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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9661) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Tap at Busters on 28th. Hazy amber pour with a spotty head. Cinnamon dominates this, complemented by yeast and a bit of licorice. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle, shared with friends at game night. Hazy medium "nut" brown with a lively beige head. Very nice aroma of estery yeast, raisins and caramel. The palate delivers the same, nice brown sugars, raisins, hints of spice. Very nice dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Draft at The Royale, served in a goblet. Pours a cloudy, deep amber color with a finger of uneven frothy hill of beige head rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma of pepper, caramel malts, fig, candi sugar, and dusty Belgian yeast character. Flavor is also led by pepper, with caramel malts, crackers, dry grains, nutmeg, nuts, plums, dates, and celery as it warms. Medium-bodied, with a spicy mouthfeel and dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Drier and less fruity than most dubbels. Also surprisingly easy to drink despite the pepper everywhere. Really nice.
Earlier Rating: 5/9/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Draft sample in the VIP tent at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a hazy brown with copper highlights and a small khaki head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, plums, coriander, cinnamon, and toast. Flavor of caramel malts, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, coriander, raisins, and toast. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Pretty sweet dubbel, and you’ll like this if you like sweet takes on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Jay for the pour! Pour is orange red with white head, aroma has notes of big cinnamon, anise, big caramel and nutty notes, touch of pepper, clove notes. Taste is cinnamon, slight anise, hints of caramel, toffee and nuts, earth, some slight metallic notes, finishing fairly cinnamon forward. Interesting, but so much cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9212) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours copper with a thick beige head and an olive and almond aroma. There is a fruity dark molasses flavor with a bitter clove finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2011
draft. clear chestnut brown with red edges and a thick, patchy sand colored head. mostly quiet / neutral nose expressing cracker and toast malt with bready and fruity esters. medium body, mild sweetness, low bitterness, turning a bit rounded and chewy (increase in sweetness too) late. a bit of a distant presentation, it comes across a little muted, and without anything really happening, and the body being good at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9104) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 (2011 notes). Pours a lightly hazy caramel brown color with a large off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, lightly toasted, mild spices, with dark fruit. Not overly complex, but worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7695) - 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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7608) - 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.

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