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 mt24turner
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- black from far, deep red bergundy when held to the light

smell- odd spices are most noticable, very deep a little funky, no idea what herbs im smelling but they are pleasant enough. a little sweetness

taste- starts with a nice medium bodied caramel sweetness and mocha herbs really come through and the taste somewhat follows the smell but because ive never heard most of the herbs in this its hard to be more descriptive. definately a well balanced flavor and just enough off centered-ness without being too strange finishes with a good mild bitterness that is more tea-like

mouthfeel- medium mouthfeel and creamy body

overall- definately a beer to try but not a real gem. i like the tea-like aspects and am glad i got to try it.

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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 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 jwhancher
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewpub this past Monday on a pit stop in Rehoboth. Served in a snifter.

A: looked jet black in the dark brewpub light. No real head when it arrived to me. Appeared intriguing.

S: lots of roasty notes and chocolate covered cherries.

T: tasted roasty and cherry like. Some light chocolate or cocoa notes. Maybe a bit acrid. Sweetness from either honey or malts. Didn't get any of the other specialty ingriedients which I wasn't really sure what they were anyway. Will have to look them up to see what they are.

M: nice medium to heavy feel. Seemed well balanced.

O: very good beer overall. Reminded me of a RIS. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brewpub. Really interesting complex beer, that I would like to spend more time with. On the nose, this was the worst part of the beer. Smelled mediceny and not all that appealing. Had a nice head and solid dark chocolate color to it.

Taste: I was expecting the worst given the aroma but it was completely different from what I imagined. The wattle seed really came through in the end, with a little malt back bone. Overall very smooth. Mouthfeel was nice, not as heavy on the mouth as the appearance would suggest, but light and good carbonation.

Overall, I really liked this beer. When I hit up the brew pub I usually don't order repeats as I want to try more, but had to revisit this one again.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a snifter and is a very dark brown blackish color with no head.

S - the first thing I smell is smokiness. There a certainly subtle rich malts and coffee.

T - smokey up front with big rich chocolate taste in the end.

M - medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

O - way too salty for my taste. And too carbonated.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger head.

Smell: roast, sweet, caramel, malts, coffee,

Taste: dark fruits, caramel malts, chocolate

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Overall: interesting beer. something dogfish normally dont brew so glad I was around to give it a shot.


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