This is another first for me in that today I will be having my first Dubbel. What is a Dubbel? Was it tasty? Did I care to have another? Read on to find out.
Beer #201 is Ovila Dubbel by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Sierra Nevada is from Chico, California. They brewed this Dubbel (ABV of 7.5%) in collaboration with The Abbey Of New Clairvaux, a Trappist monestary located in northern California. A Dubbel is a malty Belgian brew typically brewed by Trappist monks.
Into my Duvel tulip glass I poured this. It had an opaque brown color with a very nice frothy head. I dipped my nose into the glass and got fruits and spices. Apple was the primary fruit with a light peppery aroma. The taste was a bit of a dissapointment. It wasn’t as fruity as the nose suggested. It had more of a sweet caramel malty taste with those familiar spicy Belgian yeast flavors. It also had a brown sugar like taste. It was much lighter in the body than the appearance led me to believe. It was kind if watery with low carbonation making this sort of smooth. The alcohol was hidden nicely. It took me a while to drink this for some reason…and no…I didn’t want another.
This was a nice beer that kind of took a wrong turn in the taste department for me…I just thought the taste didn’t live up to the nose. Being it was my first Dubbel, maybe this is how they typically are? I will have to get some more Dubbels to compare this too in the future.