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Nommo Dubbel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
124 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by RedHaze on 09-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 398
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.

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Photo of stewart124
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
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.


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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge initial head. Recedes in a lumpy fashion. Surprisingly minimal lace. Red, dark amber color.

Earthy; smells like wet sticks. Dark malts but without any hint of sugar. Alcohol is quietly present.

Nutty flavor with a strong, warming alcohol. Rich bodied. The swallow was a bit of spiciness to it, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Peppery aftertaste.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle into my favorite goblet, the Chimay glass. I love that glass. I don't buy too much into glassware snobbery, but I do hand-wash that particular glass. Anyway, poured with standard vigor...

Appearance - Pours a murky brown, almost a walnut color, like that of nice furniture, with a decent one and a half finger head that sticks around for some time. Cool packaging, I like the story behind the name and the label itself. Until you realize what the label means, its a little creepy.

Smell - Browns sugars, malts, some molasses, cloves, and spices. For all the elements it seems it would be pretty intense, but its rather subdued.

Taste - This is a good tasting brew. Follows the nose very closely with some bready yeasts in there as well. A good tasting brew, no less.

Mouthfeel - Adds a dimension of creaminess to this beer's profile, which I had not noticed until almost the very end. There is a slight sweet kick at the end as well. I really liked the finish.

Overall - This is certainly a beer to try once. It is a good beer, but Boulevard has a lot better offerings for your money. Certainly recommended to try though, but if you have already had it, then there isn't really much to write about. If you have to have a Boulevard product, go with their Saison Brett or Tank 7.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass}

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that had good retention, receding steadily down to a thin film with a medium collar which lasted throughout and possessed excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt and an earthy Belgian yeast with notes of molasses, dark fruit (raisons), licorice, brown sugar, cinnamon, banana and a bit of clove.

The taste was moderately sweet and quite malty with a hint of molasses, dark fruit and licorice from the get go, becoming a bit yeasty with a just a touch of banana and clove midway through and a nice cinnamon alcohol finish. The flavor stuck around for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slightly yeasty and dominating cinnamon, clove taste left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a mildly dry yet creamy texture and a effervescent carbonation.

Overall this brew was packed with flavor, lots of creamy sweetness and a strong spicy finish. A very unique and tasty Dubbel


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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Dubbel- it starts off normal enough, but there is a hit of hops toward the finish that is not at all normal. I'm not entirely sure I want that hop note in my Dubbel, but it certainly sets this apart from most Dubbels and gives it an American twist, and a note of spice as well that complements the spices added to the beer. I don't get much molasses, except for perhaps as a basis for the spice cookie notes of the beer as a whole. A fairly murky pour, but a nice head that sticks around as a cap. Some of the sweeter notes of the Dubbel are buried a bit by the spice, but overall the beer is pretty pleasant.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, but rather simply, showcasing some brown sugar, light vanilla, light cherry and some underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose and is no better in this moderate sweet beer, though there's a hint of chocolate as well that is nice. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied and seemed a bit thin, something that surprised me, given the abv.

A pleasant, uncomplicated beer from Boulevard, though not something I'm likely to ever want to order again. Kind of surprised by the weak effort from these guys, given the quality of other beers I've hand from them.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured into a pint glass. Its a chestnut/brown with a thin slightly tan head. There was some slight lacing at the very top of the glass but no real cascading to speak of.

S-clove, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, some spiciness-it smelled sweet and malty

T-Similar to the nose. Sweet with some Belgian yeast and spice. Hints of cinnamon and clove. Not overly flavorful and with a hint of alcohol. It tastes better as it warms.

M-Somewhat thick and not overly carbonated.

D-Very drinkable even at just over 8% one could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Overall, this is a good beer that I would definitely drink again. Next time I will hopefully get to drink it in a tulip glass instead of pint glass and have it closer to cellar temperature as well.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A slight hazy brown color with a huge tan colored head. Lacing rings the glass.

A strong banana/bubblegum, Belgain sugar, yeast, clove and hop aroma. The aroma leads into the flavor where the bubblegum flavor starts with a nice toasted malt flavor. Then the alcohol and candi sugar flavors come in along with the molasses, clove and fig. Finishes sweet with a lingering spice. The feel is on the light side with high carbonation and a nice smoothness to it. I enjoyed this Dubbel. Had many flavors that combined well with noticeable depth.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark red color with a nice 2 finger fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, toast, herbal, clove, earth, pepper, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, prune, raisin, toast, toffee, biscuit, clove, earth, nuttiness, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, toast, biscuit, clove, nuttiness, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying sweetness at all, fairly clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel! Great flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and easy to sip on. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a wine glass. Pours a deep walnut with reddish bronze highlights, minor tan colored head, minor lacing.

Aroma is classic dubbel, complex but mild. Toffee and dark fruits, just a note of anise, minor solvent esters.

Taste too stays honest to the style. Slightly diluted figs and raisins, a hint of molasses toffee, toast beginning to char. No hops to notice. Quiet spice. Light to medium bodied lively mouthfeel. Improves considerably with warmth.
one of the best american brewed dubbels

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Photo of stevebremer
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit more peppery than a typical dubbel should be. Very highly carbonated as well, which adds to the phenolic twinge. Not a bad beer, very complex, but not quite as balanced toward the malt as it should be. Given, the bottle I had was past the "best by" date by a few months, but this shouldn't profoundly affect the phenol character, so probably safe to say that the beer has always been abut on the peppery side.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh yes, big big fig on this one. Strawberries, cinnamon, and allspice are also well blended into the aroma.

Light ruby in color topped by a smooth, persistant tan head. Lacing is moderate, but pretty.

Heavy on the spices with a big presence of coriander and cinnamon. Slight molasses and burnt toasted sugar taste on the finish. Very malty, but balanced as it it isn't sweet at all.

Very dry finish with lots of carbonation and a medium body. This is thoroughly enjoyable but over a period of time instead of a quick drinker.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades slowly and leaving no lace. Almost clear brown/amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight molasses nose, and flavor is molasses, caramel and bready. Higher ABV is hidden. Batch 2011-1 best by Apr 2012, $9.99 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Batch 2011-2, best by 4/2013.

Appearance: light brown hue with a nice haze. Head poured two fingers of pillowy tan foam. Perhaps a touch lighter than I normally think of a dubbel being, but still quite nice.

Smell: nice malty aroma with some mild chocolatey hints and a nice Belgian spiciness. It lacks the biscuit I find in so many dubbels -- a characteristic I don't really love. This beer has what I like and lacks what I don't -- good stuff.

Taste: dark fruits; tobacco, raisin and date, plus a little mustiness. Just the malty characteristics I like in the style. Good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and a great creaminess. Love it!

Overall: this is a very tasty dubbel. I'm not typically a huge fan of the style, but Nommo really rubs me the right way. Kudos!

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Photo of chugalug06
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch: 2011-1
Best by: 04-2012

MASSIVE off-white foamy head! Biggest head I've seen in some time! Very deep mahogany color, brewed with nice clarity. Maybe just a touch too dark without any lacing.

Heavy pepper and coriander scent. Very light for the most part, with light airy banana. Pretty light for an 8.1% Belgian.

WHOA! They brew smacks heavy spice and airy-ness in your face. A bit too thin to meet the style, and also a bit under carbonated. Belgian yeast doesn't stand out with much prominence, but it's still enjoyable.

I could imagine Boulevard could do better then this, but the offering is still nice, and enjoyable. This brew is recommended, but best enjoyed with a friend, or two. Perfect for a hot summer night.

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Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 2011-2/best by 4/2012) into a chalice. Pours a crystal-clear mahogany/amber w/ a 1-finger head that settles quickly, vigorous carb.

Aroma is dark fruit - figs, raisins - sweet malt, Belgian yeast. Bready, subtle.

Taste is also bready, fruity, clean - but also a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, crisp, smooth.

Overall a good dubbel but not one I'd likely seek out again.

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Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.