Urkontinent - Dogfish Head Brewery

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463 Ratings

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 09-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Urkontinent is a Belgian-style dubbel that begins with Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup.

Then we add unique ingredients from around the world: Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

The careful combination of all these ingredients creates a complex, dark Belgian-style ale with wonderful coffee and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. The roastiness of the malt and wattleseed melds with the fruity esters from the yeast, the floral notes from the rooibos, and the malty yet dry signature of a Belgian dubbel. Urkontinent is perfect to enjoy with friends as the weather begins to cool.

14 IBU
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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a somewhat murky looking russet brown with a 1/2 finger off white head atop.Alot going on in the nose with toasted nuts,vanilla,earthiness,and floral notes,alot of complexity with all the components coming together well.Slightly medicinal on the palate with earthy tones,a little burnt flavor underneath along yeasty spice.This is a unique beer no doubt about that,alot going on and it goes off pretty well.

Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An average pour results in a large tan head of about two fingers of compact bubbles. The beer appears like a black stout sitting on the table but when held to the light reveals a medium garnet with excellent clarity. The very long lasting head leave belgian lacing on the glass
S: The initial aromas are of coffee and malt aromas of dark fruit like figs and dried cherries. The coffee aroma quickly goes away letting aromas of toast, grain and a perfumey alcohol softness come through. There also a light floral aroma in there that is different from the usual european floral hops type of aroma.
T: The dark malt flavors of figs and dried cherries are predominate the initial sip with a hints of funky things going on along with a bit of earthiness. The a light hint of the roobos tea coming through. There is a almost a round malt sweetness that never becomes sweet by the balance of a bitterness that isn't derived from hops nor dark malt with a dry finish. It sort of a herbal bitterness that you'd find in a some teas.
M: It has a medium body and medium-light carbonation with a slight astringency.
O: A complex and unusual beer that is still very approachable with the unusual additions supporting and enhancing the character. It's a had beer to categories as it's almost a belgian dubbel with the belgian yeast characteristics coming from the ingredients and not belgian yeast.

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

Urkontinent opens with a malty, grain-heavy nose that is immediately reminiscent of wet wheat fields, fresh-brewed light roast coffee, floury baguette, and toast crust. Mixed in with these is a touch of caramel, wildflower honey, and brown sugar, which add a light, but pleasing sugary note. Touches of pepper add spice, and an almost burnt-grain aroma lingers at the brew’s outer edges, adding pizzazz. There’s also a strange fruit/grain aroma that is somewhat reminiscent of berries and spiced bread, which I’m assuming comes from one of the beer’s strange assortment of ingredients (wattle seed, amaranth, rooibos, and myrica gale), none of which I’m familiar enough with to know how they affect beverages. As a whole, the nose is certainly interesting, with layers and layers of grain aromas mixed with just enough sugars and peppery spices to nicely balance everything out. I can’t say the nose is exactly stunning, but it is most certainly above the average fare, with room to spare.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a peppery bread note, followed immediately by a wave of wildflower honey, caramel, and brown sugar. Floury baguette and toast notes follow, joined by the initial flavors that I’m again assuming come from the beer’s less familiar ingredients. Here the beer takes on some kola nut properties, as well as strange and wild grain notes that are somehow full of white pepper, light jasmine, and berry all at once. The beer is nicely balanced between these sweet and grain notes, with light touches of pepper and pine for spice and bitterness. Late in the mouthful the sugary notes take on a lemon-berry quality. The aftertaste is mainly grains, though some sugars do remain, and lingers on the tongue for a decent time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good brew, and Dogfish Head’s usual strange assortment of ingredients works very nicely here to complement the standard malt-and-hop notes, building on them and adding nuance much like upgrading an already-nice house with new furnishings and appliances. This doesn’t mean the beer is necessarily outstanding, for while it does present an unusual and delicious variety of flavors, the beer lacks that certain something that makes it truly stand out from the field. Thus, instead of finding yourself in, say, a Ferrari, Urkontinent comes across as a nicely dealer-upgraded Chevy Camaro: a very nice car, but not quite at the top of the field. Still, it is Dogfish Head, and thus in the end I highly doubt many will find themselves disappointed. Worth trying.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to mahogany in color. A thin bit of khaki colored head covers part of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. I get mainly notes of chocolate,honey, and rooibos within the nose., but it is a bit overwhelmingly sweet. The mouth is a bit sticky and yet creamy. The taste is very malty and sweet with a dry malted finish.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. I had an aged bottle and a fresh one. For this beer fresh is better and I am reviewing the fresh bottle.
A: Brilliant coffee brown under a lightly tan tinted 1” finely bubbled white foam collar that grips the side of the glass and produces intricate lace.
S: Flowery cola on the nose with spice, chocolate, and pitted fruit.
T: A very spicy palate with a cola quality seasoned with chocolate, coffee, spice, pitted fruit and malty sweetness that dries out by the finish.
M: Creamy, medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: An unusual and interesting beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer especially when you have to wikipedia most of the ingredients listed on the label, pours a beautiful deep ruby crimson color with deep mahogany highlights. Light beige tan highlights, fine speckled lacing with accents that last for days. A beautiful looking beer, a gracefully sculpted masterpiece of a beer. Aromas of toasted nuts, dark chocolate, minimal coffee notes bring out intriguing dark fruit components. Flavors combine with alcohol, dark fruit, toasted coconut, green tea complex notes, a really wide array of flavors pretty nice beer in my glass. Kind of happy about that, wow, it's interesting. Cohesive forces brought this beer together I understand what they are doing with another Pangea concept, it works to be creative by taking ingredients from different continents and making them work. Mouthfeel is medium bodied ale with a dry oak finish, doesn't make sense for there to be a wood finish but there is and it's delicious. Overall, impressive work of art in the beer realm that I fully enjoyed.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this a while ago, just found my notes...

Darker than a typical dubbel, this one's a dark brown rather than the usual orange-to-red range. It's opaque despite its darker color, with lots of clarity. A small, almost pure white head comes up, reaching almost one finger, but it quite creamy and dense. Lacing is spotty but plentiful.
There's a lot going on in this beer. The nose does hold the nutty and chocolaty notes promised, with a strong earthy note as well. The earthiness even includes a bit of peat or soil to it. A touch of coffee comes out with the roastiness. There's a note of something translating almost to metallic. A bit of dark fruits come out in the flavor, where the metallic note falls off. Some woods and a little spiciness pull out as well.
The body is pretty rich and quite full, rounding out to a medium nearing full. It's perhaps a bit much for a dubbel, though not bad. There's a bit of a stickiness. It nears cloying in its sweetness even as alcohol pulls through the finish.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at DFH in Rehoboth.

A: The beer was dark brown with a tan one finger head on top. Decent head retention, reducing to nothing at all within a few minutes, just a ring around the outer edge. Very few bits of lacing.

S: Had a slight medicinal smell to it. Underneath there was a little bit of cherry and light coffee. As it warms the medicinal aroma fades a bit and there is a heavier roasty aroma.

T: Some roasted malt, cherries, a little bit of cocoa, and some molasses. Slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation giving it a smooth feel.

O: Pretty good beer. Would give another go at the brewpub.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer, fresh from Premiere Gourmet. Pours dark, above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. A sipper, great after the fish. Flavours: Chocolate, chicory roast,mollasses, lots of hops, a little yeast, honey finish.Earthy, well carbonated.

Photo of blaje
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle, aged for few months before tasting.
Pouring dark brown with some mahogany and red tones, somewhat clear not to hazy. Nice off-white creamy head of ½ inch thick.
N- Caramel, cocoa, dark fruits/red fruits, honey, roasted grain.
M&T- Surprisingly not too heavy! Medium to full bodied beer. Carbonation is medium and bitterness is just great. Something if floral here and it is pleasant. Definitively on the sweet side like the Belgian dubbel, very reminiscent of those Flander’s brown ale. Alcohol warmth is present becoming more intense while rewarming. Flavours of caramel, nuts,roasted grains, dates, toast, watermelon (?!). Aftertaste reveals tea like flavours. Very complex in flavours,
Overall, a challenging beer that well deserve sharing with a buddy rather than drinking it on your own, simply for having inputs to from your friends on the brew and having the pleasure to “decorticates” a challenging beer. A very good beer from DFH.

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber with a thick, brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, faint coffee

T - heavy caramel, faint coffee, mild bitter finish, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very smooth, balanced, rich Dubbel. I had never heard of any of these ingredients before this beer, but after reading the description and giving this beer a try, I can see how all the flavors blend nicely with the Dubbel style. This is definitely a beer worth trying. It was very enjoyable.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a finger and a half of offwhite head. Good retention and lace.

Nose is earthy with present Dogfish house yeast.

Taste is interesting-- mostly a dry earthiness or woodiness and a trace of licorice at the finish. I kinda get the rooibos, but that's a subtle, flattish flavor anyway. Similar in a way to Bitches Brew, but lighter, drier.

Pretty bright and fizzy.

Neat. Not worth the price or hype, but good and an interesting take on interesting ingredients.

Photo of TDRudy
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A really interesting beer, obviously.

On tap, 10oz glass.

Appearance: A typical look for a belgian strong dark ale, in the lighting at the restaurant it seemed almost black with hints of amber at the edges. Very little lacing, not much happening with the appearance.

Smell: Way more going on than I could even place. No discernible hop aroma, but chocolate, coffee, and even a little peanut smell came through.

Taste: Really, really unique flavor, complex flavor profile starting with a burnt caramel malt and rapidly moving through to a variety of flavors I can't even place, though there was definitely chocolate, coffee, and a hint of toffee in the after taste, with a bit of peat flavor in the middle.

Mouthfeel: For a beer this heavy on the malts it was very drinkable- not too heavy, not to thick, just right.

Overall: It had been hyped up to me quite a lot, and it was certainly unique, but it wasn't anything that special. An above average beer, but that's about it.

Photo of RoyAlan
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ Two Stone Wilmington
In a goblet, pours dark mahogany with a beige head that hugs the glass but doesn't really lace.
Smell is Belgium dark with a noticeable alcohol aroma
Chocolate and cherry are the dominant flavors. ABV is stealth but there.
Overall, this a nice winter warmer. We balanced and very soothing

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urkontinent pours a darker, mahogany brown color. It’s not opaque. When held to light, some burgundy and crimson highlights are noted. A tan head covers the top. It’s rather modest, standing only a finger or so tall. Retention was pretty good. It held for quite a while. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is good. It definitely has a nice malty scent up front. Chocolate and light, sweet caramel are noted. I’m picking up a bit of honey and coffee next. It smells a little earthy and floral throughout. Secondary scents include a bit of praline, cherry, and yeasty esters. It seems somewhat complex, but the scents certainly seem to work well together. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Smells good.

The flavor is impressive. The malt base primarily features chocolate malts. They tasty a little sweet and cocoa-ish. There’s a bit of a sweet caramel flavor to it. That could be a product of the honey, which is easily noted. Coffee is somewhat pronounced, but works really well. I’m a big coffee fan, so I like that. Belgian yeast is definitely in the mix. It definitely adds some fruity and spicy qualities to the flavor. There are notes of praline and cherry rounding it out. Alcohol doesn’t have all that much of a presence. It’s blended very well. Finishes sweet and malty with a twist of coffee.

Urkontinent has a lighter body than I anticipated. It’s on the light side of medium. Feels thin. Carbonation is light. It needs more body though. No question about that. Still goes down pretty easy.

Urkontinent is good beer. Given my unfamiliarity with the various ingredients, I was apprehensive. It’s one of those trailblazing beers with strange ingredients that just happens to work really well. I like it quite a bit. It’s an unusual Dubbel. I wouldn’t really compare or judge it that way. That wasn’t its intended purpose. Just take for what it is…an experiment. Kick back and enjoy it!

Photo of DonDirkA
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head laser-etched tulip glass. Deep brown with white frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is very roasty and super nutty. There's hazelnut, roasted coconut, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, slight raisin notes, a hint of sticky sweetness and some very hidden dark fruits. The hazelnut scents are powerful, its hard to pick it apart around that. Taste is coconut, hazelnut, almonds, vanilla, coffee. They appear in that order. I feel like there's some herbal notes like lavender buried in there too. I was wary of this brew because DFH's specialties have been disappointing me more often than not recently but this is fantastic. If I can get my hands on anymore I won't hesitate. Its delicious.

EDIT: As it warms it gets a little boozey, but its not bad at all.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a chalice. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, banana, fruit, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really like the idea behind this brew and why they decided to do it, but I really wasn’t overly impressed here. While it wasn’t impressive it still wasn’t that bad for the most part. It was fairly well balanced in both the aroma and flavor but completely failed to standout from other brews of the style.

Photo of nimrod979
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First full review I've taken the time to do in awhile. 750 ml bottled… sometime in 2012, poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance: Deep mahogany. A thin off white thugh creamy head that lingers as the beer rests. Decent lacing.

Smell: Malty, sweet belgian sugar, yeast, dark fruit (plum, cherry)

Taste: Roasted malts, some herbal spice coming from the rooibos. Belgian candied sugar and honey sweetness and dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries come to mind and battle through the finish with what I can assume is the wattleseed that imparts a roasty grain like finish.

Mouthfeel: Complex with lots of strong flavors hitting at different moments. very good use of all ingredients, especially the honey, I feel like you can really pick out what trait each ingredient provides. The carb is very light and airy, which makes the beer feel lighter than it's 8% and dark flavors would lead on. Also gives it a great drinkability and smoothness but is still a good beer to perhaps share w/ others.

Overall, Dig.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut color, close to black. Big fluffy off white head. Striking nose of dark belggian candi sugars, chocolate covered rum soaked raisins, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, sweet cream, and rich roasted coffee. Hope the beer is as complex as the nose.

Very big complex beer, but it only faintly reminds me of a belgian dubbel. Massive effervescent body. Starts with rich bitter coffee notes and a touch of chocolate. Faint charcoal throughout. Some astringency and coarseness on the finish. A lot of the flavors found in the nose can be found in parts of the beer. Rich creaminess compliments alot of the darker roasted flavors. Belgian candi sugars present a tiny bit of trartness. Touch of dirty earthiness in the mix plays off the coffee like presence. Dry finish with some soft tannins. California honey shines through a tiny bit near the end of the sip as a soothing semi-sweetness.

For such a big complex beer with so many nuances, all the flavors go together extremely well. Tons of layers of flavor yet they're all so concise. Just picked up faint touches of dark fruit. An extremely good beer but a little off for the style so I'll have to judge it a little lower. Tastes more like a porter or stout with the body of a belgian dubbel. Unlike anything I've ever had before but quite delicious.

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

- Ale brewed with wattle seed, amaranth, rooibos, myrica gale and honey.

A: Dark opaque nature shows merlot highlights around the edges upon backlighting. The head is khaki, sturdy long lasting at 1.5 fingers high. Clean window dressing with a quick paced effervesce.

S: Cocoa, fresh gale and wattleseed are easy to pick up on (thanks to baron). Listen i have no idea what the other spices are and am not going to sit here and tell you i do and pick up on them. I did detect some vanilla creamer, a bit of nutty almond coffee that was soothing and refined in strength.

T: Sweet orange peels and tea along with dry wattle seed first come to mind. Sweet dark caramelized malts, wet sage, nutty almond, cola and vanilla add spice support along with a honey-pine sweetness. Flavor is very smooth polised and shows some acidity.

M: Good frothy feel, light bubbly carbonation, good residual malt lacing on the tongue with a dry tea fade.

O: Interesting flavor, smooth coffee and herbal tea with oranges and wattle seed highlights. Nice silty residual touch. Good though a bomber may be much to tackle alone, best split with a friend, share the unique quality without overstaying the welcome.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in an Orval chalice, the beer pours a ruby red/brownish color with a half inch tan head that stays around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like nuts, chocolate, honey, caramel, and an earthy/herbal aroma that I'm not exactly sure what it is. The brew tastes like nuts, dark fruit, milk and bittersweet chocolate, honey, roasted malt and and earthy/floral/tea like taste that I think is from the rooibos. There's a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt base with clear note of Roobios tea. Taste is a solid mix between some sweet Belgian malt with residual candi sugar notes with some good notes of Roobios tea. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Most of the spices used in this recipe are kind hard to distinguish though the Roobios is very nice and more pronounced. Belgian malt backbone is very solid and overall I quite enjoyed this beer.

Photo of n2185
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Spices up front with candy sugar, bubblegum, and some sweet fruity aromas. There's a licorice-like quality to the nose as well before a finish of sweet breads.

T: Spices up front here as well with a small candy sugar presence before hearty, spicy bread flavors kick in. The finish is bready with a slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit under-carbonated and under-attenuated.

O: An interesting beer, overall. Not bad, but not particularly good, either. I'd like a bit more depth all around with a lighter body.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from korguy123. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium brown, almost completely opaque aside from a very slight amber glow around the edges. Half a finger of brown head with good retention.

S - Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, chocolate, roast and earthy aromas. A lot going on in the nose but everything integrates so well.

T - Roast, chocolate and Belgian yeast up front that give way to cherries, spice, sweet candy and some nutty flavours. Some tea-like flavours are present as well. A decent sweetness exists that is well balanced by a slight bitterness and some warming alcohol. The finish is somewhat dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Very good. Tough to drink a whole bomber but I made my way through it.

Photo of jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a dense ivory head that settles to a slight ring and puffy haze. Nice chocolate aromas emanating from this one, along with some black cherry and a floral component. Taste is similarly chocolatey, with more cherry, a bit of chicory and coffee, and some bitter herbs. I don't think I could pick out "amaranth" and "gale", but there's definitely some interesting herbs at play here. Touch of dark honey in mix as well. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a medium-full body, good carbonation, and a pleasantly dry finish. Overall another fun experiment from the madmen at Dogfish Head, but not something I'd go crazy to try again.

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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.