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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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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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this a while ago, just found my notes...

Darker than a typical dubbel, this one's a dark brown rather than the usual orange-to-red range. It's opaque despite its darker color, with lots of clarity. A small, almost pure white head comes up, reaching almost one finger, but it quite creamy and dense. Lacing is spotty but plentiful.
There's a lot going on in this beer. The nose does hold the nutty and chocolaty notes promised, with a strong earthy note as well. The earthiness even includes a bit of peat or soil to it. A touch of coffee comes out with the roastiness. There's a note of something translating almost to metallic. A bit of dark fruits come out in the flavor, where the metallic note falls off. Some woods and a little spiciness pull out as well.
The body is pretty rich and quite full, rounding out to a medium nearing full. It's perhaps a bit much for a dubbel, though not bad. There's a bit of a stickiness. It nears cloying in its sweetness even as alcohol pulls through the finish.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet
A: Pours a dark brown color with a strong red tint and a one-finger latte colored head
S: Cocoa nibs, freshly baked wheat bread, a hint of coffee beans, no hops to speak of. "Roasted" is the name of the day and I like it
T: The bread is not as pronounced as the nose, but adds dried fruit (cherry, plum & fig in particular), a touch of honey/spice round it out
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet. I would like it better with a touch of carbonation
O: Solid, enjoyable to try. Many components you see in other styles of beer all rolled into one

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with purplish/plum hues and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic splotches of lace left behind.

Surprisingly roasty aroma forthe style with a bit of toast, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee bean.  This is not overwhelming, however,  with subtle earthy hops and a good bit of estery dark fruit notes, notably grape and dark cherry.

Medium bodied and again, has a bit more roast than expected.  The experimental ingredients give complexity to a style that can become boring adding a nice balance to the alcohol sweetness and estery dark fruit flavors.  Hints of dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and subtle coffee bean flavor followed by alcohol, plum, raisin and dark cherry.  Kind of like a roasted dark chocolate covered cherry.  There's also some subtle hop bitterness and well masked ABV making this complex beer very easy to drink.  Nice experimental beer from dfh for a change.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like whole wheat bread and roasted barley and copper hops, with some sunflower seed and wild honey.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and earthy whole grain bread, with some brown sugar and copper hops and a bit of sunflower seeds. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not super unique, but still fairly different from most new beers today. The scent and taste were well crafted, and the body was solid. The finish was mellow with well hidden alcohol, so it was quite easy to drink. It doesn't need age, but could probably last a few more years. Not much more than a strong brown ale with a twist to me, but still enjoyable.

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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 466 ratings