De Dolle Extra Export Stout - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured an opaque black no hue or light even when held up to the light with a huge blooming head that went over the glass whoo dont know where that came from.Rich aromas raisin and bitter chocolate really show thru with a tinge of that Belgian yeast lingering,kind of a prickly mouthfeel but the body was quite nice.Flavors are not overly sweet by any imagination bitter unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee dominate a touch of earth in the finish rounds this beer out nicely.Not a bas stout the alcohol is well hidden making it quite drinkable,I would buy again.
12-03-2005 00:08:25 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
Appearance The head on this beer is massive! It isnt explosive like an HOTD, but it comes out super thick and is parked on top of the pretty light black liquid. You instinctively know that it is an absolute waste of time to wait for this head to go down.
Smell The light darkish malts are well-roasted but not burnt. The balancing brown sugars are equally mellow, though not wimpy in the least. Everything about this bouquet is very pleasing to the nose.
Taste The sugars come on more at the taste, probably due to the age, and the malts are a bit lighter but still wonderfully balanced. They are mildly roasted; not overpowering but not faded.
Mouthfeel This is medium-bodied with a little malty bitterness in back of the tongue.
Drinkability This is an amazing beer. The big flavors are so sessionable its hard to believe. Everything is rightly balanced and incredibly smooth.
Comments I cellared this 2004 vintage in just-right conditions and boy oh boy did that pay off. Two years down was perfect for this stout.
05-09-2006 23:18:20 | More by RoyalT
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
A: Almost black with an enormous beige and rocky head that settles in an uneven fashion and leaves lots of lacings.
S: A very interesting smell. Roasted malts are prominent but not dominating. Lots of yeast, planting soil, slightly tart fruits and a strange spicy notes. A note or iron and perhaps just a faint hint of funk.
T: The taste is rather different for a stout. Sweet roasted malts, a note of burnt coffee and tannins, and a mild fruity tartness dominate. Notes of earth, yeast, wood, spices and sweet dark fruits. The finish is bitter with a complementing tartness, a prominent note of iron, and wood. I really like this.
M: Medium to full body and lively carbonation.
D: Tart stouts can be something of a hit or miss, and this one really hits the mark. It has a good balance between roasted sweetness and fruity tartness and it's an interesting encounter from start to finish. Lots of character and a complex composition. Highly recommended.
09-16-2009 22:20:52 | More by ricke
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-28-2013 20:59:36 | More by atomeyes
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
bottle-poured into chalice, just below cellar temp
A: beautiful body, big fluffy two finger head comprised of good sized bubbles. really looks like a cappuccino.
S: malt, roast, licorice, some sugar, alcohol
T: roasted malt and chocolate up front, a hint of coffe to go along with the appereance. a spice follows, in part from the carbonation, in part because De Dolle is insane. licorice next, vanilla, a mild bitterness from the roasting, alcohol chases it down the throat and your left with a rather dry finish that asks for more.
M: the mouthfeel is great for a beer. for the style, its a little light, but I think thats just a belgian twist on the style which makes sense to me. super creamy.
D: as a nightcap, after dinner, roaring fire, slippers kinda beer....drinkablility is near perfect. for much else? not so much.
an interesting brew for sure. spot on for De Dolle again, one of my favorite producers for their spirit and talent. would love to be able to substitue 6 ounces or so of this after dinner instead of a coffee.
12-08-2005 03:30:32 | More by kaimcm
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
Alright..my first foray into De Dolle brews and definetly my first Belgian stout. Deep opaque black pour with a billowing three finger head. Very impressive...no light is passing through this brew. Good head retention. Roasted, burnt tones with hints of raisins, cocoa, molasses and a bit of earthy, barnyard twang.
Toasty, burnt malts upfront melding with raisins, dark cocoa and a subtle fruitiness. A nice bitterness on the way down with hints of earthy yeast and alcohol. Quite a nice interpretation of a stout, but there's too much carbonation for my liking.
Mouthfeel has a nice body to it with a slight creaminess..but the overcarbonation really throws me off. If this was a bit smoother it'd be much better in my book. I can't see having more than one of these in a sitting. An interesting stout that is well worth a try.
02-01-2005 02:19:35 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottled Jan 2010 stamped on the cap.
Didn't know just how voluminous the head on this beer was, but was educated quickly. The pour took about five minutes, and produced a black colored beer with an abundant cocoa head that resembled whipped cream. The head dissipated quickly.
Aroma was coffee/roasted malt, and chocolate.
A deep espresso taste, moderately bitter, on a chocolate base.
Pretty rich. One at a time would be plenty.
11-21-2010 19:20:01 | More by lordofthewiens
3.3/5 rDev -15.2%
No dating on this one...
Huge amount of greyish brown sludge in the top of the bottle neck. Tons of head foamed up all over the place, even though I had left the glass half filled, it still started to foam over... Dark rootbeered brown that you cannot see through. Vineous scent and taste, more towards a red wine. Light in the aroma. Very highly carbinated, too much for my tastes. This does not taste much like a stout, more towards a barleywine. Strange, it just seemed like one I would like, but it just did not work for me.
12-06-2004 03:27:47 | More by shapudding
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
03-02-2014 19:23:12 | More by bishopdc0
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
11.2 ouncer sampled, pours with a HUGE dark tan head, puffy, fluffy and showing good retention, slowly calming down to a 1/4 inch head and leaving gobs of thick and textured lacing. Unusual and nice looking stuff. Exotic nose of chocolate, yeast, vanilla and tropical fruits. Strong stout, hints of alcohol, citrus (!?!), chocolate, cocoa, smokey tropical fruits. Complex, interesting artisinal creation. Looking foward to trying more selections from De Dolle.
03-26-2006 19:45:13 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -8%
A 11.2oz. bottle courtesy of Cornboy...
Pours black with some ruby highlights with the help of some artificial light...very carbonated which produces two full fingers off tan head. The foam sticks around for the entire snifter full and produces some pillowy lacing with decent cling.
First whiffs are a bit burning in the nose...nothing real complex at this point with caramel, chocolate and vanilla detected.
Taste is very unique...mostly nutty chocolate with a gentle smoked flavor. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but it is mildly sour and has a vineous character that works well.
Alcohol is apparent and I would enjoy this one as a night cap.
Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and the carbonation could be less.
Either way, a nice deviation from my normal selection and one I'd visit again.
01-10-2006 01:17:51 | More by warriorsoul
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
Near-black in color...only the faintest glints of ruby-tinged light are visible at the edges of the glass. Thick, long-lasting, lovely lacing tannish head lays it all out for your enjoyment. Aromas are dark fruit dipped in chocolate with some pine cone shavings. Flavor is wonderful. Front side sees chocolate-covered caramel and finishes with a toasted nut specialty coffee while chewing on more dark fruit. Woven into the fabric is a subtle spicy "oomph" that teases you as it appears and disappears. Modest warming effect from the ABV to put a smile on your face.
12-02-2004 01:39:50 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
Special Extra Export Stout has a thick, heady nose that radiates from the bottle, bringing about as unsubtle-as-it-gets notes of fig, tawny port, caramel, coffee, and dark cherry. Based on the nose alone, this stout deserves at least 4.5 stars, since the allure is simply beautiful.
On the tongue, the beer has a surprisingly light mouthfeel--medium-light at best--but flavors so huge that they temporarily overwhelm the tongue's ability to separate them. Ultimately, figs, port, and chocolate malts dominate, along with a raspberry-like tart sweetness that seems out of place in a stout, but blends wonderfully with the darker flavors. Later in the mouthful, after a few of the sugars have died off, tobacco and coffee flavors begin to rise from the depths, joined only slightly later by hints of ash and anise. These later flavors continue unabated into the aftertaste, which lingers for a good half-minute, at least. I also find that my tongue tingles during the first half of the mouthful, partly because of a rather heavy dose of carbonation, and partly because of the overwhelming variety of flavors.
This is truly an astounding stout, and one of the better-crafted of its kind that I've encountered. Well worth the effort to seek out.
08-03-2011 03:08:30 | More by jondeelee
4.75/5 rDev +22.1%
Wow Nelly, what a beer. This brew has a monster head: good lord the head is so thick and huge you could use it as the foundation of a house. IS this a milk shake? It looks absolutely beautiful in a a pint glass-exceptional. The smell is of roasted malts. The taste is very nice, roasted malts with a gentle bitterness. At such a high alcohol level, it is amazing that there is no alcohol tatse what so ever. A clean and pleasing mouthfeel. A very highly drinkable brew. Without a doubt, I have found a new best friend. Search for this ale and enjoy!
05-03-2006 23:32:02 | More by BadBadger
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Bottle poured a very dark brown. Thick head almost a full-blown brown color with large bubbles at the bottom and it thinned towards the top. Aroma was very sweet, alchhol present, small hint of roasted coffee on a deep inhale. Bottle says refermented in the bottle and mine was very carbonated. I could taste the dark malt, it also imparted a very rich roasted malt flavor with a burnt sweetness to it. I too noticed a little sourness to it as mentioned in another review, so thanks for helping me identify that charcteristic I couldn't quite describe. Finishes with a nice clean coffe taste. A very bubbly, dark, sweet stout that combines the roasted malt with roasted coffee. Cheers, Joe
02-20-2006 20:30:12 | More by ByTor2112
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
Pours a mountainous head of airy mocha foam over a black body. Head hangs around for a while and leaves chunky bands of lace as I make my way down the glass. Aromas of tart dark fruit over hints of cocoa and alcohol. The dark fruit is even more prominent in the flavor, but there are unmistakable stout notes of espresso and cocoa, albeit buried well below the dominant Belgian character. A touch of caramel and candi sweetness as well. Body is surprisingly light, yet smooth. Slightly sweet for a stout and not too dry.
This is ale is definitely Belgian first and a stout second. That being said it is unlike any other Belgian Ive sampled. In other examples of Belgian-stout hybrids Ive tried the flavors simply dont meld, but thats not the case here. Another masterpiece from the mad bros.
02-05-2007 23:13:21 | More by Shovelbum
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
An aggresive pour leaves a thick dark tan head which stays but no lingering lace. The beer is thick like motor oil. Smells of burnt toffee, slight fruitiness and dark roast coffee, some bitter cocoa as well. First taste is a tad overwhelming. A lot of dark roasted malt flavor, almost a sour note at the mid point, must be the yeast, the pour took so long I kicked up a lot of yeast. The after taste leaves a bit of that sourness, the same type of sour I get from espresso, but a very slight hoppiness as well. As the beer warms it becomes vinous, almost port like, defintely better warm. The taste is very sweet, almost cloyingly. Its a little too carbonated for me as well, especially for a stout. Overall a tasty beer, but seems a bit overdone. For my first belgian stout, It was pretty good, but not fantastic.
03-12-2008 20:15:50 | More by brewgetter
De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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