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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Nommo DubbelNommo Dubbel

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very good

351 Ratings

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dubbel is a beer style developed by Belgian Trappists in the Middle Ages, part of a naming convention that also includes the lighter single and stronger trippel. All well and good, you say, but what's this “Nommo” business? Well, the Nommo are ancestral spirits worshipped by the Dogon tribe of the West African nation of Mali. The name is derived from a Dogon word meaning “to make one drink.” No, really. Nommo usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures, were created by the sky god Amma, who caused them to multiply by splitting them into doubled sets of twins. Seeing a trend here? Maybe it's farfetched, but we think the story of the Nommo makes this whole enterprise a little more fun and interesting.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 09-04-2011)
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Photo of srandycarter


3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice brown cola mix. Fairly clear, small head. Leaves to ring soon.

S - Funky, malty, lively.

T - Big malt taste, runs for some time, mellowed at end by a cola-ish hop. Interesting.

M - Medium body, good balance, good carb, etc.

D - I like it. Probably won't do it again but nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 03:30:24 | More by srandycarter
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, dark chestnut color with a solid cap of thick, off-white foam. Aroma is spicy upfront, followed by clove-like phenolics, and finishing with a shot of alcohol. There's some bready, nutty malts too, but they are very faint. Luckily, the malt picks up in the flavor with a nice nutty, chocolaty profile before transitioning back to a muddled spice and yeast taste. Fruitcake, cinnamon, pepper, a little citrus. Medium bodied and smooth. Not completely feeling this one. Maybe some day I'll try it super fresh for comparison, as this one has been sitting around for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:45:20 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep dirty brown with occasionally glowing red around the edges. Head is a couple inches of foamy orange tinted beige fluff. Once it settles there's a 1/4" remaining.

S: Bright, fruity, festively spicy, and warm. Apples, bananas, cinnamon, lemon zest, caramel, clove-like, tobacco, and sugar cookies. Warmingly alcoholic.

T: Flavors are smooth, full, and abundant. Lots of spice with delicate fruit and brown sugar. Creamy banana, yes to coriander and cinnamon, and some licorice (may only be noticing that because I'm looking for star anise).

M: Smooth, finely carbonated, fullish body. Bit of residual dryness through the finish.

O: A pretty good beer but not a great representation of the style. I would drink this again, but I would prefer to not pay full price.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:29:35 | More by tastybeer
Photo of hagbergl


4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Boulevard's Nommo Dubbel at U Street Wine and Beer last week. Served in my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance (4.25/5): Thick, creamy off white head. Great retention. Chestnut brown body, almost completely opaque.

Smell (4/5): Lots of dark fruits, rich dark bread, and some spicy clove and pepper from the Belgian yeast strain. Hint of molasses (which, it says on the bottle) was added during the brewing process. The smell is fairly subdued; it certainly doesn't assault the senses.

Taste (4.5/5): Nommo Dubbel is quite a complex beer: Lots of dark bread and dark stone fruit (perhaps plum, black cherry), molasses, and brown sugar. The malty sweetness is understated though. This is followed up by a clovey spiciness that lingers into the finish. A hint of molasses and coriander. The flavor profile reminds me a bit of cola, too. Some very light alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5) Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good active carbonation–medium high, as might be expected from a bottle-conditioned ale of this alcohol content (8 % ABV). The mouthfeel really helps accentuate the flavors. Just plain excellent.

Overall (4.25/5): Boulevard's Nommo Dubbel is an outstanding beer. It's a fairly traditional take on the Belgian Abbey Dubbel style that features a nice hint of molasses in the flavor that you normally don't get in this style. (I personally think it works well.) I must say that I am very impressed by Boulevard's ability to turn out spot-on interpretations of Belgian-style ales. Another great beer by Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 20:52:33 | More by hagbergl
Photo of RandomExile


3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: reddish=brown amber, just shy of transparent; off-white thick head which dissipates quickly; almost no residual lacing
S: malt, farmhouse
T: strong malt, sweet, caramel, surprising bitterness slightly reminiscent of an IPA, grassy
M: medium-bodied, smooth
O: Actually a bit like a marzen. Smooth, caramel-ly, sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 02:44:43 | More by RandomExile
Photo of gillagorilla


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch Number/Best By Date: 2012-1/U5-2013)

A: Thick foamy head with nice lacing. Extremely dark amber brown.

S: Yeasty with a sweet maltness. Cinnamon and nice characteristic Belgian spice notes.

T: Tastes like a typical Belgian dubbel does. Belgian spice in the typical manner. Cinnamon and clover.

M: Very smooth with only a small amount of massage bubbles.

O: It is over its best by date, but it was C&C with an 8% ABV and it was on sale, so why not. Not bad though, but it was only $6. Eh, decent for the price and size. Glad I had someone to share it with though.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:47:55 | More by gillagorilla
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North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a very impressive head; nice stickage and a sheet of lacing action

Smell: Banana and fig underpinned by caramel; star anise adds a licorice element

Taste: Caramel and fig, with a subtle hint of banana as mid-palate approaches; the spices kick in , after the swallow, with the cinnamon quite pronounced and the star anise building in the finish; the coriander is also present but adds an odd touch

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More like a doppelbock in some ways than a dubbel, this is an enjoyable beer but it lacks the depth of flavor that candi sugar and yeast bring to the better versions; it may be that this is past the "best by date" of May 2013, however

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:07:51 | More by brentk56
Photo of mntlover


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich cloudy ruby brown, thumb sized tan head falls to a ring laces well.

Aroma is nice sweet malts sprinkled with brown sugar, Belgian yeast, spices clove and some light pepper. Dark fruity notes plums, dates and hints of over ripe banana. Are hints of alcohol spiciness that go well with this brew, solid smelling brew.

Taste is nice like the nose sweet malts sprinkled with brown sugar, good dark fruity notes that linger for quite a while. Beer feels carbonated in your mouth with out being fizzy if that make sense. Finish is lingering fruit with brown sugar and good dose of spice mostly cloves with hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel is nice almost full carbonation is perfect feels carbonated and actually makes body feel fuller all with out being fizzy. Very nice find many Belgians to carbonated this is near perfect.

Overall great brew comparable to any Belgian in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 17:45:32 | More by mntlover
Photo of hardy008


4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper color with a two finger beige head with nice retention and lacing. Has the aroma of caramel, Belgian yeast, pepper, dark fruit, coriander, cinnamon, clove, banana and brown sugar.

tastes just like it smells with caramel, Belgian yeast, pepper, dark fruit, coriander, cinnamon, clove, banana and brown sugar. Sweet, with some hop bitterness. Very nicely balanced taste.

Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. The alcohol is well disguised, and there is a bit of a caramel and spice aftertaste. A very nice example of a Dubbel, which I consider to be a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:21:36 | More by hardy008
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 09/15/13 notes. On tap at The Salty Big in Boston, MA. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright orange color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruits malts, sweet berries, citrus hops, sugar, bread, spices, dark fruits, and wheat. Nice nose, lot of sweet fruit to it.

t - Tastes stick sweet dark fruits, wheat, bread, grains, brown sugar, citrus, earthy malts, and floral hops. Again, lots of fruit, a little bit better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a nice dubbel. Doesn't remind me of a Belgian at all, but lots of fruit and bread to it, and some nice citrus and sweet sugar too. Worth checking out, would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 18:09:01 | More by mdfb79
Photo of RickS95


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a very pretty beer. Dark brown in color, it's very cloudy. Even against a light, it remains dark. the head brings the darkness together with a bright white gathering of bubbles. While the head falls relatively quickly, the bubbles never fully dissipate. Each swirl gives the head a second wind and leaves the faintest of lacing behind.

I'd like a bit more aggression in the nose. When first popped, you can't pick up anything; though as it warms, raisin, figs and the tiniest scent of cinnamon arises.

Very Belgian in taste. Dark fruits and spices catch each taste bud. The cinnamon is very prevalent, but never goes overboard. The beer very closely matches other Belgians in taste. It's not quite spot on for the top rung of beers, but it's in the conversation.

Plenty of complexity. A full-bodied beer, it starts off earthy, but sweet. The sweetness immediately gives way to a spicy, fruity, tangy feel that never fully goes away. From mid-sip, the earthy feel returns leading to a tangy, dry finish.

I like this beer a lot. It's nice to see that some American micros are living in the same neighborhoods as the masters in Belgian when it comes to some styles of beer. This is simple to drink, has great European flavor, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:58:36 | More by RickS95
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Amber with good clarity and a moderate beige head. The foam coats the glass nicely.

S - A mix of brown sugar, plums, molasses, cocoa with a hint of root beer.

T - A nice mix of sugars and dark fruits but not especially complex.

M - A little thin with a fine carbonation.

O - A decent American brewed dubbel for such a tough style to pull off well.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 12:12:15 | More by GJ40
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New York

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits, candi sugar and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the spices are not as prevalent. The candi sugars contribute a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this dubbel because it seemed to have the perfect amount of sweetness and is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:17:41 | More by metter98
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown and orange body with a big head. Cinnamon, herbal, and yeasty. Hits the style. Pleasant as not too sweet, making for drinkability. Medium plus mouthfeel, smooth.Stephen’s bottle. A bit of fruit, but more brown sugar and molasses that simulate maple syrup.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 17:23:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep amber red color with a massive creamy head. Retention is poor and it dissipates as I drink more and more. Minimal lacing coats the glass. The amber color of the beer is beautiful

S-A bit alcoholic in the nose. Some spice is very prevalent at first, kind of smells like some spiced curry which is very interesting.

T-Very complex. Spiciness is very profound at the start, but the finish is malty layered with a nutty taste on the palate.

MF-Mildly carbonated but has a silky smooth finish once the head is mostly gone.

O-A fantastic dubbel. Very drinkable but does not miss out on any of the flavors. Complex and rich, but the flavors keep the brew interesting which makes you want to drink more and more. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:55:00 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of DenverLogan


3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big corked bottle...poured in a Grimbergen chalice.
Pours a copper ruby red brown after modest cork pop...significant amber-light brown head.
Aroma of brown sugar and amber malts, cactus rind, subtle straw and black olives.
Significant carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.
Flavors hit me first of a cola, medium malts, medium hops, and some slightly funky, bitter fruit. After 20 minutes head is still there, aroma is robust, and flavors are cola, good butter, roasted malts, brown sugar, grass and floral hops...all in all flavorful and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 07:57:09 | More by DenverLogan
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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

La vie: Nice big titty like fat heady beer with a dark view. .

L'odour: I just get an old candy or dark fruity notes. Very Belgium.

Les Flavours: I get a deep dark roasty sweet taste. Rather mild. This is not overwhelming. Subtle. The sweetness is like a licorce dark fruit note. Alcohol after taste finish.

Texture: Fizzy.

Ok beer that pairs well with some of the best jazz swing guitar you will ever hear some Django Reinhardt swing. Most any cd will do.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:00:00 | More by frankiepop
Photo of bensbeers


4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An enjoyable brew from Boulevard. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two-finger, thick, creamy head; minimal lacing. On the nose, I got hints of spice - cinnamon, coriander, clove; sweet toffee and banana. The taste is extravagant - sweet and malty, a bit peppery with a boozy finish. Feel is medium-bodied; lightly carbonated.

Love Boulevard. This is yet another solid beer. I find that complex beers often go well with complex foods, and this one paired wonderfully with the pumpkin soup and garlic toast. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:34:14 | More by bensbeers
Photo of drabmuh


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Boulevard cervoise. Beer is brown and hazy with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and estery with a sweetness ot it.

It says "spiced" on the label but I don't get any of that, instead I get some nice yeast, decent malts, and some dryness on the end. I like it would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 18:28:25 | More by drabmuh
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fine dubbel, nice example of the style with a slight twist. pour is hazy chocolate brown in color, maybe a faint red tint to it, with a few fingers of tan head creamy and thick. the nose is fairly spicy for a dubbel, i pick up anise and orange peel right away, on top of some sweeter caramely malt, belgian candy sugar, and some spunky yeast. the flavor is not nearly as spiced as the nose and is actually in fine balance with a slight alcohol sting in the finish. sweeter, but the soft and smooth texture goes well with the residual sugar. some orange peel in the finish, which the bright carbonation really brings out, and a big malty finish that works well with the belgian yeast strain. overall another classic in the smokestack series, a very impressive and growing line of premium brews. nommo was a delight with grilled steak and chicken kabobs over coconut lime rice, and must have many other culinary partners.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:09:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of spoony


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produced two fingers of pillowy, tan head. The foam faded quickly to less than a finger, but hung around for a bit. The brew is mostly clear and reddish, brown in color. The ruby tones are attractive.

S-This thing started out sweet and boozy, but mellowed slightly after the initial whiffs. A fair amount of baking spices on the nose like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg were accompanied by sweet, overripe banana-scented yeast.

T-Taste followed the smell pretty closely, but was not quite as sweet. There were some brown sugar and molasses flavors and the aforementioned baking spices to go with a lightly malty backbone, but also some off-putting metallic notes. The metallic flavors faded as the brew neared room temperature, but never completely disappeared.

M-The brew was medium to full-bodied with low amounts of carbonation. The finish went from slightly sweet to semi-dry.

O-This brew is solid. It ranks of the sweet side of the dubbel spectrum, but not quite as cloying as some, e.g., New Belgium Abbey. The flavors are well-balanced with the alcohol sweetness and it is not overly spiced. The feel is probably the high point for me. If it weren't for the strange metallic flavors, this would be a pretty great American dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:23:48 | More by spoony
Photo of MisterNic


3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle

A – Pours a deep ruby red with a two-finger head that sticks around until the last sip.

S – Clove, a little banana, and some sweet malt aroma.

T – A little clove, spices, and some banana. It has a surprisingly clean yeast profile with a very subdued belgian character. It actually has a little alcohol burn, which is surprising for a beer that's over a year old, but still pretty easy to drink. I started to taste a lot more banana as it warmed up. I didn't pick up any molasses flavor at all.

M – Full bodied, finishes semi-dry.

O – Overall, this is a fairly decent beer. I'd like to buy a fresh bottle and see what differences there are.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:13:40 | More by MisterNic
Photo of mmva321


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: An absolutely beautiful ruby colored body is teeming with carbonation. There is a good amount of tan head at first, and there is a thin but frothy layer that doesn't leave.

S: A delightful cacophony of aromas come at you. Pleasant as it is, nothing dominates and it comes across as a bit flat. Malts and yeast lay a base for figs, raisins and banana.

T: A well-done dubbel. A malt base opens itself up to some beautiful cinnamon and tobacco spice. Some dark fruits round it out. The tobacco aftertaste is truly special.

M: Well carbonated, but may be a little too thin.

O: A solid dubbel with a few surprises in it. A great cold weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:19:03 | More by mmva321
Photo of stewart124


4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful. Carbonation is visible with a great tan head. Ruby in color.

Banana and cloves with a nice amount a caramel.

The taste is absolutely amazing. Raisin, prune, and fig all together. Chewy mouthfeel and somewhat of a rye character. This must all be from the spices. Delicious tobacco notes and more breast notes.

Really amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:13:25 | More by stewart124
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber body with a bubbly off-white head. Some transparency.

S- Belgian spices, caramel malt, pepper, dark fruit.

T- Dried fruit, raisins, plums, cherry, caramel malt.

M- Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Slight tartness in a slightly dry finish.

O- Very good dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 19:11:45 | More by stephenjmoore
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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.