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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle courtesy of beerandblues2, thanks! Murky brown color, large full beige head. Aroma of sour toe jam and citrus. Taste is sour, buttery, soapy. Not sure about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle shared in Canaan, NH. Vintage 2011. Pours clear amber-brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has some toast bread, creamy caramel, burnt leaves. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, some ripening berries, mild alcohol, leaves, toffee. Medium to full bodied with average massaging carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, some burnt grains, earth, toffee. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
750mL bottle, pours a chestnut amber brown with a big beige head. Aroma of toasted chestnuts, spices, herbal notes, and some subtle dark fruits. Flavour of herbs, various spices, some slight fruity sweetness and toasted nuts. Odd funk to this one, not exactly reminiscent of a dubbel. Semi-complex, but odd spices / herbs in here. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy ruddy copper with a 4 finger creamy beige head. All I can get for aroma is a bit of banana - too much foam. Full bodied. Frothy carb. There’s banana, cinnamon, anise and some gritty roast malt. It’s almost earthy when the other flavors depart. It’s just a wee bit on the sweet side. But there’s so much other flavor, and enough bitterness, that the malt is not overstated. A really good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13615) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of cola, plum, brown sugar, coriander anmd licorice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, coriander, fruittiness, cinnamon and light brown sugar with a crisp lingering cinnamon finish. Actually kinda wierd for a Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 A reddish amber brown ale with a thick moka head. In aroma, a sweet caramel malt with herbsm abit of ashes. In mouth, an interesting sweet candy sugar, with pepper, frankincense, cardamom, quite nice and challenging. On tap at Belgian Beer Fest, Sept 10 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2011
(750ml bottle, BB 04/2012) Pours a hazy amber body with a tall beige head. Aroma of raisins, apple, cinnamon, plum, banana, clove, coriander, pear, and molasses. Flavor of raisins, pear, molasses, coriander, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and anise. Nice spiced dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, 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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