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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 its 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 Nommos flavor makes it a worthy partner to a variety of meats and game, as well as aged or aromatic cheeses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Tap at the Foundation in Omaha. Pours dark ruby with tannish head. Aroma is lots of dark fruit and esters with a little spicy note. Has a little banana as well. Flavors are similar with nice rich maltiness in the background. Finishes with no alcohol to speak of and pleasant mouthfeel. I really enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (4967) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2010
On tap @ The Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours a ruby/copper color with very light brown, creamy head. So-so lacing. Aroma basically of brown sugar and earthy, dirty malts. When turbulated, a nice hop smell arises. Also a faint whiff of that smell you get right before it rains. Taste is woody and nutty, some malt character present but not overwhelming. Finish has a strong wood taste. Still cant get over how earthy it all tastes, like soil. The oily mouthfeel doesnt help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3595) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
12oz bottle with a ghetto piece of tape inscribed with "dubbel." I only believed it was legit due to the Boulevard cap. Pours slightly hazy reddish with a small off-white head that fades to a ring. The aroma is somewhat minty with Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Flavor has slightly sweet malts, mint, spice, and Belgian yeast. Above average but not great for the style. Decently dry on the palate with medium body. Better than many American dubbels but not great overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Poured clear, honeyed, medium orange with a creamy cap of soft yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted green raisins, toffee, and figs surrounded by cinnamon, anise, and fresh vanilla bean.. lovely floral and citrusy hops accented.. warm and inviting. The flavor opened with some tanginess from a combo of hops, anise, and black pepper.. fig, raisin, and molasses sweetness backed it up.. complementary bitterness around.. more spices on the finish in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. spices and hops were quite complementary.. warm finish. Excellent, excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2010
On draft at crescent moon 2010 beer dinner. Well, this is delicious. Amber brown with ruby lights. Aroma of rock candy. Flavor has some heat to it. With unfolding layers of peppery spice, sweetness, and floral hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2010
On tap at the Crescent Moon Boulevard beer dinner. Bright chestnut color with a medium thick ecru head. Incredible cotton candy aroma. This is the real deal. Very true to style. And yet it still has American Bigness. Strong palate of high fizz and tingle. Meaty and delicious. This has an amazing quick finish of dense fruits. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle courtesy of customercopy. Pours a murky dark brown with a thin beige head and orange tint/highlights when held to light; spotty lacing. The nose is of raisins, brown sugar, spicy phenols and Juicy Fruit-y esters and alcohol. This beer smell more, to me, like a dunkelweizen than a dubbel. On the light side of medium-bodied and slick with a lightly spicy and mildly dry finish. Raisin, apple and pepper with a mildly dry, almost tannic, finish. This is pretty solid stuff, and Im not generally a huge fan of dubbels. Thanks again for the bottle, JB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2683) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2008
12oz. bottle from 2006, cheers to JB for supplying us with some of the last of this, one Id been curious about for some time now. Decanted into a Smokestack goblet. Sweet and darkly fruity aroma, full of raisin/grape and brown sugar along with lighter notes of spice, cherry, milky chocolate and floral perfume. Thoroughly cloudy rusty brown-red color with a lasting, fine, uneven, ivory head, plenty of sediment left behind in the bottle. Flavor profile is well-balanced between its various elements, beginning with a subtle spicy bitterness, becoming sweeter and maltier with suggestions of toffee and cocoa, and finishing very long with a blend of estery yeast, dark, dried fruits, cola and faint anise. Palate shows the merest hint of sharp alcoholic warmth and a light-moderate degree of effervescence to go with the medium-full body. Lingering bubblegum and fruity tartness. This has certainly held up nicely, what a shame the world may never see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1228) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 2006 Bottle provided by JB. Served in my smokestack chalice. Aroma is dates (very ripe dates), raisins, dried figs, light spice, a touch of alcohol (not harsh, but rather very smooth), and slight amount of tanginess, not unlike unripe blue or blackberries. Color is dark red with a smallish tan head. Malt dominates the flavor early on and the mouthfeel is fairly substantial. The flavors are dark, overripe fruit, much like a high quality dates and dried figs, black and white pepper-like phenols, a rich dulce de leche sweetness, some alcohol and some spiciness. Seems to be nicely balanced, which make it very easy to drink. I had this one back in 06 when it was served at a GABF party and provided by Denver Logan. There was a fridge full of it but I only grabbed a single bottle, what the fuck was I thinking? The last two years have been very kind to this beer, too bad it never really made it into the lineup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3380) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2006 Vintage 12 oz. test bottle courtesy of the always generous JB. Poured into my Boulevard Chalice, served at ~55 degrees, the body is a cloudy orange brown with a nice one inch tan head. Nice lacing revealed as the head retreats. Tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of rich caramel goodness. Some fruity raisin present. Cane sugar and earthy Belgian yeast round out a very inviting nose. Taste is the components of the nose, starting with rich caramel maltiness, sweet fruity cane sugar and finishing with a spicy earthy yeastiness. There is some tangy ginger present in the aftertaste as well. As the beer warms, it really picks up focus and intensity of flavor. Nothing new, really, just better integration of all the flavors. This was a nicely made beer, and had some very unique flavors. Thanks for digging these out for the locals, JB!

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