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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Nommo DubbelNommo Dubbel

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389 Ratings

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 19
Gots: 44 | 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

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: 389 | Reviews: 123
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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 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 zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, light brown head of bubbly soft foam. It left sudsy rings of lace ont eh glass.

S - It smelled floral and earthy with subtle fruity notes.

T - Good spiciness up front - not a hop spice but spices. It has a fruity flavor with some sweet caramel and a touch of licorice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really good. It's not like any other Dubbel that I've had but the flavors really work well together.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

After trying most of their stable, it's nice to see a new Boulevard offering 'round here. It pours a mostly clear garnet-amber topped by over a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, banana, white bread, cucumber, honeydew, light caramel, greens, and a touch of clove. The taste holds notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar, clove, light banana, light mandarin orange syrup, very light black pepper, light maple syrup, and mild wheat. Things are mostly spicily sweet on the tongue. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very enjoyable dubbel. It may not be the paragon of the style (a bit too spicy and not the most Belgian thing around), but it tastes pretty damn good and makes me want to drink more. What more could you really want?

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with two finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of retention and some mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with some spice and lots of dark fruit. Lots of cherry and some mild alcohol notes.

Taste: Some sweet malt with winter spices. Lots of dark fruit notes, mild cherry notes. Some alcohol and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Not always my favorite style, but this was quite good. I would have another.

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 mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

So glad Boulevard is shipping to MA now. Starting my reviews with Nommo on a chilly rainy night.

Even with a somewhat careful pour it gives a large 3 finger head which is as big as the beer itself, fluffy fizzy head that fades semi quickly though, over semi hazy dark cranberry reddish brown color, some lacing.

Nose is a Belgian aroma, almost saison like, rustic Belgian farmhouse yeast aromas, light spices, but it also brings molasses, candy syrup like. Then it gets more dubbel like with dark Belgian malts and yeast aromas, hint of booze and esters.

Taste starts with esters, Belgian dubbel yeast flavors bringing the esters, as well as earthy flavors from the same source. Plenty of darker malts, syrupy dark Belgian malts and molasses, as well as a bit of dark fruits, plum, fig, raisin, etc. Spices come on stronger than I expected for how dark the beer is, I expected the dark beer to overpower it. A little bit of warming booze comes through with the sweetness and Belgian esters. Finishes still a bit sweet but drier, sticky mouth, lingering molasses, sahtea like spices, nutmeg, fig, and a bit of molasses.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, tons of carbonation, and bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, the spices are a bit much for me, they just don't seem to fit with the style, but then again who says you need to be within style, especially for something like this. A big beer, tasty, nice dark malts and Belgian yeast flavors, bit of booze but not overly, nice esters, molasses, a tasty beer overall.

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 DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's. Best before April 2012. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Lightly hazed orange-red-brown body - a bit lighter than your typical dubbel, but otherwise quite nice.

S - Lots of phenolic Belgian yeast present, imparting banana and spice character. The additions of star anise and caraway are also quite present, although I get little of the advertised cinnamon or molasses. There's some candi sugar present, but this isn't an overly sweet beer.

T - Taste is again quite yeast-heavy, with green banana, some toasted grains and bread, and only a touch of molasses sweetness. Finishes with spices, particularly the anise, but has a relatively clean aftertaste. No alcohol present, which is appreciated.

M - Surprisingly light-bodied for the ABV. Active, moderate carbonation, a dry finish that imparts a hint of alcohol warmth to the back of the throat. Goes down much quicker than other beers of this style.

D - A really easy drinking dubbel, that needs a bit more kick in the flavor department to make it truly memorable. Still, quite enjoyable, and a solid take on a style most American brewers can't get right most of the time.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nommo Dubbel, Boulevard Smokestack Series, Malt Beverage brewed with molasses and spices. 8.1 % ABV, 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. No. 15 in the smokestack series.

"Why Nommo? Long ago in Belgium, Trappist monks created an ale they dubbed "dubbel" as in "two". What is else is double? Twins, of course. About the same time, some 3,000 miles away, the Dogon tribe of Mali worshipped ancestral spirits called Nommo, hermaphroditic, fish-like creates who were, that's right, twins. And get this, nommo comes from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink". Coincidence? You decide.'

Me, I'm just going to drink. And think. And write. Which is a form of thinking. Speaking of thinking, let's start drinking.

Very dark, rich ruby, magenta tinted hue, under a long lived, dotted, creamy head. Looks great.

Aroma: soft, creamy, nutty, a little dark fruit, a minor whisper of vanilla.

Taste: sweetness first, dark fruit, plum, …nicely rounded, Medium bodied. Judiciously spiced. Mildly mollass-ed. Overall, well-balanced, mellow, malty, mmm. Not overwhelmingly deep or complex, not in the least. Simple enough, tasty enough. I don't not love it.

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.