De Dolle Extra Export Stout - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 03-13-2004

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Photo of gollem
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great coffee flavor but I found it a bit watery, I still would recommend this stout. Better flavor than most stouts.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of bisonfort
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Slightly Sour. Interesting flavor.

Photo of Gryphon69
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of StoutBoi
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Belgian stout I have ever had

Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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:

Photo of SABERG
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of hops202
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of LuckyJohn
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of stuppy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Extremely thick brown/tan head, took several minutes for it to recede enough to drink, dark brown almost black

Aroma:Sweet malts, chocolate, Dark fruits, sour? no hop aroma

Flavor: dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, roasted barley, dry finish, alcohol, med hop bitterness but balances well with malt

Mouthfeel: med full body, some alcohol warmth, med carbonation

Overall: roasty dark, sweet with dark fruity esters , good version of Foreign Extra

bottle date march 2012

Photo of alpinebryant
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

February 2013 bottling

A Pours a massive head that lingered for a few minutes before settling down and allowing me to pour the rest of the beer into the glass. Pitch black and mocha head.

S: Aroma of sweet malt, bittering hops and mocha. slightly sour aroma as well.

T: Flavors of sweet residual crystal sugars and burnt mocha coffee twinings. Cocoa, dark bakers chocolate, earthiness and eerily reminiscent of many robust stouts. Burnt raisins and dryness from added sugars seem to also be present. This is definitely not an Imperial stout but more of a hybrid between a Robust Porter and imperial stout.

M: Medium bodied with higher levels of carbonation comparitively to an imperial stout.

O: Overall this is a different beer that is worth trying. I have passed this one by many times, but finally got around to trying it out of necessity since I have enjoyed De Dolle's other beers many times. I think Ill stick with Still Nacht though as my favorite from them for the time being.

Photo of atomeyes
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This isn't your typical kind of stout, kids.

First, this is a damn ugly bottle. Nothing like the rest of De Dolle's labels. Shame.

Pour: really lovely head, some nice lacing 10 min after the pour. Effervescent.

Smell: kind of muted. I'm drinking it around room temp. Pear, chocolate, roast, some mild citrus, some sweetness on the nose.

Appearance: Black. duh.

Taste: really interesting. There is a bitterness that comes about 3 seconds after the swallow and it coats the tongue after. A black patent malt bitterness, which still has some currant/fruit flavour to it. It has some definite sweetness and acidity to it and there is an almost citrus-like middle-of-the-tongue flavour. More black patent taste than a roasted barley taste. Coffee-grind, almost.

Mouthfeel: effervescent on the tongue, thick, nice. Not as heavy as other stouts, but still very pleasant.

You cannot taste any of the alcohol in this. But it is still created as a sipper. The carbonation and the acidity and bitterness make it a slow ride. and that ain't a bad thing. very unsessionable. sit down with a box of chocolates and drink this while you eat. or maybe have it with some Mexican/mole.

Photo of 2Cents
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pored into a tulip.

A: Dark brown with a nice caramel colored head and nice lacing that sticks around and quite a few alcohol legs.

S: Coco, malt, yeast esters.

T: Coco, molasses, roasted malts, a bitter hop and burned malt blend and bottle conditioned yeast.

M: Creamy and Carbonated with a medium body not very much alcohol sting for a 9 % er.

O. This is what I would call a stout and strong dark ale combo. I think it's really well balanced and very drinkable. A hybrid like this might not be for everyone, though.

Photo of Blobbers
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this De Dolle Stout initially captured my imagination (a pretty unique stout!) a little bit more than their "Dulle Teve" ...but I was definitely interested in this brewery after trying the two beers. i really dug their aesthetic and the name "Mad Brewers" and was excited to look for their beers with my wife during our month long honeymoon in northern Europe.

I lucked out and got to try their Stille Nacht at Den Stillen Genieter in Mechelen, Belgium (along with all the Westy beers!) and then decided to visit the brewery cafe during out trip. Was a great experience...got to try the Arabier and of course Oerbier...really neat family running the place! Bought a couple six-packs and some posters to take with us and continued to look for their beer wherever we happened to be while in Europe...we were fortunate enought to find a few of their beers in a couple other spots.

since we returned to the US, I have still only been able to find Dulle Teve and the Export Stout, but i am jazzed whenever I do...these guys make some seriously excellent beers.

THIS ONE is noteworthy for its rich head and bubbly darkness, excellent flavor, so very enjoyable. Thanks!

Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in June 2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy and rocky light tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, toast, candi sugar, coffee, light clove, licorice, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate fruity/spicy yeast notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, raisin, toast, light clove, candi sugar, light licorice, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, candi sugar, raisin, light clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light-moderate yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style export stout. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted/yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting, idiosyncratic brew from De Dolle. Not my ideal of an export stout, but noteworthy for what it is.

(poured into a small snifter)

A: throws up quite head, a darker tan color....nearly pitch black liquid when the glass is full....despite having to pour some sediment in the glass, the head was unaffected in that a fair amount of foam cap stayed til the end

S: roasted barley and pale malt at first, pretty clean....some funky/citrus-tart elements emerge, once sipped....by the end, sour-fruity and boozy, with some roast wafting in the background

T: wow! that's unique....roasty as hell, with a bit of an acrid or ashy edge...peculiar vinous/vinegar notes....kind of an extra-bitter chocolaty overtone....a raspberry-like fruity tartness seems ever-present, lingering along with some roast and booze....maybe a touch of hops in the aftertaste....didn't get much, if any malt sweetness here which, in my experience, is a bit odd for the style - but I understand why that's the case here

M: fairly thinnish and light, dry - like a stout/lambic hybrid....the "vibrancy" of the estery alcohol really pokes through, both cleansing and tangy....perhaps the crystal malt lends to the modicum of roundness I detect 'neath its otherwise effervescent texture

O: certainly a De Dolle creation....once again, not your typical export stout, but quite memorable

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled June 2012.

Appearance - Slightly transparent black pour. Huge head starts to build. Half the glass is khaki head. After it recedes, the beer has a solid layer of foam on the surface.

Smell - Roasted malts and lots of dark fruits. Very fruity, even slightly acidic. A little yeasty.

Taste - Bright fruit and a touch of acidity. Not even quite tangy, but acidic. Cherries and dark fruits. Deep roasted malts. Grainy. Almost wheat mixed in with coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Way overcarbonated. Medium bodied. The flavors are tough to discern behind all the carbonation.

Overall - Flavors are very nice. I would imagine this will develop more acidity and, to its detriment, even more carbonation. Would still be nice to let one of these sit.

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a monstrous, four finger head of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves a moderate film of lacing on the glass.

S - Tart, dark fruit with some sweet notes of dark chocolate and licorice.

T - Black cherries and lightly sour roasted grain up front. More of the roast character comes out in the middle with notes of espresso and bakers chocolate. The beer finishes with grain bitterness, char, licorice, and lingering espresso character.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - As interesting and weird as one would expect from De Dolle. The dark malt mostly has the effect of coloring the yeast character as dark fruit in the aroma, but in the flavor profile it comes out much more forcefully as roast and coffee. There is a bit of harshness in all that roast flavor, but it smooths out in the finish as a little bit of the fruit character comes back in. Definitely better than most Belgian stouts I have tried.

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De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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