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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

379 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 45 | 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 FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

FreshHawk, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

AmericanGothic, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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)

scratch69, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

champ103, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Gehrig, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of pigc
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

pigc, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

TenHornsProud, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

GilGarp, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Tone, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of paperbackfoster
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

paperbackfoster, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of vande
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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..

vande, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.98/5  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.

iadler, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

tjkinate, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8, I always give the smokestack beers a shot because some are real winners (BBQ, Saison Brett). The first couple whiffs of this had an unpleasant plastic aroma. Thankfully after it warmed up it went away. Dark brown-red with a huge rocky head that drops to a creamy film. Smells like sweet malts, but sort of average. Tastes like alcohol, yeast, a hint of raisin. A little bit too astringent.

ArrogantB, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Nommo Dubbel is another awesome creation by the team at Boulevard Brewering Company. The appearance was a clear caramel/rich amber color with frothy white head....only knock was that it did not lace (could be due to my glass prep). The aroma contained hints of foral arrangements, clove/spice, sweet essance, and some banana. The taste was a pot porri of goodness....there was floral hints to start, followed by clove, spice and banana...hints of sweetness throughout. The beer is essentially a cross between a hefeweisen and a Christmas Ale. The mouthfeel was very good, even though it was 8%+, it was very well balanced. Definitely worth a taste!!!

WoodBrew, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

zeff80, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown ale with decent head retention. Seems a bit over carbonated. However, it looks like a pretty good dubbel.

Smell: Medium malts, molasses, earthy yeast/hops in the front and coriander, clove, brown sugar, and some German banana-ish yeasts in the back. Very bready and possibly even a bit of darker fruits.

Taste: Very much like the nose. Malt, molasses, and bready yeasts/hops take the front with banana, dark fruits, and a certain darker sweetness provides the balance appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel: I found it overcarbonated. It seemed to serve to hide the fact that the body was less than what it should have been.

Overall: Totally decent. I doubt I'd seek it out again, but it was totally worth the try at the tasting I was at. I suggest that fans of Boulevard should try this brew at least once. An above average attempt at being Belgian.

paxchristi, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium shade of brown. Large fluffy white head which dissipates quickly. Not much going on in the nose, have to swirl quite a bit to coax out any aromas. Taste is average. Unexpectedly dry. Slightly overcarbonated and lighter bodied than I'd hoped for. Decent beer, but would not buy again when searching for a Dubbel.

rab53, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was poured from a bomber. Provides a dark copper color with a nice foamy head.

Pungent and very aromatic with tones of malts, caramel, spices and hops. Fairly rich nose as well

full bodied with a real smooth and good feel. Relatively rich tones as well along with some roast coffee, malts and caramel

This was really good by the end of the bottle. While it was rich and full bodied, it wasn't boozy.

KDawg, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was in KC for a wedding and stopped by a liquor store. When I was checking out the cashier eyed what I was buying and recommended this. Good recommendation my friend!

Pours a nice caramel brown color. Dense and delicate cream colored head which slowly recedes leaving a fair amount of lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smells very distinctively of caraway, molasses, and perhaps pepper (?).

All these aromas come through quite nicely in the flavor. Very smooth medium/light bodied for the style. A particular earthy dryness is apparent in the finish. This dryness is complimented nicely by the sweetness of the molasses. The carbonation is perfect on the beer and the mouth feel honestly couldn't be any better. This is definitely worth seeking out. I know I will be.

I've said it before, but this is the direction modern brewing needs to take. Inventing new styles and renovating older ones. A tip of the hat to Boulevard for this one. Cheers!

xuptygm, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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?

TMoney2591, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of jsh420
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011-2

pours clear brown ruby amber with a 2+ finger head that had great retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of brown sugar banana clove

tastes of cinnamon brown sugar banana clove - earthy hops or maybe from the yeast

mouthfeel - after the pour i thought this might be over carbonated but thats not the case at all - very smooth creamy medium body brew

overall - this stands right up there with the best dubbels - the price is hard to beat - will be buying more

jsh420, Sep 19, 2011
Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.