Nommo Dubbel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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.

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 399
Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby tinted brown hue with a huge tan-colored head and lacing that is average

S: Sweet and bready--caramel, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuity toasty malts; a bit on the simple side but pleasant

T: Bready with dark fruits--raisins, cherries but a real toasty, roasty bready quality makes this beer

F: Medium body and quite creamy from the yeast; great overall mouth feel

O: A good example of the style; slightly sweet, malty, slightly fruity, good stuff

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

2011-2 bottled, best by date of 04-2012

A: clear, copper/claret color, deep rocky off-tan head
S: medium nose, more spritzy CO2 and yeast then anything else, became maltier over time, burnt malt, some EtOH
T: well-made, true to type, good roasted malt, yeast noticeable with subdued hops but balanced
M: a bit earthy and grainy, not intense

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Tan cappuccino head on a deeply dark body with amber lighting. Transparent and bubbly with good retention.

S: Sweet candy malts, dark fruits, roasted caramel and bananas on top of chocolate covered cherries and amaretto.

T/M: Molasses sweetness, musty with timid earthy hops on a dry heavily carbonated body. Drenched in cinnamon, clove and other spices delivering a peppery bite. Tongue numbing with grains, apples and alcohol lingering on the chalky finish.

O: Good but maybe a tad too carbonated. This beer is truly enhanced once the brew warms. Another solid delivery from boulevard.

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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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

appearance: served in a de koninck chalice, nice clear garnet body, light tan lace. nice looking brew and sweet label art

smell: dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, earthy and fruity

taste: rich molasses, brown sugar, plum, dates, dark fruit soaked in rum, brown malt, caramel, earthy, caramelized sugars.

mouthfeel: medium-light, rich

overall: nice americanized dubbel, though not overly distinguished from its belgian beers

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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 scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quick head and foam for a dubbel. OK bubbling, but a nice ruby and caramel color.

Yeasty fruit with a little dark sweetness from both the yeast and molasses. Heavily toasted biscuity malts make up the backbone of this aroma.

The flavors, like the aroma, are also layed over the solid foundation of heavily toasted, biscuity malts. That being said, the yeast and molasses stands at the forefront of teh flavor profile. From the front to the back.

Palate is alittle thin and chalky. But still a pretty good beer overall!!

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Photo of TheSarge
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip and the beer produces a four finger thick light tan colored head, and the body is dark copper in color with haze.

The aroma is root beer and cola mixed, a little metallic and pair as well.

The taste is a little smoky and sweet with a slight cola quality, and is very earthy as well.

Feels full in body and fully carbonated. Dry to the palate and not too warming in the end.

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Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a dark amber chestnut with a large amount of white creamy head

S-dark bready malt, caramel, yeast, and bit of a boozy soaked raisins smell

T-taste is very pleasant. Dark bread, light raisins, cinnamon, and caramel

M-medium body, medium spicy carbonation, dry finish

Overall I like it, a pretty decent dubbel, and I would have it again but I was not overly impressed with it.

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

I'm drinking an entire bomber of this tonight because I just passed my Air Force fitness test. If anyone has a problem with this, they can kiss my lily white ass.

Date: Cut off on the edges of the paper... those rat bastards!

Corked and caged, popped, and poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Poured a shit, sewer brown, with a tightly wound mildly off-white head that stuck around throughout the whole session.

S: Understated, yet the brown sugar/high pitched candy sugar notes are there.

T: Cinnamon and banana upfront, with the star anise in the distant distant background. Malty and not too sugary, with a good bit of Belgian funk as well. Really nice!

M: Spritzily carbonated and then some. The lacing was lots to moderate and the sugar content was muted by the malt backbone.

O: Hell, this wasn't amazing, but I'd drink it again. Really nice dubbel... one of my favorite Belgian styles.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch # 2011-2
Best By 04-2012
A- This beer pours a deep pretty dense brown body with a slight orange hue to it and is clear when lit shines through. There is a thick sticky head of light beige and a gentle carbonation swirling up the sides of the glass

S- The soft brassy hint of wheat fades to brown malt with a toasted biscuit malt character and some cardboard qualities to it. There is a yeasty ester quality in the finish.

T- The dark fruit hints meld to a dry toasted malt flavor that has a blend of spice character with hints of cinnamon and perhaps anise when it warms. There is an abbey yeast flavor that grows aswell and a spicy phenol in the dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and an alcohol prick in the finish.

O- There are interesting characters to it but not much depth and things get washed together as the beer opens up. It takes on a bit of an herbal quality that is a bit odd aswell.

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

Poured into a Smokestack tulip.

It's a hazy bronze with a cream colored head. The head is like a foam carpet. Decent lacing.

It's got a lot of raisin and some spice in the smell.

There is a big Belgian sugary sweetness. There is a nice spiciness in the back. The bittering hops leave a grassy aftertaste.

It's got a very soft feel. It's medium bodied.

This beer's good. Drink it more often.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml, poured into 2 pint glasses....I gotta finda something beyond pint glasses.

Pour is brown, murkier as the beer sits in the glass. Lots of head, little retention.

Smell is highly spiced, some bananas and plenty of belgian yeast.

Taste offers a bit more fruit and sugars. Banana, dates(?!), and maybe some citrus come to mind. Not so much spice, but it's good and complex.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated as is the sit with most Dubbels. Thickness is medium.

Good beer. Would definitely get again.

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

A: Burgundy, tan head. Not much lacing, but there is half a finger of head that lingers.

S: Grape bubblegum, figs, faint vinegar, black cherries.

T: Lightly toasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, rum raisins, with a minty aftertaste. Minimal hops, just a tad of herbal-y bitterness.

M: Effervescent, not too heavy, velvet-y feel going down the throat.

O: A pretty good dubbel. Not the best I've had, but worth the money spent.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-grey color with a little redness under the hood. Foam is tall, attractive and sticky, and lasts a good bit. Impressive and realistic dubbel look.

Nose is spicy, not just malty but it appears to have some additives. Somewhat strong and complex, but faint in its own ways. Dubbel notes of dark fruit are strong in the right place.

Sweetly fruity all through the flavor with a finish of spices. Raisin and fig right up front, complemented (or taken too far) by the molasses addition. Very malty, over-balanced on the rich and sweet side to me.

A little too simple and one-sided, and doesn't quite do justice to the rich history of dubbels. A worthy try, but the spiciness is overdone to me.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st beer of the new year!

Muddy brown with a craggy foam. Bubbles burst and spittle into a thin skim. All foam gone by 1/2 glass.

Complex spice bouquet. Orange citrus of coriander vs. licorice of anis. Coriander in a dark beer, who woulda thunk? Rum soaked figs, bitter chocolate, licorice, orange curacao, black cherry, dark honey (does such a thing exist or did I make it up?).

Deep, rich, dark and sweet. Like an exotic spice filled molasses cookie liquified. Plush creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2011-2
Best by 4-2012

A - Reddish, mahogany with big eggshell tan head.

S - Sweet malt, toasty bread, raisins, prunes, plums with some faint spice, chocolate and lightly roasted malt.

T - Gingerbread cookies, licorice, light cardamom, toasted almost slightly burnt bread, molasses and herbal hops.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

D - Took a sip cold and it was a little unimpressive. Was busy brewing and came back about half an hour later when it warmed up and it was nicely complex. Drink at cellar temp or above.

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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 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 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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Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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