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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum/banana, clove, orange peel, coriander. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pleasant aroma and appearance. The spices push the finishing bitterness a little over the top, making it a little grating on the tongue. Watery and thin for its weight, but not really quaffable due to the alcohol. Pretty solid but nothing special. Although admittedly it’s pretty rare for this style to impress me.
Earlier Rating: 5/3/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006. Head is mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts), with notes of clove, banana, sage/rosemary, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nifty aroma with some apparent dried herb spicing, but as with the saison the mouth experience doesn’t quite live up to the nose’s portent. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7007) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
750 ml from Binnys (Naperville, IL) split with the missus over making Sunday dinner. Pours a luscious brownish copper pour, good fiery orange red edges and bottom, healthy haze and a frothy beige head sits atop and cakes well, leaving a nice layer and good lacing. Aromas are coriander right off the bat, cool mellow spice growing into toffee and caramel, some touches of cinnamon, fruity estery banana, some brown sugar, and bready yeast spice. A touch of anise, but nothing overbearing (from a spice that easily becomes so for me) and a gentle touch of orange. Initial is medium bodied, offering a spicy front. Coriander and anise, touches of bready and Belgian spice. Middle throws some of that sweet estery fruit, caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Touches of brown sugar, faint cinnamon. Finish brings the spices back into the fold, taking over with anise and coriander, a strange pair in my book. Some dryness, with lingering spice that gets a bit dominant (But I wouldn’t say really strong, just definitely becoming the focus). Overall, this isn’t quite my thing.. getting away from the dark fruit and brown sugar/sweeter malt feel I like in my Dubbel and making this a spicy bomb kind of. Ok. But nothing I’d buy again and one of my least favorite Smokestack beers. Looks beautiful. Smell is good, taste slacks for me and the whole experience is subpar as far as how the flavors work in harmony. Meh.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (6741) - 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 can’t get over how earthy it all tastes, like soil. The oily mouthfeel doesnt help.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Hazy brown color with ivory head. Rootbeer spice, toffee, brown sugar aromas. Light bodied with average co2. Earthy sweet molasses, brown malts, rootbeer spice flavors--not my favorite ber style to begin with--not bad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Corked bottle and served in a St. Bernardus chalice: Slightly murky light brown/ deep amber with a small but mostly lasting head and okay lacework. The aroma has notes of plum and raisins, simple molasses (not black strap), banana bread, clove, cinnamon, black liquorice, caramel, and some tobacco and earthy esters. Light faded old herbal hops do pop in and out.

The taste is rich caramel malts with a hint of toast, aromatic, Special B and pils malts over a layer of dark and tropical fruits that finished with a very light handed anise and cinnamon bun finish. The lingering floweriness displays the coriander and heather aspects. a bit peppery as well. That said this seems a tad dumbed down, more Special B and chocolate malt next time.

The mouth feel is moderately bodied with very sprite prickly carbonation. I do wish it was a tad more oily, slick and firm on the tongue however. I also wished the spices were just a tad more noticeable but then better to be a bit underwhelming than to be overkill... It is like Chimay Rouge light with spices... yep that it what it is. I would like to see what this could do in rye whiskey barrel but would also say that this is not a bottle for the cellar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
bottle, dark amber orange color with good foam and lacing, crystal malt and congealed fruit aroma, flavor of malty, tea leaves, fruity finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6273) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Tulip at Bigelo’s. This poured dark brown and was opaque. A smallish tan head. The nose was fruity, malty, and had yeast. The first thing noticed in the taste was the alcohol. This is hot and it is not hidden. It would have been a better beer without that but it is to style. Nice malt, sugar, yeast, and fruit flavors. Mild bitterness. Too hot for me but not a bad beer at all.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6192) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750 from Bruisin Ales. Malty. Raisin. Dried fruit. Yeasty a bit. The sweetness comes through. Nice.


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