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Nommo Dubbel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good
124 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by RedHaze on 09-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
398
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been pretty happy with the "smokestack series" overall, and this is one that I haven't tried, so let's see what it has to offer:

Appearance: Pours what looks like a slightly cloudy brunt copper color with a 1/2" head of mixed size bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was active, but started to dissipate within about 20 seconds. After a minute or so it was very small with no lacing left behind. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: My first impression was of pennies, big time! I guess the copper kettle made its mark here, eh? After the beer sits for just a little while, this softens up and there is some sweet toffee malt and a bit of alcohol noticeable now. There is a little bit of spice from the alcohol coming out as it sits further. The aroma is getting more toasty as it warms up, and the sweet caramel qualities are starting to come out even more. I am starting to get a bubblegum phenolic in here more as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor is a good bit more fruity than the aroma suggested, but otherwise it is pretty close. There is sweet caramel malt with some toasty notes and a bit of alcohol. Now in the flavor the fruit is coming out a lot more as it warms. I am getting some apple (both green and red) in here along with some white raisins. The spices are starting to come out more as it warms up. They are definitely contributing complexity and I would say that they are well-done in that I can't pick out one in particular, except maybe anise. There may be coriander coming in too as it warms up farther. Overall the beer is pretty dry and well attenuated with ample carbonation. The alcohol is helping to dry things out a bit as are the spices.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I am not sure how much it holds up to a traditional Dubbel on style, but this beer deviates on purpose and that makes it more redeemable. As far as overall presentation, it is quite dry the whole time and the spices do more to enhance the dryness so that it is ultimately bordering on harsh. This makes the beer a little tough to drink. I don't think that I will need to come back to this one. If you are trying all of this series, I wouldn't recommend against it, but if you are looking for a Dubbel, you may want to keep looking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull somewhat hazed russet color with a thinner light tan colored head atop.Yeasty and a little medicinal in the nose,phenolic spice is the main component.Spiced with a cakey notes on the palate,not very sweet wich was nice with the phenol spice although the main flavor of the beer not being over bearing.Not bad,maybe a little subdued for the style though.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date.

LOOK: Heady beginnings, dark mahogany hue.

SMELL: Molasses cookies, brown bread, carob powder, alcohol soaked raisins, taffy, faint medicinal herb.

TASTE: Very smooth, brown malt, deep toasted grain, burnt sugar, cooked raisins, licorice root, faint charcoal, warming alcohol, cotton candy, modest hopping, dry faintly roasted finish.

Word of warning, make sure you are drinking this beer at cellar temp. Anything colder does not do it justice. Hugely complex, a sipper and a real treat to have. After being in Belgium for a week recently this brew really brings me back.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: leather brown in color, 1/2 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: bread and molasses

Taste: bread, fig, cinnamon, and brown sugar at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start with a bitter middle and a slightly sweetish end

Overall: Not a bad beer but of the four Smokestack series that I have tried, this is the only one that has not blown me away. I would turn towards other Smokestack series beers first. That said this is a nice and solid Dubbel that is true to style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to have tried this beer, as this is the only Smokestack beer I had not rated.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of molasses, dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. I get a little toffee mixed in as well.

The flavor is also very nice. I get some molasses and caramel malt, as well as some yeast and brown and candy sugar. The beer is semi-dry, even with the sugary notes. As the beer warms I get some toasted malt and a little bit of cherry.

Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, American-made dubbel.

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Photo of adgrant
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. Brown in colour with a creamy head. The nose isn't anything special and disguises the molasses and spices well. The taste is not overpowering in any way; the molasses or any spices are not upfront, but rather compliment each other well. The finished is very clean, unlike some beers brewed with molasses.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have had this bottled 6 months before it best by date, on tap and aged for a year past its best by date. It is much better before its best by date. Fresh it has a dark, large pitted fruit nose with spice and sweet malt suggesting a carmelly fruit cake. It pours brilliant chestnut brown with a white to off-white head with a texture of whipped egg whites. The palate is peach to plum over sweet caramelly malt with traces of cinnamon, anise and coriander anode a big pinch of white pepper. The texture is medium full and delightfully soft and very finely bubbled. The body is medium full with above average carbonation.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hagbergl
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of frankiepop
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

La vie: Nice big titty like fat heady beer with a dark view. .

L'odour: I just get an old candy or dark fruity notes. Very Belgium.

Les Flavours: I get a deep dark roasty sweet taste. Rather mild. This is not overwhelming. Subtle. The sweetness is like a licorce dark fruit note. Alcohol after taste finish.

Texture: Fizzy.

Ok beer that pairs well with some of the best jazz swing guitar you will ever hear some Django Reinhardt swing. Most any cd will do.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch # 2011-2
Best By 04-2012
A- This beer pours a deep pretty dense brown body with a slight orange hue to it and is clear when lit shines through. There is a thick sticky head of light beige and a gentle carbonation swirling up the sides of the glass

S- The soft brassy hint of wheat fades to brown malt with a toasted biscuit malt character and some cardboard qualities to it. There is a yeasty ester quality in the finish.

T- The dark fruit hints meld to a dry toasted malt flavor that has a blend of spice character with hints of cinnamon and perhaps anise when it warms. There is an abbey yeast flavor that grows aswell and a spicy phenol in the dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and an alcohol prick in the finish.

O- There are interesting characters to it but not much depth and things get washed together as the beer opens up. It takes on a bit of an herbal quality that is a bit odd aswell.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Djenx
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of bensbeers
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An enjoyable brew from Boulevard. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two-finger, thick, creamy head; minimal lacing. On the nose, I got hints of spice - cinnamon, coriander, clove; sweet toffee and banana. The taste is extravagant - sweet and malty, a bit peppery with a boozy finish. Feel is medium-bodied; lightly carbonated.

Love Boulevard. This is yet another solid beer. I find that complex beers often go well with complex foods, and this one paired wonderfully with the pumpkin soup and garlic toast. Cheers!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2011-1. Best by 04-2012.

750 mL bottle with cork and cage served cool into an etched bottom goblet.

Nommo Dubbel is a beautiful deep red beer when held to the light. It almost looks like cranberry juice, it's that red. Head is thick and takes forever to settle with nice lacing left behind when it does.

Aroma is pleasant and seems right on with the character of a Belgian dark ale. Caramel sweetness mixed with clove and other cool weather spices.

Flavor is also really nice with that same sweetness from the nose but with all sorts of other flavors coming forward as well. The moleasses and spices are well-judged. A hint of oxidation keeps nagging at my tastebuds but other than that it's a nice beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering by any means.

Overall a nice dubbel but I wonder if this bottle might have some air sneak in. Seems surprising because the cork came out with a loud pop and the carbonation is fine.

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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