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De Dolle Extra Export Stout - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle Extra Export StoutDe Dolle Extra Export Stout

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very good

478 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 478
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 03-13-2004)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What good fun. Destined for Conn. but shipped fresh and direct..to me from Belgium. The label was put on by someone who had too much the night before, badly placed.
Now the beer: An enormous initial head, many moments later..aroma of coffee grinds. But this worked -the malts, the yeast - hand it to the Belgiums.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 02:34:14 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with bright orange trim. I expected to see a Belgianesque amount of carbonation and a large, soft, airy cap after the pour, but I didn't expect the beer to be as lucent as your average brown ale. The head looks decent enough, even if it isn't all that sticky and doesn't deposit more than few stray scraps of lace. Note: the final pour results in opacity, a much more fitting look.

Extra Export's nose is a dead ringer for a BSDA. This might be Brouwerij De Dolle's idea of a stout, but it isn't mine. No worries. I love BSDAs and I wouldn't dream of marking it down for failing to adhere to the style guidelines. The beer smells like black malt, dark fruit, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. In other words, it smells.... black. And it smells great.

Wow! This is fantastic beer if you like aggressive Belgian strong dark ales (I won't mention the word stout again) that taste as black as sin. Each mouthful is an explosion of pungent, spicy, malty goodness. I'm reminded of a whole array of similar flavors: anise seed, British black licorice and Sambuca chief among them. There has to be something other than malt, hops and yeast in this bewitching elixir.

The finish is amazingly long and lingering, which allows the deliciousness to be appreciated as diminishingly vibrant echoes long after the beer is gone. It's too bad this is only an 11.2 ounce bottle. The generous amount of carbonation is fine, but the mouthfeel needs to be a fraction more viscosity for maximum enjoyment.

I have never had a bad beer from this brewery and most have been very good. This one easily qualifies as very good. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely mine. Despite the $4.49 price tag, a multiple bottle purchase is in my future. Extra Export Stout is Extra good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 15:39:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another great offering from de dolle that i was able to drink this weekend. served into a pint glass.

the our is a huge dark brown with a nice head of tan that coated the glass with nice webbing that held up throughout the session, really just nicely done.

as i reach in i get a smell of chocolate laced with smokey berries, hints of brown sugar an a touch of spice. very interesting. even as it warms this lactose sugar really takes hold and becomes a dominant force and mixes with the flavors of apple, spice, light berries, and a warm licorice like flavor in the finish. nice and smooth, creamy and a sweet taste is left in the mouth.

overall as solid as the day is long, i could drink something like this all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:47:35 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is dark brown, almost black with a huge brown head which has retained quite impressively.

S: Definitely a nice roasted quality to the nose with some coffee and dark chocolate. Some hints of licorice and dark fruits. Mild earthy and herbal notes to the nose as well.

T: Quite a nice flavor, and significantly sweeter than expected. Quite a bit of licorice to it, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Maybe some citrus hops and a definite yeastiness.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the high end of medium.

O: Solid beer from De Dolle, who I find to be a fairly hit or miss brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 18:52:33 | More by womencantsail
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The massive Belgian head tells you right off the bat that this is no traditional stout; the liquid is slightly lighter than the English and American varieties and the lacing is magnificent

Smell: A variety of different tones; the expected malty coffee and chocolate tones but also vanilla, dark fruit and almonds

Taste: Starts out with a bitter chocolate and espresso flavor with a touch of almond; mid-palate, the nutty bitterness expands in a slightly tart, fruity direction; post-swallow, the flavors merge together but a slightly burnt character appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated; mouthfeel more like a Belgian than a stout; a lot of alcoholic warmth, too

Drinkability: Interesting and quite satisfying; one of the pioneers of the Belgian stout style; I mis-understood this beer when I first tasted it a few years back but now I think of it as satisfyingly complex

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 01:57:17 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a super huge bubbly head with excellent retention (maybe even so much retention that I regretted using a tulip glass to poured this beer). Aroma of subtle coffee and chocolate with great malt and Belgian yeast which give this stout its own personal aspect. Another great beer from De Dolle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 21:06:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jeez...there's a lot going on in this beer. Of course it's a bold and agressive stout, but that's just the beginning. Very big roasted and chocolate malts with a solid caramel, nutty flavor. Throw in some lactose for extra sweetness and smoother texture. But then, the Belgian stuff starts. Add some grape, figs, prunes, blackberries, and candy sweetness. Really projects tartness and sourness withouut detracting from the Stout-like character. Strongly stout and belgian from nose to finish. Moderately heavy, without thickening the texture. Strong coffee and berry finish and lingering. This beer was a lot of fun. Reminds me of some great Baltic Porters.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 00:51:46 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a huge creamy tan head that took a very long time to die down but never quite went away. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles near the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark malts and dark fruits in the nose; notes of cherries stand out in particular.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of dark sweet malts, sour cherries and bitter chocolate. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a slight bit of creaminess that coats the mouth.
D: The complexity of the flavors makes this beer very unique. I would definitely try this one again. This is a beer that is better sipped.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:42:27 | More by metter98
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 00:08:25 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The creamy tan head atop its almost completely opaque mahogany/black body maintains a solid 1/4" lid throughout the entire glass and leaves some short splashes and sots of lace about the goblet.

The nose is rich with a peppery, anise-glazed, fruity (plum/prune) and nutty chocolate-accented malt that's backed by some mineralistic/earthy barnyard character and a light whiff of alcohol (as well as a hint of metal and some sublime, plastic-like phenolics). Wow! That was unexpected!!!

In the mouth it bristles with a slightly elevated, natural (bottle conditioned) carbonation that warms to become airy and smooth; letting it's medium body slide smoothly away.

The flavor is chocolatey, nutty, fruity (fig/plum), peppery, a touch candyish (bubblegum); backed by a solid bitterness and drying wash of alcohol. As it warms the carbonation softens to become silky smooth; the peppery spice fades; and the flavor widens. I'd suggest pulling this from the fridge and letting it sit for a few mintues before pouring... from there it'll warm naturally as you enjoy it (it's a sipper, not a quaffer!). It finishes lingering with a touch of creamy cocoa/hazelnut/mocha java (Isn't that an option for a Starbucks Gande?), some solid nuttiness, and an appropriate walnut-skin-like bitterness. A bit of metallic character appears later, and it has a phenolic burp as well, but neither detracts from its character.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 14:30:41 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: tawny, beefy brown, impenetrable, but for a nutty, almond-y bottom, with a big, blooming, gloriously fizzy creamy-toned head, slowly settling into a modest 1/2"...vibrant nose, yeasty, cocoa and cookie dough, slight cola tinge, nuts, and dark fruits, dates, prunes, with alcohol peeking through, and flavor comes off as very inviting, urging my my lips forward...
Taste...whoa! Bam-sham-a-lam! Forward flavor, hot and heavy, big on entry, and never ending...dark fruits, heavy molasses, anise, rich, almost syrupy, long, fiery finish. Brandy, cognac, whiskey, dark rum...delicious, deep, thick, massive, magnificent... I've got to get the local bottle shop to carry this...or do I? I can see this becoming a difficult, expensive addiction...yum...the strength is showing, and doing what it does...time to call it a night, but what a lovely way to close it...this is something else, a Belgian Imperial Stout, or so it feels...I've got to stock up on these, now that I've tasted it's glorious goodness, and have become an instant affirmed fan!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 08:47:59 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of emerge077


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled Jan. 2010" printed on cap.

Supercharged billowing head of tan mocha foam, rising in irregular crests and peaks on the surface. Black with mahogany edges where the light passes through. Great retention, head lasts for the duration, with spotty bits of lace around the edges.

Roasty aroma with some estery Belgian yeast notes. Slightly nutty and sweet, but overall dry and slightly muted.

Dark fruit, plum and espresso, fudge brownie. Nutella hazelnut spread. Dry bakers chocolate lends some bitterness that compliments the roasty malt flavor. Aftertaste is dry and earthy, with traces of dark roast coffee. Very effervescent, characteristic of a Belgian stout. A few swirls settle it down, releasing some of the CO2. This was nice to revisit, after having a few times over the years. A unique beer from a unique brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:01:12 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a 3 fingers deep mocha head. Lacing & head retention are AWOL

S: Sweet malt, slight sherry notes & alcohol

T: Toasted malt, malt sweetness, & molasses up front, Slight alcohol burn, choclate& iron as it warms. Finishes with slight oaky notes, vanilla & alcohol burn

mF: Slight silkyness & carbonation, medium to heavy bodied& very good balance

Drinks okay, but after a while the 9% abv catches up to you. Not the best of this style, but not bad

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 04:22:05 | More by russpowell
Photo of zeff80


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, deep, dark brown color with a thick foamy, tan head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of fruits, like plum, raisin and some apple. It had a caramel malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted fairly spicy for a stout. It had a tart taste, too, maybe some apple flavor. There was a molasses taste with some caramel malt.

M - It was very sharp and quite fizzy, something I've rarely experienced in a stout. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an interesting take on the style. A little fruit and quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:39:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hot sure how old this is, been in the cellar a bit and was on the store shelf for who knows how long.

A ridiculous 1/2 sized pour of head, darker fizzy head rises up, but fades pretty quickly. I have to stop the pour in the middle. The
head is steadied with lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom. The beer is almost pitch black, but not completely.

THe nose has a nice light Belgian stout aroma. Some lighter version of dark malts, a little creamy malt, little roast, touch of chocolate, plenty of Belgian malt aromas, and even a little Belgian yeast fruit. A touch of biscuit and a brown malt like aroma too.

Taste is similar, but darker than expected. Some nice roasty malts, dark black patent I think, plenty more Belgian malts and some sweetness but plenty dry too. Some fruit, but very light. A slight sweet sugar flavor, with a little warming booze and some tingly booze as well. It also has some bitterness from the roasted malts. It finishes mostly dry, but a little sticky feel, and lots of lingering dark malt flavors. It sure is extra stout and dark. Some lingering bitterness from the roast as well.

The mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied with metric ass-loads of carbonation.

The drinkability is slightly lower with the warming and tingly booze, as well as the lingering earthy bitterness. A slight spicy feel to it as well, and it's somewhat thick and syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:38:39 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour this beer I get aromatic notes of raisins, rum, and figs. It is quite well carbonated and pours with a light brown head that sits atop a dark black beer. When I go in for a deeper smell I get rich malty notes intertwined with notes of sherry, and a dry vinous note that reminds me of an earthy red wine. It is interesting how the aroma of this beer is similar to some rich red wines, I get notes of berries, almost jam like and a rich woody earthiness.

Upon first sipping this beer it literally froth on my tongue from the ample carbonation, so I swirl a bit of it out. The taste is sweet up front with notes of burnt raisin. It finishes a bit hot from fermentation by products, which actually form an astringent almost bitter component that helps to balance the sweetness found at the beginning. This beer is really light on the palate, almost refreshing in character. I must say I am quite enjoying this beer, there is a nice roast coffee note in the finish that only appears after the beer has been swallowed. There is a combination of carbonation and yeast derived notes that give this beer a spicy, prickly, and perhaps a hint of a vegetal note. All in all this is a nice beer that really is quite intriguing and makes for a contemplative, complex tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 01:48:07 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a thick black liquid, the head was almost nonexistent. The smell of the beer was deeply roasted and has a pretty typical Belgian yeast aroma too. The taste of the beer was toasted and burnt with plenty of malt in it. The beer was very dry in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick. Overall the beer isn't too bad, there was a lot of clumpy sediment that sank to the bottom. All in all I wasn't too bad, I might drink it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:35:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a near-gusher. Despite careful pouring, it was all head - Poured more into another glass, did the same thing, so I let it wait. The head did descend to a workable size after not too long a wait, revealinga black body. The head eventually thinned and stayed. Patterns of thin lacing stuck to the glass.

The smell was of chocolate, toffee, slight coffee with herbal, slightly metallic, notes. Seems a mix of a stout and a perfumy/herbal Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

The taste is bittersweet roasted chocolate, coffeeish, with perfumy herbal backing. As it progressed it was like a super-dark Belgian Strong ale more than anything. Interesting mix of styles (that I had with Hercule, but this seems a bit better - though there has been too much time between to be sure). A bit of alcohol appears in the bitterish, dry finish.

Silky smooth with a Belgian-esque effervescence met with stout-like malty smoothness.

An interesting, though pricey (about six bucks for an 11.2 oz. bottle), Belgian stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:45:36 | More by jwc215
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl Brown bottle, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Huge foaming head, tan coloured and big bubbled, below was deep dark ruby red body. The head stayed throughout the review, something I always like to see.

Yeast esters fill the nose, add some semi-sweet dark chocolate notes with a background of heavy ground coffee aromas.

The flavours followed the smells almost to the letter, with alcohol coming into the frame, which added the final piece to the brews make-up.

Well carbonated and easy to drink this is one of the best stouts I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 21:33:28 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark with a tannish head. Flavor is sweet and sticky. Lots of sugar, but not a lot of real firm stout character coming in. The problem here seems to be a seriously high carbonation element. It definitely is interfering with my perception of flavor. Hopefully this is an exception and not the rule. This is nice, but the carbonation is really killing it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 00:49:54 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown to black in color. Wispy head falls immediately to some spotty surface bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: alcohol, dark chocolate, and espresso are easily detectable and pleasant.

Taste: this is not your average high alcohol stout - it is a belgian beer with some stout like qualities. Espresso, dark chocolate, prunes, nice bitterness, hints of yeast spiciness, and alcohol make up an interesting and very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Long flavor filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a unique belgian beer that has great flavor, but the high alcohol is noticeable pushing this down in the category. Great beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2007 12:36:40 | More by Gavage
Photo of Halcyondays


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a cool finger and a half of tan head that looks like it's going to last forever. Not a lot of lace.

S: Black licorice and molasses.

T: Not what I expected originally. Got a mild acid play almost like a lactic old stout with mild hints of balsamic vinegar. More traditional flavours come in later, lots of licorice, anise, baker's bitter chocolate and metal. Notes of coffee, clove and a sweet and sour almost soy sauce bit finish. Unique, complex flavours.

M: Little overcarbonated at first, but smooth throughout. Mild acidity. Got a good body for sure. Musty and yeasty.

D: This is a fun beer to drink and certainly takes you for a ride. Pair it with some dark chocolate and you've got a nice finish to a meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:40:38 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of tempest


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with dessert at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA - made a great pairing with their molten chocolate cake. Like other big Belgian stouts, this is a subtle beer. The aroma reminds me of cooled hot chocolate and the flavor has a slight sour tang with a dry cocoa powder finish. It certainly doesn't drink like a 9% beer, and unlike most export stouts, it has a subtle Belgian flair from a dried fruit flavor undercurrent. I'd say it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 03:27:28 | More by tempest
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 19:45:13 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 19:36:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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