Nommo Dubbel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Nommo DubbelNommo Dubbel

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Photo of stewart124
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful. Carbonation is visible with a great tan head. Ruby in color.

Banana and cloves with a nice amount a caramel.

The taste is absolutely amazing. Raisin, prune, and fig all together. Chewy mouthfeel and somewhat of a rye character. This must all be from the spices. Delicious tobacco notes and more breast notes.

Really amazing.

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Photo of sweethome
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is deep amber - light tan head is rather frothy, nice retention throughout.

Love the nose, sweet malts, belgian yeast funk, anise, corriander and raisins. Nose really hits the mark to style.

Crisp, carbonic entry - sweetness builds on the palate - full, rich maltiness is held back by the carbonation. Quite complex, fruity, quite spicy but in a complimentary way - nothing dominates or overpeowers the malts. Tight hop bittering on the finish - probably more american than belgian tradition - but that works splendidly for me.

A beautifully crafted beer, true to the style's tradition, but with it's own direction. Complexity and depth of flavor make for an outstanding experience.

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Photo of xuptygm
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was in KC for a wedding and stopped by a liquor store. When I was checking out the cashier eyed what I was buying and recommended this. Good recommendation my friend!

Pours a nice caramel brown color. Dense and delicate cream colored head which slowly recedes leaving a fair amount of lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smells very distinctively of caraway, molasses, and perhaps pepper (?).

All these aromas come through quite nicely in the flavor. Very smooth medium/light bodied for the style. A particular earthy dryness is apparent in the finish. This dryness is complimented nicely by the sweetness of the molasses. The carbonation is perfect on the beer and the mouth feel honestly couldn't be any better. This is definitely worth seeking out. I know I will be.

I've said it before, but this is the direction modern brewing needs to take. Inventing new styles and renovating older ones. A tip of the hat to Boulevard for this one. Cheers!

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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 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 mntlover
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich cloudy ruby brown, thumb sized tan head falls to a ring laces well.

Aroma is nice sweet malts sprinkled with brown sugar, Belgian yeast, spices clove and some light pepper. Dark fruity notes plums, dates and hints of over ripe banana. Are hints of alcohol spiciness that go well with this brew, solid smelling brew.

Taste is nice like the nose sweet malts sprinkled with brown sugar, good dark fruity notes that linger for quite a while. Beer feels carbonated in your mouth with out being fizzy if that make sense. Finish is lingering fruit with brown sugar and good dose of spice mostly cloves with hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel is nice almost full carbonation is perfect feels carbonated and actually makes body feel fuller all with out being fizzy. Very nice find many Belgians to carbonated this is near perfect.

Overall great brew comparable to any Belgian in my mind.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st beer of the new year!

Muddy brown with a craggy foam. Bubbles burst and spittle into a thin skim. All foam gone by 1/2 glass.

Complex spice bouquet. Orange citrus of coriander vs. licorice of anis. Coriander in a dark beer, who woulda thunk? Rum soaked figs, bitter chocolate, licorice, orange curacao, black cherry, dark honey (does such a thing exist or did I make it up?).

Deep, rich, dark and sweet. Like an exotic spice filled molasses cookie liquified. Plush creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of karengarys
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark mahogany, nice light tan fizz, maybe a bit over-excited but not outrageous. There are floaties suspended in the beverage, but I like that.

Smell is sweet, candy sugar, ripe cherries - very nice and light.

Taste is refreshing. Spicy. Cinnamon. rasins. more dark cherries. There is some hop cleanup on the finish, but it is not at all "hoppy".

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and stays fizzy as it warms slightly. It is very nice.

The body is a bit heavier than other dubbles.

I really like this. it's a great overall beverage. I like everything in this brewery's Smokestack series, and this is rolling right up there with the best.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Nommo Dubbel is another awesome creation by the team at Boulevard Brewering Company. The appearance was a clear caramel/rich amber color with frothy white head....only knock was that it did not lace (could be due to my glass prep). The aroma contained hints of foral arrangements, clove/spice, sweet essance, and some banana. The taste was a pot porri of goodness....there was floral hints to start, followed by clove, spice and banana...hints of sweetness throughout. The beer is essentially a cross between a hefeweisen and a Christmas Ale. The mouthfeel was very good, even though it was 8%+, it was very well balanced. Definitely worth a taste!!!

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always glad to see a new Smokestack released.

A: Pours a dark, amber/brown color. A massive tan head rises, and settles at about three fingers as I pour with care. Excellent retention, and rings of sticky lace.
S: Up front is the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander. Toasted malts, dry wood, chocolate. Very nice so far.
T: The toasted malts and chocolate are a bit more revved up. The coriander spice is noticeable and pleasant. Light orange and banana flavors as well. Plenty of cinnamon finishes everything off. The perfect meld of traditional style and a some uniqueness. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Delicate carbonation, but ultra smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. A great sipper, and the bottle will be gone in no time.

Love it. Once again, the Smokestack series can do no wrong. There is lots going on, and everything melds perfectly together. I wish more breweries could pull things off like this, but I guess that is why this is one of the best series available anywhere. Highly recommended.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rated in 2012.
Comes out of the tap a dark translucent amber with a fairly thick pale golden tan head. Fruity aroma has hints of butterscotch and malt. Rich flavor has malty, woody, fruity and subtle caramel and butterscotch notes, a little sweetness and a little hoppy bitterness. Smooth, firm texture has a good amount of fizz and jazz. Gotta love the story behind the name.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a 12 oz. fluted tulip glass.

Murky chestnut brown, reddish highlights. Fallow tan foam, dense and slowly receding, it leaves a delicate collar of lace that eventually cascades down the glass in concentric circles and webbed rivulets.

Gentle spicing on the nose, a distinctive combination that's thankfully subtle. Caraway, star anise, and others. The caraway seed element really makes it unique, and later comes through in the flavor.

Very smooth bodied, light phenols from the spices, clove, caraway, anise, and a tingle of cinnamon comes through in the aftertaste as well. Coriander lends an earthiness but doesn't seem particularly distinct in the mix. Finishes dry though initially there is a bit of bready malt and molasses sweetness, that gives way to the spice blend before drying up completely with a savory finish. Hints of caramelized sugars that give a fried plantain impression. Medium body, velvety feel with micro carbonation. Looking forward to picking up a few bottles of this. Nice autumnal brew.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep amber red color with a massive creamy head. Retention is poor and it dissipates as I drink more and more. Minimal lacing coats the glass. The amber color of the beer is beautiful

S-A bit alcoholic in the nose. Some spice is very prevalent at first, kind of smells like some spiced curry which is very interesting.

T-Very complex. Spiciness is very profound at the start, but the finish is malty layered with a nutty taste on the palate.

MF-Mildly carbonated but has a silky smooth finish once the head is mostly gone.

O-A fantastic dubbel. Very drinkable but does not miss out on any of the flavors. Complex and rich, but the flavors keep the brew interesting which makes you want to drink more and more. Exceptional.

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Photo of hardy008
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper color with a two finger beige head with nice retention and lacing. Has the aroma of caramel, Belgian yeast, pepper, dark fruit, coriander, cinnamon, clove, banana and brown sugar.

tastes just like it smells with caramel, Belgian yeast, pepper, dark fruit, coriander, cinnamon, clove, banana and brown sugar. Sweet, with some hop bitterness. Very nicely balanced taste.

Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. The alcohol is well disguised, and there is a bit of a caramel and spice aftertaste. A very nice example of a Dubbel, which I consider to be a must try.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nommo pours a big, frothy four-finger head that gets in no hurry to dissipate. The beer is a rusty copper color with lively carbonation etching its way up the glass.

S - A lot of traditional abbey smells in here - ripe banana from the yeast esters, etc. Deep toffee malts are full of winter spices, savory sweet like cinnamon and raisin bread, and a bit peppery.

T - Much sweeter than I expected it to be, but in a surprising and wholly welcome way. The taste is very much sweet, the promised molasses combining with the Belgian yeasts to make a candy sugar with a savory edge. The malts are toasty, but play very lightly. The ripe fruits from the nose come in a spice cake sort of flavor, banana bread darkened up with cinnamon, clove, and the like. Coriander and rind flavors finish.

M - High carbonation, highly hidden ABV, plays off the tongue, starts and finishes sweet.

Overall - What an interesting take on a traditional, more abbey-style ale. The bases are all there, but this beer is definitely spruced up with literal sugar and spice. Boulevard again makes a brew that, while perhaps not pleasing to a purist of style, is an accessible and refreshing take on a tradition.

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Photo of jsh420
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


pours clear brown ruby amber with a 2+ finger head that had great retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of brown sugar banana clove

tastes of cinnamon brown sugar banana clove - earthy hops or maybe from the yeast

mouthfeel - after the pour i thought this might be over carbonated but thats not the case at all - very smooth creamy medium body brew

overall - this stands right up there with the best dubbels - the price is hard to beat - will be buying more

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

946th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

Batch 2011-2
Best by 04/2012

Purchased from On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A good crimson color with a bit of light brown. A huge 3 finger overflowing egg shell head. No cling but falls to a great pond layer.

Smell- A good smelling dubbel. Yeast, malt, dark fruits, a bit of whispy booze but the 8% stays well hidden. The molasses comes out on a large whiff and brings along a nutmeg and pepper note.

Taste- This was well balanced and not overly potent and leaning towards a small quad. Shines brightly in the middle pocket of flavors with the more molasses and spice. The opening is more malty and the finish pocket is the yeast.

Mouth- A medium bodied and a quite bubbly medium carbonation. This was a good bit of bubbly without being prickly or dry. A nice brown sugar and molasses residual flavor.

Drink- I love me some Boulevard. I really wish they would distro to So. Cal. Their smokestack series is one of my favorites. I would love this in a 12oz.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with one finger of light tan head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Banana bread and cinnamon. Sweet but not too sweet.

T: Sweet and spicy caramel and banana. Finishes slightly bitter and dry but then sweetness returns on the aftertaste. Some black pepper emerges over time, as well as dark fruits. Taste develops and evolves throughout the entire glass.

M: Prickly carbonation layered on top of oil, medium body make for a good feel.

O: Solid and tasty, good example of the style. Perfect beer as the fall days start to get a bit cooler. Will need to pick up some more of this one.

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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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Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a very pretty beer. Dark brown in color, it's very cloudy. Even against a light, it remains dark. the head brings the darkness together with a bright white gathering of bubbles. While the head falls relatively quickly, the bubbles never fully dissipate. Each swirl gives the head a second wind and leaves the faintest of lacing behind.

I'd like a bit more aggression in the nose. When first popped, you can't pick up anything; though as it warms, raisin, figs and the tiniest scent of cinnamon arises.

Very Belgian in taste. Dark fruits and spices catch each taste bud. The cinnamon is very prevalent, but never goes overboard. The beer very closely matches other Belgians in taste. It's not quite spot on for the top rung of beers, but it's in the conversation.

Plenty of complexity. A full-bodied beer, it starts off earthy, but sweet. The sweetness immediately gives way to a spicy, fruity, tangy feel that never fully goes away. From mid-sip, the earthy feel returns leading to a tangy, dry finish.

I like this beer a lot. It's nice to see that some American micros are living in the same neighborhoods as the masters in Belgian when it comes to some styles of beer. This is simple to drink, has great European flavor, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a Chimay chalice

Pours a tawny orange color. Brighter than I expected, frankly. I've seen some IPAs with a similar orange hue. The head is Belgian all the way (as well as prototypically Boulevard Smokestack Series): large bubbles, over two fingers in size, audible crackling as it dissipates. It looks pretty lovely.

Nommo doesn't immediately smell malty to me, which is somewhat surprising. I first get a combination of dish soap and loam, which lets me know that the yeast strain has some character to it (I wouldn't expect less from a Belgian-style beer from Boulevard. Their brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, is Belgian). There's some toasted bread that shows up upon second sniff. Along with it come the distinct note of horehound candy. Some cherry, some slight spices (clove, cardamom), with cinnamon bark to round it all out. It's not stunning, but the Dubbel style rarely is.

Holy what? This beer is MINTY, yo. Spearmint & peppermint stand out on first taste. That cool mint cuts through (and in some respects diminishes) the toasty malt backbone of the beer. Plenty of clove, some interesting orange oil. Not full-on zest so much as the oil that'd come from squeezing the peel.

Nommo is fairly light and plenty effervescent. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the Dubbel style, no matter the country of origin. Overall, this is one of the best American examples of a style that American breweries rarely get right.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2011-2
Best by 4-2012

A - Reddish, mahogany with big eggshell tan head.

S - Sweet malt, toasty bread, raisins, prunes, plums with some faint spice, chocolate and lightly roasted malt.

T - Gingerbread cookies, licorice, light cardamom, toasted almost slightly burnt bread, molasses and herbal hops.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

D - Took a sip cold and it was a little unimpressive. Was busy brewing and came back about half an hour later when it warmed up and it was nicely complex. Drink at cellar temp or above.

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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 Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A slight hazy brown color with a huge tan colored head. Lacing rings the glass.

A strong banana/bubblegum, Belgain sugar, yeast, clove and hop aroma. The aroma leads into the flavor where the bubblegum flavor starts with a nice toasted malt flavor. Then the alcohol and candi sugar flavors come in along with the molasses, clove and fig. Finishes sweet with a lingering spice. The feel is on the light side with high carbonation and a nice smoothness to it. I enjoyed this Dubbel. Had many flavors that combined well with noticeable depth.

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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