O! Ovila. . .
If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I love Belgian-style beers. Probably my favorite is Brewery Ommegang, based in Cooperstown, New York (Take a look at What ‘Homemade Delish’ said about them here). Ovila Dubbel, by Sierra Nevada in conjunction with The Abbey of New Clairvaux, is a Belgian to make me blush.
Rich and malty, with wheaty overtones and hints of sweetness, Ovila presented itself as what a rich, amber Belgian dubbel could be.
With a 7.5% ABV, it never gets too heady for a comfortable drink, but still isn’t too light so that you don’t know you’re having a great beer. To top things off, this limited edition Belgian ale is one of three beers that are brewed in conjunction with The Abbey of New Clairvaux, in Vina, California.
This 12th century abbey is currently under renovation, and Sierra Nevada has decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Ovila to the restoration of the historic Ovila chapter house on the grounds of this still-functioning abbey.
All gushing aside, I do wish that the head had lasted a bit longer, and that it had been thicker.( I’m starting to wonder if it’s me. . .) The sweetness complimented the yeasty nose nicely, and to be honest, I’m a sucker for a cork. I seriously enjoyed this beer, and as soon as I realized that it was the first in a limited edition set of three, I let the blonde know that we had a moral obligation to get the next two. (It is helping restore an abbey, after all).
I really need some kind of scoring system. . . I give this beer: 4/5. . . somethings. I don’t know what yet.
Suggestions on how I can actually start rating beers?