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Urkontinent - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

453 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 32
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 09-23-2011)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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Photo of Oakenator
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour with a healthy head. Smell at a decent drinking temperature is deep chocolate and some alcohol. Chocolate is present in the taste yet surprisingly light for this dark of a beer. Sweetness maybe honey, light smoke and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige head with moderate retention. Oily and soapy lacing. Dark mahogany body. Aroma includes figs, chocolate, coffee, rice covered with chocolate (weird descriptor, I know). Now that Eddie (Cheesemoose) just told me he gets chocolate covered bananas, I have to agree with that as well. Taste includes a nice Belgian dubbel yeast, overripe banana, chocolate, raisins and miscellaneous deliciousness. Insanely drinkable.

Photo of jsp2
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, this beer lists some pretty unusual ingredients on the front. I had to wikipedia them to figure out what they were.

Very dark brown in appearance, thin head.

Aromas of toffee, chocolate, rose, sweet smelling with a hint of alcohol and floral.

The flavor is at once sweet, slightly tart, well balanced, licorice and spice balanced with malty goodness. Flavors are tough to pin down but really delicious. There is a lost going on flavor wise with a balance of many flavors with a slightly bitter finish.

Truly excellent and worth the price. I expected a lot from this beer and it delivered.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of AdamBear
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark cherry brown with a thin tan head

S-dark fruits, dark cocoa, smokey malts. smells more like a stout than belgian dark ale. smells awesome! very chalky

T-comes in with a great quality hit of...ugh i can't put my tongue on it?! its almost like a mixture of cocoa powder and purple grapes. its an amazing and bold taste. this is awesome! a bitterness comes in as well. the after-taste is matching and just as bold.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a good creamy finish

O-According to the DFH website, this beer is supposed to be a dubbel, and I'd definitely say that it reminds me more of a dubbel than a BDA. Styles aside, this is a great tasting beer. I'm really impressed by its originality, complexity, and wonderful balance. I was nervous to spend $15 for a bottle since half of DFH's weird beers disappoint me. Though the other half amaze me, and this beer is amazing. i already want to buy another bottle.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.63/5  rDev +19%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a belgian goblet. Pours a dark, chocolate brown color with ruby hints, and an off-white head that reduces leaving a collar around the glass with wispy swirls in the middle.

Has a rich, chocolately aroma with notes of cherry, creamy malt, and roasted hazelnut. There are undertones of cardamon, cinnamon and allspice that combine nicely with the chocolate. The smell is quite pleasant.

Starts with plenty of tart cherry and roasted chocolate, with notes of coffee, dates, bananas, and hints of bourbon. The roasted malt is quite pleasant, giving this a toasty, creamy flavor. Finishes with the slightest bit of tang.

Medium bodied, this has a soft feel to it, with a nice tang mid-sip through the finish.

I find this quite enjoyable, and one of DFH's better "off-centered" ales. The roasted chocolate, cherry and creamy malt combine for a tasty brew. Cheers!

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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown color with a purple hue, nice big creamy tan head and some lacing

S: A little bit of spice, yeast and loads of dark fruits; mainly grapes, figs and some citrus backed with a nice cocoa note

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, light spice,grapes, figs and a nice creamy chocolate note leaves me craving another sip. The finish is smooth, creamy and sweet.Wow. I love this beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the best American Dubbels I have had ina very, very long time

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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a clear mahogany red, and produced a tan, one and a half finger high head. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell is very complex and certainly has a lots of coffee and chocolate. Caramel , cherry and earthy notes are there as well.
Tasting this extremely complex brew, the coffee and chocolate flavors build the front, turning fruity in form of cherry in the middle, being supported by honey notes. The finish is yeast dominated, and a earthy feel of some kind of grain.
Fantastic brewing! I love the innovative approach.! That is why I gave it a 5 for overall!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.