Urkontinent | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Urkontinent is a Belgian-style dubbel that begins with Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup.

Then we add unique ingredients from around the world: Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

The careful combination of all these ingredients creates a complex, dark Belgian-style ale with wonderful coffee and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. The roastiness of the malt and wattleseed melds with the fruity esters from the yeast, the floral notes from the rooibos, and the malty yet dry signature of a Belgian dubbel. Urkontinent is perfect to enjoy with friends as the weather begins to cool.

14 IBU

Added by THECPJ on 09-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 466
Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour with a healthy head. Smell at a decent drinking temperature is deep chocolate and some alcohol. Chocolate is present in the taste yet surprisingly light for this dark of a beer. Sweetness maybe honey, light smoke and maybe a hint of vanilla.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige head with moderate retention. Oily and soapy lacing. Dark mahogany body. Aroma includes figs, chocolate, coffee, rice covered with chocolate (weird descriptor, I know). Now that Eddie (Cheesemoose) just told me he gets chocolate covered bananas, I have to agree with that as well. Taste includes a nice Belgian dubbel yeast, overripe banana, chocolate, raisins and miscellaneous deliciousness. Insanely drinkable.

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Photo of jsp2
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, this beer lists some pretty unusual ingredients on the front. I had to wikipedia them to figure out what they were.

Very dark brown in appearance, thin head.

Aromas of toffee, chocolate, rose, sweet smelling with a hint of alcohol and floral.

The flavor is at once sweet, slightly tart, well balanced, licorice and spice balanced with malty goodness. Flavors are tough to pin down but really delicious. There is a lost going on flavor wise with a balance of many flavors with a slightly bitter finish.

Truly excellent and worth the price. I expected a lot from this beer and it delivered.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark cherry brown with a thin tan head

S-dark fruits, dark cocoa, smokey malts. smells more like a stout than belgian dark ale. smells awesome! very chalky

T-comes in with a great quality hit of...ugh i can't put my tongue on it?! its almost like a mixture of cocoa powder and purple grapes. its an amazing and bold taste. this is awesome! a bitterness comes in as well. the after-taste is matching and just as bold.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a good creamy finish

O-According to the DFH website, this beer is supposed to be a dubbel, and I'd definitely say that it reminds me more of a dubbel than a BDA. Styles aside, this is a great tasting beer. I'm really impressed by its originality, complexity, and wonderful balance. I was nervous to spend $15 for a bottle since half of DFH's weird beers disappoint me. Though the other half amaze me, and this beer is amazing. i already want to buy another bottle.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head laser-etched tulip glass. Deep brown with white frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is very roasty and super nutty. There's hazelnut, roasted coconut, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, slight raisin notes, a hint of sticky sweetness and some very hidden dark fruits. The hazelnut scents are powerful, its hard to pick it apart around that. Taste is coconut, hazelnut, almonds, vanilla, coffee. They appear in that order. I feel like there's some herbal notes like lavender buried in there too. I was wary of this brew because DFH's specialties have been disappointing me more often than not recently but this is fantastic. If I can get my hands on anymore I won't hesitate. Its delicious.

EDIT: As it warms it gets a little boozey, but its not bad at all.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a belgian goblet. Pours a dark, chocolate brown color with ruby hints, and an off-white head that reduces leaving a collar around the glass with wispy swirls in the middle.

Has a rich, chocolately aroma with notes of cherry, creamy malt, and roasted hazelnut. There are undertones of cardamon, cinnamon and allspice that combine nicely with the chocolate. The smell is quite pleasant.

Starts with plenty of tart cherry and roasted chocolate, with notes of coffee, dates, bananas, and hints of bourbon. The roasted malt is quite pleasant, giving this a toasty, creamy flavor. Finishes with the slightest bit of tang.

Medium bodied, this has a soft feel to it, with a nice tang mid-sip through the finish.

I find this quite enjoyable, and one of DFH's better "off-centered" ales. The roasted chocolate, cherry and creamy malt combine for a tasty brew. Cheers!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a clear mahogany red, and produced a tan, one and a half finger high head. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell is very complex and certainly has a lots of coffee and chocolate. Caramel , cherry and earthy notes are there as well.
Tasting this extremely complex brew, the coffee and chocolate flavors build the front, turning fruity in form of cherry in the middle, being supported by honey notes. The finish is yeast dominated, and a earthy feel of some kind of grain.
Fantastic brewing! I love the innovative approach.! That is why I gave it a 5 for overall!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown color with a purple hue, nice big creamy tan head and some lacing

S: A little bit of spice, yeast and loads of dark fruits; mainly grapes, figs and some citrus backed with a nice cocoa note

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, light spice,grapes, figs and a nice creamy chocolate note leaves me craving another sip. The finish is smooth, creamy and sweet.Wow. I love this beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the best American Dubbels I have had ina very, very long time

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. I had an aged bottle and a fresh one. For this beer fresh is better and I am reviewing the fresh bottle.
A: Brilliant coffee brown under a lightly tan tinted 1” finely bubbled white foam collar that grips the side of the glass and produces intricate lace.
S: Flowery cola on the nose with spice, chocolate, and pitted fruit.
T: A very spicy palate with a cola quality seasoned with chocolate, coffee, spice, pitted fruit and malty sweetness that dries out by the finish.
M: Creamy, medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: An unusual and interesting beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut color, close to black. Big fluffy off white head. Striking nose of dark belggian candi sugars, chocolate covered rum soaked raisins, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, sweet cream, and rich roasted coffee. Hope the beer is as complex as the nose.

Very big complex beer, but it only faintly reminds me of a belgian dubbel. Massive effervescent body. Starts with rich bitter coffee notes and a touch of chocolate. Faint charcoal throughout. Some astringency and coarseness on the finish. A lot of the flavors found in the nose can be found in parts of the beer. Rich creaminess compliments alot of the darker roasted flavors. Belgian candi sugars present a tiny bit of trartness. Touch of dirty earthiness in the mix plays off the coffee like presence. Dry finish with some soft tannins. California honey shines through a tiny bit near the end of the sip as a soothing semi-sweetness.

For such a big complex beer with so many nuances, all the flavors go together extremely well. Tons of layers of flavor yet they're all so concise. Just picked up faint touches of dark fruit. An extremely good beer but a little off for the style so I'll have to judge it a little lower. Tastes more like a porter or stout with the body of a belgian dubbel. Unlike anything I've ever had before but quite delicious.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750 bottle out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pour a dark brown hue with a 3-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: I can smell coffee and dark roasted malts and probably some of these other weird ingredients I have never heard of. Nice aroma.

T: Lots of complex flavors going here. A mix of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and spices. Goes down smooth with a slight alcoholic tang.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: This was the best NEW beer by Dogfish head that I have tasted in awhile. Really good mixture of flavors in this brew.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Brown with a two finger tan head.

S- Cocoa powder, hazelnut coffee, toasted malts, light smoke, honey, light earthy spice.

T- Wow, just as complex as the smell. Powdered chocolate, cherries, light nutty flavor, coffee, earthy spices, a touch of honey and pale malts really help give this great balance.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Dogfish did a great job with this and I feel it is worth the price. Great complexity, and goes down really easy. Can't wait to pick up some more!

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fortunate enough to have tried this when I was at the brewpub yesterday!

A - Black, thin off white head, little lacing.

S - Coffee, dark fruits, malty.

T - Chocolate covered cherries, coffee, raisons. (I would say it was somewhat like mixing rasion detre and chicory stout).

M - Smooth, dry finish.

O - I really hope they bottle this! Delicious!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Looks innocent and "normal" enough. A nice dark tan. Off white respectable head.
smell: Very interesting. Rich but smooth, nutty cocoa. A sweetness I assume from the Google honey and a touch of smokiness maybe from the wattleseed?
taste: again, very nice. All the complexity and goodness in the nose.
overall: Wow, just floored by the virtuosity of Sam and crew. What I was afraid would be a cool experiment that results in a mediocre brew is a cool experiment that resulted in a damn good beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany/brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is semisweet chocolate/coffee and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV is totally hidden. Another decent offering from DFH. Pricey at $14.00 for a 750ml (not a 22oz) bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, after the pour it looks black with a thin head

Smell: First whatever, second sniff yum....light chocolate with a yeast aroma.

Taste: Complex, I mean this beer has a lot of everything that should satisfy most "advocates". It is sweet, literally and ebonically, little sour but bitter and malty like a mutha.

Mouth: Medium to heavy feel, quenching feel. I put the glass down and still taste is there (un-real).

Overall: Excellent purchase that gave me a lot more from what I was expecting, excellent beer with a punch. I hope you all enjoy as much as I did. Salud!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer especially when you have to wikipedia most of the ingredients listed on the label, pours a beautiful deep ruby crimson color with deep mahogany highlights. Light beige tan highlights, fine speckled lacing with accents that last for days. A beautiful looking beer, a gracefully sculpted masterpiece of a beer. Aromas of toasted nuts, dark chocolate, minimal coffee notes bring out intriguing dark fruit components. Flavors combine with alcohol, dark fruit, toasted coconut, green tea complex notes, a really wide array of flavors pretty nice beer in my glass. Kind of happy about that, wow, it's interesting. Cohesive forces brought this beer together I understand what they are doing with another Pangea concept, it works to be creative by taking ingredients from different continents and making them work. Mouthfeel is medium bodied ale with a dry oak finish, doesn't make sense for there to be a wood finish but there is and it's delicious. Overall, impressive work of art in the beer realm that I fully enjoyed.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber with a thick, brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, faint coffee

T - heavy caramel, faint coffee, mild bitter finish, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very smooth, balanced, rich Dubbel. I had never heard of any of these ingredients before this beer, but after reading the description and giving this beer a try, I can see how all the flavors blend nicely with the Dubbel style. This is definitely a beer worth trying. It was very enjoyable.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby-brown. Smell is sweet and spiced, with belgian yeast notes. The taste is really unique. I get dark malt and candi sugar, stone fruits, and spice as is typical for the style. On top of that though, are strong roasted malt and coffee notes. It's sort of a mix between a dry stout and a dubbel. Very interesting and very tasty. This might be

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown color, with a nice foamy white head that leaves a little lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of craziness here, roasted coffee some chocolate and some roasted grains. There is not to much of floral notes, at least I did not pick it up.

T: I thought this brew was very well balanced, a bit of coffee, and nice taste of honey is present as well. Slight hints of chocolate as well.

M: Full bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish at the end.

O: This was a great brew, very well balanced, hard to finish the bottle. Dogfish is doing a great job with the out of this world brews.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red to brown, nearly opaque, in color with a big two-three finger silky tan head on top that dissapates pretty rapidly. It still taks awhile as it was a big head. Not much lacing around the glass. Fine bubbles dabble the silky sheet that it dissapates down to. The aroma is pleasant, smell toasty and roasty with notes of rich coffee and a grainy and bready toastiness that is very aromatic and intoxicating. Just a touch of honey helps round out some of the toasted aromas, along with a rich chocolate smell that evens out a very aromatic beer. Followed lastly by a hint of booze on the nose.

Smooth and satisfying with a medium body that fills out with a lot of different flavors that all combine into one fairly cohesive beer. The flavors are rich and lively, with notes of chocolate and coffee as well as the sweet but dry flavors of honey. Definitely notes of grain amongst the malt, giving it a rawness that contrasts the smooth texture superbly. There is a bit of prickle from the alcohol in the back, only adding more depth to this beer. The comparison to a Belgian dubbel is spot on with the dry characteristics and sweeter malts. Between this and the different and unique flavors and ingredients, this beer is very good and tasty. It has a refined quality to it that is satisfyingly pleasant. I definitely recommend picking this up if you have a chance. Very nice beer despite the fact that I've never heard of half the ingredients.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany-ruby color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark fruits, honey, coffee, chocolate, pine, herbs, spices, and Belgian yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet raisin and dark fruit with some Belgian yeast and spices with a touch of honey. Through the middle, some chocolate and coffee comes through alongside some pine and herbs. The finish is a mix of dark fruit, Belgian yeasts, earthy spices and herbs, and a bit of honey.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of different flavors and ingredients, but the end result comes together really nicely.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An average pour results in a large tan head of about two fingers of compact bubbles. The beer appears like a black stout sitting on the table but when held to the light reveals a medium garnet with excellent clarity. The very long lasting head leave belgian lacing on the glass
S: The initial aromas are of coffee and malt aromas of dark fruit like figs and dried cherries. The coffee aroma quickly goes away letting aromas of toast, grain and a perfumey alcohol softness come through. There also a light floral aroma in there that is different from the usual european floral hops type of aroma.
T: The dark malt flavors of figs and dried cherries are predominate the initial sip with a hints of funky things going on along with a bit of earthiness. The a light hint of the roobos tea coming through. There is a almost a round malt sweetness that never becomes sweet by the balance of a bitterness that isn't derived from hops nor dark malt with a dry finish. It sort of a herbal bitterness that you'd find in a some teas.
M: It has a medium body and medium-light carbonation with a slight astringency.
O: A complex and unusual beer that is still very approachable with the unusual additions supporting and enhancing the character. It's a had beer to categories as it's almost a belgian dubbel with the belgian yeast characteristics coming from the ingredients and not belgian yeast.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 25 oz bottle into pint glass. Wanted to give it a second try before reviewing since it's so different.

A) Normal pour results in small tan foamy head that quickly dissolves, leaving little lacing. Beer is a very dark brown.

S) There is a whole lot going on here. You definitely pick up the roasted coffee and unsweeted chocolate from the wattle seeds and some roasted grains from the amaranth. Not picking up the floral scent of the rooibos.

T) Lots of roasted goodness with coffee, grains, and roasted hazelnuts predominating. The added honey keeps it somewhat sweet along with the roast. Very complex, but very well-balanced.

M) Pretty full-bodied and a fair amount of carbonation. An ingredient plus moderately high alcohol leads to fairly dry finish. A bit of a letdown after the strong aroma and taste.

O) Another really strong wacky beer effort by Dogfish Head. While the taste is very good, it's tough to drink a lot of it and it only comes in 25 oz botles, so share with a friend or too.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with garnet highlights. One finger light brown head settles to a thin cap.

S: Wowzers. A ton going on. Powdery chocolate, roasted malt, toasted brown sugar, hazelnut and a bit of spicy rooibos. Really fantastic aroma.

T: Taste isn't quite as interesting as the smell but it's still a tasty beer. Opens with a lot of malty sweetness and a bit of nuttiness. A touch of cayenne leads into a finish of molasses, chocolate and a bit of rye bread. Belgian yeast seems to be in the picture as well. Pretty good stuff.

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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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