Nommo Dubbel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
125 Reviews
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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 399
Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown and orange body with a big head. Cinnamon, herbal, and yeasty. Hits the style. Pleasant as not too sweet, making for drinkability. Medium plus mouthfeel, smooth.Stephen’s bottle. A bit of fruit, but more brown sugar and molasses that simulate maple syrup.

 269 characters

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

a fine dubbel, nice example of the style with a slight twist. pour is hazy chocolate brown in color, maybe a faint red tint to it, with a few fingers of tan head creamy and thick. the nose is fairly spicy for a dubbel, i pick up anise and orange peel right away, on top of some sweeter caramely malt, belgian candy sugar, and some spunky yeast. the flavor is not nearly as spiced as the nose and is actually in fine balance with a slight alcohol sting in the finish. sweeter, but the soft and smooth texture goes well with the residual sugar. some orange peel in the finish, which the bright carbonation really brings out, and a big malty finish that works well with the belgian yeast strain. overall another classic in the smokestack series, a very impressive and growing line of premium brews. nommo was a delight with grilled steak and chicken kabobs over coconut lime rice, and must have many other culinary partners.

 921 characters

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits, candi sugar and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the spices are not as prevalent. The candi sugars contribute a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this dubbel because it seemed to have the perfect amount of sweetness and is quite drinkable.

 583 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a very impressive head; nice stickage and a sheet of lacing action

Smell: Banana and fig underpinned by caramel; star anise adds a licorice element

Taste: Caramel and fig, with a subtle hint of banana as mid-palate approaches; the spices kick in , after the swallow, with the cinnamon quite pronounced and the star anise building in the finish; the coriander is also present but adds an odd touch

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More like a doppelbock in some ways than a dubbel, this is an enjoyable beer but it lacks the depth of flavor that candi sugar and yeast bring to the better versions; it may be that this is past the "best by date" of May 2013, however

 747 characters

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.

 1,038 characters

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with two finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of retention and some mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with some spice and lots of dark fruit. Lots of cherry and some mild alcohol notes.

Taste: Some sweet malt with winter spices. Lots of dark fruit notes, mild cherry notes. Some alcohol and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Not always my favorite style, but this was quite good. I would have another.

 602 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, light brown head of bubbly soft foam. It left sudsy rings of lace ont eh glass.

S - It smelled floral and earthy with subtle fruity notes.

T - Good spiciness up front - not a hop spice but spices. It has a fruity flavor with some sweet caramel and a touch of licorice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really good. It's not like any other Dubbel that I've had but the flavors really work well together.

 527 characters

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark red color with a nice 2 finger fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, toast, herbal, clove, earth, pepper, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, prune, raisin, toast, toffee, biscuit, clove, earth, nuttiness, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, toast, biscuit, clove, nuttiness, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying sweetness at all, fairly clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel! Great flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and easy to sip on. Very enjoyable stuff.

 1,022 characters

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.

 440 characters

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

So glad Boulevard is shipping to MA now. Starting my reviews with Nommo on a chilly rainy night.

Even with a somewhat careful pour it gives a large 3 finger head which is as big as the beer itself, fluffy fizzy head that fades semi quickly though, over semi hazy dark cranberry reddish brown color, some lacing.

Nose is a Belgian aroma, almost saison like, rustic Belgian farmhouse yeast aromas, light spices, but it also brings molasses, candy syrup like. Then it gets more dubbel like with dark Belgian malts and yeast aromas, hint of booze and esters.

Taste starts with esters, Belgian dubbel yeast flavors bringing the esters, as well as earthy flavors from the same source. Plenty of darker malts, syrupy dark Belgian malts and molasses, as well as a bit of dark fruits, plum, fig, raisin, etc. Spices come on stronger than I expected for how dark the beer is, I expected the dark beer to overpower it. A little bit of warming booze comes through with the sweetness and Belgian esters. Finishes still a bit sweet but drier, sticky mouth, lingering molasses, sahtea like spices, nutmeg, fig, and a bit of molasses.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, tons of carbonation, and bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, the spices are a bit much for me, they just don't seem to fit with the style, but then again who says you need to be within style, especially for something like this. A big beer, tasty, nice dark malts and Belgian yeast flavors, bit of booze but not overly, nice esters, molasses, a tasty beer overall.

 1,521 characters

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

Opens with a huge pop! Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Earthy, funky with apple peels & a touch of dirt & a bit of cinnamon & persimmons

T: Follows the nose, funk is bit restrained taste-wise, plus a touch of apricot, & some peppery hops on the edges. Dryness, candi sugar & more apple peels as this warms, some boozeyness on the edges, some molasses finally surfaces. Finishes dry, slightly sweet with apple peel & a touch of funk

MF: Medium bodied, fairly effervescent carbonation, a touch of stickyness at the end

A decent dubbel, but not too excited about this one to be honest

 644 characters

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

Huge initial head. Recedes in a lumpy fashion. Surprisingly minimal lace. Red, dark amber color.

Earthy; smells like wet sticks. Dark malts but without any hint of sugar. Alcohol is quietly present.

Nutty flavor with a strong, warming alcohol. Rich bodied. The swallow was a bit of spiciness to it, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Peppery aftertaste.

 348 characters

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.

 630 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 09/15/13 notes. On tap at The Salty Big in Boston, MA. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright orange color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruits malts, sweet berries, citrus hops, sugar, bread, spices, dark fruits, and wheat. Nice nose, lot of sweet fruit to it.

t - Tastes stick sweet dark fruits, wheat, bread, grains, brown sugar, citrus, earthy malts, and floral hops. Again, lots of fruit, a little bit better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a nice dubbel. Doesn't remind me of a Belgian at all, but lots of fruit and bread to it, and some nice citrus and sweet sugar too. Worth checking out, would have it again.

 766 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

After trying most of their stable, it's nice to see a new Boulevard offering 'round here. It pours a mostly clear garnet-amber topped by over a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, banana, white bread, cucumber, honeydew, light caramel, greens, and a touch of clove. The taste holds notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar, clove, light banana, light mandarin orange syrup, very light black pepper, light maple syrup, and mild wheat. Things are mostly spicily sweet on the tongue. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very enjoyable dubbel. It may not be the paragon of the style (a bit too spicy and not the most Belgian thing around), but it tastes pretty damn good and makes me want to drink more. What more could you really want?

 898 characters

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!!!

 654 characters

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.

 326 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nommo Dubbel, Boulevard Smokestack Series, Malt Beverage brewed with molasses and spices. 8.1 % ABV, 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. No. 15 in the smokestack series.

"Why Nommo? Long ago in Belgium, Trappist monks created an ale they dubbed "dubbel" as in "two". What is else is double? Twins, of course. About the same time, some 3,000 miles away, the Dogon tribe of Mali worshipped ancestral spirits called Nommo, hermaphroditic, fish-like creates who were, that's right, twins. And get this, nommo comes from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink". Coincidence? You decide.'

Me, I'm just going to drink. And think. And write. Which is a form of thinking. Speaking of thinking, let's start drinking.

Very dark, rich ruby, magenta tinted hue, under a long lived, dotted, creamy head. Looks great.

Aroma: soft, creamy, nutty, a little dark fruit, a minor whisper of vanilla.

Taste: sweetness first, dark fruit, plum, …nicely rounded, Medium bodied. Judiciously spiced. Mildly mollass-ed. Overall, well-balanced, mellow, malty, mmm. Not overwhelmingly deep or complex, not in the least. Simple enough, tasty enough. I don't not love it.

 1,132 characters

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's. Best before April 2012. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Lightly hazed orange-red-brown body - a bit lighter than your typical dubbel, but otherwise quite nice.

S - Lots of phenolic Belgian yeast present, imparting banana and spice character. The additions of star anise and caraway are also quite present, although I get little of the advertised cinnamon or molasses. There's some candi sugar present, but this isn't an overly sweet beer.

T - Taste is again quite yeast-heavy, with green banana, some toasted grains and bread, and only a touch of molasses sweetness. Finishes with spices, particularly the anise, but has a relatively clean aftertaste. No alcohol present, which is appreciated.

M - Surprisingly light-bodied for the ABV. Active, moderate carbonation, a dry finish that imparts a hint of alcohol warmth to the back of the throat. Goes down much quicker than other beers of this style.

D - A really easy drinking dubbel, that needs a bit more kick in the flavor department to make it truly memorable. Still, quite enjoyable, and a solid take on a style most American brewers can't get right most of the time.

 1,241 characters

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dark citrus, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight liquor, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice, slight alcohol, slight hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

 424 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Boulevard cervoise. Beer is brown and hazy with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and estery with a sweetness ot it.

It says "spiced" on the label but I don't get any of that, instead I get some nice yeast, decent malts, and some dryness on the end. I like it would have it again.

 354 characters

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.

 573 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Dubbel- it starts off normal enough, but there is a hit of hops toward the finish that is not at all normal. I'm not entirely sure I want that hop note in my Dubbel, but it certainly sets this apart from most Dubbels and gives it an American twist, and a note of spice as well that complements the spices added to the beer. I don't get much molasses, except for perhaps as a basis for the spice cookie notes of the beer as a whole. A fairly murky pour, but a nice head that sticks around as a cap. Some of the sweeter notes of the Dubbel are buried a bit by the spice, but overall the beer is pretty pleasant.

 624 characters

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Batch 2011-2, best by 4/2013.

Appearance: light brown hue with a nice haze. Head poured two fingers of pillowy tan foam. Perhaps a touch lighter than I normally think of a dubbel being, but still quite nice.

Smell: nice malty aroma with some mild chocolatey hints and a nice Belgian spiciness. It lacks the biscuit I find in so many dubbels -- a characteristic I don't really love. This beer has what I like and lacks what I don't -- good stuff.

Taste: dark fruits; tobacco, raisin and date, plus a little mustiness. Just the malty characteristics I like in the style. Good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and a great creaminess. Love it!

Overall: this is a very tasty dubbel. I'm not typically a huge fan of the style, but Nommo really rubs me the right way. Kudos!

 846 characters

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.

 695 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.