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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tons of head on this amber colored beer, a bit hazy with pretty good lace.

Smells nice, Belgian yeast and spices, plenty of sweet aromas, good malts.

Taste is pretty heavy on the yeast, with a nice malt profile and ample spices, some banana and clove too.

Body is pretty good, medium and a bit dry on the finish.

Overall it's pretty good, not my favorite dubbel but certainly a fine brew.

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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 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.

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

This beer pours a rich amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is good head retention and a bit of lacing as well.

The aroma is nice. Some nice fruit presence with some sweet malt complimented by some spicing really makes for an enjoyable experience. Very nice.

The taste is ok. There's a nice malt presence giving notes of toasted grain, and a bit of sweetness. Light fruit tones are also available and complimented by a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample efforvescence.

Overall another solid beer from Boulevard. It's not the best dubbel I've run into, but it is certainly interesting which is really what I'm after in a beer these days.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch #2 from 2011. Best by 4-2012.
A: Pours a dark brown amber with 2 inch light tan bubbly head. Nice start.
S: Wonderful, but muted aroma. Dark dried fruit, cinnamon, clove, honey, and coriander.
T: Unfortunately, a step weaker here than even the aroma. Raisins, clove, banana, cinnamon, and sweet caramel malt. Too light, too weak, and a bit too sweet.
M: Light-medium body. Feels too light for style. No lingering on the palate. Needs more heft.
D: Overall, just an above average offering which for the Smokestack series is a disapointment. Almost like a winter warmer crossed with a dubbel.

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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

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: leather brown in color, 1/2 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: bread and molasses

Taste: bread, fig, cinnamon, and brown sugar at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start with a bitter middle and a slightly sweetish end

Overall: Not a bad beer but of the four Smokestack series that I have tried, this is the only one that has not blown me away. I would turn towards other Smokestack series beers first. That said this is a nice and solid Dubbel that is true to style.

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

Poured from a corked & caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch Number/ 2011-2
Best By Date: 04-2012

A: Pours a deep chesnut hue with a bit of cloudiness. Sitting on top is about 1 1/2 fingers of dark khaki colored head that was pretty soft and pillowy and hung around for quite awile before settling down into a thick and creamy collar. Sadly, hardly and lace was left behind.

S: Chocolate covered raisins, savory spices, anise, dark rye bread, subtle banana, cardamom, ground nutmeg, and molassas.

T: See above with some cinnamon stick, carmelized pumpkin, sauteed banana, homemade caramel, and brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy with a nice dose of dry, tingly spiciness that keeps the sweetness in check.

O: An excellent and hearty fall beer that would be a great compliment to an autumnal harvest meal...or Thanksgiving dinner (if there's any left by that time!)

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

A - Nice deep, ruby brown with a large, light, fluffy, whispy, sticky, off white head. Great retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Fairly understated nose. Spices jump out with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and coriander being strongest. Some banana and sweet dark fruit and anise. Notes of dark, sweet bread and caramel. Grows a bit stronger as it warms.

T - A bit stronger than the aroma. Spices are strong (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise, and many more). Fair amount of banana and some dark fruit (definitely not vinous more sweet). A little bit of a dark, sweet bread.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Well balanced. A little strong on the spices but not bad. Alcohol is well hidden and not too sweet or fruity.

Notes: Nice dubbel, not too sweet or fruity. Pretty well spiced though. I enjoyed this beer although it isn't a top choice for the style. For the price it is nice though.

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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 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 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.

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