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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 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 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 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.

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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 GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Amber with good clarity and a moderate beige head. The foam coats the glass nicely.

S - A mix of brown sugar, plums, molasses, cocoa with a hint of root beer.

T - A nice mix of sugars and dark fruits but not especially complex.

M - A little thin with a fine carbonation.

O - A decent American brewed dubbel for such a tough style to pull off well.

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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.

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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.

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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 DenverLogan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big corked bottle...poured in a Grimbergen chalice.
Pours a copper ruby red brown after modest cork pop...significant amber-light brown head.
Aroma of brown sugar and amber malts, cactus rind, subtle straw and black olives.
Significant carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.
Flavors hit me first of a cola, medium malts, medium hops, and some slightly funky, bitter fruit. After 20 minutes head is still there, aroma is robust, and flavors are cola, good butter, roasted malts, brown sugar, grass and floral hops...all in all flavorful and tasty.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produced two fingers of pillowy, tan head. The foam faded quickly to less than a finger, but hung around for a bit. The brew is mostly clear and reddish, brown in color. The ruby tones are attractive.

S-This thing started out sweet and boozy, but mellowed slightly after the initial whiffs. A fair amount of baking spices on the nose like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg were accompanied by sweet, overripe banana-scented yeast.

T-Taste followed the smell pretty closely, but was not quite as sweet. There were some brown sugar and molasses flavors and the aforementioned baking spices to go with a lightly malty backbone, but also some off-putting metallic notes. The metallic flavors faded as the brew neared room temperature, but never completely disappeared.

M-The brew was medium to full-bodied with low amounts of carbonation. The finish went from slightly sweet to semi-dry.

O-This brew is solid. It ranks of the sweet side of the dubbel spectrum, but not quite as cloying as some, e.g., New Belgium Abbey. The flavors are well-balanced with the alcohol sweetness and it is not overly spiced. The feel is probably the high point for me. If it weren't for the strange metallic flavors, this would be a pretty great American dubbel.

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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 mmva321
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: An absolutely beautiful ruby colored body is teeming with carbonation. There is a good amount of tan head at first, and there is a thin but frothy layer that doesn't leave.

S: A delightful cacophony of aromas come at you. Pleasant as it is, nothing dominates and it comes across as a bit flat. Malts and yeast lay a base for figs, raisins and banana.

T: A well-done dubbel. A malt base opens itself up to some beautiful cinnamon and tobacco spice. Some dark fruits round it out. The tobacco aftertaste is truly special.

M: Well carbonated, but may be a little too thin.

O: A solid dubbel with a few surprises in it. A great cold weather beer.

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

A- Amber body with a bubbly off-white head. Some transparency.

S- Belgian spices, caramel malt, pepper, dark fruit.

T- Dried fruit, raisins, plums, cherry, caramel malt.

M- Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Slight tartness in a slightly dry finish.

O- Very good dubbel.

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

Presentation: 2012 vintage, best by May of 2013. Been thinking about getting this since it was re-released this year, and decided to pull the trigger finally since 1) I was craving something in the abbey dubbel style and 2) Boulevard recently said this won't be returning next year. Split into two Chimay goblets and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Rich amber/mahogany hue, with a huge ivory cap which sinks to a half-finger cap that shows pretty good retention. Some tiny sediment in suspension.

Smell: Golden fruits, candy sugar, and perhaps just a hint of banana. I don't like banana esters in my dubbels, but the very light notes here actually work pretty nicely. A light spiciness (with nothing sticking out (Hieronymus and co. would be proud) is present as well, but I can't pick out the particular spices referenced on the website/bottle. Overall, nothing revolutionary, but quite pleasant.

Taste: Here, just SLIGHTLY more banana than I would like ideally, but the esters are backed up by mixed spice and candy sugar notes, before a fleeting, but strong, toasted bread maltiness. Ends spicy, dry, and (and this is the one real downside) surprisingly bitter for 25 IBUs or thereabouts. I'm not sure if there is perhaps some bitterness coming from the spice or what, but this tastes way more bitter than it should. I know that some dubbels (Westmalle comes to mind) are quite dry and fairly bitter and, to be honest, that's one of the reasons I prefer Chimay Red over Westmalle. Here, I have to say, the bitterness is really a downside. The only other minor quibble I have is a kind of dry, slightly bitter spice note on the finish (coriander, maybe?) I'd like that toned down just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic; light and pillowy, just like the best Trappist ales.

Overall: At $7.99 I would pick this up over a Westmalle Dubbel (heresy, I know) for 3-4 bucks more, no question. The flavor profile is something I really enjoy and, if it weren't for the funky bitterness on the finish, and this were around regularly, I think this might be my go-to Belgian-style dubbel, right behind Goose Island's Pere Jacques. As is, it doesn't QUITE do it for me, and I'd score this somewhere around a mid-B; very respectable, if not quite perfect.


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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.

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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 TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle into my favorite goblet, the Chimay glass. I love that glass. I don't buy too much into glassware snobbery, but I do hand-wash that particular glass. Anyway, poured with standard vigor...

Appearance - Pours a murky brown, almost a walnut color, like that of nice furniture, with a decent one and a half finger head that sticks around for some time. Cool packaging, I like the story behind the name and the label itself. Until you realize what the label means, its a little creepy.

Smell - Browns sugars, malts, some molasses, cloves, and spices. For all the elements it seems it would be pretty intense, but its rather subdued.

Taste - This is a good tasting brew. Follows the nose very closely with some bready yeasts in there as well. A good tasting brew, no less.

Mouthfeel - Adds a dimension of creaminess to this beer's profile, which I had not noticed until almost the very end. There is a slight sweet kick at the end as well. I really liked the finish.

Overall - This is certainly a beer to try once. It is a good beer, but Boulevard has a lot better offerings for your money. Certainly recommended to try though, but if you have already had it, then there isn't really much to write about. If you have to have a Boulevard product, go with their Saison Brett or Tank 7.

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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 KajII
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass}

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that had good retention, receding steadily down to a thin film with a medium collar which lasted throughout and possessed excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt and an earthy Belgian yeast with notes of molasses, dark fruit (raisons), licorice, brown sugar, cinnamon, banana and a bit of clove.

The taste was moderately sweet and quite malty with a hint of molasses, dark fruit and licorice from the get go, becoming a bit yeasty with a just a touch of banana and clove midway through and a nice cinnamon alcohol finish. The flavor stuck around for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slightly yeasty and dominating cinnamon, clove taste left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a mildly dry yet creamy texture and a effervescent carbonation.

Overall this brew was packed with flavor, lots of creamy sweetness and a strong spicy finish. A very unique and tasty Dubbel


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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.

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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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