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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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 398
Photo of vande
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dubbel was on my mind...

A: was fairly dark on the pour, lots of head -- at least 2 fingers...frothy..

S: somewhat sweet... get faint hints of the spices listed on the label, not really much banana...

T: I didn't appreciate it as much as I thought.. Lacked on the Belgian Dubbel I'd hoped for, maybe the Anise was too much for me?

M: Medium bodied, decent flow.

O: A bottle I'd probably not buy again myself... Just not quite my thing..Probably go Ommegang, Chimay or Allagash first..

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Photo of MisterNic
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle

A – Pours a deep ruby red with a two-finger head that sticks around until the last sip.

S – Clove, a little banana, and some sweet malt aroma.

T – A little clove, spices, and some banana. It has a surprisingly clean yeast profile with a very subdued belgian character. It actually has a little alcohol burn, which is surprising for a beer that's over a year old, but still pretty easy to drink. I started to taste a lot more banana as it warmed up. I didn't pick up any molasses flavor at all.

M – Full bodied, finishes semi-dry.

O – Overall, this is a fairly decent beer. I'd like to buy a fresh bottle and see what differences there are.

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Photo of jokemon
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with minimal head. light to dark brown in color.

clean smell with a little sweetness also a faint hint of clove.

Taste is nothing to write home about.

Not much else to say. Overall the beer is ok, but I expected more from boulevard on this one. Maybe i got a bad bottle?

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Photo of homebrew311
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at fountainhead.

A: deep red, dense creamy head, spotty lacing, nice head retention

S: nose features cloves, banana, and grape, and cherry

T: a bit harsh at first with the malts , brown sugar, cloves, spices, balance is a little off

Mf: low carb, thick body

O: not very impressive, lacks balance, the quad is much better

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeepCop for this beer...

A: Pours a murky, hazy, redish-brown with about a half finger of light khaki colored head. The foam fades fairly quickly leaving a frothy ring along the top of the beer.

S: It smells of clove, ginger, lemon, dirt, orange, green banana, and yeast. There is some serious malt in the background, but it's hard to pick out with all the dominating scents in this brew.

T: The taste follows the nose. It starts out spicy with some clove and dirt. The belgian yeast is paramount. There are big notes of ginger and unripened banana.

M: Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is a bit high for this beer. The flavors linger on the palate, but they are a wacky mix of dirt and funk.

O: I'm really disappointed with this beer. I've never been a fan on Dubbels, and this beer seems pretty standard for the style. I had moderate expectations for this beer, but this is the first Boulevard beer that I've ever disliked.

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Photo of DCon
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Southside Brewing Company (Formerly known as The Stable) in St. Louis, MO for $6. Tapped from the bricked Handle w/ Boulevard on the base & the Nommo Dubbel pair of mermaids cheering into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has tons of malt and sweetness but nothing much else. A small caramel note is in here and thats all folks.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has poor retention. Has a caramel looking body that is cloudy. Leaves no lacing at all.

Flavor- Doesn't have too much strength to it or any other attributes for that matter... Has a light caramel taste and light bitterness at the finish. Not rich or complexed like it should be.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Has a bit of filler with ingredient but then watery at the finish. Not like it should be for the style.

Overall Impression- Not enough strength or body for the style... I have a bottle of this and am now wondering if it was a bad investment... Will be reviewing either way. Go for others in the Smokestack Series, this one was a dud.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: reddish=brown amber, just shy of transparent; off-white thick head which dissipates quickly; almost no residual lacing
S: malt, farmhouse
T: strong malt, sweet, caramel, surprising bitterness slightly reminiscent of an IPA, grassy
M: medium-bodied, smooth
O: Actually a bit like a marzen. Smooth, caramel-ly, sweet.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, murky copper/mahogany color with three fingers of fizzy tan head. Average retention.

S - Caramel, candied sugar, toasted malt, cream, figs, sweet ethanol, and hints of chocolate. Moderate in strength, seemingly well balanced and inviting. The molasses actually comes through when you search for it. The yeast becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

T - Follows the nose fairly closely, though the flavors aren't nearly as defined. It's a bit muddy. Sweet candied sugar and molasses dominate the palate, with the delicate fruit and yeast notes taking the back seat. It finishes boozy and a bit bitter. I'm a little disappointed with this one after the aroma built it up so much.

M - Medium bodied and oddly dry. The mothfeel doesn't support the beer's flavors at all.

D - It's not bad, though you can easily find better and for less expensive. The ABV is very present (which isn't a bad thing, necessarily) though it makes it a true sipper. I'd probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh yes, big big fig on this one. Strawberries, cinnamon, and allspice are also well blended into the aroma.

Light ruby in color topped by a smooth, persistant tan head. Lacing is moderate, but pretty.

Heavy on the spices with a big presence of coriander and cinnamon. Slight molasses and burnt toasted sugar taste on the finish. Very malty, but balanced as it it isn't sweet at all.

Very dry finish with lots of carbonation and a medium body. This is thoroughly enjoyable but over a period of time instead of a quick drinker.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8, I always give the smokestack beers a shot because some are real winners (BBQ, Saison Brett). The first couple whiffs of this had an unpleasant plastic aroma. Thankfully after it warmed up it went away. Dark brown-red with a huge rocky head that drops to a creamy film. Smells like sweet malts, but sort of average. Tastes like alcohol, yeast, a hint of raisin. A little bit too astringent.

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Photo of wedge
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, dark chestnut color with a solid cap of thick, off-white foam. Aroma is spicy upfront, followed by clove-like phenolics, and finishing with a shot of alcohol. There's some bready, nutty malts too, but they are very faint. Luckily, the malt picks up in the flavor with a nice nutty, chocolaty profile before transitioning back to a muddled spice and yeast taste. Fruitcake, cinnamon, pepper, a little citrus. Medium bodied and smooth. Not completely feeling this one. Maybe some day I'll try it super fresh for comparison, as this one has been sitting around for a little while.

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Photo of scratch69
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with a 2 finger head that lingers. Nice amount of lacing,

Smell- Not much, faint hint of sweetness.

Taste- Malty with molasses and a complex blend of spices. All together it has a slightly woody flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall- A decent beer but not worth the price. ($18/bottle)

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 20 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Herren Pils snifter.

Medium light brown head, medium carbonation. Clear dark reddish ruby brown. Aroma is sweet and syrupy, plums, raisins, earthy, light ethanol. Taste is a bit lighter than the aroma, seems somewhat muted. Some raisins, dark fruit. Medium body, alcohol is fairly warming. Improves a bit as it warms. A says a bit port like but washed out. Slightly burnt/bitter aftertaste.

Overall not bad but expected a bit more from Boulevard.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had some pretty impressive brews from Boulevard over the years. So it is with a heavy heart that I say I am unimpressed with this effort.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a murky brown color with no head. Lacing on the sides of the glass was evident. A watery malty aroma seems to suggest something faded about this beer, even before the first taste. In the initial taste, one detects the malt though it is far from strong. Also, notes of cinnamon, pine, and very mild chocolate. In the aftertaste, the lack of excitement continues. Already mild notes disappear and level a watery malt flavor remains. A medicine-like sensation from the alcohol makes the last impression, a bad one.

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Photo of rab53
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium shade of brown. Large fluffy white head which dissipates quickly. Not much going on in the nose, have to swirl quite a bit to coax out any aromas. Taste is average. Unexpectedly dry. Slightly overcarbonated and lighter bodied than I'd hoped for. Decent beer, but would not buy again when searching for a Dubbel.

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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 falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Jake's in Omaha, NE.

Arrives in a glass tulip glass with a fairly small, off-white head that fades rather quickly (despite the tulip?). Some lacing is present. Body is a light brownish color,

Aromas require some coaxing to get at, I had to swirl this quite a bit to stir up much of anything. I pick up scents of nutmeg and coriander, and very mild prunes in syrup. Some caramel malt. About average for the style, I'd say.

Taste follows scent with this being somewhat understated. Malt sweetness is the dominant flavor, with some of the same spices and syrupy prune notes as well. Not particularly exciting, a bit too sweet, slightly above or at average.

Beer is medium-bodied with about the same in carbonation. This works, and is fairly pleasant. Dry finish.

An acceptable dubbel. Despite it being domestic and a lower-than-import price, I'd probably continue to stick with the more assertive dubbels.

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Photo of stevebremer
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit more peppery than a typical dubbel should be. Very highly carbonated as well, which adds to the phenolic twinge. Not a bad beer, very complex, but not quite as balanced toward the malt as it should be. Given, the bottle I had was past the "best by" date by a few months, but this shouldn't profoundly affect the phenol character, so probably safe to say that the beer has always been abut on the peppery side.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, but rather simply, showcasing some brown sugar, light vanilla, light cherry and some underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose and is no better in this moderate sweet beer, though there's a hint of chocolate as well that is nice. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied and seemed a bit thin, something that surprised me, given the abv.

A pleasant, uncomplicated beer from Boulevard, though not something I'm likely to ever want to order again. Kind of surprised by the weak effort from these guys, given the quality of other beers I've hand from them.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a fairly clear, medium brown color with a massive cap of tan head...even with a gentle pour. Retention is ridiculous and lacing nice. A lighter colored dubbel, but very good looking brew otherwise.

Nose is bready yeast and caramel malts, a little hint of cola and tootsie roll. Pretty mild on the fruits for a dubbel. So far, so good.

Lots of burnt toffee and caramel on the flavor with noticeable earthy hop bitterness. Yeast is mildly bready and really shies away from the fruit, I wouldnt mind a more assertive yeast presence. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium and never really achieves the density that seems to enhance the Trappist dubbels. Not very sweet and the chocolate notes are very subtle, might be related to the lighter color of the brew, I find it to be an interesting take on the style…if not altogether wonderful. After the delicious Tripel and Quad, this one is a bit of a letdown in the usually stellar Smokestack series.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch Number/Best By Date: 2012-1/U5-2013)

A: Thick foamy head with nice lacing. Extremely dark amber brown.

S: Yeasty with a sweet maltness. Cinnamon and nice characteristic Belgian spice notes.

T: Tastes like a typical Belgian dubbel does. Belgian spice in the typical manner. Cinnamon and clover.

M: Very smooth with only a small amount of massage bubbles.

O: It is over its best by date, but it was C&C with an 8% ABV and it was on sale, so why not. Not bad though, but it was only $6. Eh, decent for the price and size. Glad I had someone to share it with though.

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Photo of stephens101
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head on this one isn't as unruly as many of the other Smokestack brews, but still has a substantial, slowly disappearing, froth. The dark brown body is penetrated by some red coming in from the edges. The aroma floating from the goblet consists of banana, clove, licorice, a hint of rum booziness, and spice cake. Tastes of sweet brown bread, grapes, banana, grain and a hint of hops with an aftershock of fusel alcohol. Satisfying, but a little thin in body with a dry finish.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml shared by the CFBS. Thanks Bry.
Looks like a pretty classic dubbel with a moderate head and amber with reds and browns.
Surprisingly faint aroma of malt forward, but really quite tight.
Flavor was subdued too and really light on spices that were spelled out on label. Malt more than yeast characteristics.
Body was appropriate.
Overall a good and drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
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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Photo of paxchristi
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown ale with decent head retention. Seems a bit over carbonated. However, it looks like a pretty good dubbel.

Smell: Medium malts, molasses, earthy yeast/hops in the front and coriander, clove, brown sugar, and some German banana-ish yeasts in the back. Very bready and possibly even a bit of darker fruits.

Taste: Very much like the nose. Malt, molasses, and bready yeasts/hops take the front with banana, dark fruits, and a certain darker sweetness provides the balance appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel: I found it overcarbonated. It seemed to serve to hide the fact that the body was less than what it should have been.

Overall: Totally decent. I doubt I'd seek it out again, but it was totally worth the try at the tasting I was at. I suggest that fans of Boulevard should try this brew at least once. An above average attempt at being Belgian.

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 398 ratings.
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