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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4114) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a hazy copper brown with thin tab bubbly head that doesn’t really stick. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, and dark fruity esters. Taste is mostly the yeast and esters with a hint of smokiness. Not too sweet like most dubbels, solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Thanks Tim and Rachel. Clear brown amber with off white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet caramel effervescent slight yeast character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A - Pours a brilliant reddish brown with a Terminator khaki head that will not die. S - Big spice aroma, banana bread crust, pears, golden raisins, muted brown sugar. T - Spicy right off the bat along with a bouquet of fruit - Plums, apples, pears, persimmons, bananas, and honey dew. Dry toasted malt stays in the background and finishes earthy and dry. M - Moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied. On the drier side for the style. The fruity yeast is the forerunner and almost drowns out the malt. Nice yeast profile and the dry finish is welcomed. Serving type: bottle 12-20-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1251) - USA - MAY 21, 2013
Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma is a little bready with notes of raisins and other dark fruit. Flavor is malty and thick with a pleasant sweetness. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish and a little rich, dark fruit in the aftertaste. Really nice. Wife: 4.6

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boothead (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bland aroma leads to surprisingly complex taste. Heavy chocolate. Fizzy palate. Clean finishing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours amber in color with frothy white head. Presence of cinnamon, cloves, and mild banana aroma with tastes of the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with a decent tan head. Nut and caramel dominate the flavors but it falls a touch flat. Could use a bit more carbonation. Chewy grain malt flavors and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2013
Pours cloudy mahogany. Nice head and some lacing. Smells of molasses. Carbonation slightly below average, nice for style. Molasses smell increases as beer goes down. Finishes with light sweetness. Nice. Thanks to Steve for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Light brown and orange body with a big head. Cinnamon, herbal, and yeasty. Hits the style. Pleasant as not too sweet, making for drinkability. Medium plus mouthfeel, smooth.Stephen’s bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2013
Nice, cheap bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Faintly cloudy, deep brown pour with amber tints. Lively carbonation, fluffy head, soapy lacing. Nose is immediately appealing, with a little more thoughtfulness than the average dubbel, including not just Belgian yeast and nerts but ripe dough, figs, and a touch of toffee. Full and luxuriant mouthfeel, just enough carbonation to keep things lively. Fruity and malty enough to pass the style test, but what I enjoyed about the flavors was the addition of spicy and dry/hoppy notes that gave this a complexity and personality that I find lacking in lots of dubbels these days. Pretty good, especially at 7 bucks.

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