaves a mark that is not soon forgotten. I look forward to picking up a few more Ovila beers soon.
VastActiv (5492) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Beer Authority, New York. Colour is cloudy light orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, spices, some Belgian style elements? and malts. Not sure waitress poured right beer because this really has nothing to do with dubbels.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice cola colored brown. Aromas of dark malts, fruit, and a touch of spice. Has flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of wood.
northropfrye (3189) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at JL Beers, Fargo. Dried fruit aroma. Dry, but not super sweet taste. Dark ruby colour. Slight tartness. Not bad, but not my favourite dubbel.
SrSilliGose (3328) - 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 (53) - 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 it’s beter then most attempts
chinchill (4112) - 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 let’s 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 doesn’t 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 (1374) - 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 (4978) - 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 (502) - 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.