Monk's Stout Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
08-08-2013 05:10:09 | More by mactrail
3.15/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
07-25-2013 00:48:49 | More by allergictomacros
3.25/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-23-2013 16:24:09 | More by thehyperduck
3.54/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-18-2013 04:21:28 | More by biegaman
2.18/5 rDev -33.7%
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
06-13-2013 02:05:54 | More by BGDrock
3.29/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-29-2013 02:05:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-18-2013 02:21:09 | More by Hopswagger
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-16-2013 01:24:30 | More by jrenihan
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