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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

391 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 09-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 124
Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had some pretty impressive brews from Boulevard over the years. So it is with a heavy heart that I say I am unimpressed with this effort.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a murky brown color with no head. Lacing on the sides of the glass was evident. A watery malty aroma seems to suggest something faded about this beer, even before the first taste. In the initial taste, one detects the malt though it is far from strong. Also, notes of cinnamon, pine, and very mild chocolate. In the aftertaste, the lack of excitement continues. Already mild notes disappear and level a watery malt flavor remains. A medicine-like sensation from the alcohol makes the last impression, a bad one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull somewhat hazed russet color with a thinner light tan colored head atop.Yeasty and a little medicinal in the nose,phenolic spice is the main component.Spiced with a cakey notes on the palate,not very sweet wich was nice with the phenol spice although the main flavor of the beer not being over bearing.Not bad,maybe a little subdued for the style though.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date.

LOOK: Heady beginnings, dark mahogany hue.

SMELL: Molasses cookies, brown bread, carob powder, alcohol soaked raisins, taffy, faint medicinal herb.

TASTE: Very smooth, brown malt, deep toasted grain, burnt sugar, cooked raisins, licorice root, faint charcoal, warming alcohol, cotton candy, modest hopping, dry faintly roasted finish.

Word of warning, make sure you are drinking this beer at cellar temp. Anything colder does not do it justice. Hugely complex, a sipper and a real treat to have. After being in Belgium for a week recently this brew really brings me back.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: leather brown in color, 1/2 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: bread and molasses

Taste: bread, fig, cinnamon, and brown sugar at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start with a bitter middle and a slightly sweetish end

Overall: Not a bad beer but of the four Smokestack series that I have tried, this is the only one that has not blown me away. I would turn towards other Smokestack series beers first. That said this is a nice and solid Dubbel that is true to style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to have tried this beer, as this is the only Smokestack beer I had not rated.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of molasses, dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. I get a little toffee mixed in as well.

The flavor is also very nice. I get some molasses and caramel malt, as well as some yeast and brown and candy sugar. The beer is semi-dry, even with the sugary notes. As the beer warms I get some toasted malt and a little bit of cherry.

Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, American-made dubbel.

Photo of NilocRellim
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. Brown in colour with a creamy head. The nose isn't anything special and disguises the molasses and spices well. The taste is not overpowering in any way; the molasses or any spices are not upfront, but rather compliment each other well. The finished is very clean, unlike some beers brewed with molasses.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have had this bottled 6 months before it best by date, on tap and aged for a year past its best by date. It is much better before its best by date. Fresh it has a dark, large pitted fruit nose with spice and sweet malt suggesting a carmelly fruit cake. It pours brilliant chestnut brown with a white to off-white head with a texture of whipped egg whites. The palate is peach to plum over sweet caramelly malt with traces of cinnamon, anise and coriander anode a big pinch of white pepper. The texture is medium full and delightfully soft and very finely bubbled. The body is medium full with above average carbonation.

Photo of hagbergl
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of frankiepop
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch # 2011-2
Best By 04-2012
A- This beer pours a deep pretty dense brown body with a slight orange hue to it and is clear when lit shines through. There is a thick sticky head of light beige and a gentle carbonation swirling up the sides of the glass

S- The soft brassy hint of wheat fades to brown malt with a toasted biscuit malt character and some cardboard qualities to it. There is a yeasty ester quality in the finish.

T- The dark fruit hints meld to a dry toasted malt flavor that has a blend of spice character with hints of cinnamon and perhaps anise when it warms. There is an abbey yeast flavor that grows aswell and a spicy phenol in the dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and an alcohol prick in the finish.

O- There are interesting characters to it but not much depth and things get washed together as the beer opens up. It takes on a bit of an herbal quality that is a bit odd aswell.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of bensbeers
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2011-1. Best by 04-2012.

750 mL bottle with cork and cage served cool into an etched bottom goblet.

Nommo Dubbel is a beautiful deep red beer when held to the light. It almost looks like cranberry juice, it's that red. Head is thick and takes forever to settle with nice lacing left behind when it does.

Aroma is pleasant and seems right on with the character of a Belgian dark ale. Caramel sweetness mixed with clove and other cool weather spices.

Flavor is also really nice with that same sweetness from the nose but with all sorts of other flavors coming forward as well. The moleasses and spices are well-judged. A hint of oxidation keeps nagging at my tastebuds but other than that it's a nice beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering by any means.

Overall a nice dubbel but I wonder if this bottle might have some air sneak in. Seems surprising because the cork came out with a loud pop and the carbonation is fine.

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

appearance: served in a de koninck chalice, nice clear garnet body, light tan lace. nice looking brew and sweet label art

smell: dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, earthy and fruity

taste: rich molasses, brown sugar, plum, dates, dark fruit soaked in rum, brown malt, caramel, earthy, caramelized sugars.

mouthfeel: medium-light, rich

overall: nice americanized dubbel, though not overly distinguished from its belgian beers

Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Nommo Dubbel is another awesome creation by the team at Boulevard Brewering Company. The appearance was a clear caramel/rich amber color with frothy white head....only knock was that it did not lace (could be due to my glass prep). The aroma contained hints of foral arrangements, clove/spice, sweet essance, and some banana. The taste was a pot porri of goodness....there was floral hints to start, followed by clove, spice and banana...hints of sweetness throughout. The beer is essentially a cross between a hefeweisen and a Christmas Ale. The mouthfeel was very good, even though it was 8%+, it was very well balanced. Definitely worth a taste!!!

Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby tinted brown hue with a huge tan-colored head and lacing that is average

S: Sweet and bready--caramel, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuity toasty malts; a bit on the simple side but pleasant

T: Bready with dark fruits--raisins, cherries but a real toasty, roasty bready quality makes this beer

F: Medium body and quite creamy from the yeast; great overall mouth feel

O: A good example of the style; slightly sweet, malty, slightly fruity, good stuff

Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Big inch and a half head on this bad boy. Maroon and ruby hues. Pretty clean. Leaves lacing.

(S) Toasted malts, raisin, brown sugar and some biscuit.

(T) Toasty and roasted grains. Bready and some slight raisin. Slight plum and other dark fruits.

(M) Medium body and a bit grainy.

(O) This was an excellent American dubbel. I've had some rough ones that I didn't enjoy much, but this one was very well balanced and quite tasty.

Photo of vincicle
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown color with a hint of purple/reddish tint. Head pours to a medium body with a light brown color.
Smell: sweet and lightly spiced. distinct effervesence, almost "Dr. Pepper" or root beer quality.
Taste: sweet mollasses with a slight hint of spices, anise/cloves. Lingering after taste of subdued esters: sweet bread, bananas.
Feel: delightfully smooth, slightly oversweet after second glass.

A delightful beer from a brewery that I am beginning to like more and more. The beer should be shared and never drank cold since the sweetness could over power the rest of the beer. A very good local replica of a belgium winter beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a huge pop! Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Earthy, funky with apple peels & a touch of dirt & a bit of cinnamon & persimmons

T: Follows the nose, funk is bit restrained taste-wise, plus a touch of apricot, & some peppery hops on the edges. Dryness, candi sugar & more apple peels as this warms, some boozeyness on the edges, some molasses finally surfaces. Finishes dry, slightly sweet with apple peel & a touch of funk

MF: Medium bodied, fairly effervescent carbonation, a touch of stickyness at the end

A decent dubbel, but not too excited about this one to be honest

Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Dark amber pour, 2 fingers of light cream colored head.

Aroma, heavy fruits, a lot of grape, some caramel maltyness.

Taste, less fruity than the aroma, though there is some grape, prune and plum. Caramel, nutmeg, light vanilla.
Finish is outstanding with some earthy roast and a spicy cocoa.

Just light of medium bodied. Not too sticky or sweet so this drinks pretty well. Also not over carbonated like some, making it feel slightly creamy to me. I'd get it again.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a 12 oz. fluted tulip glass.

Murky chestnut brown, reddish highlights. Fallow tan foam, dense and slowly receding, it leaves a delicate collar of lace that eventually cascades down the glass in concentric circles and webbed rivulets.

Gentle spicing on the nose, a distinctive combination that's thankfully subtle. Caraway, star anise, and others. The caraway seed element really makes it unique, and later comes through in the flavor.

Very smooth bodied, light phenols from the spices, clove, caraway, anise, and a tingle of cinnamon comes through in the aftertaste as well. Coriander lends an earthiness but doesn't seem particularly distinct in the mix. Finishes dry though initially there is a bit of bready malt and molasses sweetness, that gives way to the spice blend before drying up completely with a savory finish. Hints of caramelized sugars that give a fried plantain impression. Medium body, velvety feel with micro carbonation. Looking forward to picking up a few bottles of this. Nice autumnal brew.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 2011-2, best by 4-2012. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, peppery spice, cinnamon, cloves, molasses and some caramel. The brew tastes mostly just like the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (raisins, grapes), cinnamon, peppery spice, bready and caramel malt, candy sugar, cloves, and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate/high carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd certainly buy it again. $9.99 a bottle.

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.