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Monk's Stout Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kojevergas on 06-26-2011

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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 76
Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Pitch black

SMELL: Brown malt, chicory, carob, roasted walnuts, currants, yeast, burnt grain husk

TASTE: Super smooth, medium body, wet, burnt husk, charcoal, mildly acrid, yeast, vague fruit, herbal, vegetal, roasted twang, dry pulling finish

First brewed in the 1950s, Dupont reincarnated this from their recipe archives. This one could and should have been tweaked a bit more. It’s trying to be more of a Stout and forgetting it’s Belgian, but don't blame the monks—they had nothing to do with it. Worth a try if you can handle an acrid burnt character.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.21/5  rDev -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.

Photo of innominat
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found this a pleasant example of a stout. It has a nice mouth feel with a pleasant roasted character. Its straight ahead simple to enjoy stout. Not the best but a solid entry none the less.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Massively carbonated with a tightly knit khaki colored head. Dark brown in color and only a bit of light gets through. Brussels lacing. This beer is virtually odorless,but with a lot of effort I got a bit of dark malt. The flavor is a bit on the sweet dark malty side. Perhaps a bit of powdered cocoa in the mix. The mouth is creamy and dry.

Photo of BGDrock
2.27/5  rDev -31.4%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Mar02x
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a bottle from the Hopduvel in Gent.

A - Pours like a dark brown typical stout with a nice beige head that slowly retracts. No carbonation visible.

S - Roasted malts, slightly sweet and oatmeal. Strong cherry scent and chocolate. A real beer smell.

T - Roasted malts, some sweetness and not to bitter.

M - Carbonation with a medium to full body.

O - Not a bad stout but for me there is not much to go on. I rather have an Imperial.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a chalice. Body is a deep dark brown with a smallish creamy white head that doesn't stick around for very long. Aroma of dark malt with a good bit of roasty character, along with a good bit of funk from the saison yeast and some notes of lactose and sourness.
Palate is a bit flat. Dark malt, a slight hoppy bitterness, and a touch of lactose up front give way to the saison yeast on the swallow. Funky, tangy yeast and a bit of dark fruit flavor come through on the finish. Body is a little thin, especially if a stout is the proscribed style here. A slightly chalky note on the finish also isn't particularly pleasant.
I'm a bit disappointed in this one. I love the other beers from DuPont, so I guess my expectations were a little high. Oh well, they can't all be winners.

Photo of russpowell
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Opens with a huge pop, pours mahogany with 3+ of mocha head.

S: Brown bread & dark fruit

T: Figs, woody hops, watered down tea. As this warms, more of the same, whispers of juicy-fruit. Minimal head retention & lacing. Finishes with vauge figgyness, leafy hops & tobacco. Real close to a drain pour

MF: Fairly thin, low carbonation

A mediocre itteration of this style, pass ...

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Am finally getting around to posting my notes taken on the spot at a winter-beer festival in Brussels last December. The festival billed as the debut of the beer; perhaps it had more than one. And what was presented might have been more of a preview, as I gathered from later speaking with someone at Dupont, possibly it was not the final recipe for the commercial run. When I find it again in good tasting environment, I'll re-review. For what it's worth, here goes:) Poured from the keg perfectly black with just a ring of ivory foam. Aroma of coffee, pepper, some herbal spice like coriander, a toasty or caramelized bread note. Surprisingly little malt sweetness, rather burnt-tasting, rather un-Belgian but very welcome. Some coriander or grain of paradise in there, too, and hops sneaks in at the end. Slight astringency, definitely less chewy than the standard Belgian take on stout -- again, not necessarily a bad thing, and all the more quaffable for it.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small, light tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt and espresso. Not particularly interesting.
Similarly roasty flavours, almost burnt, pretty full-on. Soft spicy notes also show through.
Too much carbonation.
Pretty harsh roasty notes...

Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with notes of the typical Belgian malt used by Dupont. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt with a solid malt backbone and light dry esters of black chocolate. Body is somewhat thin with great carbonation. OK though I have a huge preference for Dupont regular saison over this.

Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice super dark cola brown with ruby violet/red shading. Nice light tan fingers of head settle to a foamy thin pollow with lace sticking all about the glass. A nice pretty stout.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice dry bitter cocoa and coffee-like roasted malt.. not too strong as this is a mild stout. Nice clove and bready Belgian yeast touch. Not too bad, but subtle.

Taste: (3.5)
- Subtle esters, light roasted grain with a chocolate flare. Little earthy, grassy bitter, and bready yeast. Overall a nice light drinking stout.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Rather light bodied, well carbonated, and a touch dry. Not at all chewy or cloying really. Light brew.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a light stout for sure, and may throw a few people off thinking that this would be some big heavy stout. It's not, but a nice simple stout with a subtle Belgian twist. I like it, I feel it is solid, and one I would drink again. I just think I would be more likely to buy it if it were on tap at a lesser price.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  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.

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a massive two finger high beige head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has notes of dark fruits and hints of chocolate in the flavors. Subtle hints of sweetness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and airy on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is nice and light, making it very easy to drink. It seems to taste like a hybrid between a dry stout and a saison.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Bottle, best before Feb 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice in Oct 2011.

I have never seen a beer look rough in a Westmalle chalice, this didn't let me down. Lovely dark body, pitch black until held under a strong ligh force when its deep ruby red hues shine though. The creamy looking head is a tan crown of foam that sticks to your upper lip like a fake moustache.

The smell was of slightly charred malts that had been over roasted in a peat bog and began to crisp up.

The taste a was of dry malted biscuits with most of the flavour removed. It didn't taste right, something was missing: rich and creamy enough, but the zing had gone, no depth or physique to it what-so-ever.

Wanted and expected a lot more from this Stout, not impressed at all. Looks good, but fails to deliver.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my St Bernardus Chalice.

A - Pours a typical stour Ebony colour with a three fingered tanned head that stays the course.

S - Roasted malts, slghtly sweet and oatmeal.

T - Roasted malts with some licorice and metalic notes. The finish is bitter.

M - Slightly overcarbonated with a medium to full body.

O - I applaud the belgians for attempting a stout, this is OK in places but lacks something in others.

Photo of joecast
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what to expect here but it's good stout weather.

Thick tan foam head with an imposing nearly opaque black beer sitting beneath. The slightest red hue shows when held to light. Low carbonation. Excellent head retention.

Surely they don't use their saison yeast here (they don't do they?) but there is a light Belgian yeast character. Slightly spicy and a bit estery. Not a lot of typical stout character here, but certainly not unpleasant.

Taste retains the light Belgian character but adds a harsh bitterness. Not the typical hop bitterness. Ths seems to emanate from a heavy dose of roasted malt. A bit grainy. Raw but with some sweetness.

An interesting beer. And an interesting mix of styles. Not sure if people are crying out for an English stout crossed with a Belgian pale. But at least Dupont can say they have done it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella glass. 2011 printed on the cork. Speaking of the cork, as soon as I took the cage off, the cork nearly put a hole in my ceiling.

4.0 A: Fist pour gave a 15:1 ratio of head to liquid. Many minutes later, I ended up with a full glass. Black color. Three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good, but no lacing is left.

2.5 S: Super dry roastiness and not much else.

3.5 T: The taste somehow appeals to me despite my realizing that it's quite simple and unimpressive. It's not nearly as dry as the nose suggests. It's moderately roasty with lots of graininess and enough neutral malt sweetness to put things together fairly well.

4.0 M: Light body. A bit overcarbonated, but reasonable after a few good swirls. This is actually quite creamy for how light it is. Not bad here.

3.5 D: I would never, ever buy this again, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. It's not impressive in the least, but for some reason it's just what I wanted right now.

Photo of spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of ludachris
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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: 3.24, 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.

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Monk's Stout Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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