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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Nommo Dubbel



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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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The Nommo are ancestral spirits worshipped by the Dogon tribe of the West African nation of Mali. The name is derived from a Dogon word meaning ‘to make one drink.’ No, really. Nommo, usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures, were created by the sky god Amma, who caused them to multiply by splitting them into doubled sets of twins. Seeing a trend here? Maybe it’s farfetched, but we think the story of the Nommo makes this whole enterprise a little more fun and interesting.

Our Nommo has a brilliant deep amber color and a sweet caramel malt profile. This beer showcases the coriander, cinnamon, and star anise used in the kettle, complementing them with clove and banana notes contributed by the Belgian yeast. The rich complexity of Nommo’s flavor makes it a worthy partner to a variety of meats and game, as well as aged or aromatic cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
On tap @ Whole Foods. Amber brown with some tan head. Aromas of molasses, lots of malt, spice, and Belgian yeast. Brown sugar sweetness, smoke, and caramel in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, light clove, light coriander, anise, and some dark ripe fruits. Poured deep amber/brown/reddish in color with a medium-sized, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, spice, anise, coriander, Belgian yeast, and some candi sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Spice, malt, Belgian yeast, anise, coriander finish. 8.1%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Medium beige head, cloudy dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some banana, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, banana, clove, caramel, some cotton candy. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (9166) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
750mL c&c thanks to beerandblues2. The pour is a hazy, deep brune with a billowing yellow head. Poofy. Great retention and awesome lace. Nose is celery, black pepper, tomato soup. Taste is black pepper and tomato soup. Moves to medicinal cloves and cinnamon. Gets rid of vegetal qualities for the most part as it warms. Still a lot of cracked black pepper. Palate is richer and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that was fully lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, complex spice and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Full balanced bittersweet flavor with the same full finish with a very small alcohol tone. Good well balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Poured a very hazy amber color with a full white head that lasted pretty much through the entire beer. Aroma was apples, malts, and other candy flavors. Flavor was pears, fruits, molasses, and other malts. Medium body. Longer finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5342) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Tulip at Bigelo’s. This poured dark brown and was opaque. A smallish tan head. The nose was fruity, malty, and had yeast. The first thing noticed in the taste was the alcohol. This is hot and it is not hidden. It would have been a better beer without that but it is to style. Nice malt, sugar, yeast, and fruit flavors. Mild bitterness. Too hot for me but not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy beige head. The aroma is brown sugar and yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a clove and anise flavor with a lingering dry finish. A good dubbel from Boulevard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2011
750, corked and baled. The usual Boulevard workout comes in removing the cork--you don’t really have to be a competitive powerlifter to uncork one of these bottles, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Pours a murky, grainy dark brown with a dense and creamy, surging tan head that falls quickly away to loose suds around the edge of the glass. Big sweet gingerbread house nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Brown bread, molasses, and gingerbread cookie/holiday cookie spice on the mid palate. Mild clovey/spicy finish. Appealing but rather reserved and overbalanced in favor of the sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a medium, frothy off-white to light tan head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruity esters, and faint hops. Flavor is medium/moderate malt, dark fruity esters, light bitterness, sweet with a lightly dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Sampled at Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear ruby-brown with a medium, creamy off-white to light tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy malt and fruity esters, dark fruit (plum, dates, pears), caramel, cookie, and earthy yeast. Flavor is heavy caramel and bready sweet malt, oak and dark fruit, vanilla, earthy hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

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