The Ovila project is a limited-edition, three-ale collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Each is brewed according to monastic traditions and part of the proceeds will go toward helping the monks of New Clarivaux to rebuild the Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house on the grounds of their monastery. The stones of the medieval structure date back to 1190.
The Dubbel was released this spring and is the first of three varieties that will be released this year. It comes in a corked & caged 750ml bottle. As a side note, the package is incredibly attractive.
It's definitely an attractive beer... a rich coppery color with crystal clarity. There's a modest amount of carbonation. Close inspection reveals steady pillars of ultra-fine bubbles floating into a thin, tan head.
Surprisingly, it has a very light aroma. sweet and malty with hints of cherry and clove. I expected something stronger.
Taste & Feel
Very sweet up front. It's rich, malty and fruity. Raisins and spice stand out in an otherwise caramel-sweet flavor. The initial sweetness is followed by a dry, carbonated burst that complements a light, but spicy, hops. Finish is dry and a bit peppery.
Pretty good. I drank the whole bottle, and the flavor held up quite well as it warmed.Very much looking forward to the Quad, which should be out around Thanksgiving.
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