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De Dolle Extra Export Stout | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Extra Export StoutDe Dolle Extra Export Stout
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 03-13-2004

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Released at Systembolaget, Sweden April 8, 2016.

Dark bron an hazy beer with a huge, four finger high beige-brown head. No lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice, biscuit, coffee and molasses.
Taste: Coffee, brown sugar, cherry, coffee grain, dark chocolate, caramel malt and raisin.
Mouth: Medium body and high carbonation. A little bit sourness. Bitter, dry ending.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any date on this so I have no idea how old it is.

Appearance: The head on this thing is massive. Even before I poured the beer it was foaming out of the bottle. The humongous head is fluffy and brown. It is billowy like a glass of brown clouds. Tons of head retention and it does leave good lacing. The body is black.

Aroma: It has this strong sweet candy sugar aroma. You can smell it at a distance. There is a good deal of caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Right up front there is a toasted caramel flavor with a bit of a smoky character without any harsh burnt flavor. It's very well done. This sweet candy and caramel flavor lingers in the middle of the palate. It's a bit like a tootsie roll pop but just the candy outside. The aftertaste is a bit more of that smokey and slightly woody flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very Smooth and easy to drink but highly carbonated. The sweetness tends to to hamper drinkability a bit too. It has a nice medium yet effervescent finish. Medium bodied and semi-sweet finish.

Overall: So this is not your traditional Export Stout. It has a lot more flavor and character. It is also significantly sweeter than what you will normally find. This beer obviously shows its Belgian roots and gives its own take on the style. I like it. I would absolutely buy it again when I'm looking to appease a malty sweet tooth. I recommend it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There are brewers who are overly-passionate, but still sane.
There are brewers who are crazy, but insanely great.
With the "Mad Brewers" at DeDolle, we probably are dealing with the second line.
This is like a strong stout for export, but then it is not... it adds all this Belgian stuff, particularly a yeast that throws off flavors not found in the traditional rendition of the style.
This beer is fun... and will never be properly pigeon-holed.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" has a photo of this luscious stout poured, but then it doesn't get reviewed.
Is it possible the Great Master was speechless ?
Suddenly, I don't feel so inadequate for not reviewing this beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last chapter, for now, in my Belgian solidarity binge. It is by far the darkest.

This baby has excessive head like other bottle conditioned can have. The ale is nearly black and the head is light brown. Very nice.

The aroma is faintly musty. roasty and malty. Nice as well.

The taste is civilized mix of yeast and roasty malts. Fairly profound yet balanced enough to be quite easy drinking, I have had other stouts made with Belgian yeast, and this one is an easy one without being a push over.

Recommended.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap.
Bland and uninteresting stout. With little aroma, thin mouthfeel and light taste.
Don't know if it is better in bottle, but I assume it is, as always.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Extra Export Stout from De Dolle was good. It poured an opque black with tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent carried faint roast. The taste was evenly balanced with subtle notes of chocolate and roast. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was good and worth the try.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Beergium - High carbonation and very fiesty like their Oerbier, have a chalice glass handy and avoid your best carpets. Pours deep black with a large tan foamy head. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted smoked malts, coffee. Taste - Strong malty smoky foretaste with a long bitter finish. Long alcoholic mouthfeel which feels a lot strnoger than stated ABV of 9%. Real winter warmer, perfect for cold, wet, winter evenings.

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Photo of croush
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is my second time having this, and it was bottled in February 2013. The amount of carbonation on this is crazy. I get a coffee bitterness, which I don't mind, but what dominates the palate to me is a sour taste. I see others mention they get a hint of it, so perhaps I'm extra sensitive to that. I agree it's not a heavy stout, and if you like the somewhat sour flavor, then it's probably your kind of beer.

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Photo of dank203
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours with enormous amt of head. bottled in jan 2014 so it has some age on it. really effervescent. some sweet chocolatey notes and a little chalky dryness. really clean finish

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting of two vintages; a 2008, properly cellared bottle and a new 2015 bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter and a Gulden Draak tulip. Both pour a very dark mahogany brown appearing opaque in the glass, the 2015 with a fine half finger dark khaki head. The 2008 was a bit of a gusher, caught most of it in time, but lost a quarter bottle. This glass had a massive four finger head that dissipated to about the same thickness as the newer one after a few minutes.
2015:
Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, cocoa, figs and dates, hints of dark stone fruit. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a hint of char, chocolate, dark stone fruit, red wine; tannic, lightly vinous finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
2008
Aroma of biscuit and dark lightly toasted malt, fresh dark stone fruit, lightly floral. Flavor is quite interesting, dry, but mildly sweet toasted malt, dates, figs, coffee, cocoa; finishes with the same slightly sweet maltiness with charred coffee and concentrated dried fruit. Excellent creamy body with nice mouth feel.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this pairing. While I almost always like aged barleywines, my enjoyment of aged stout is erratic with many too oxidized to seem like an improvement. In this case, while the 2015 is enjoyable enough, the lighter tannic nature is not what I hope for in a stout, although it is well within the Belgian stout style. The aged one on the other hand is a delight in both the mouth feel, which is like silk, and the remarkably balanced dried fruit and malt of the flavor. There is hint of oxidation, but it meshes well with the other flavors. I really liked the 2008 a great deal. I am absolutely going to lay down some more bottles of this for a while. I was prepared for the worst when this gushed on opening, but there is not a hint of sourness or other flavors associated with a bottle over its prime; it is in fact far mellower than the fresh stout.
I'm going to rate this for the 2008 bottle, which is a higher rating for flavor than the new one, which would have rated a solid 4, despite not being my favorite profile for a stout. This little brewery gets a lot of respect and this tasting certainly helped me understand its reputation. Excellent cellerable stout.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From XXXII. In Duvel glass. After dinner. Better than the typical guinness stout thanks to its sugar. the coffee taste i dislike is only slightly appreciated in the aftertaste

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Photo of gollem
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting and different stout from a very fine brewery whose Oerbier and Arabier are must-haves. As a matter of fact, and since someone commented on the cool label, I thought it was a cool label too--and totally missed that it said "stout" on it. So I went into this with an odd mindset.

As it happens, this stout isn't very stouty anyway, which is cool with me. The foam and all is great, as is the deep-dark color. The smell is of a slightly acidic coffee with a tiny bit of caramel, a tiny bit of vanilla--much less so than other stouts I've had, and that also is cool with me. Its flavor is fine, quite light and somewhat sour. Again, that's also cool with me, since I'm not a huge stout fan.

In all, quite enjoyable, since I'm drinking it as what it is not, I suppose. Still, at $7 for a 33cl bottle, it's not an experience I will likely repeat. But kudos to De Dolle for making a very different, flavorful stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

lots of hype i have in my head around de dolle, all of their beer i have had has been awesome, so i jumped on this when i saw it on sale this week. bottled in february 2013. its a crazy pour, mocha brown airy fizzy head rises up and fills my globe before the beer can, and i lose a few ounces from the bottle gushing out as well. dark brown liquid, not black, and once the head settles, approachable looking for what it is. it has a sharp smell to it, no markers or anything caustic like that, but a tannic tartness, almost dried cherry notes, neat but not what i expected. so much less dark roast, so much more yeast. the flavor too is quite tannic, even pushing acidic. its yeasty for sure too, which i really like in a stout, and really like about de dolle, but its almost in the place of dark grain in this stout, where bitterness and rich roast belongs, i have tangy yeast and mild oxidation. chocolate and ashy bite are there in the finish, but the acidity is a lot, and i dont love it. carbonation is really high for style but i dont mind that at all, it lightens the 9% abv pretty well. overall i like that this is different, but i dont love it on the whole. probably my least favorite beer from these guys so far...

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - rocky marbled heard, poor lace, fair retention, no legs, opaque black w dull luster. foam slowly snakes its way up bottle neck.

Aroma- wow, bright flowers, dried cherry, coacoa, earth, clove, and cinnamon, anise, bitter chocolate, coffee, amazing coconut note from alcohol, salted caramel, lightly solvent at times, but overall amazing and in balance. Most notes are moderately strong.

Flavor - light notes of coffee cherry and lychee with wisps of herbal hop, washed out by a moderate cola character, with stronger clove and horehound in the finish. Dark caramel malt is muted by very good attenuation. Notes of hey, violet and dandelion , peak out of moderately strong aromatic coacoa character. Finish sneaks out quickly, with a light bitter chocolate aftertaste. Possibly detecting a trace of sulfur, and a barely detectable diacetyl. There does seem to be a light lactic acidity, though it is difficult to say in such a dark beer and basically a background component.

MF- medium-light bodied, with light alcohol, light sourness, medium-low carbonation,

Overall-Undeniabley Belgian. Undeniabley export stout. totally unique.

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Photo of Gryphon69
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice black color, Insane exploding head that filled the glass with a 1/4 bottle pour. thin lacing compared to the head.

S- Very sweet dark fruits, some cocoa and burnt sugars.

T- Just like the smell, very sweet up front, with some cocoas coming in softly in the end. Lots of complexity going on start to finish.

M- Medium body, medium tiny bubble carbonation, slick and smooth.

O- Really good, but to sweet for me to have more than 1 per sitting. The pour is outrageous and took about 5 min to finish, it actually foamed all over the desk like a mini volcano when I opened the bottle. Lots of complex flavors to keep you guessing, and overall a great beer.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

February, 2013 date printed on outer bottle cap, making the beer roughly 2.5 years old. Poured into a snifter from Finback Brewing.

L: The beer spouted a bit upon opening, pouring with a thick, uneven head that required several minutes to settle, leaving virtually no lacing. Color of deep mahogany with glints of ruby when held up to the light and a cafe latte-hued head.

S: Conspicuous medicinal/herbal notes combined with concord grape and red berries. Almost no malt, with a vaguely bitter smell of aspirin bottle or sourdough bread batter. Lesser notes of fig and plum.

T: In true Belgian stout fashion, no notes of coffee or chocolate up front. As with the nose, dark fruits are prominent, with the grapes taking a back seat. Medicinal/yeasty flourishes throughout, with a faint cocoa bitterness in the aftertaste.

F: Mildly carbonated, effervescent for a stout of any kind, with a feel reminiscent of Belgian sours. This carbonation, combined with the dryness, prevents the beer from becoming too syrupy or sour all at once. The bubbles do subside about halfway through consumption, giving it a more typically stout-like quality ultimately.

I liked this despite it having been cellared for nearly three years. Might have to go back and try a newer one to see what the differences are. Overall, an outlier of a stout, and even a Belgian stout. Very unique offering from De Dolle.

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Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A very unique stout. The flavor is quite complex, with char, dark dried fruits and yeast fighting for dominance. It took about 7 minutes to finsh the pour due to an explosive head even with a gentle pour. Just as a side note, there was more chunky residue at the bootom of this galss than any beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, some old ale, smoke, chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, some soy, figs, dark fruits, leather, and toasted notes.

Taste: A blend of above aromas with ashy bitterness in the rear. Alcohol is not even noticeable too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall:

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Photo of SABERG
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

2012 bottle poured into a modified tulip.
A - Massive active foamy cap, settles down with time. Dark color, lots of carbonation, not a gusher though.
S - Dried fruit, raisin, plum, prune a mild cocoa and leather, old leather. Has many characteristics of a Dubble
T - The dark fruit is up front, almost intense, the middle has he stout, cocoa, dark grain taste.
M - Crisp active carbonation leaves a lighter that expected mouth feel. Finish is slightly sweet and not offensive.
O - A pleasant Belgian stout, one the may well continue to develop, this bottle had 2 years and was still quite active.

Cheers

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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330cl bottle with unmarked red cap. "Bottled" is stamped on the cap but no date.

Served slightly chilled from the bottle into a tulip glass.

It's a nearly black beer with thick redish tan head.

Aroma is unusal. A cross between stout notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate combined with Belgian ale yeast qualities of spice and funk.

Flavor is a complex blend of chocolate, coffee, nuts, red wine, and tannins. It's balanced and full of depth.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated.

Overall a good Belgian stout and interesting but not my favorite.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle; about 6 years old, cellared at 55 degrees F.

Very dark brown, with a large tan head that reduces to a creamy quarter inch layer.

Smells like soot, and hints of grain, dark chocolate and dark fruit.

Tastes like smooth chocolate malt combined with sooty roastiness, and after a few seconds a good amount of assertive bitterness joins in and intensifies into the finish. Moderate acidity. Full flavored and tasty, with excellent balance and good length.

Over-carbonated out of the bottle, but some swirling renders it creamy and smooth. Medium bodied; not very thick for the style, but does have a nice silkiness.

This seems to have aged gracefully; quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cool looking label intrigued me. The pour was less than stellar however. Hugely frothy and a bit of murkiness amongst the extremely dark brown, nearly black, body. Whatever, onward ho!

You get a BLAST of aromas. Coffee grinds, cocoa powder, burnt toast, figs, prunes, and even a touch of leather. Musky as well, although this is more of a mild background tone. Flavors are all over the place and work quite nicely together. Smooth and medium bodied, but carbonation is up there. Any more carbonation and I wouldn't like it as much. But overall, a good beer indeed.

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Photo of hops202
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Stone Snifter. Bottled February 2013.

Has an incredible amount of tan head. This beer has set in in my fridge for sometime and I cannot believe the amount of explosive head that comes out of this thing. You would need a big gulp if you wanted to do an aggressive pour with this. Head finally settles and begins to flot with a 1/2 finger thickness. Smell is very strong with some sweet malt rather than roast and sour fruits. Taste is less sour than smell and has a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Biere de Miel Tulip at Novare Res. I love thr bottle, 33cl., almost looks like it was printed off and slapped on.

The beer is black with a creamy tan head. the head remains and eventually floats.

the nose is fruity almost blue and black berries, typical of a belgian stout. Not alot of roast but very nice.

the flavor matches, starting sweet and finishing wiht an almost tartness and fruitiness. I've had fruit beers with less flavor of fruti than this.

Overall nice a dumbed down version of black albert.

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Photo of LuckyJohn
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Having read a number of the other reviews, it seems like there is more variability in this beer than what I'm generally used to. The bottle I tried poured with a thick tan head that settled into a creamy, persistent lacing. I got a big boosey nose right away that really defined this beer for me. It wasn't unpleasant but rather, it was quite nice. Alcohol was up front in the taste but the rest of the flavor notes were strong enough to balance it well. There was a sour taste that set in fairly quickly and really distinguished this from other stouts. This one component to the taste added a lot of complexity and was what gave it the edge to stand up to the alcohol. I haven't seen anyone else mention this and it makes me wonder if the difference in this bottle came from the way it was handled and stored before I bought it. Medium body for a stout and a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed it and would buy more if I thought it would be consistent.

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De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.