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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.11%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle given to me in Brussels thanks to my friend Jan Peter.

Poured initially with a voluminous head, settled down into a thick foamy head over a dark brown, almost black body. Lots of sticky lacing.

Nose of roasted malt, nuts, coffee, butterscotch, wet wool, dark fruit.

Tastes of dark roasted malt, some coffee and dark fruit with a little acidity especially on the front palate. Light character.

Body is light and carbonation is smooth and round, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

A nice expression of a stout, light in character, and quite drinkable, although lacking a bit of depth in taste.

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer on draft at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter. Beer is black with a thin lazy off white almost brown head of small bubbles, low carbonation and the head retention is low. It breaks quickly and pulls to the edges of the beer at the glass interface, leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, yeasty, a little roasty.

Beer is super thin and a little bitter, not much going on here, it is drinkable but unremarkable, not a repeat.

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 Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black without any real head formation or lace. A good swirl brings a few mocha bubbles, but that's about it. The nose brings some nice roasted chocolate character with some slight Belgian-yeast aromatics. The flavor falls back with heavy roast; the chocolate and yeast are merely background noise. Medium body with a semi-dry finish that is a bit acrid. Decent.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dupont Monk's Stout

25oz bottle, corked and caged. Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a clear, dark brown with a light head consisting of lots of really tiny bubbles. Aroma is strange, mineral, tart, sour, metallic. In the taste, much different than the nose, with a good dose of lush chocolate, malted milk, roast and coffee grounds. Well balanced, though there is little hop flavor, just mild leafy notes. More cocoa, coffee and toast. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, finishing slightly dry. Overall, I was quite surprised with this one, a really nice find. A Belgian stout with some character.

Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, but not inky black.

Very mild in aroma - some light roast way in the back and some tart notes.

Not even a stout as we would understand it - very little roasty/coffee/chocolate flavor but more of a very clean, dry, light bodied affair with mildy tart, tangy notes.

Is this like a Saison Dupont/ Guinness black and tan?

Hehe, maybe.

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 Jeffo
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, three finger, fluffy, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown in color, almost black, with a higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A foam cap remains and leaves some decent, chunky lacing down the glass. Decent looking, though the head is a little out of control.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, caramel notes, licorice and some dark fruits. Raisins and dates mostly. Bolder nose and pleasant enough.

TASTE: Milder flavors and not much up front at all really. Some roasted and caramel notes through the middle and then some licorice, cocoa powder and dark fruits at the swallow. A bolder aftertaste of roasted cocoa, some spicy yeast and hop bitterness lingers nicely. A nice finish, but an uneventful start. Very Belgian as well.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Very, very light on the palate, but creamy enough. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Just too light for a stout, and even for a Belgian dark ale.

OVERALL: Another Belgian style stout that is neither good nor awful. Not off-putting by any sense of the imagination, but also not memorable or worth re-visiting on purpose. Might as well pass on this and try something else.

Photo of rudzud
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at a Julio's tasting.

A - Pours a thick dark brown with nearly no head/lacing. While I know this is a dark ale, don't market it on the front as a stout. Looks incredibly average/underwhelming.

S - Smell is fairly average too. Slgiht roasted malts and super faint chocolate, like a watered down ice cofee. There were some light grains as well (wheat).

T - Taste is similar to the nose, faint chocolate and coffee. Very flat and watery tasting. Just dissappointing.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery. Not think and chewy like a stout, nor is it full bodied like a dark ale. Just a muddled mess.

O - Overall this beer really is fairly mediocre at best. Glad I didnt buy a bottle of this and only had to stomach the small pour of this stuff. Ugh.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose-filling aroma has firm tones of charred wood and yeast with a hint of licorice. It pours a deep opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Smoky, malty flavor has tones of molasses, caramel and roast coffee with a licorice hint. Texture is a teensy on the thin side but strongly tingly. Overall, if not the best porter available, a worthy beer.

Photo of corby112
1.76/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that's black in the glass with a half finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with faint earthy hops and estery dark fruits.  Hints of dark chcolate, pepper and coffee countered by plum, raisin and other dark fruits.  

Thin bodied and watery with lots of tight carbonation(slight oxidization) that lingers throughout making it tough to drink.    Some roasted chocolate malt but its very dry and flavorless with subtle metallic and cardboard.  Really unpleasant to drink.  I was told by two different bartenders and another BA that this is the way the beer tasted.  Not infected, just not very good.   I'm not so sure but either way it tastes pretty awful.

Photo of ginemesis
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark like my soul, with a decent head.
S- Roasty, like smelling an iced coffee.
T- Like drinking a cold, carbonated Americano... with no water. Starts really strong upfront, but there is something lacking and light in the aftertaste.
M- Despite the flavors of a stout, it feels far lighter in your mouth. Not so bad that I wouldn't drink it, but disappointing nontheless.
O- Coffeeish.

Photo of mrfrancis
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with subtle amber highlights and a creamy, tan mousse. My initial impression is that this looks like a solid stout.

S: The smell is odd to say the least. It's very yeasty with banana and spice esters that remind me of a Bavarian hefeweizen or weizenbock, but these quickly give way to muted aromas of roasted grain and weak, watery coffee.

T: From the nose, this beer goes downhill even further. Brief notes of banana, spices, and dark chocolate are tailed by flavors of mineral water, coffee, molasses, overripe cherry, and roasted grain. The finish is virtually nonexistent with a bitter roasted grain flavor.

M: Very light bodied. It's initially dry, but gets a little sticky and syrupy around mid-palate before drying out again on the finish. Carbonation is very active. This beer feels poorly balanced and insubstantial in the mouth.

O: Before trying this beer I could safely say that Brasserie Dupont does not produce a single bad beer, but now I can't say that. My respect for the brewery keeps me from giving this unfortunate accident an absolutely stinging review, but it really is pretty awful. It's like someone who had never tasted a stout, but had perhaps seen a few Guinness advertisements, decided to brew a stout. With the exception of color, this beer has nothing in common with real stouts. What was the brewing team at Dupont thinking?

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

With DuPont's reputation as a saison brewer, it's interesting to see something this dark come out from their way. It pours a deep black-brown, translucent at the edges evincing a mild bit o' dark garnet, topped by about two fingers of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts (very husk-y, I might add), light chocolate powder, and toasted wheat. The taste goes further down the roasty road, with heavy roasted malts, darkly-toasted wheat, and what seems like lightly acridly bitter coffee. Things are a bit harsh here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and one of the driest finishes I've ever seen in a stout. The dryness doesn't help the bitterness any... Overall, I can't say I'm a fan of this beer. It's too burnt, too roasty, for its own good.

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 dlello2
2.42/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown letting some red through on the edges. Doesn't look very thick at all. Root beer float-like head is persistent. Lacing is huge.

S - Hmm. Kind of gross. Alcohol smell comes through but on the whole it smells old. All of the smells I get are faint/only hinted at.

T - Watery mouthfeel. Not unpleasant. Wow there is not much going on here. Bottle says "deep aromas of black coffee" as you drink and I'm not getting any of that. It also says "roasted bitterness..." this does hit me but disappears quickly.

O - This was disappointing. I wouldn't get this again. Really boring, and what I did find interesting about this beer was not that pleasant. No aftertaste lingers.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Dupont's Stout pours in the tulip black creating a dark black look in the vessel. That takes care of that. A dense like cream colored inch of foam up top with good retention, yet no stick. Smell is english yeast up to the max. Interesting to see a Belgian brewery take on this style. More smells- peat, smoke, chocolate, vanilla and cream. Taste is pretty much stated above in the taste portion. The english ingredients take hold alot. Cocco, vanilla, cream and peat influence. Feel is light bodied with tight carb that's not bitey, yet there is a sourness towards the end which kills it. I like this low alcohol and light bodied stout, but it tastes a bit disjointed and the aftertaste is horrid.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a medium tan head, nice retention and lace.

S: Chocolate and mocha, nice full notes of malt, hint of molasses.

T: Thin bittersweet chocolate, some brown sugar and a hint of mission fig. Not a bad flavour, but not expansive, a disappointment with the promise of the nose.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, creanmy, soft carbonation.

O: I love Dupont, Saison Dupont is a modern classic, and they make a lot of good beer. I loved the new witbier I recently had from them. This just isn't that good. Bland and uninspiring unfortunately.

Photo of impending
2.37/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

SF Toronado. Served in a tulip, midnight black, zero transparency, mocha colored head, little lacing.

Aroma is underwhelming, no sense of the dynamic Dupont yeast. A little charred bittersweet chocolate. Bland.

Massive disappointment the flavor is. This is a bland english stout indeed and no more. Zero adventure. The massive disappointment is with Dupont, their imprint is no where to be found. Nothing of note. In light of this mediocrity the cost is absurd.

I am a believer in Brasserie Dupont.
cheers
jd

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 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 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 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 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.

Monk's Stout Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
76 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.