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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer, fresh from Premiere Gourmet. Pours dark, above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. A sipper, great after the fish. Flavours: Chocolate, chicory roast,mollasses, lots of hops, a little yeast, honey finish.Earthy, well carbonated.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a marroon and amber cloudy body.

S: sweet dark fruit mostly strawberry with dark chocolate and nutty notes.

T: bready toasted and caramel malt backbone. Chocolate, nuts, Some dark fruit esters and nice yeast presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the description of this one is much more complicated than it actually is. A nice beer but the subtleties are easily missed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so much more than just a dubbel, and such a categorization hardly does justice to what this beer really is. it pours really dark brown, hardly a ray of light coming through, with a prominent and lasting off white head of a few foamy inches. the nose is a little spicy, like a rye beer, and i can only imagine that comes from the wattle seed, which i am familiar with from my time down under. the sweetness seems to be low, and the yeast strong. the african tea is right up front. taste is also dominated by that fruity tea flavor, and any honey used in this brew was for accents only, as the malt has more of a bready oompg to it, rather than any sort of light sweet pastry feeling. a lot going on in this beer, i love the idea behind it, and i think its executed better than a lot of the crazy dogfish imaginative beers. lots of carbonation, awesome yeast strain used here, gives the beer a great feel, not too heavy over the full body. overall one of the better dogfis head beers ive had lately. was perfect with all the christmas cookies, and ill be buying this again. heard its even better on tap, so ill look out for that too!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color. The head was a tan color and left a light lacing. The smell of the beer has a sweet slightly fruity aroma along with some toasted earthy notes. The taste of the beer has a nice sweetness as well as a distant tartness in the finish. Not typically what a traditional Dubbel tastes like from what I've had in the past. The mouthfeel has a bit more of an aggressive carbonation than some of the traditional Dubbels out there as well. Overall this beer is quite good, I just wouldn't have guessed that this was a Dubbel.

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Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of unusual spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are also some notes of candi sugars.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate. Amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting ingredients, but they don't really blend well into this beer. The only part that seems like a dubbel is the candi sugar flavors.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Pours a nice dark brown, nutty and chocolatey smell. Decent mouthfeel, taste is interesting to say the least. When you don't know half the ingredients it's hard to really put a finger on what you're tasting. Definitely a unique one, but as for well balanced I'm not too sure. Very low IBU with 14, and was a bit flat for me. Kind of odd finish too. I appreciate DFH and it's a beer worth trying, but didn't seem to strike a chord with me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wattle seed, amaranth, myrica gale... ooh my! With Urkontinent, Dogfish Head shows that the mere inclusion of the kitchen sink isn't nearly enough. I've come to verb-ify what the brewery does to their beers by saying, "They dogfished it up pretty good."

The beer settles into the snifter with a much darker than usual color than is displayed by the typical dubbel. The porterish hue shows terrific clarity through an onyx-like sheen. The beer releases a dainty white head with much creaminess and density. It's nearly espresso-like creme with a thin spider pattern until a swirl of the glass regenerates the kept blanked of foam.

Dubbel aromas rise to the nose with a rich nutty scent with earthy sweet notes like buckwheat, latte, cocoa, burnt toffee, damp soil, and sorghum. The light coffee scent rises from slight roast that pushes the beer through thresholds of brown ale, porter, and even stout as the beer warms. Decorated with esters of cherry, dried orange, and honey suckle, the honeyed nose is met with these complexities and balanced with a thin veil of peppercorn and wood bark.

Flavors do similarly, but with much more heft and sweetness than expected. Earthen honey carries a pungently sweet taste with a heightened walnut, sod, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and buckwheat character. Fruit flavor of cherrie, date, fig, raisin, orange and plumb all make their way through the estery profile that gives rise to the savory malt sweetness. Spiced with fresh cracked peppercorn, corriander, and spicy wood bitterness seems somewhat of cedar, the beer balances with as much spice as it does broad earthy hop bitterness.

White weighted to the mouth, the beer's density of malt and honey delivers more fullness with its creamy carbonation. Instead of lifting the sweetness from the tongue as Belgian-brewed dubbel ales do, this one clings to the surfaces of the mouth with the succulent texture of molasses. Working toward a semi-sweet finish and moderate alcohol warmth, the beer finishes long and savory and should complement any meal with dessert-like fashion.

It's certainly not a crisp, refreshing, or clean ale as it celebrates what's best about the world's most exotic herbs and spices. The dubbel base seems a terrific choice for such display. However if the label didn't say so, I would have easily dismissed these flavors as fermentation byproduct of esters and spice, with exception for the honey that somehow stays with the beer until the finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt base with clear note of Roobios tea. Taste is a solid mix between some sweet Belgian malt with residual candi sugar notes with some good notes of Roobios tea. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Most of the spices used in this recipe are kind hard to distinguish though the Roobios is very nice and more pronounced. Belgian malt backbone is very solid and overall I quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a small head of light brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - spicy notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and smoke.

T - chocolate and an earthy note of chilies up front. Some dark sugar in the middle and more chocolate and smoky coffee in the finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - nicely done, the spices work well with the malt and things stay balanced despite the low hop levels.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a somewhat murky looking russet brown with a 1/2 finger off white head atop.Alot going on in the nose with toasted nuts,vanilla,earthiness,and floral notes,alot of complexity with all the components coming together well.Slightly medicinal on the palate with earthy tones,a little burnt flavor underneath along yeasty spice.This is a unique beer no doubt about that,alot going on and it goes off pretty well.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled code 2012B. Pours crystal clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, raisin, prune, toast, coffee, roasted malt, pepper, clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral, dark bread, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, spices, and yeast esters. Taste of chocolate, raisin, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, honey, coffee, clove, dark bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; all herbs and spices compliment the Dubbel style nicely; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent spiced Dubbel style! Great flavor complexity and balance with the complimenting spices; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Decent creamy head, dark molasses brown color. 375

Nose figs, dates, baking spices, molasses and sweet malts, little phenolic booze, 375

Taste s similar, fermented raisins, figs, dates, baking spices, light phenols, molasses and sweet Syrupy but aged soft goodness, faint cocoa malty, etc. 375

Mouth is med bod, lots of carb, faint booze. 375

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Photo of mactrail
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a sienna brown color in the Bellegems Bruin tall glass. Nicely foamy and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Is that fingernail polish I smell? Very odd phenolic odor.

Tastes so earthy, I'd say it's more like dirt. Think of how wet, mildewy wood smells. Now imagine how it would taste in a beer. The flavors lurch around and vanish, leaving the taste of cheap root beer with a bitterish edge. I taste old beets, buckwheat honey, nut shells, and some kind of hard candy. I don't know how this could be called a Dubbel, but if it has to be rated that way the competition is a little overwhelming.

Maybe after having spent $15 for this people have a need to like it. I have an need to try one more half glass tomorrow before I feed it to the African daisies. From the DF-branded 500 ml capped bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Dark brown pour, somewhat murky, with a thin cap of eggshell head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is moderately roasty (brown ale-ish), toasted grains, light spice and cocoa, earthy. Taste is caramel and brown sugar up front, nutty, woody, hints of cocoa, toasted grains and roasted dark malts, a light tea-like essence from mid-palate on, with light spices and earthy hops for a relatively dry finish. Complex enough, but a bit light in body, I thought. Respect overall to DFH for another innovative brew, though as far as rating goes, this doesn't blow me away to the point where I'd give it anything over a "B."

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at DFH in Rehoboth.

A: The beer was dark brown with a tan one finger head on top. Decent head retention, reducing to nothing at all within a few minutes, just a ring around the outer edge. Very few bits of lacing.

S: Had a slight medicinal smell to it. Underneath there was a little bit of cherry and light coffee. As it warms the medicinal aroma fades a bit and there is a heavier roasty aroma.

T: Some roasted malt, cherries, a little bit of cocoa, and some molasses. Slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation giving it a smooth feel.

O: Pretty good beer. Would give another go at the brewpub.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for gifting me with this for my Birthday! Shared with octopus89 enjoyed in a pair of goblets.

The color is deep auburn with ruby highlights, translucent clarity with 1/2 inch of pale tan cream which settles to a thin layer with ultra tight bead. The smell is fragrant with malt sweetness and slight earthy and spiced aromas -very woody with mild hint of toffee. The feel is very good with gentle fruitiness up front and earthy spiced texture with moderately high carbonation and creamy sweet middle with dry nutty finish.

The flavor has a creamy toffee like essence with mild woody and cocoa influence and fragrant incense like wood taste which pervades with some mild vanilla and cedar-like elements. The malt has a toasted tinge with an almost palo-santo like floral note with tea and herbal flavors combined with lush malt. Overall I was really pleased to be able to try this and share, I enjoyed the yeast and malt interplay and could tell the honey was pretty well integrated with a nice full feel and yet relatively dry finish-well worth trying again-Thanks Tim!

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Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a cola brown color with a thin, tan colored, creamy head to it. Pretty good head retention to it.

The aroma has a floral, herbal characteristic mixing with some chocolate and roasted malts. I get a little of the honey sweetness to it as well. Pretty decent aroma, the flavors all mix pretty well and there is definitely a lot going on in it.

The taste mixes the roasted and chocolate flavors very well. There is some slight notes of hazelnut along with some of the honey sweetness coming out towards the finish. I get a little bit of a herbal, floral flavor to it as well. It surprisingly comes together pretty well and feels pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the high side. I was fully anticipating this was going to be a mess given the long list of strange ingredients and the fact I haven't cared for most other Dogfish new beers over the last year or so. This one though surprisingly comes together pretty well. It was a little like a pretty decent porter with a little bit of a floral, herbal character and a touch of honey sweetness. It was interesting, flavorful and relatively drinkable. I'm happy to say that my low expectations were well exceeded this time.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black, but light will pass on the edge. Good head but it settles to rim bubbles, leaving no lace on the glass.

Smells like a dry stout--lots of burnt malts (black patent). Some alcohol to the nose.

Dark cherries, unsweetened chocolate and a touch of sourness. Very smooth. Some alcohol warmth in the swallow. Light body, particularly for the style. The carbonation leans toward the high side. The aftertaste, while short lived, is similar to unsweetened hot cocoa.

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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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost opaque, mud-brown coloring with a foamy, light tan head on the pour that quickly settles into a tight surface coat. Aromas of nut sweetness, creamy highlights, mocha, raw honey, and roasted highlights. Smells delicious. Flavors are extremely rich and sweet forward, with a heavy nut sweetness, rich fig and date notes, a biscuit and bread backbone, and some subtle spicing throughout. Notes of raw honey, rich caramel, and cinnamon seem to be in there, too. Looking at the label, I don't know what half that shit is, but this is what I'm tasting, and it's pretty damn good. Rich, smooth, robust body, with a heavy, richly sweet, tangy aftertaste. The finish is also on the sweet side, with a decent linger. This beer is heavy, but it is tasty. Really unique flavor profiles, too.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish head signature glass. Picked up at Village Pump in College Park for 8ish dollars. Beer is brown and hazy with a nice thin off white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, decent retention, low but steady carbonation.

Aroma is a little like a health food store, smells like crushed seeds and grain, some yeastiness and sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet, a little dry on the finish, mild bitterness from roasted grains and other things, it is a little oily but it is fine. The yeast cuts through in the midpalate, it is decent but not great. Interesting and probably worth a look but I won't be repeating this particular beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark mahogany amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipated slowly to a ring around the glass and no lacing. Rich, unusual aroma of hard to identify nuts, dark malts, chocolate, coffee and eathy elements. Flavor is similar with dark fruit, dried Medditeranean fruit like figs and dates, chocolate, earthy roots. Very interesting and impossible to describe. The combination doesn't seem promising, but this holds together very well with an interesting flavor progression that starts with toasted malt, which fades revealing other elements, ending with a nutty, hop and herb bitterness with a bit of sourness. Medium bodied. I don't know how Dogfish Head is able to pull off these wild beer elements and still have them fun to drink. Very well made and unusual.

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Photo of aasher
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wedding week: New tick #2.

This beer pours a light bodied dark, dark chestnut brown in color with a very smooth and creamy, beige colored head. The nose is interesting. I'm not familiar with the ingredients listed on the bottle but they provide a subtle earthiness. There is also a German side. I swear this smells like a Munich Dunkel Lager, yet lacks some of the trademark Munich malt character. There is also a touch of cocoa. The flavors follow suit yet feature a little more dark malt and cocoa with very subtle honey. It's nice, seeing it more in the lager category. It drinks light and leaves a touch of cocoa behind in the aftertaste. Overall this is a decent beer but I don't know if the price is justified. I liked it. The light body make this one a quick drinker despite the 8.0%.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from korguy123. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium brown, almost completely opaque aside from a very slight amber glow around the edges. Half a finger of brown head with good retention.

S - Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, chocolate, roast and earthy aromas. A lot going on in the nose but everything integrates so well.

T - Roast, chocolate and Belgian yeast up front that give way to cherries, spice, sweet candy and some nutty flavours. Some tea-like flavours are present as well. A decent sweetness exists that is well balanced by a slight bitterness and some warming alcohol. The finish is somewhat dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Very good. Tough to drink a whole bomber but I made my way through it.

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