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De Dolle Extra Export Stout - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
87
very good

494 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

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

Heck of a stout this is. Found it up in Belfast. Pours pitch black, can't see through it, thick head that lasts for several minutes. Powerful taste of burnt caramel, raisin and alcohol very prominent. Mouthfeel is quite thick. Overall it is pretty good, can only and have one per night if to be had on a regular basis. The most powerful stout I've tasted yet!!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 02:23:42 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 01:17:51 | More by warriorsoul
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

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

The pour was pitch black with a four finger beige/brown head that slowly dissapated and left a nice beige lace on the glass.

The smell was heavy in dried fruit smells almost like an abby with just a hint of coffee and hops in the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a coffee flavor followed by a quick hit of hop spice then an apricot flavor that lingered for just the right amount of time.

By far one of the best stouts I've had because It's not like any stout I've ever had. I really like the fruit undertones.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 00:24:34 | More by coasterfreak75
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

11.2 oz pour released with a fury of a opaque buh-lack brown hue that was barely gving up glints of light off the sides of the glass topped with a statuesque frothy brown khaki head cap that was two inches thick.

Initial scents of a subtle cheese and cocoa?

First swigs: Intertwined cocoa and Dr. Pepper. 9.0% ABV is well hidden. Dry peppery mix. Middles around a dry almost instant coffee powder. Pronounced roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Feel is fluffy soft with an intense frothy prescenc certainly has the Belgian-esque characteristics of a complex deep brew.

Last swigs: Black coffee belgian. Welcome flavors that cover a vast spread of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 12:45:59 | More by blitheringidiot
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kaimcm

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 03:30:32 | More by kaimcm
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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
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hmm. What to say, what to say. It's a unique beer, that's for sure. INCREDIBLY drinkable. If there was a 5.0+, I would give it that. So silky smooth and light, it is totally shocking that this is a stout and 9.00% ABV to boot.

Pours a dark black with a huge tan head (we are talkin Duvel size here). Smell was nothing extraordinary: alcohol and malts predominate. The beer tastes good, it just isn't really unique in any way. Nothing bad about it, just somewhat bland.

As I said, it is the most drinkable stout I have ever had and if they werent $5 a bottle, I could definitely pound a few away in a session. Nevertheless, it didn't blow my mind. I expected some deeper flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 04:18:38 | More by Lnedrive14
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very thin looking dark, dark brown in color. One inch deep head with a brown hint to it. Nose is cocoa and licorice. Flavor is actually kind of disappointing. Some cocao, molasses and raisins. The alcohol is also a bit apparent and gives a rum-like flavor. Kind of a bitter bite from the hops that destroys any more flavors after the initial sip. Very thin mouthfeel and a bit of an alcohol burn. Kind of a struggle to drink and not too keen on Belgians stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 02:39:04 | More by MuddyFeet
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 11.2 oz bottle from Luke’s poured into my oversized wine glass. The color is dark brown, nearly black. The light tan head is creamy and about one finger thick. The head stays briefly before falling to a thin covering the surface.

Smell – It’s missing most of the characteristic aromas that I associate with stouts. The smell is closer to a dark Belgian ale, dark fruits, yeast and alcohol. There are some dark grains, but not in a coffee/chocolate way.

Taste – The flavors is closer to a stout than the smell, but still not quite there. There is some coffee along with rum/molasses, fruit, alcohol and yeast. To me the flavor just doesn’t meld together well, the flavors fight each other as if you had taken a stout and a Belgian ale and mixed them together.

Mouthfeel – Medium-thin mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.
Drinkability and Notes - This is an odd beer, not my taste in a stout or a Belgian ale. Certainly an interesting experience but I enjoyed La Maitresse Du Moine, a similar beer which has flavors that melds in a more pleasing way.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 22:25:41 | More by OldSock
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

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

dark dark brown with a THICK tan head. had a little trouble pouring this one as a matter of fact. well ok a lot. dark chocolatey and earthy vinous aroma with coffee. slight funky yeast aroma with vanilla and wood characteristics. every once in a while i get a whiff of something really funky like a fried egg or something, weird. also a hint of plastic or soemthing. sometimes you catch a little alcohol too. less sweet than the smell lets on with strong coffee and wood characteristics. bitter chocolate mingles with the vinous flavors, that mellows to a vanilla flavor at the back of the mouth. a little salty soy fades in and out. a little black locorice comes at towards the finish as well as some spicyness and some well covered booze. a little bit of yeasty funk every few sips or so. berry flavors come out about mid glass adding a nice complexity to an already complex beer. a hazelnut taste shows up around then too. the plastic shows up here in the taste too in a very small amount. slick full body with delicate carbonation. good drinkability, lots of flavors, none overpowering. very well balanced. belgian stouts seem to be quite an experience. try this it is a very welcome change from the typical imp/stout

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 02:18:35 | More by kmo1030
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date but II on cap. Great presentation with well lasting creamy head and coffeblack beer. Nose is delicate giving lots of chocolate in oaked strawberry/plumb jam and that in a wonderfull mixture of carramellic malts. Taste is good to but exceptionally chocolate like though litle overroasted cacao. This with a good oaked note and a litle funkyness from ferm/aging in barrels make it well drinkable but hard too get all flavours in the complex brew. Fine mouthfeel with good but for stout high carbonisation but migh oh migh what a rich taste. Litle hard and bitter but well recomendable IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 19:27:20 | More by paterlodie
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

330ml Bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a deep black colour with slight hint of brown when held up to light... Head was huge - almost foamed over the top of the glass. Colour was creamy tan - lasted quite a long time...

Aroma - Strong dark malts, strong coffee, chocolate, slight spiciness, slight soapiness...

Taste – Bitter chocolate, roast malts, dark fruits, peppery, slight lemony notes, nutty hints...

Feel - Quite sharp. Not as full bodied as expected...

Overall - A very good and very drinkable stout. Definitely worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 09:14:40 | More by mdagnew
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Served at cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

Appearance- Outrageously enormous head that fights to overwhelm the boundaries of my glass. Soapy, active crown that leaves behind gobs of lace. Color is black.

Smell- Huge alcohol presence with a quadrupel-style malt profile... I think I'm going to need someone to share this with. Chocolate and raisins dominate, then the alcohol returns with a left hook.

Taste- Dense and chocolatey, undertones of dark fruit and more alcohol. 9%?... shit, this drinks like 12%. Bold and in-your-face attack, fading to a bitter toffeish maltiness that will be around come sun-up.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slightly aggressive at first, then smooth and enjoyable. I can't imagine following up with another, but hell this was good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 03:41:35 | More by yelterdow
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Got this beer from the Pitfield Beer Shop--the first time I bumped into this beer in London since tasting it in Belgium a year ago.

A: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a very very dark brownish hue--nearly black, with an effervescent head mushrooming non-stop!! rocky, tighly foamy and lasting forever...
S: refreshingly tart-fruity and sour aroma approaches upfront, like bread-dough or yeasty bread, combining well with the note of semi-ripe plums; after swirling, more dark-chocolates to follow, along with very mild vanilla, some roastiness and a sweetish perfumy hop aroma. I suppose the yeast-sediment poured into the foam has brought too much sourness and somehow blocks the exit of other deeper malty aroma. Apart from that, the aroma overall is very distinct from a conventional extra-stout, with its rather fruity, aromatic hoppy and yeasty edge--very pleasant though.
T&M: sharp and effervescent on the palate upfront, with lots of sweet dark chocolates and maltiness backed by a tartly-sweet fruitiness like plum juice; as the texture softens, the flavour also decides to land, bringing aboard an underlying and ever-lasting bittersweet mixed-flavour of dark chocolates, roasted maltiness, char or burned-woodchips, roasted hazelnuts and surrounding the throat with its subtly warmish touch without intense alcohol; a lingering chocolaty aftertaste and a rather clean finish. The mouthfeel shows a clear structure, from initially floating and slightly astringent, through the mid-flavour's creamy texture, to absolutely soft and mellow but clean towards the end.
D: stunning and delicious extra stout by De Dolle... rather different from my expectation of an imperial stout in terms of aroma and a flavour gearing towards understated malty texture, but extremely beautifully balanced and mellow. The Belgians really know their beers pretty well, and this is yet another rare treat from De Dolle to all beer-lovers. Would buy some more to store for the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 03:02:13 | More by wl0307
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hero27

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Looks just like the picture on BA..even the top label is a bit crooked...weird.

Anyways, I attempted to carefully pour this into my small weizen glass, with little success. The head exploded out like those crappy black "snake" fireworks I used to light as a kid. After a long wait, the beer settled down a bit to leave a respectable, slightly foamy, tan head.

Aroma is downright alcoholic. Dark fruits in the background, but only through an iron curtain of alcohol.

The carbonation is too high..a bit overdone, in my opinion..but the taste makes up for it. The roasted chocolate & coffee flavors blend together pretty well in this brew. Complex flavor with figs, raisins, toffee, and an assortment of others that can remain unmentioned until you try it yourself.

Overall, a powerful and in-your-face stout. Pricey, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 23:16:25 | More by hero27
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petrochile

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was eagerly recommended by a good friend of mine, who is 10 times the beer connoisseur than I can ever be, and because of this I have been looking very forward to this one.

A: I pour my bottle into a standard pint glass. I poured slowly, and with great concentration, but a lot of head is what I got. Foamy like soap suds in a kitchen sink. A malty black color carries the spongy head over it.

S: I love the smell of this. To be honest it smells to me like a Carmello candy bar, chocolate and caramel, which I find lovely for this stout.

T: A very superb stout, very smooth and wet. The chocolate come out nicely with each tasting. The strong alcohol content is not hidden in this stout, but it is not overwhelming either.

M: Is very excellent for a stout, and holds firm in my mouth with a quiet agility. Would be quit nice if this nested on my tongue.

D: I could not imagine drinking more than one of these in one sitting, with it's strong abv, and that it is a very filling beer. Since this stout reminds me of desert, one is quite filling, and more importantly more satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 01:23:51 | More by petrochile
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lou91

California

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

You got to love the root beer float pour of a good stout. The alcohol flavor was strong on the pour with some hints of nuts and chocolate fighting through the booze. It is highly carbonated which was unexpected and it took away from the taste. As it warmed, its flavor profile came through much better - truly unique in the stout world. It has a bitter coffee and bitter chocolate flavor and the tartness of some white grape and cranberry notes. I had high expectations for this one and while it was good it was not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 06:34:44 | More by lou91
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a tremendously head-y stout. Poured into my tulip half beer and half foam. I could even shake the beer up a bit while the head ceased to move. Looks pitch black with a chocolatey head. Allows absolutely no light penetration.

The smell has the same yeasty, spicy, candi sugar aroma as St. Bernardus Abt 12. Very medicinal and lavender in the smell.

The taste is quite enjoyable. It has a plethora of coffee flavors well blended with sweet chocolate. Also has some mild berry flavors hidden beneath. Simply amazing.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, and starts off with a sharp bite (especially when served a bit cold). It doesn't tend to coat the mouth or leave a dry finish, amazingly. The alcohol is quite well hidden in there, though there is a mild burn in the aftertaste.

This is one of my favorite stouts. Between this and the Hercule Stout (also from Belgium), I am content for the moment with not having access to some of the bigger american stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 03:31:16 | More by neonbrown82
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

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

Those wacky Belgians have done it again. I'd say this is a combination of a Belgian "Special" or "Extra" beer with an export stout. Pours out looking like coca cola. Lively carbonation that is just right. Smell is slightly malty. Taste... notes of bakers chocolate, subtle dark fruits, light red wine characteristics perhaps. Rich, full mouthfeel, nice tingling on the tounge. A very very drinkable beer even at 9% ABV. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 22:48:52 | More by ChrisBowers
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color of molasses with a cola consistency. The huge froth leapt at me, and purrs for a long while, but mellows to a kitty after a bit.
Smells partly of port, caramel, black licorice, clarified butter. It's very heady.
Tastes of cola, bittersweet chocolate melted with a little water, burnt bread pudding, extra strong black licorice, raspberry jam spread thin on a toasted cedar plank. There's definite alcohol "ohs" in here: It's just shy of burning. Has a cola feel to it. It's not quite smooth, or creamy.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 23:18:56 | More by gbontrag
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guinnessman

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma’s 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 01:48:58 | More by guinnessman
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corporatejim

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the Summit Oatmeal Stout glass I recently scored from Mackenzie's Beer Bar (Free glass with a pint). Big head coming out of the bottle to meet me as soon as I popped the top. Poured to a 2 inch head in the glass which quickly settled to a half inch with staying power. Deep dark Coke like color. Thick rich Malty aroma, but you can tell it is a Belgian. Has that smell that all Belgians seem to, yeast?. Foamy lacing reminds me of what you would see in a glass of draft rootbeer. Very active carbonation when you tilt the glass a bit. Nice carbonated fruity bite upfront duking it out with mellow roasty malt flavor. Finished with a smooth creamy coffee taste.

As the beer warmed a tad, the flavors become more subtle. Beer had a smooth full mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 13:47:35 | More by corporatejim
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dansteino

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very good. Pours a nice murky brown with very nice brown frothy head and ample lacing.

Smell: Good. Nice chocolate aroma is consumed too much by the spice and fruit (plum) produced by the Belgian ale yeast.

Taste: The Belgian flavors completely overcome the stoutlike qualities. I also get a little sweet and sour contrast (like a Flanders Red) that I find unpleasant.

Drinkability: One is enough.

I love De Dolle.

So this is what happens when you Belgianize a stout. Some things are left better untouched.

I'll stick with the other beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 03:48:28 | More by dansteino
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of counselor, big up.

Pouring slowly, an enormous fizzy head erupted. Once it settled a bit, it was murky, cola brown with a light tan head of great proportions. A little light in color for a stout.

Smells were of mild chocolate, spice, a certain sourness and as it warmed, some raisin notes came forth.

Taste was spicy in the front, combined with some mild chocolate and some Belgian funk, finishing somewhat tangy and bittersweet. Very strange in taste compared to American stouts. It caught me a bit off guard.

Mouth was medium-bodied and fizzy, as was suggested by the head. Slightly warming in the mouth and stomach. ABV is definitely noticeable here.

Ok stuff. An interesting brew at least.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 02:31:46 | More by oxmasterscream
De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.