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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Nommo DubbelNommo Dubbel

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BA SCORE
87
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 2012 vintage, best by May of 2013. Been thinking about getting this since it was re-released this year, and decided to pull the trigger finally since 1) I was craving something in the abbey dubbel style and 2) Boulevard recently said this won't be returning next year. Split into two Chimay goblets and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Rich amber/mahogany hue, with a huge ivory cap which sinks to a half-finger cap that shows pretty good retention. Some tiny sediment in suspension.

Smell: Golden fruits, candy sugar, and perhaps just a hint of banana. I don't like banana esters in my dubbels, but the very light notes here actually work pretty nicely. A light spiciness (with nothing sticking out (Hieronymus and co. would be proud) is present as well, but I can't pick out the particular spices referenced on the website/bottle. Overall, nothing revolutionary, but quite pleasant.

Taste: Here, just SLIGHTLY more banana than I would like ideally, but the esters are backed up by mixed spice and candy sugar notes, before a fleeting, but strong, toasted bread maltiness. Ends spicy, dry, and (and this is the one real downside) surprisingly bitter for 25 IBUs or thereabouts. I'm not sure if there is perhaps some bitterness coming from the spice or what, but this tastes way more bitter than it should. I know that some dubbels (Westmalle comes to mind) are quite dry and fairly bitter and, to be honest, that's one of the reasons I prefer Chimay Red over Westmalle. Here, I have to say, the bitterness is really a downside. The only other minor quibble I have is a kind of dry, slightly bitter spice note on the finish (coriander, maybe?) I'd like that toned down just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic; light and pillowy, just like the best Trappist ales.

Overall: At $7.99 I would pick this up over a Westmalle Dubbel (heresy, I know) for 3-4 bucks more, no question. The flavor profile is something I really enjoy and, if it weren't for the funky bitterness on the finish, and this were around regularly, I think this might be my go-to Belgian-style dubbel, right behind Goose Island's Pere Jacques. As is, it doesn't QUITE do it for me, and I'd score this somewhere around a mid-B; very respectable, if not quite perfect.

85-B

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:19:13 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.