De Dolle Extra Export Stout - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.9/5 rDev +26%
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!
08-31-2013 01:40:42 | More by Blobbers
United Kingdom (England)
4.85/5 rDev +24.7%
So I first tasted this beer at a Belgian beer festival I was running. It stands out for it's complexity and simple drinkability, and was rightly one of the stars of the festival - selling out before anything else.
It's a true biere vivante - rearing up at you as soon as you pop the cap. Pouring is a tricky, lengthy operation.
Once you've tacked getting it in the glass you are confronted by a rocky espresso colored head which dies down eventually after some time, leaving about a cm of decent thick, but not creamy, foam.
The nose is fine with plenty of spice, a dustyness and some slight salty sea tang. The beer itself is black as night, giving way to a cloudy dark coffee it you hold it next to light. It's body for me suits an export stout being just the right side of a syrupy Imperial.
So the important part... Bitter chocolate is the obvious road, but the really good stuff - 80% plus, that immediate lightness followed by the eventual mouth filling all encompassing bittersweetness. But the initial taste is much subtler - candy sugar, quite distinctively Belgian. Layers of tart cherry, raisin biscuit complete the deal.
In my opinion one of the finest stouts available anywhere.
09-23-2008 21:50:49 | More by bolerosanchez
4.83/5 rDev +24.2%
This beer was purchased at the Dilly Deli for $3.99. The beer was served in a imperial pint glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a dead black coloration. The beer has no opaquesness to light. The head is a burnt tan with a orange hue. The head was massive and had major retention. Rings and rings of lacing remain behind on my glass.
Smell: The beer is loaded with darkly roasted malts. The malts are no where near burnt. The beer has a very vinous quality to the smell. The beer has a plum or date fruityness. The dark semisweet chocolateyness in the smell combines with dark roasted coffee. The beer has a bit of smokeyness. The beer has very active belgian yeast and sugars playing in the smell. The beer has spicy alcohol joining in the smell. Other random spices noted in the flavor include vanilla, licorice, pepperyness, oak.
Taste: I really dig the flavor profile here. The beer has major wine qualities. The beer is a very nicely roasted malt bomb. The malts are not even near burned. The beer has a nice semi sweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavors. The beer is fruity sweet with dates and plums. The beer has a hint of vanilla. The beer has a spicy combo of belgian yeast and peppery coriander perhaps. The alcohol is very well incorporated as spicyness in the beer. The beer has a very nice smooth malty finish. Dam this is a really great tasting beer.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied, but not unto the point of chewyness. The beer has a bit more carbonation than normal for export stouts. The beer is a pure delight to drink. It is all I can do to stop myself from drinking the other bottle in my cellar. This is a beer that will make frequent stays in my pint glass. Who would have thought that a Belgian stout would be like this? The Mad Brewers of course would make such a stout.
06-28-2006 12:19:37 | More by nlmartin
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
4.75/5 rDev +22.1%
Get this beer some haldol. It thinks that it's both Belgian and English/American. It thinks that it's yeasty yet robust. It thinks that it's somehow spicy and simultaneously sludge-like.
This is a study in contrasts to be sure.
The pour reveals a beer as black as any American stout but possessing a massive, sudsy, rocky, tan, "Belgian" head. A wonderful spicy, yeasty aroma with ripe fruits, plums, booze, musty earth, and a smattering of chocolate. A chalky, powdery feel to the nose. Interesting -- but I thought this was a stout?
And then it hits you. The first sip. Surprisingly full of stout flavors and robust, roasty grains. Charred chocolate and dirt. Vanilla. There's a fleeting, almost roasted, American coffee stout flavor to this. As it warms, the subtlties of more vanilla, pepper, and a chalky newsprint quality emerge. But really, the consistent presence is a "traditional" chocolate flavor with a splash of alcohol.
So there you have it; get this beer some haldol. On second thought, don't. I've been critical of beers with seemingly scattered ideas of what they were. But every so often, there's something special that comes your way. And while it may not be John Nash, for a beer, it's pretty damn good.
12-02-2004 03:52:24 | More by marburg
4.75/5 rDev +22.1%
Pours a deep, barely transparent sable that is chocolaty brown near the bottom of my glass mug. Head is quite thick, light tan and rather persistent. (The head was HUGE with my first pour!) Aroma is smoky with strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones as well as hints of malt, hops and even a touch of fruit. Mouth-filling flavor is like fine roast coffee with citrus and nutty hints and touches of unsweetened chocolate and caramel, simply lip-smacking. Texture is thick, smooth and fizzy. A winner!
08-31-2009 01:16:24 | More by Cyberkedi
4.72/5 rDev +21.3%
De Dolle Brouwers brewery gives great depth to the meaning of Belgian beers. With some very robust and tough brews they made it to the very top of my Belgian beer experience.
This stout is very similar to guinness special export stout... awesome.
Very dark brown ale, with a lightbrown, fluffy head.
Smell great malts, coffee, chocolate and tobacco.
Taste is bitter. The malts, coffee, chocolate, tobacco make it a great drink, all on it's own.
Smooth drink with lots of power. Alcohol is very well masked.
I would say this beer is well worth a try.
03-04-2010 17:08:56 | More by RuudJH
4.72/5 rDev +21.3%
De Dolle Extra Import Stout was served from a white and black labeled 330 ml bottle. In a Duvel Tulip, the beer was black, though with back-lighting the black became tinged with a ruddy-brown hue. It was topped by a vouminous creamy and fine tan head, which settled to an everlasting 1cm topping, leaving thick blankets of lacing. The nose was powerful and complex, presenting coffee notes, highly developed, spiced aromas of dried fruits (raisins, pears, cherries, apricots, raisins, prunes) and wafts of sasparilla. A fermented fruit alcohol was somewhat noticable as the beer neared room temp, but was very well melded with the fruits and roastiness. The taste was simply exceptional, opening with a roasted coffee-molasses flavor that quickly exploded with a fantastic grab-bag of spicy-roasty and vibrant dried fruit flavors (muscat/late harvest grape(!!), raisins, figs, cherries, apricots, plum). Licorice notes and a relapse of creamy coffee flavors appeared in the transition (joining the dried fruits) to the sharp-cola-chocolate bittered finish that left eternally lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and cherry...wow!. A little bit of alcohol was detectable, but it again it was so well melded with the flavors it was not detrimental at all. The brew was slightly warming in the tummy. The body was creamy-full and the carbonation was a tad fluffy, working very well with the flavors and character of the beer. De Dolle Export Stout is a delicous piece of work, and will be loved by fans of strong dark Belgian style brews. Excellent!!!
08-06-2004 05:04:57 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.72/5 rDev +21.3%
The beer poured into the chalice clear deep brown with a ruby highlight. The head was tan/brown and rose very tall to fall slowly and lace the glass as the beer was consumed.
The aroma was large belgian yeast aroma with a strong fruitiness and high esters from a large alcohol presence. Chocolate malt aromas followed the belgian yeast, spice and alcohol aromatics, behind those aromas was a significant smoke presence.
The flavor was chocolate and smoke, strong smoke, yet the flavors were extremely interesting. The chocolate and smoke blended in an interesting mix with coffee flavors. Also present was an interesting caramel presence which led to a very malty impression. The complexity of all the flavors of smoke and caramel and chocolate and coffee and alcohol all blend into an interesting mix of a stout flavor like no other.
The finish was just dry with caramel and chocolate and smoke and coffee and a bazillion other spice and alcohol flavors lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full but seemed much less due to the alcohol presence and the higher level of carbonation.
11.2 ounce bottle (33 cl). A very complex and interesting stout which offers tons of complexity and flavor. The "Mad Brewers" have truly gone mad with this one. I don't know what they actually put into the bottle, but I have three more in which to find out...
11-06-2004 00:30:56 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
4.69/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
12-24-2013 01:36:30 | More by 2Cents
4.68/5 rDev +20.3%
Aromas of chocolate, raspberries, and a slight rustiness. The nose on this beer is fantastic! With a good 2in head this brew appears very delicious.
There is a sweet chocolate flavor with a very warming alcohol taste to it, but not overwhelming. The chocolate and roasted malts are delicious; they last forever with a slight hint of raspberries on the finish. Also, the head retention on this one was exceptional in the snifter it was enjoyed from.
Really a great extra stout, excellent drindabillity, and a very smooth mouthfeel.
05-11-2005 01:48:58 | More by guinnessman
4.65/5 rDev +19.5%
This pours like a De Dolle brew. It has a beautiful, small bubbled, rocky head on top of an opaque dark brown body that barely fits into a 12 oz chalice (actually, it doesn't). The aroma is basil and liquorice with a sweet taste following more inscrutable spiciness. The mouthfeel is silky without the smooth anesthesia of a soft water beer. It's slippery and interupted by persistent carbonation. I'll drink this again. I will buy enough to cover a session and unwaveringly refill my glass until it's end of night time.
10-05-2004 02:14:22 | More by faernt
4.63/5 rDev +19%
Rather a sedate label for De Dolle. Tasted from the small 33cl bottle.
the look: Deep deep dark brown. Lustrous. A finely carbonated tan head forms, lasting for a long time and leaving patches of foamy lace.
the smell: The first impression is chocolate, bittersweet, with oranges and cherries, a bit of soy, and a late hint of medicinal hops.
the taste: Roasted malt, espresso and cinnamon. A round bready malt in the center, with a lingering sweetness with the character of stewed fruits. Delicious and so satisfying. The high alcohol produces a bit of a burn at the back of the throat. Nine percent for a stout? It's well hidden, though, and probably contributes to the fuzzy (chewy?) glycerine smooth mouthfeel.
Another fabulous beer from De Dolle. I have not tasted anything of theirs that has ever been less than wonderful.
04-26-2005 22:53:12 | More by horndecker
4.63/5 rDev +19%
After a string of Dark Horse stouts, the less-than-black color of this liquid is worth noting. The foam is wheat-starchy strong Belgian: enormous, violent, rocky and pale tan colored.
Aromas of alcohol heated spices and banana leather. Some roasted goodies play a supporting role. On the palate the "stout" nature of the beer is more evident. Creamy-textured flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, rum and raisin are dry, round and pierced with tight strands of fizz. The finish is as stalky and bitter as necessary to offset the exotic liqueur sweetness of the front.
I suspect that stout purists will be upset by this beer's wild, funky Belgian-ness. Coming from the Belgian side, I feel the plump, over-ripe berry and stone fruits, as well as the full range of peppery, sweet spices identified with many brunes, dubbels and quads -- and found in this drink -- are enhanced with a layer of bitter chocolate and espresso flavor.
A beautiful hybrid.
02-02-2005 23:13:15 | More by putnam
4.63/5 rDev +19%
Wow. Never heard of it, grabbed it on a whim from City Beer Store (SF). Never been happier. This was beer kharma.
A- Poured into a Satan snifter, very carefully at a tilt like always, and nothing but head. Amazing. It was the thickest, richest head I have ever seen, and it wasn't going anywhere. A nice copper top to an ebony body. Not much lacing, but the head didn't leave until the last sip.
S- It was hard to place, but as it got warmer more aromas arose... Bitter cocoa, a small amount of coffee, toasted bread... this one was tough for me.
T- Son of a gun. Bittersweet cocoa was the most prevalent. A light hop bite at the end, nothing big, just present. A tad figgy, or raisiny at the beginning, but it matured as I got to the end. MY last few sips I was even more pleased. I would drink this one at near room temp, people. At the end of my glass, when it was a little warmer, it tasted almost like a port, or a cote du rhone. A slight currant/berry, dark grape, dry finish with a warmer, richer chocolate. Well constructed.
M- Big, strong, not overpowering. This was like drinking a nice red wine.
D- Have one with dinner and one for dessert.
02-28-2008 04:26:16 | More by Maudite
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
4.55/5 rDev +17%
I really enjoyed this beer. I am a dark/stout beer drinker during the winter months and so this fit the bill. The beer is very dark with a medium but thick foam. The taste was full bodied and had flavor thoughout with a nice after taste that reminded you that you just had an extra stout beer. Some Belgian beers have a clovey taste but this beer did not which was nice. Next time I am in Brussels I will be looking for this beer!
12-03-2010 01:14:10 | More by beerenjoyer1
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
A - Rapidly rising, then falling head atop liquid that is as brown as it gets before becoming black. Swirly universe pattern is displayed in the tan, sand hued head that allows moderate lace.
S- Potent yeast and winey aromas with port like sweet scents emanate. Woody somewhat cedary aroma is accented finely of prune or dried currants
T - Very sweet initially, but equally roasty. A nice roastiness in the forefront allows the boozy qualities to settle into the middle. Toffee and molasses tastes ride a nice fruitiness similar to cherry tomatoes or stone fruit. A great malty grain like essence a la pumpernickle resides in the peripheral taste. A gentle spiciness like crystallized ginger or cardomom is awakened as the beer warms. Notes of smoked wood similar to hickory or applewood perhaps are conjured up and hints of creamy fig appear in the finish.
M - Very buoyant as the first tastes pass over my tongue. Chewy fullness is a prominent feature as the beer gets warmer.
D - A complex ale with many strengths at 9% it has the potential for havoc, so moderation is in order. It is subtle with nuance and can creep up with deceptive grace. Pleasing in aroma and taste, could be the quaffaable 9% dark ale I have tasted.
04-04-2007 23:07:04 | More by Slatetank
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
Caution! Pour VERY VERY Slow! This is a very effervescent beer! It would be a shame to waste an ounce of it from pouring to fast and brimming over the glass.
The beer is almost completely black with a creamy loamy head. The smell is slightly bitter, I actually like that in a beer.
To say this is one of my favorite beers is an understatement. I hoard it and only drink it on special occasions.
The taste is superb. Love the roasted barley and heavy molasses taste.
02-15-2009 15:43:27 | More by libbekat
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
33 cL Belgian, bottle-conditioned with no freshness date. It pours quite black that at first is three inches of yellow/khaki head to one and a half inches of beer. As I fit more into the chalice, it becomes thick and craggy, and retains a half-inch cap that leaves some lacing. The aroma is intoxicating, with dark chocolate, cocoa, creamy milk, raisins, currants, grapes, lightly vinous malts, pink grapefruit, strawberry, and a light acidity, along with piney/leafy and citric/tropical hops. There are deep malt flavors (coffee acidity, roasted/charred malts) along with a medium, green hop bitterness that ebbs and flows on top of a thick and chewy body that manages to move lightly across the tongue, leaving a long finish. Overall, a great stout - I think I'm in love.
08-25-2006 20:45:31 | More by mmmbeer
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
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a giant, thick tan head with a pitch black body to opaque to see any carbonation. After the pour the head fizzes loudly then turns rocky after a bit and last.
S- This beer has a slight yeasty note to the dark fruit and black malt flavors that are nicely blended together. There is a note of cola and a hint of tootsie rolls with a light champagne note from the alcohol.
T- This beer has a rich smooth black malt flavor with some slight roasted malt flavors and some darker roasted malt notes in the background. There is a very light tart and earthy note at the finish of the malt. When it warms notes of prunes and dark raisins come through with a caramel malt note with just a touch of sweetness. Chocolate malt and coffee notes are also in the flavor. The finish is pretty clean with some nice roasted malt notes hanging on after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tiny little fizz that cleans the finish nicely.
D- This beer has great malt flavor and complexity and qualities from the yeast really add more depth to the malt. This is a great fusion of British Stout and Belgian yeast.
03-05-2007 19:36:35 | More by rhoadsrage
De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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