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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Nommo Dubbel



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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Drinks extremely easily when cold; too quickly for it to warm appreciably for a good room-temperature tasting--it was gone before I got to that point after sharing it with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law. Decent maltiness, and a little hop edginess, Tingling but approachable palate. Not the most amazing dubbel but perfectly reasonable drinking. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 750ml bottle 10/14/11 (Binny’s Downer’s Grove)-48° in Trappist Glass-Pours brown with amber hues. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices . Taste of yeast, cinnamon, banana, clove, and slight anise. This medium bodied brew IMO doesn’t fit a normal Dubbel but it is still rather tasty and easy to drink. I enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3437) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a lasting light beige head, over a slightly hazy amber copper (SRM 12) body....nose is light dried fruits including fig, raisin, with toffee/caramel, brown sugar.....taste is light raisin, fig, toffee/ caramel, light clove, bit of cinnamon, with a light bitter finish.....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation makes a foamy frothy mouthful. This is obviously a Dubbel. Although the beer gods permit it. it is unusual to use spices in the synthesis of a Dubbel. The malt back bone is not as dominant as in the best and the mouth feel is too light. The result is an odd Dubbel, almost the mixture of a dark wheat and Dubbel. BJCP 7/3/12/3/7

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
750 ml bottle. Red color with deep brown hues. Nose is yeast. Flavor reminds me of a sweet postage stamp glue. It was not appealing. Finish is dry and leaves my mouth feeling like cotton. The label says Molasses, and up front it is sweet. Thanks for sharing AirForceHops, but I’m not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
750 ml bottle purchased @ Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. Red color with deep brown highlights. Nose is nothing but light sweet yeast. The flavor doesn’t impress me. Light caramel, maybe molasses, not overly sweet. Lots of Belgium yeast throughout the sip. Light dry, spicy finish. It’s an ok brew. A tad above average. I may have built this up in my head a bit. Only my second beer from this brewery. Shared this bottle with LiteWait.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle from thiesti - Thanks! Smells nice - molasses and a lot of spicy aroma. I get some bourbon and vanilla in the flavor, as well as some coriander and anise and clove. Very rich palate. I dig it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle:   Deep caramel, burnt reddish hues, moderate to large foamy beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Soft cinnamon on the nose, even softer dark pitted fruit.   Very shallow Dubbel aromas.   On the tongue the cinnamon dimishes, yet it still shows some dark pitted fruit, a little bit of banana and clove.   Overall its very dull in its delivery, some spices and nice dank maltiness, but they are somewhat muted.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Lingering dull cinnamon and muted dark pitted fruit, some banana and clove.   A bit odd for an Abbey Dubbel, and also too light.   Doesn’t capture the authentic Belgian aspects, otherwise its okay.   Too light overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2011
750 bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy head. Notice, not one of my favorite Belgian styles of beer-but only if done correctly. Nose is bit soapy, .with some maltiness and sweetness. Taste is slightly malty with some candi sugar sweetness. Lighter body. This style is hard to hit, with only a few Belgian breweries on target with this style. Not a bad dubbel but doesn’t rate with the quality Belgian brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Pours a thick, rich amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is earthy vegetable lightly dusted with sugar and dusty cane. Flavor is a winey, vegetable-esque biscuit with a chocolate marshmallow and spicy carrot finish. Average mouthfeel. Good on paper but not in execution.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Deep orangeish brown, a tad murky, a big malty nose, hints of spice, slightly sour, robust, frothy head and not much lacing. effervescent mouth and sour, mildly astringent finish. Evidently the molasses do not work that well. Not quite as complicated as I had hoped.

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