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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

389 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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 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.

Photo of DCon
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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 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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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 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 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!)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a fairly clear, medium brown color with a massive cap of tan head...even with a gentle pour. Retention is ridiculous and lacing nice. A lighter colored dubbel, but very good looking brew otherwise.

Nose is bready yeast and caramel malts, a little hint of cola and tootsie roll. Pretty mild on the fruits for a dubbel. So far, so good.

Lots of burnt toffee and caramel on the flavor with noticeable earthy hop bitterness. Yeast is mildly bready and really shies away from the fruit, I wouldnt mind a more assertive yeast presence. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium and never really achieves the density that seems to enhance the Trappist dubbels. Not very sweet and the chocolate notes are very subtle, might be related to the lighter color of the brew, I find it to be an interesting take on the style…if not altogether wonderful. After the delicious Tripel and Quad, this one is a bit of a letdown in the usually stellar Smokestack series.

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

A - Nice deep, ruby brown with a large, light, fluffy, whispy, sticky, off white head. Great retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Fairly understated nose. Spices jump out with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and coriander being strongest. Some banana and sweet dark fruit and anise. Notes of dark, sweet bread and caramel. Grows a bit stronger as it warms.

T - A bit stronger than the aroma. Spices are strong (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise, and many more). Fair amount of banana and some dark fruit (definitely not vinous more sweet). A little bit of a dark, sweet bread.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Well balanced. A little strong on the spices but not bad. Alcohol is well hidden and not too sweet or fruity.

Notes: Nice dubbel, not too sweet or fruity. Pretty well spiced though. I enjoyed this beer although it isn't a top choice for the style. For the price it is nice though.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been pretty happy with the "smokestack series" overall, and this is one that I haven't tried, so let's see what it has to offer:

Appearance: Pours what looks like a slightly cloudy brunt copper color with a 1/2" head of mixed size bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was active, but started to dissipate within about 20 seconds. After a minute or so it was very small with no lacing left behind. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: My first impression was of pennies, big time! I guess the copper kettle made its mark here, eh? After the beer sits for just a little while, this softens up and there is some sweet toffee malt and a bit of alcohol noticeable now. There is a little bit of spice from the alcohol coming out as it sits further. The aroma is getting more toasty as it warms up, and the sweet caramel qualities are starting to come out even more. I am starting to get a bubblegum phenolic in here more as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor is a good bit more fruity than the aroma suggested, but otherwise it is pretty close. There is sweet caramel malt with some toasty notes and a bit of alcohol. Now in the flavor the fruit is coming out a lot more as it warms. I am getting some apple (both green and red) in here along with some white raisins. The spices are starting to come out more as it warms up. They are definitely contributing complexity and I would say that they are well-done in that I can't pick out one in particular, except maybe anise. There may be coriander coming in too as it warms up farther. Overall the beer is pretty dry and well attenuated with ample carbonation. The alcohol is helping to dry things out a bit as are the spices.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I am not sure how much it holds up to a traditional Dubbel on style, but this beer deviates on purpose and that makes it more redeemable. As far as overall presentation, it is quite dry the whole time and the spices do more to enhance the dryness so that it is ultimately bordering on harsh. This makes the beer a little tough to drink. I don't think that I will need to come back to this one. If you are trying all of this series, I wouldn't recommend against it, but if you are looking for a Dubbel, you may want to keep looking.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with one finger of light tan head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Banana bread and cinnamon. Sweet but not too sweet.

T: Sweet and spicy caramel and banana. Finishes slightly bitter and dry but then sweetness returns on the aftertaste. Some black pepper emerges over time, as well as dark fruits. Taste develops and evolves throughout the entire glass.

M: Prickly carbonation layered on top of oil, medium body make for a good feel.

O: Solid and tasty, good example of the style. Perfect beer as the fall days start to get a bit cooler. Will need to pick up some more of this one.

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.

Photo of scratch69
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with a 2 finger head that lingers. Nice amount of lacing,

Smell- Not much, faint hint of sweetness.

Taste- Malty with molasses and a complex blend of spices. All together it has a slightly woody flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall- A decent beer but not worth the price. ($18/bottle)

Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always glad to see a new Smokestack released.

A: Pours a dark, amber/brown color. A massive tan head rises, and settles at about three fingers as I pour with care. Excellent retention, and rings of sticky lace.
S: Up front is the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander. Toasted malts, dry wood, chocolate. Very nice so far.
T: The toasted malts and chocolate are a bit more revved up. The coriander spice is noticeable and pleasant. Light orange and banana flavors as well. Plenty of cinnamon finishes everything off. The perfect meld of traditional style and a some uniqueness. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Delicate carbonation, but ultra smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. A great sipper, and the bottle will be gone in no time.

Love it. Once again, the Smokestack series can do no wrong. There is lots going on, and everything melds perfectly together. I wish more breweries could pull things off like this, but I guess that is why this is one of the best series available anywhere. Highly recommended.

Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a very good haul at the fabulous Neil St. Piccadilly. Good to see Boulevard continue to churn out quality offerings in its masterful Smokestack series.

Surprisingly soda-like head that settles in quickly without fading into oblivion. That is, despite fears that it would burn out fast like a sweet corn malt-based beer, this shows substance and persistence, while capping a lush deep caramel-brown body. Good-looking beer.

The smell is too understated for me. Some fruit peeks through, certainly some caramel malt, but unfortunately the nose gives little indication of the quality of Nommo; if anything, it submerges it.

Thankfully the taste reveals some quality that doesn't quite reach complexity, but illustrates that keeping it simple can work. Plenty of fruit, especially banana, berry, and a hint of maraschino cherry in the finish give a slightly sweet note to what is a good, solid, malty Dubbel. Caramel and chocolate do much to hold Nommo together while leaving sufficient room for the yeasty strains to make their presence known. Somewhat spicy, with some anise, clove and ginger.

Some effervescence, not essential for the style but always welcome, keeps the flavors accessible throughout, while not diminishing the malt smoothness. This isn't a fabulous Dubbel; it isn't overly complex, and ought to be much spicier. That would enhance both the smell and the taste, the latter of which is already fine. I contend that accentuating a couple characteristics would do wonders for Nommo, especially given how excellent (and rather expensive) much of the rest of the Smokestack series is. This isn't excellent, but it is no slouch, and is enjoyable and accessible.

Good Dubbel that, hopefully, may get better with some fine-tuning.

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

A - Pours a reddish light caramel color with a fairly small head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet. Candy sugar, molasses, brown sugar.

T - Starts out sweet, with that belgian candy sugar followed by a wave of molasses followed by bananas and clove. Finish is slightly dry.

M - Medium with lots of carbonation.

O - Decent brew. Not as appealing of many Belgians of the same style. A bit on the sweet side.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep purple with a fine tan head that fades quickly.

Smells of sugar/molasses with dark cherry and raisin notes. Subtle but nice enough.

Up front cherry and raisin notes with a sweet, slightly plain finish. There is some interesting, sugary notes to begin but not a lot going on in the taste.

High carbonation, dry, light bodied....perfect for the style, seldom done well by American brewers.

This is a nice enough, simple dubbel...too simple given the stellar options around.

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

Pours a cloudy, brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dark citrus, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight liquor, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice, slight alcohol, slight hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nommo pours a big, frothy four-finger head that gets in no hurry to dissipate. The beer is a rusty copper color with lively carbonation etching its way up the glass.

S - A lot of traditional abbey smells in here - ripe banana from the yeast esters, etc. Deep toffee malts are full of winter spices, savory sweet like cinnamon and raisin bread, and a bit peppery.

T - Much sweeter than I expected it to be, but in a surprising and wholly welcome way. The taste is very much sweet, the promised molasses combining with the Belgian yeasts to make a candy sugar with a savory edge. The malts are toasty, but play very lightly. The ripe fruits from the nose come in a spice cake sort of flavor, banana bread darkened up with cinnamon, clove, and the like. Coriander and rind flavors finish.

M - High carbonation, highly hidden ABV, plays off the tongue, starts and finishes sweet.

Overall - What an interesting take on a traditional, more abbey-style ale. The bases are all there, but this beer is definitely spruced up with literal sugar and spice. Boulevard again makes a brew that, while perhaps not pleasing to a purist of style, is an accessible and refreshing take on a tradition.

Photo of vande
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dubbel was on my mind...

A: was fairly dark on the pour, lots of head -- at least 2 fingers...frothy..

S: somewhat sweet... get faint hints of the spices listed on the label, not really much banana...

T: I didn't appreciate it as much as I thought.. Lacked on the Belgian Dubbel I'd hoped for, maybe the Anise was too much for me?

M: Medium bodied, decent flow.

O: A bottle I'd probably not buy again myself... Just not quite my thing..Probably go Ommegang, Chimay or Allagash first..

Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Whole Foods LP.

A- Translucent brown with a reddish hue. A two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap with some spots of lacing left behind.

S- When cold, the aroma was barely noticeable, however, as it warmed up, cinnamon, clove, peppery spice, caramel, banana and some black tea notes are present.

T- Better as it warmed up as well with a variety of spices, including cinnamon, clove and pepper. Brown sugar appears with some black cherry, plum and caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry with the spices lingering.

O- Another good offering from the Smokestack Series. I wasn't liking this until it warmed up a bit, as the flavors and aroma were bland right off the tap.

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

Gotta say, the bottle label caught my eye, with no reviews on the beer at the time, I was left to go on Boulevard's trusty name.

A: Watch out and pour slowly, this one builds a head very quickly. After pouring slowly, the beer was topped off with a massive 3 finger head that dissipated at an average rate. The body of the beer was dark and dirty red, but remained transparent.

S: Dark fruit, lots of spices, with sweet undertones. Reminded me of a strong Oktoberfest.

T: The taste mimics the smell quite accurately, loved the spices, mixed very well with the sweet molasses. Alcohol was detectable.

M: Medium light, highly carbonated.

O: Another good beer from a brewery that continues to grow on me. I must try more of there offerings soon.

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