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Beer Pick: Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Dubbel

Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Dubbel

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif

$9.99/ 750 ml cork-and-cage bottle at metro beverage stores.

Ovila_label.jpgProfile: The new project from Sierra Nevada is a collaboration with the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Calif., just a few miles from the Sierra brewery in Chico. Of course, monastic brewing goes back centuries in Europe. But Ovila Abbey Dubbel, the first of three limited-edition releases in the series, is an American craft beer rarity. Created in the classic style of a Belgian dubbel, the malty dark ale has the sweet flavors of stone fruits and caramelized sugar, along with moderate bitterness, lively carbonation and touch of clove-like spice from the Belgian-style yeast.

Pair with: The dark malt and caramelized flavors of Ovila make a fine match for rich, gamey dishes, such as lamb, duck or venison. And it’s a natural for grilled steak or beef stew, such as Belgian carbonnade flamande.

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast, www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew.

By Bob Townsend, AJC Drink blog

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Hindu Elvis Pimp

April 21st, 2011
1:05 pm

Just what we need……Another Belgian style beer…..Of course, I am very excited!