Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by spoony:
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
12-28-2012 04:23:48 | More by spoony
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3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-24-2012 15:36:42 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-09-2011 04:13:47 | More by Jason
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
10-28-2011 15:15:12 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-25-2011 21:20:16 | More by Mora2000
4.18/5 rDev +8%
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.
11-19-2012 03:41:35 | More by NilocRellim
4.34/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
12-02-2013 20:52:33 | More by hagbergl
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
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.
02-07-2013 01:00:00 | More by frankiepop
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
(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.
01-18-2012 22:34:02 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-15-2013 23:29:35 | More by tastybeer
4.55/5 rDev +17.6%
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!
01-20-2013 01:34:14 | More by bensbeers
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-07-2011 22:44:28 | More by GilGarp
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-26-2013 17:23:35 | More by Sammy
Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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