JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft at oakquinox 2013. Pour is a reddish amber color, with a slight haze and an off white head. Raisin, caramel, dark fruit, leather, a bit tart (like a flemish red character), and wood. The wine barrels seemed to have soured this beer slightly, but it’s still pretty good. jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2013
Growler from Beer Street,04/07/2013. Pours plum brown, ruby highlights, minimal white head and light ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is brown sugar and dark toffee, gingerbread, oaky vanilla, cherries with tart vinous finish, nice. Taste is dark malts, candi sugar, dull chocolate caramel background, spicy fruity dubbel finish, perhaps a bit of wood in the aftertaste but not close to the nose. Medium palate, a bit dry overall. Actually pretty nice and enjoyable, better than the average dubbel for me. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a deep reddish brown, a nice mahogany color. The head is small and beige-ish. Just a thin blanket of bubbles. I don’t see any haze or sediment. Once the head fades away, it looks like a glass of brandy or bourbon with a fine ring of bubbles around the edge. The aroma is excellent. It reminds me of Russian River Supplication, more than anything. There are berry and red wine flavors on top of sweet caramels, peaches and an earthy yeast note. It smells like a fancy dessert, maybe a piece of bread pudding with a wine reduction sauce. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but it’s close. This is probably the best non-sour wine barrel aged beer that I’ve tried. It starts with sweet stone fruits, and caramel malt flavors builds up more refined sweetness. The barrel adds mildly tannic vinous and oak notes. It balances the sweetness wonderfully. It tastes like a non-sour take on a Russian River sour, somewhere between Supplication and Consecration. The finish is caramel, merlot and oak. Mouthfeel is effervescent but not harsh. About medium in total carbonation but it prickles the palate nicely. I came to this beer with relatively low expectations. I haven’t been a big fan of the previous Ovila beers that I’ve tried. They all seemed a bit safe and not quite refined enough. However, this beer is a definite winner. The base beer works excellently with the barrel-aging, and the barrel-aging is particularly well done. The flavors blend very well and produce a combination that is greater than the sum of its parts. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2013
On draft at Flanny's, wine barrel aged with some nice wine flavor aroma. Sweet and fig style. Taste has some dark fruit flavor and some tart. Awesome brew!
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This beer is one of the most delicious beers I have ever tasted. Very nice dubbel with a sweet dark fruit taste, filling and complex.
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ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle 375ml. corked.
Clear medium to dark brown - orange amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate yeasty, horse blanket, funky, wood, leather notes, earthy notes, red wine notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, dry, funky notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
A - Dark ruby red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.
S - Caramel and dark caramel malts, red wine, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, a touch of booze.
T - Dark caramel malts, cherries, raisins, and other dark fruits, red wine, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices, candi sugar, a hint of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Nicely balanced dubbel. The barrel adds some great complexity and depth. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. One of those beers where in many ways the barrel improves the base more than a little bit. As I’m usually a bit bored by dubbels, I found the generally understated vinous qualities of this variant to be a nice enhancement. Still caramelly and nutty inasmuch as you expect this from the style; but the wine brings out the dark fruit and allows the sweeter, candied notes to emerge as finishing elements. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
A - pours a hazy burnt sienna, with quickly dissipating head. S - brown sugar and red wine dominate. Balsamic vinegar , oak notes, red wine tannins, notes of funk and canned cherries. M - light airy dry body. Malty to a dead flat middle. To a lingering metallic/astringent tinge and dark sugary malty end with light burn. High carb T - dark brown sugar, overly sweet canned cherries, the lightest of oaky notes and red wine tannins. Middle dies. Metallic very quite astringent with a slow building long lasting cherry pie - like malty end. O - amazing nose to an almost shockingly disappointing mf and mouth. Astringent and dead flat middle. 5+
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On tap at flaming grill cafe; medium disappearing head; nice sour wine flavor.
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