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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Nommo DubbelNommo Dubbel

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380 Ratings

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tuilp.

(A)- Pours a reddish mahogany color. Produced a giant eggshell colored fluffy head with great retention. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Some mild roasted yeasty bread. Lots of dark fruits: plum, prune, and raisin. Bits of oatmeal, biscuit, and clay.

(T)- Sweet, but not in a sugary way. Lots of ripe raisin and plum. More mild yeast than in the smell. Strange, but some creamy subtle oatmeal-like flavor on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a good balance too. Great fruits and yeast without being too sweet or yeasty.

(D)- A solid Dubbel. In fact, one of the best ones from the states I have had in quite some time. Easy to drink, while keeping close to the style.

sweemzander, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle art. And I have to applaud Blvd. for using best by and bottling dates on both the Smokestacks and regulars.

Overtly spiced beers aren't my thing, and luckily I didn't find Nommo to be so. In fact, the spicing adds just enough complexity that it could easily be blamed on the Belgian yeast. Fig, coffee, shortbread, and a rustic hoppiness round out the rest of the beer. Dry, digestible, and really complex.

Boulevard does Belgian styles right, and Nommo is no exception. This would be right at home on the Thanksgiving table.

bump8628, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.6%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head on this one isn't as unruly as many of the other Smokestack brews, but still has a substantial, slowly disappearing, froth. The dark brown body is penetrated by some red coming in from the edges. The aroma floating from the goblet consists of banana, clove, licorice, a hint of rum booziness, and spice cake. Tastes of sweet brown bread, grapes, banana, grain and a hint of hops with an aftershock of fusel alcohol. Satisfying, but a little thin in body with a dry finish.

stephens101, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JEdmund, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

kckclassic, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Brueghel, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

csiewert, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

midworken, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DaveHack, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

seth72104, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

946th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

Batch 2011-2
Best by 04/2012

Purchased from On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A good crimson color with a bit of light brown. A huge 3 finger overflowing egg shell head. No cling but falls to a great pond layer.

Smell- A good smelling dubbel. Yeast, malt, dark fruits, a bit of whispy booze but the 8% stays well hidden. The molasses comes out on a large whiff and brings along a nutmeg and pepper note.

Taste- This was well balanced and not overly potent and leaning towards a small quad. Shines brightly in the middle pocket of flavors with the more molasses and spice. The opening is more malty and the finish pocket is the yeast.

Mouth- A medium bodied and a quite bubbly medium carbonation. This was a good bit of bubbly without being prickly or dry. A nice brown sugar and molasses residual flavor.

Drink- I love me some Boulevard. I really wish they would distro to So. Cal. Their smokestack series is one of my favorites. I would love this in a 12oz.

FosterJM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Jason, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tons of head on this amber colored beer, a bit hazy with pretty good lace.

Smells nice, Belgian yeast and spices, plenty of sweet aromas, good malts.

Taste is pretty heavy on the yeast, with a nice malt profile and ample spices, some banana and clove too.

Body is pretty good, medium and a bit dry on the finish.

Overall it's pretty good, not my favorite dubbel but certainly a fine brew.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Southside Brewing Company (Formerly known as The Stable) in St. Louis, MO for $6. Tapped from the bricked Handle w/ Boulevard on the base & the Nommo Dubbel pair of mermaids cheering into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has tons of malt and sweetness but nothing much else. A small caramel note is in here and thats all folks.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has poor retention. Has a caramel looking body that is cloudy. Leaves no lacing at all.

Flavor- Doesn't have too much strength to it or any other attributes for that matter... Has a light caramel taste and light bitterness at the finish. Not rich or complexed like it should be.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Has a bit of filler with ingredient but then watery at the finish. Not like it should be for the style.

Overall Impression- Not enough strength or body for the style... I have a bottle of this and am now wondering if it was a bad investment... Will be reviewing either way. Go for others in the Smokestack Series, this one was a dud.

DCon, Nov 07, 2011
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.

MasterSki, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is good head retention and a bit of lacing as well.

The aroma is nice. Some nice fruit presence with some sweet malt complimented by some spicing really makes for an enjoyable experience. Very nice.

The taste is ok. There's a nice malt presence giving notes of toasted grain, and a bit of sweetness. Light fruit tones are also available and complimented by a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample efforvescence.

Overall another solid beer from Boulevard. It's not the best dubbel I've run into, but it is certainly interesting which is really what I'm after in a beer these days.

Goliath, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch #2 from 2011. Best by 4-2012.
A: Pours a dark brown amber with 2 inch light tan bubbly head. Nice start.
S: Wonderful, but muted aroma. Dark dried fruit, cinnamon, clove, honey, and coriander.
T: Unfortunately, a step weaker here than even the aroma. Raisins, clove, banana, cinnamon, and sweet caramel malt. Too light, too weak, and a bit too sweet.
M: Light-medium body. Feels too light for style. No lingering on the palate. Needs more heft.
D: Overall, just an above average offering which for the Smokestack series is a disapointment. Almost like a winter warmer crossed with a dubbel.

mwilbur, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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

russpowell, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

tigg924, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch Number/ 2011-2
Best By Date: 04-2012

A: Pours a deep chesnut hue with a bit of cloudiness. Sitting on top is about 1 1/2 fingers of dark khaki colored head that was pretty soft and pillowy and hung around for quite awile before settling down into a thick and creamy collar. Sadly, hardly and lace was left behind.

S: Chocolate covered raisins, savory spices, anise, dark rye bread, subtle banana, cardamom, ground nutmeg, and molassas.

T: See above with some cinnamon stick, carmelized pumpkin, sauteed banana, homemade caramel, and brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy with a nice dose of dry, tingly spiciness that keeps the sweetness in check.

O: An excellent and hearty fall beer that would be a great compliment to an autumnal harvest meal...or Thanksgiving dinner (if there's any left by that time!)

GbVDave, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Jake's in Omaha, NE.

Arrives in a glass tulip glass with a fairly small, off-white head that fades rather quickly (despite the tulip?). Some lacing is present. Body is a light brownish color,

Aromas require some coaxing to get at, I had to swirl this quite a bit to stir up much of anything. I pick up scents of nutmeg and coriander, and very mild prunes in syrup. Some caramel malt. About average for the style, I'd say.

Taste follows scent with this being somewhat understated. Malt sweetness is the dominant flavor, with some of the same spices and syrupy prune notes as well. Not particularly exciting, a bit too sweet, slightly above or at average.

Beer is medium-bodied with about the same in carbonation. This works, and is fairly pleasant. Dry finish.

An acceptable dubbel. Despite it being domestic and a lower-than-import price, I'd probably continue to stick with the more assertive dubbels.

falloutsnow, Oct 24, 2011
Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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