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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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -9.5%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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 metter98
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 PhineasMcClintock
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
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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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 466 ratings