Van Vollenhoven's Stout - Bierbrouwerij De Schans
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
United Kingdom (England)
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; coming in a slim brown 330ml bottle, bottle-conditioned; brewed in 2007 and BB 01/11/2008, served mildly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: the beer storms out of the bottle as soon as the cap was 10% opened... but still I've managed to get most of the beer in the glass, in its nearly black hue and topped with a tan frothy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last. Needless to say, the carbonation is lively.
S: dusty, roast- & chocolate-malty with plenty of black-sugary notes; the rather restrained yet hard-to-miss estery aroma comes in the form of black prunes and fat black dates - not quite pronounced as many other Belgian take on the style. A swirl brings out a little alc. and (surprisingly) hints of flowery hops, while sweet bitter chocolates, more roast grains and sour-ish notes of roast malts stay firmly in the background to be appreciated. Very pleasant overall.
T: sour-ish black coffee, semi-smoky aroma and toasted malts dominate the foretaste, then quietly the herbal touch of hops, residual aromatic chocolaty malts and faintly sour black fruits ensue, before all's wrapped up in a lightly chewy finish consisting of bitter-sweet malts, attenuated hop bitterness, and mild aroma as of Chinese smoked prunes. What's consistent throughout the drink is the key touch of sourness, quite vital to help retain a light palate, I think.
M&D: all's well in this beer - it's well made, it has all the usual elements of a strong stout, it's mellow on the alc. side, it has a decent support from the hops and the medium body makes it more than drinkable. However, it fails to strike the chord with my expectation of a potent, complex English stout and also fails to stand out as an interestingly yeasty Belgian/Dutch take on the style. Not on top of my to-drink list, yet with all honesty this ale is very easy-drinking indeed.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2009 20:23:18 | More by wl0307
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer is brewed at De Schans under licence of Heineken, who used to brew this in the past.
A deep black beer with a fine bubbly head that is off-white.
Smell is roasted and has a distinct caramalt smell, which I think personally is a little out of place. There is a liquorice smell and a light fruity smell. Also a mild tartness that adds a really great twist.
Taste is roasted with a mild dark malt taste. A good bitterness that lingers through. Liquorice and chocolate dominate the beer, but all in a mild and muted way. Aftertaste is maltbitter and roasted.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2008 07:13:57 | More by Absumaster
Van Vollenhoven's Stout from Bierbrouwerij De Schans
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