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Monk's Stout Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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179 Ratings

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.45%

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Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black. Tan head with a little staying power and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, Caramel, hints of berry jam.

Taste: Roasted up front. Hints of jam in the middle. Nutty finish.

Mouthfeel. Thin. Carbonated.

Overall. A nice stout. Middle of the road bold and mellowed significantly as it sat in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 06:11:00 | More by mhmalaska
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/27/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Slight amount of earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian stout. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A unique and pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:32:30 | More by superspak
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3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours pitch black with a big, light tan, quickly dropping head, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: coffee and roasted malts with some fruit-like, fresh aroma in the back and perhaps some forest notes. Subtle, yet very pleasant.

Taste: a bit sour, malty. There's a lot of roastiness and hint of coffee. Mildly bitter. Basically a typical stout with nothing much going on.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation. Would be better with softer carbonation.

Overall: Highly drinkable, but I wouldn't drink more than one bottle. it's a typical stout. It could be more bitter and less carbonated. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:31:23 | More by beholder_pl
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3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown to black, one finger beige head, sticky.
Smells of dark roasted malts, caramel, coffee and forest nuts.
Surprisingly, there's a big tartness from beginning to end, vinegary, mixed with some lemon zest also, messing with the classic aromas, setting them in the back. Roasted dark malts, sure, with smokiness and mild caramel. Going to dark chocolate. Weak coffee (diluted), cocoa powder and a dry earthiness are classic to the stout recipe, but the weird sour cherries and low dark fruit (red grapes, plum) somehow don't fit. Spices are cinnamon, anise and hints of vanilla. Low hop presence, bitterness provided mostly by the roast.
Drinkable, sure, but too thin and crisp than expected.
Not really what i wanted, don't know for sure if it's "interesting" or just not well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 14:01:16 | More by dcmchew
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Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. A refermented in the bottle stout. Awesome.

This beer pours a mostly clear (I think) very dark brownish cola hue, with slight caramel highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, effervescent, and loosely foamy, tiny-bubbled beige head, which leaves some very Hawaiian Island-esque lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of roasted biscuity caramel malt, a hefty dose of sharp, oily nuttiness, a subtle black fruitiness, a touch of bittersweet cocoa and coffee, some dry baker's yeast, and subdued earthy, leafy hops. The taste is much bigger on the dark chocolate and day-old coffee essences than initially led with, pushing the caramel sweetness down a peg or three, the dark fruitiness getting a mildly sour tang to it, the Belgian yeast reveling in their second life, and some musty, dusty, earthy hops bringing up the rear.

The carbonation is tight, and reserved in its bristling frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, and none too smooth, as the bubbles and yeast have this sort of unholy pact to scour my tongue. It finishes off-dry, the toasty choco-cafe notes not ready to give up just yet, while the yeast and musty hops round things out.

An English stout, by way of the Wallonian countryside, this is. Perhaps there's a reason for that there English channel - the English have their stout, and the Belgians have their fruit and yeast, ne'er the two shall meet. But here they have, and the result is middling at best, and not something I'll be jumping to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:29:22 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - Poured black with a thick two finger beige head. Good carbonation coming up and a spotty lacing with a finger of retention.

S - Roast, dark fruit. Mild.

T - Roast, dark fruit, tobacco.

M - Good carbonation, full creamy body, yeasty finish.

O/D - Not overly flavourful or complex. OK but nothing I'd reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:06:18 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I didn't know Dupont brewed a stout until I came across it at the LCBO the other day. If it's anywhere as good as their Saison, I'm in for a treat.

The body is a deep chestnut brown that is so close to black it might as well be. When held up to the light, the edges of the beer are the only thing that gives away its true colour. A finger's worth of cream coloured head is tightly knit and doesn't boast much staying power. No lace is left behind.

An enticing aroma of vanilla beans and sweet dark chocolate greets me first. Coffee grounds and a nutty earthiness lie just underneath. Fruity jam-like esters also make a subtle impression. There's no sign of any hop character but that's to be expected with the style.

The taste is very straightforward. Both the vanilla and dark chocolate dash across the tongue and their presence is short lived. A drying roasty and nutty character quickly takes over and continues into the finish. The dry, almost papery quality in the finish I equate with sorghum or oxidation. Whatever it may be, it's harsh and too pronounced for the delicate flavours of this stout.

Even for an English Stout, this is on the lighter end of the spectrum in terms of its feel. Watery is never a descriptor I like using, especially for stouts, but that's the first thing that comes to mind. Couple this with the off-putting dry finish and I'm left with an underwhelming beer.

Overall, a disappointing stout. I try not to set expectations for beers before trying them, but when they come from a reputable brewery such as Dupont, it's hard not too. The highlight for me was the nose. It was complex and flavourful. If only that were to have continued into the rest of the categories. The mouthfeel is what really threw me off with this beer. It's too thin and lacked balance. Their saison is on another level in comparison to this, and the former is what I'll stick to.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 22:43:12 | More by ludachris
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New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Monk's Stout has the appearance of a porter or dry stout, being pitch black with a quarter inch tan head. For the aroma, I picked up a lot of various dark fruit esters, and Belgian yeast. I found that the tast was very smoky, a bit 'roasted,' and tart. Once the beer sat for a little while, it began to give off some chocolately flavors too. Very light bodied and light in the mouth feel, this is something different. It did not quite taste like a Belgian or a Stout. Not sure if I would order this again other than to try and better understand or appreciate it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 05:53:54 | More by Neorebel
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3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really big, but controlled, foam-up in the New Belgium snifter. It settles down to a tall pile of beige-tinted clouds. Very light bodied.

It does have a diluted coffee flavor, but it's quite pleasant. It's just slightly tart, and there's a distinct burnt undertone. Dark grains and barely ahint of sweet malt. The dry Belgian yeasty taste comes forward after some sipping.

Sourish and bitterish aftertaste is not the best reature. This is certainly a beer that doesn't fit easily into the catalogue, but it's very drinkable and refreshing. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 05:10:09 | More by mactrail
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Super dark with a fairly thick head of foam that drops quickly.

S - Nose is coffee and roasted malt. Bit of a metallic tinge,

T - There's some coffee flavour and hmm burnt rubber? A bit acidic and kind of muted in flavour overall.

M - Medium body. Sharp carbonation.

O - It's OK, but not my favorite stout. Kind of drinkable but not terribly tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 00:48:49 | More by allergictomacros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle picked up at a London LCBO; best before August 2014. Loved the saison, so I figured this one looked interesting enough to be worth picking up - I don't drink a lot of stouts in the first place, let alone Belgian ones. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as night into my pint glass, topped with two lofty fingers of puffy, silky, beige-coloured head. It retains beautifully, lasting nearly 10 or 15 minutes into the drink, leaving very little lacing as it slowly seeps away. Looks amazing, but the aroma is anything but - dark roasted malts, treacle sweetness, and Belgian yeast come through, with a slight hint of mocha and dark fruit. Enjoyable, but rather subdued, becoming only slightly more noticeable as the beer warms.

The flavour profile is quite similar, both in range and intensity, though to its credit it does improve as the beer approaches room temperature. Some dark, nutty roasted malt and treacle sweetness, black licorice and baker's chocolate notes underlie an oddly prominent plum-like tartness - not something I tend to look for in stouts, but I can dig it. The aftertaste is tart at first, but this gradually fades away into a pronounced dryness, leaving a charred, ashy taste on the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied, with very mild carbonation and a somewhat flat mouthfeel. There is no carbonation to scrub away the charry aftertaste, so it accumulates as I sip my way through the glass - for that reason alone, this small serving is probably enough for me.

Final Grade: 3.25, a serviceable C+. Brasserie Dupont's Monk's Stout is an odd beast. I could drink most of my favourite stouts all night, and there are few Belgian-style ales I would ever turn down a second helping of - but this fusion of the two leaves me feeling underwhelmed, and one glass will be more than enough for me. The taste is fine, but the burnt, ashy mouthfeel really hurts its drinkability. I don't regret getting this one, but I doubt I'll pick it up again, or recommend it to anyone looking for a traditional stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 16:24:09 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Monk's Stout looks rich enough to sustain an entire abbey. Only at certain angles into the light are dark russet-brown edges revealed (never any transparency though). Head-on the beer appears wrapped in an entirely black robe, its hood, however, tinted a beige-brown tone.

The first whiff is intrinsically pleasant: a mocha, creamy chocolate note that is light sweet, lightly roasty. It's not strong but has a definite coffee bean flavour, one that is surprisingly unencumbered by yeast or esters (as is customary with Belgian brews).

The first taste, however, proves to be a kind of "ah ha" moment - it's where the stout unravels and the more typical Belgian ale characteristics come to the fore. Gone is a good chunk of the coffee-and-cream, dark chocolate flavours and in their place arises a tart dark fruitiness, something like sour plums. It has a vague balsamic quality to it. Hints of anise spice too.

So rather than be "stout", Monk's Stout drinks with a sweet, dried (although curiously tart) dark fruitiness that is more typical of a Dubbel. Remnants of the smoke and roast do remain, however, more than enough to remind the drinker that this isn't another prosaic Belgian ale; much of the distinctive earthiness and spice of DuPont's saisons is present in this offering too.

Belgium isn't exactly known for its stouts. While enjoyable, Monk's Stout fails to make much headway in that department. Nevertheless, Brasserie Dupont could have done nothing for the rest of its existence but make Saisons and the world would still love them, so I respect the experimental efforts and will support any other ambitions this excellent producer comes up with.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 04:21:28 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.18/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: almost black with a touch of red glimmering like dried blood; fine, mocha head with good retention

Aroma: drifts from the glass strongly, more bitter and acidic than expected, almost like balsamic vinegar; chocolate most prevalent in the roast; some dark cherry

Taste & Mouthfeel: not your typical stout! very bitter and acidic roast (aroma was telling) and a little thin - like corner store coffee, and with about as much depth and length; things are going downhill fast, actually becomes more unpleasant and almost undrinkable - it's puckering, becoming sour - I'm done

Overall: first sip wasn't bad, but it rapidly fell apart with a surprisingly weak body and sour, vinegary flavour - I'm all for trying something different, but this just isn't right

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:05:54 | More by BGDrock
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Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of light brown head. Carbonation appears very high (as expected given that this is a bottle conditioned beer).

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roast, dark caramel and some yeast esters.

T - Roast, chocolate, Belgian yeast notes and hints of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Carbonation was a little heavy for my taste.

O - Decent enough but fairly average overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:05:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Almost pitch black body with a tan micro bubble head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, molasses, fig pudding, burnt barley and fruit roll ups.

T/M: Chocolate, stale coffee, and sweet dark fruit jam. Oddly present tartness, cherry cola, burnt molasses, burnt barley and finishes dry with long lingering cigar smoke coverage. Body is more light and carbonated than expected.

O: Tartness is really throwing this off. The aroma is very nice and well blended. I could smell this for hours. For the price tag this is not something I would ever purchase again but I enjoyed the experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:21:09 | More by Hopswagger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BB 08/2014

Beer is black, perhaps with some dark brown hints. Small tan head on top. Good retention.

Smell contains roast malt, coffee. A bit of a dark fruit scent, but not anything in particular.

Taste is very thin. Some roast malt, a bit of coffee. Relatively bitter. Again, a slight bit of dark fruit, almost grape in flavour. A bit astringent.

Quite light in body, moderately carbonated. A thin beer.

Overall, not what I would expect from Dupont. An OK stout, nothing exciting but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:24:30 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Dupont LCBO feature, and the weakest though most unique offering.. Body looks like a nitro black. Faint roastiness, more molasses taste. A weaker stout for sure. So-so drinkability, and dare I say a little thin.A little bitter but not interesting.Watered down coffee substitute.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:39:48 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a nuttiness. It ends with a chocolatey/watery aftertaste with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness.

Overall - Not really a stout.. Maybe more like a Schwarzbier. Anyways, I expected more from this brewer. Still decent, just needs more flavour and less of a watery feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:48:31 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: BLACK, can't see any hues through it. Nice thick head that is off white and then settles to a thin film and a nice rim around the glass.

S: Coffee, chocolate, black cherries, some sour notes.

T: Some sourness present, strong coffee in the back of the pallet, smoky chocolate, cherries again.

M: Well carbonated for a "belgian stout". Medium-full body.

O: I just love the flavours of this beer. Some belgian notes are well present.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:31:30 | More by Kremlock
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Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Leffe goblet. Dark caramel chocolate in colour, with about a half inch of fluffy head that settles into a very thin ring. Some not overly pleasant flakes of sediment swirl around the glass before finally settling. Not the most attractive brew out there.

Nose isn't bad - dry roasted grain, a bit of fruit - cherry or strawberry - with a mild sweetness and a hint of Belgian yeast. Smells like a Belgian dark ale, which is more or less what I had expected.

But boy does it not taste like one. Extremely dry, tart, almost citric, which utterly dominates the brew, leaving little else for the taste buds to detect. It was okay for the first few sips or so, but man the finish really drags on. Very, very dry with a Belgian yeast component. Mouthfeel is certainly of the Belgian variety, and is lighter bodied and a bit slick.

It was intended to be a British-Belgian stout hybrid (I think), but the end result was certainly far less than the sum of its parts. Not a fan of this brew at all, which is a shame, as I was really looking forward to this. Don't think I'll be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:31:45 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brownish ruby body, ring of tan head, not much lace to speak of. A bit of roast, smokey with some darker fruits, fairly odd smelling, yeasty and a lingering note of plastic that seems to persist. Taste has a bit of smoke and charred/ashy flavours as well, dark fruits with a bit of an odd bitterness as well here. High carbonation, light bodied, below average feel for a stout. Really quite unimpressive, not quite a stout and not quite a dark belgian, too many odd smells and flavours to make this enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 16:45:06 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled stamped 08/2014.

(4.0) A: Pitch black with a crimson edge. A bubbly mocha coloured head that lingers for a while and clings to the glass well.

(4.0) S: Quite a strong aroma as I could smell this when it opened. Dark cocoa powder, darker fruits (plums, raisins, fig), and quite a bit of smoke. Definitely belgian-y.

(3.5) T: A slightly odd tart lemon-lime pie controls the taste with some roasted malt notes which follow. Smokey finish. Lightly bitter with equal dryness.

(3.5) M: Light bodied with a higher carbonation. Fairly thin with a bit of slickness.

(3.5) D: Was pretty pumped to try this as part of the Dupont LCBO release but I don’t think I will be revisiting this one. Appearance and aroma were nice but the taste was too sour for my stouts and mouthfeel left a bit to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:46:31 | More by Digimaika2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dupont release at the LCBO.

Decent price, didn't see the ratings before buying... fingers crossed.

Dark brown, almost black pour with a fizzy, short lived light tan head. Lacing is minimal.

Some chocolate and coffee, a touch of soda and some dark stone fruits. Sweet biscuits and brown sugar. There is a touch of smoke in the back end.

Dark roasted malts, sweet biscuits, slight metallic taste with something that resembles peanuts.

Light body, high carbonation.

This wasn't terrible, but it wasn't fantastic. This had flavors and aromas that I never imagined or thought would ever go in a bottle. I guess I have some learning still to do.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:40:25 | More by korguy123
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4.16/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, vanilla, floral hops.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, lactose, floral hops, earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.

D - Great balanced Belgian/English style stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 04:26:26 | More by ngeunit1
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3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Cork says 2011 on it, so I assume it was bottled sometime last year. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a huge 3 inch head. This one foamed up pretty much as soon as I started the pour, and it took a while for the head to recede so I could get a somewhat full glass. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bitter herbs, and a bit of tart dark fruit. I liked the taste of this the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has high carbonation. I thought this was a decent enough brew, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:10:27 | More by bluejacket74
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Monk's Stout Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
76 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.