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Nommo Dubbel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

386 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 17
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, dark chestnut color with a solid cap of thick, off-white foam. Aroma is spicy upfront, followed by clove-like phenolics, and finishing with a shot of alcohol. There's some bready, nutty malts too, but they are very faint. Luckily, the malt picks up in the flavor with a nice nutty, chocolaty profile before transitioning back to a muddled spice and yeast taste. Fruitcake, cinnamon, pepper, a little citrus. Medium bodied and smooth. Not completely feeling this one. Maybe some day I'll try it super fresh for comparison, as this one has been sitting around for a little while.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep dirty brown with occasionally glowing red around the edges. Head is a couple inches of foamy orange tinted beige fluff. Once it settles there's a 1/4" remaining.

S: Bright, fruity, festively spicy, and warm. Apples, bananas, cinnamon, lemon zest, caramel, clove-like, tobacco, and sugar cookies. Warmingly alcoholic.

T: Flavors are smooth, full, and abundant. Lots of spice with delicate fruit and brown sugar. Creamy banana, yes to coriander and cinnamon, and some licorice (may only be noticing that because I'm looking for star anise).

M: Smooth, finely carbonated, fullish body. Bit of residual dryness through the finish.

O: A pretty good beer but not a great representation of the style. I would drink this again, but I would prefer to not pay full price.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hagbergl
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Boulevard's Nommo Dubbel at U Street Wine and Beer last week. Served in my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance (4.25/5): Thick, creamy off white head. Great retention. Chestnut brown body, almost completely opaque.

Smell (4/5): Lots of dark fruits, rich dark bread, and some spicy clove and pepper from the Belgian yeast strain. Hint of molasses (which, it says on the bottle) was added during the brewing process. The smell is fairly subdued; it certainly doesn't assault the senses.

Taste (4.5/5): Nommo Dubbel is quite a complex beer: Lots of dark bread and dark stone fruit (perhaps plum, black cherry), molasses, and brown sugar. The malty sweetness is understated though. This is followed up by a clovey spiciness that lingers into the finish. A hint of molasses and coriander. The flavor profile reminds me a bit of cola, too. Some very light alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5) Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good active carbonation–medium high, as might be expected from a bottle-conditioned ale of this alcohol content (8 % ABV). The mouthfeel really helps accentuate the flavors. Just plain excellent.

Overall (4.25/5): Boulevard's Nommo Dubbel is an outstanding beer. It's a fairly traditional take on the Belgian Abbey Dubbel style that features a nice hint of molasses in the flavor that you normally don't get in this style. (I personally think it works well.) I must say that I am very impressed by Boulevard's ability to turn out spot-on interpretations of Belgian-style ales. Another great beer by Boulevard.

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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: reddish=brown amber, just shy of transparent; off-white thick head which dissipates quickly; almost no residual lacing
S: malt, farmhouse
T: strong malt, sweet, caramel, surprising bitterness slightly reminiscent of an IPA, grassy
M: medium-bodied, smooth
O: Actually a bit like a marzen. Smooth, caramel-ly, sweet.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch Number/Best By Date: 2012-1/U5-2013)

A: Thick foamy head with nice lacing. Extremely dark amber brown.

S: Yeasty with a sweet maltness. Cinnamon and nice characteristic Belgian spice notes.

T: Tastes like a typical Belgian dubbel does. Belgian spice in the typical manner. Cinnamon and clover.

M: Very smooth with only a small amount of massage bubbles.

O: It is over its best by date, but it was C&C with an 8% ABV and it was on sale, so why not. Not bad though, but it was only $6. Eh, decent for the price and size. Glad I had someone to share it with though.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.