Nommo Dubbel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of vincicle
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown color with a hint of purple/reddish tint. Head pours to a medium body with a light brown color.
Smell: sweet and lightly spiced. distinct effervesence, almost "Dr. Pepper" or root beer quality.
Taste: sweet mollasses with a slight hint of spices, anise/cloves. Lingering after taste of subdued esters: sweet bread, bananas.
Feel: delightfully smooth, slightly oversweet after second glass.

A delightful beer from a brewery that I am beginning to like more and more. The beer should be shared and never drank cold since the sweetness could over power the rest of the beer. A very good local replica of a belgium winter beer.

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Photo of Grebdioz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice light brown with orange highlights, huge beige head to start and retains at around a half finger, lots of lace, great appearance.

Smell is sweet and spicy, Belgian yeast, dark fruits.

Taste is big Belgian yeast, dark fruit, nutty and caramel malts, spices, toastiness. Pulls off the Belgian feel pretty authentically.

Smooth mouthfeel, high-ish carbonation, not much of a booze taste.

Another good Belgian-style from Boulevard, tasty but a bit predictable maybe, I'm not sure how much the molasses contributed to the beer.

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Photo of sadiekay
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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

750ml bottle.

Pours sparkling mahogany with a ruby hue and a three inch head of beige. A solid, thickish skim coat for the duration of the glass along with plenty of wide, stretched ropes of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a light mix of caramel, chocolate, spice, and phenols. Raisins follow through with hints of cinnamon, earthy bark, apples, and nutmeg.

Light to medium bodied with a crispish, somewhat lush mouthfeel. A bit thin otherwise.

Raisins, spice, caramel, and dried figs start the palate. Ripe malt with nutmeg following through and perhaps with a shade of rum.

Finishes very dry, with some lingering fall spices and husky malt.

Tasty beer, but lacking the lush complexities of a great Dubble. The spicing is a bit out of place and the beer in general is a bit limp and small.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliant reddish brown with a Terminator khaki head that will not die.

S - Big spice aroma, banana bread crust, pears, golden raisins, muted brown sugar.

T - Spicy right off the bat along with a bouquet of fruit - Plums, apples, pears, persimmons, bananas, and honey dew. Dry toasted malt stays in the background and finishes earthy and dry.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied.

On the drier side for the style. The fruity yeast is the forerunner and almost drowns out the malt. Nice yeast profile and the dry finish is welcomed.

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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 xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

(A) Big inch and a half head on this bad boy. Maroon and ruby hues. Pretty clean. Leaves lacing.

(S) Toasted malts, raisin, brown sugar and some biscuit.

(T) Toasty and roasted grains. Bready and some slight raisin. Slight plum and other dark fruits.

(M) Medium body and a bit grainy.

(O) This was an excellent American dubbel. I've had some rough ones that I didn't enjoy much, but this one was very well balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a ruby color with mahogany highlights. Moderate, appropriate carbonation. About 3/4" of offwhite head forms, good retention and moderate lacing. Excellent clarity on this one.

Smell: Smells of fruity esters, dark fruits, and belgian yeast. Great, traditional smell.

Appearance: Opens with dark fruits and Belgian yeast character, followed by some great fruity esters.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium in body, moderate prickly carbonation gives this almost a pillowy mouthfeel. Very appropriate for the style. I'm a very big fan of this from Boulevard. One of the better dubbels I've had, especially from an American brewery. Another good one from Boulevard.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

On tap at Stanley's Barroom in Nordeast Minneapolis. This beer arrives a cloudy amber-brown color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly leaving good lacing. The aroma is of yeast, bubblegum, and dark fruits. The taste is of dates, prunes, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a pint

A- pours a dark amber color, fairly opaque. Lots off barely dirty white head formation.

S- little bit of raisins and Belgian fruitiness. A detectable amount of bubble gum.

T- starts off lightly sweet, some caramel and some raisins mid stream gets more balanced but still malt forward. finishes with a little bit of graininess and huskiness.

M- moderate beer body but a hefty carbonation. Little bit of cloying sweetness.

O/d- a good but rather understated beer. Abv is potent but doesn't come through in the flavor. A nice winter sipper.

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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.

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tuilp.

(A)- Pours a reddish mahogany color. Produced a giant eggshell colored fluffy head with great retention. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Some mild roasted yeasty bread. Lots of dark fruits: plum, prune, and raisin. Bits of oatmeal, biscuit, and clay.

(T)- Sweet, but not in a sugary way. Lots of ripe raisin and plum. More mild yeast than in the smell. Strange, but some creamy subtle oatmeal-like flavor on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a good balance too. Great fruits and yeast without being too sweet or yeasty.

(D)- A solid Dubbel. In fact, one of the best ones from the states I have had in quite some time. Easy to drink, while keeping close to the style.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle art. And I have to applaud Blvd. for using best by and bottling dates on both the Smokestacks and regulars.

Overtly spiced beers aren't my thing, and luckily I didn't find Nommo to be so. In fact, the spicing adds just enough complexity that it could easily be blamed on the Belgian yeast. Fig, coffee, shortbread, and a rustic hoppiness round out the rest of the beer. Dry, digestible, and really complex.

Boulevard does Belgian styles right, and Nommo is no exception. This would be right at home on the Thanksgiving table.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 399 ratings