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Monk's Stout Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 06-26-2011)
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Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Neorebel, Aug 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

beerhunter13, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

FadetoBock, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Jason, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.19/5  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.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of hiphopipa
4/5  rDev +21.6%

hiphopipa, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Franziskaner
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Franziskaner, May 11, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Mantooth, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
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

BGDrock, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

acurtis, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  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.

biboergosum, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Varkias41, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Mar02x, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Sammy, May 12, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

ElGordo, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Ciocanelu, May 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

whatthewhat, Oct 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.2%

Mbpike, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of russpowell
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
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 ...

russpowell, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Seaba
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

juliendesrochers, Apr 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Lanstrum, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Beertracker, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

ManforallSaisons, Aug 27, 2011
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Monk's Stout Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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