I was a little scared off because of the tales of anise which I really don't like. Every other version of the Dubbel I had was full of anise flavor and each one was off putting. But, from the very first sip until the last, I never got any off putting anise flavor. It was wonderfully hidden in a complex blend of molasses, malt, clove, banana and cinammon.
Nommo Dubbel feels dangerous, just skirting around the power of the star anise used. It's there, I can feel it, but so is the malt and molasses with some clove (which can also be off putting) and banana. It feels like it can spring at any moment and knock you back with either anise or clove. But somehow the Nommo stays compressed and never springs. You feel like you're living dangerously drinking it (and the 8.1% ABV certainly could be dangerous). At the end of the day I felt like Katie Holmes in "Go", after spending the night as a hostage with the potentially dangerous Timothy Olyphant, his charm won out and Holmes has sex with Olyphant on his apartment building's stairs.
The Timothy Olyphant of beers, Boulevard Nommo, comes out on Tuesday morning. It's not a Tom Cruise like blockbuster, it's not dumbed down to be merely entertaining, it's going for truly memorable. I think if you like the stylings of Timothy Olyphant or really love a super flavorful dubbel, you're going to fall in love with Nommo. You should be able to find Nommo pretty easily over the next month, give it a shot, love it or hate it, you're definitely going to find it interesting.
Disclosure: I received a free bottle of Nommo from a source interested in selling more Nommo. This did not affect my review, but you can be the judge of that.