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Urkontinent - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

442 Ratings

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 33
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

stevec32, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

heysuz, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

gniv, Jan 19, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Belgian Dubbel from a bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a dark reddish/brown color, produced a thick off white head, decent retention and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma had a foundation of malted grain, Belgian yeast, honey and spice. . Full bodied, this ale had a malted grain base, chocolate malt and the distinct fruity Belgian yeast. Slightly sweet with a semi dry finish. Very interesting spice profile, this is probably where all of the exotic ingredients come into play. Dogfish kept with the "Pangea" theme and chose an ingredient from each continent. I had to use the Intertubes to figure out what the heck Waddleseed, Aramath, and Myrica Gale was.... Very nice Winter Warmer, nice session beer if you have a pal to share it with- The St. Charles Whisker Biscuit assisted me with this brute, and I am glad I had a helping hand. Big Beer at 8%- Glad I tried this one- not outstanding but for an experimental beer it makes for a nice session.

GossageBrewery, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled code 2012B. Pours crystal clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, raisin, prune, toast, coffee, roasted malt, pepper, clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral, dark bread, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, spices, and yeast esters. Taste of chocolate, raisin, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, honey, coffee, clove, dark bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; all herbs and spices compliment the Dubbel style nicely; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent spiced Dubbel style! Great flavor complexity and balance with the complimenting spices; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

dc4three, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jspriest, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

CGAR, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with tints of red visible when held to the light and lighter highlights around the edges. The head is a one finger slightly off white slightly khaki colored soapy head which recedes to edging a skim and leave some strands of lace around the edge. The aroma is of candied yeast along with honey and a slight coco aroma. The taste is very complex. The beer starts with a dark candied yeast at the very front there is then a slight coffee flavor before a very big and bold dark chocolate flavor comes in and dominates. The back end has a cherry dark fruit sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is sticky and velvety. Overall this is a very complex and different beer, it took a few drinks to really appreciate all that is going on with this one.

goblue3509, Dec 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Raynae, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so much more than just a dubbel, and such a categorization hardly does justice to what this beer really is. it pours really dark brown, hardly a ray of light coming through, with a prominent and lasting off white head of a few foamy inches. the nose is a little spicy, like a rye beer, and i can only imagine that comes from the wattle seed, which i am familiar with from my time down under. the sweetness seems to be low, and the yeast strong. the african tea is right up front. taste is also dominated by that fruity tea flavor, and any honey used in this brew was for accents only, as the malt has more of a bready oompg to it, rather than any sort of light sweet pastry feeling. a lot going on in this beer, i love the idea behind it, and i think its executed better than a lot of the crazy dogfish imaginative beers. lots of carbonation, awesome yeast strain used here, gives the beer a great feel, not too heavy over the full body. overall one of the better dogfis head beers ive had lately. was perfect with all the christmas cookies, and ill be buying this again. heard its even better on tap, so ill look out for that too!

StonedTrippin, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

ejimhof, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MikeRoni, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

spikechiquet, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

SeanNaugs, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Jonbw, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 12/17/12

Bottled in 2012B

The beer has a dull sorghum brown. In the glass it has a much darker hue - stained mahogany and tobacco. Two finger head fizzes out after several minutes leaving thin washes of foam. Basically no lace.

The aroma reminds me of spunky American brown ales: toasted dark bread, and earthy and nutty tones. Of course, there are some Dogfishy smells in here: cola, herbal root and sweet pollen. Suggestions of chocolate-covered coffee beans. Maybe a dusting of pine.

The flavor is similar in terms of the brown ale thing; lots of dark bread - toasty and spiced. The Dogfishiness isn't quite as strong as the aroma. Mild herbs. Moderate sweetness that builds over time. The finish dries up pretty well. Rather sugary after several hours The alcohol is hidden well.

The body is on the high side of medium, underpinned by some mild bready grit. Carbonation is ample at the onset, but dies off to a much more comfortable feel. It also has the rare kind of coating finish that is actually enjoyable.

Kind of strange, but I don't mind it at all. It certainly isn't as over-the-top as I was expecting. I would drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way for a bottle. Worth a shot.

Ryan011235, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

IanWingy, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

thegerm87, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

strongaf, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

AlMarzo, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Zach136, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Keith_R, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather eclectic and stimulating take on a Dubbel

Presentation: 750 ml brown custom DFH capped bottle. Retro illustration with assorted fonts, and a sky orbe pointing to the continents in a ridge profile. Small side note noting main characteristics and intent. Shows 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in tulip glass.

A - Deep brown/crimson pour, small frothy head, moderate retention with good surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Complex fruity nose, a bit medicinal and grainy...

T - Nice fruity range a bit unusual, mecidinal touch from the rooibos, spicy touch punctuated by the yeast, sweet hint with some caramel and light coffee...

M - Medium body and carbonation, nice smooth memory on the finish.

O - Pleasing brew, an unusual take on a dubbel that works rather well.

Notes: Well worth the try, and it is neither as disjointed as some told me or as extraordinary as others suggested. Nice brew in any case, and I would not mind at all having it again the future.

Daniellobo, Dec 08, 2012
Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.