Van Vollenhoven's Stout - Heineken Nederland B.V.
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
3.99/5 rDev +2%
At The Pilsner Club, Amsterdam.
Oily ruby black with tan film.
Raisin, dark molasses and black grape on the nose.
Black malt, grape, cola, bits of caramel, dark chocolate and a hoppy bark end.
Oily coffee finish and bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, round.
Sweet but clean export stout. No big roasty hit, and maybe a touch too sweet, but the dark notes are all there. A nice digestif.
08-03-2013 20:57:12 | More by StJamesGate
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Slightly transparent dark brown. Light tan head that dissipates fast to ring. Nothing spectacular. Lots of roasted malts, nothing too complex, but solid and tasty. Grassy notes and a slightly annoying lingering sweetness that is not totally balanced by subdued hoppiness. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, even at 7% ABV. Not great appearance or complexity, but quite a delightful beer reminscient of many American stouts. Would gladly drink again!
04-10-2007 08:53:21 | More by dmbfrat420beers
3.95/5 rDev +1%
33cl bottle poured in a tulip glass.
Pours a lighter shade of black with a full, thick, two-finger head. The nose is full of coffee malts, toffee, and plums.
The mouth - which is very highly carbonated - strikes a nice balance between sweet and bitter. There is lots of full malt character with roasted coffee, caramel, and a little smokiness. There is also a very faint red licorice taste.
Overall a very pleasant stout that is very drinkable.
05-02-2011 14:12:18 | More by rinhaak
United Kingdom (England)
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; coming in a slim brown 330ml bottle, bottle-conditioned; brewed in 2007 and BB 01/11/2008, served mildly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: the beer storms out of the bottle as soon as the cap was 10% opened... but still I've managed to get most of the beer in the glass, in its nearly black hue and topped with a tan frothy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last. Needless to say, the carbonation is lively.
S: dusty, roast- & chocolate-malty with plenty of black-sugary notes; the rather restrained yet hard-to-miss estery aroma comes in the form of black prunes and fat black dates - not quite pronounced as many other Belgian take on the style. A swirl brings out a little alc. and (surprisingly) hints of flowery hops, while sweet bitter chocolates, more roast grains and sour-ish notes of roast malts stay firmly in the background to be appreciated. Very pleasant overall.
T: sour-ish black coffee, semi-smoky aroma and toasted malts dominate the foretaste, then quietly the herbal touch of hops, residual aromatic chocolaty malts and faintly sour black fruits ensue, before all's wrapped up in a lightly chewy finish consisting of bitter-sweet malts, attenuated hop bitterness, and mild aroma as of Chinese smoked prunes. What's consistent throughout the drink is the key touch of sourness, quite vital to help retain a light palate, I think.
M&D: all's well in this beer - it's well made, it has all the usual elements of a strong stout, it's mellow on the alc. side, it has a decent support from the hops and the medium body makes it more than drinkable. However, it fails to strike the chord with my expectation of a potent, complex English stout and also fails to stand out as an interestingly yeasty Belgian/Dutch take on the style. Not on top of my to-drink list, yet with all honesty this ale is very easy-drinking indeed.
10-06-2009 21:01:11 | More by wl0307
Van Vollenhoven's Stout from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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