Urkontinent - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

453 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 33
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet
A: Pours a dark brown color with a strong red tint and a one-finger latte colored head
S: Cocoa nibs, freshly baked wheat bread, a hint of coffee beans, no hops to speak of. "Roasted" is the name of the day and I like it
T: The bread is not as pronounced as the nose, but adds dried fruit (cherry, plum & fig in particular), a touch of honey/spice round it out
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet. I would like it better with a touch of carbonation
O: Solid, enjoyable to try. Many components you see in other styles of beer all rolled into one

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with purplish/plum hues and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic splotches of lace left behind.

Surprisingly roasty aroma forthe style with a bit of toast, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee bean.  This is not overwhelming, however,  with subtle earthy hops and a good bit of estery dark fruit notes, notably grape and dark cherry.

Medium bodied and again, has a bit more roast than expected.  The experimental ingredients give complexity to a style that can become boring adding a nice balance to the alcohol sweetness and estery dark fruit flavors.  Hints of dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and subtle coffee bean flavor followed by alcohol, plum, raisin and dark cherry.  Kind of like a roasted dark chocolate covered cherry.  There's also some subtle hop bitterness and well masked ABV making this complex beer very easy to drink.  Nice experimental beer from dfh for a change.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like whole wheat bread and roasted barley and copper hops, with some sunflower seed and wild honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and earthy whole grain bread, with some brown sugar and copper hops and a bit of sunflower seeds. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not super unique, but still fairly different from most new beers today. The scent and taste were well crafted, and the body was solid. The finish was mellow with well hidden alcohol, so it was quite easy to drink. It doesn't need age, but could probably last a few more years. Not much more than a strong brown ale with a twist to me, but still enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of goblue3509
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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