Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ovila Dubbel

Today I'm drinking Ovila Dubbel brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. This beer was brewed in collaboration with The Abbey of New Clairvaux, and a portion of the proceeds go toward restoring the Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house at the Abbey. You can read the interesting story below, William Randolph Hearst's involvement and all. Nice wine-bottle presentation, corked and caged.

Raisin and caramel aroma, sweet candy, brown sugar--really nice! Caramel and spicy clove flavors dominate the beginning. The body is actually quite a bit thinner than I was expecting, the first thing to cross my mind. Sugary  sweet candy flavors work well with a tangy yeast and strong carbonation. A sweet raisin and fruity unripened grape-like sourness really play nicely off of one another. The 7.5% alcohol is not very noticeable. You finish lightly dry with more of those spicy and yeasty flavors lingering. Interesting and enjoyable. Worth checking out!

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Peter at Simply Beer said...

Probably one of the best Dubbel's I've had in a long time. Had it both on draft and bottle. Definitely worth the money!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah Peter. I liked it too. I thought it seemed a little thin, though. The Dubbel that stands out in my mind now is Matilda, which unfortunately is not a beer that comes to Florida. I do have another bottle from last year though.