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Monk's Stout Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 236
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 26.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Dupont sprl
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
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.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.07/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep black color forming a big dark beige to gray bubbled head. Good retention and only few lacings formed and left. However, a very thin layer remains for long on the top

S: Very strong on roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Milky and sweet too. Very "Stout", I mean, reminds Guinness in the nose. Some bready Belgian yeasts that break a bit the main English character. Light flowery hops in the end

T: Slightly sweet and roasted malts upfront which turns quickly into a dry and mild bitter in the tongue. Notes of dark chocolate, milk, coffee and brown bread. Belgian yeasts. Finish is mainly made of roasted bitterness and some hops. Not bad

M: Light to medium body. A bit creamy. Good carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and full of roasted malts

O: Easy drinking beer but, at the same time, not very attractive. A British style beer made in Belgian. That's perhaps the most interesting point about this beer

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle poured a monster head.
Color is a nice dark walnut.
Has a slight bucolic like nose- yeast, flowery--
The flavor is obscured by a fairly tangy mouthfeel.
flavor is thin w/o much character or something that make's this beer memorable.
There are hops bitterness, a dash of toasted malt, but for this beer to wear the badge of "stout"-- even Belgian style is a bit of a stretch.

One thing I do like is the somewhat lower ABV. I can put down two pints w/o being welded to my chair seat.

Overall it's OK but not memorable, nor a beer I'll hunt for-- lots of others out there...

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Photo of russpowell
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
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 ...

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Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (L11216A 10:22) into a tulip. Pours a deep coffee brown w/ a big mocha head that slowly settles to a dense pillow of foam.

Aroma is deep & complex. Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, rich caramel malt.

Taste is equally interesting. Chocolate and coffee, toffee, figs/dates, a vague hint of spice. Maybe just a little too much going on here.

Mouthfeel is a little thin relative to the bold taste, which actually works well. Lively carbonation keeps it feeling light and crisp rather than sticky and syrupy, but it is a little prickly.

Overall an interesting, unique beer - sort of a cross between a Belgian dark and a porter. While I enjoyed it for what it was, it's not a beer I'd seek out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, plum wine, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some pomegranate and dark roasted malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is quite disappointing coming from Dupont.

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Edition

A: Pours a clear extremely dark brown bordering on black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy dark beige head that quickly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some more subtle hints of Belgian yeast, chocolate, coffee, chicory, and wet wool.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts. There are some light notes of chocolate, coffee, and chicory. There is also a hint of saison-like Belgian yeast spice notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Airy and very dry.

O: Surprisingly refreshing, a style that I do not often have but almost reminds me of what the hybrid of a saison and an export stout would be like. Enjoyable but not one that I would run out to get again soon.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is opaque black with a thin tan colored head. The nose is nice, dry and roasted malt, notes of coffee and light chocolate, with a light hop balance. The taste is equally as nice. Very roasty with notes of coffee. Some sweet hop profile in the finish balances. Creamy and soft body with strong carbonation and a dry finish. Deep roasted malt profile and nice balance.

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Photo of nickfl
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with a huge, four finger head of light tan foam. The head recedes slowly as the large, fish eye bubbles pop.

S - An odd, herbal aroma with notes of phenolic smoke and old meat.

T - Dark sugar and bread up front with some smoky notes. Molasses and licorice in the middle with black pepper and shrimp like notes. Finishes with bitter grain, and a lingering note of ham water.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Ok, I can't get over the fact that this beer smells, and to a lesser degree tastes, like ham. Not good ham either, more like old lunch meat... or burnt, rotten ham. Really bad, even more disappointing considering it comes from a brewery that we all know can do so much better than this. I didn't think I would ever have a Dupont drain pour, but here it is... and there it goes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: about a 2 finger off white to tan head on a clear, dark brown with light getting through body.

S: definitely medicinal. Almost like surgical tape/bandade with and old ham smell as my fellow beer drinker pointed out. Roasted malts are mixed in but fight to be noticed.

T: again, very medicinal throughout. Occasional hints of roasted malts, toffee and sugar but these are overwhelmed.

M: medium body but thin with high carbonation.

Overall: This one is just not very good. It may actually deserve a lower ranking. Its not very drinkable and if not for being a share, this would have been a drain pour.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast, a small caramel and coffee presence. In the taste, roasty, coffee to caramel like, with a toffee like sweetness. Quite smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, note of coffee in the aftertaste. Nice coffee notes and sweetness of caramel and toffee, pleasant and nice to drink.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a very pleasant deep brown colour, with a very light weight body. Head forms in a huge, foamy crown of beige bubbles, leaving sudsy, thick uncooked-meringue lace. The weight is understandable but disappointing, otherwise it looks good.

Nose is oddly medicinal, with the sharp roasted characters mingling with what I can only assume is a Dupont saison or saison-like yeast, giving it a touch of funk and acidity. Hints of stewed cherries, chocolate, and a dusty musty undertone. Very interesting, and not unpleasant, once you get over the shock of it being far from a regular stout.

Taste is also very strange. It has a really clear, almost watery lightness to it, which is mirrored by a clear dusky roasted character, that doesn't dip or do anything really dynamic on the palate. It just stays as one long vector of char. There's a hint of that medicinal character throughout, which gives it a mild astringent fruit character, but the lack of body and sweetness almost turns it immediately bitter and a little unpleasant.

To be honest, I understand why this isn't that highly regarded. But it's a really interesting brew nonetheless. It has far more of that roast character than you ever see in a Belgian ale, but in most other respects it really falls into that style. As a result, it's a weird amalgam that doesn't really fit anywhere. That makes it challenging, but it also makes it quite fascinating.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night with an immediate tan, fluffy and two-inch head. Looks like there's a ton of carbonation in this one.

S: Mostly dark roasted malts.

T: The malt really stands out, but there's a hint of some dark fruits (prunes come to mind) and an earthiness in the finish.

M: Pretty smooth, not as full as I was expecting.

O: Nothing spectacular, but this is an easy-drinking stout — don't mind putting down all 750 MLs on my own.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Clem's, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : fruity and malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt, with caramel notes. Lightly bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian dark ale (not a Stout).

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Monk's Stout Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
77 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.