Extra Export Stout
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #27
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3.92 | pDev: 11.99%
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Souraboutsours from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer that I bought (somehow I got ahold of this in the middle of nowhere) was in the liquor store for 5 years before I cracked it open. Since it's conditioned in the bottle, it was mostly head, and had a metallic smell, and a slight metallic taste. But that didn't impede on the really complex coffee and chocolate flavors that came through. If I can find one that was bottled sooner, maybe my opinion would change.

Dec 02, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing. It took a while to pour fully - the head was huge and unrelenting here.

This smells like tobacco, chocolate, red wine, dried grapefruit skin, cherry, oak, leather, coffee, and roasted malt.

Most funky stouts I've had lean way more towards than funky than stout, and I can appreciate that this is mostly a stout at heart with some funky clothes on. There's roast, smoke, leather and tobacco, earthy, bitter, but with a slightly creamy sweetness, as there's lots of dark fruit and some dark chocolate. The funk level is perfectly subtle here, adding some red wine tannins, dried grape, lemon, and some grapefruit. I get some cherry truffle as well.

This is medium bodied, and very creamy, with very little acidity to it. It's quite drinkable despite the ABV and style.

I haven't had a bad beer from this brewery in years. They are esoteric, weird, delicious, and one of the best breweries in Belgium.

Sep 11, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle over three years old

Very carbonated, had to dump out my first attempt at a pour (luckily I'm making roast beef), very dark brown almost black, giant choco head that sticks around. Smell is toasted grain, choco, almost like an oatmeal stout. Very little belgian character in the nose. Taste is smooth, very hoppy and smoked, big coffee and chocolate as well.. everything is slightly subdued and muddled together. Weird acidic off-note. Alcohol is only apparent by the burning in your belly

Time has done little to mellow this one, almost the opposite

Aug 30, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

L- I started prising the cap and immediately beer started flowing down the sides of the bottle - grrrr. The bottle had rested for about 2 weeks, then chilled, and handled very carefully! It's currently in the sink deciding if it wants to continue spuming to death, or whether it can be poured. ... +3mins later, the bottle is still foaming down the side! ... I finally get it poured over the bathroom sink having lost about 15% of it.
S- Big toasty chocolate coffee.
T- Coffee then smoke, both very pungent.So much so the 9% ABV is pretty well concealed.
F- Pungent, 'winter-warmer', a slow sipping beer.
O- Such a spuming pour as this is always guaranteed to get my back up. The beer is pungently flavoured but doesn't have the body/Feel to compliment it. Net result is a 9% stout+smokey beer that feels thin!
330ml bottle bought from BelgiumInABox in Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. BB:

For my sins I have a 2nd bottle of this, so I've taken it out of the fridge early to let this warm up some way. I'll try in 1/2hr or so and see whether the higher temp adds body/feel to the rather blunt-weapon Taste.
... Bottle#2. Begin to prise cap carefully, foam rises fast up neck towards cap. I put the bottle in the sink for 15-20mins. try again, it still spumes out the cap when I pop the lid. Carefully pour 1/3-1/2 bottle, the glass is 1/2-foam. It's warmer, richer, the coffee is now hugely pungent, but the 9% is still hidden. But frankly I'm taking 0.5point off my previous 'Overall' draft-version score of 3, as if this is routinely such a damned nuisance to pour then zero chance I'd choose to bother trying again. Surprising/what a shame.

May 05, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich mahoghony with a several fingers thick cafe colored head that towers above the rim of the glass and holds it's shape for ages.
Smell is rich, nutty, toasted bread, maltiness. Notes of cacao and molasses hang in the background
Taste has a soft coffee note surrounding a heavy toasted malt over red grapes and light figs. Light date notes showing up in the tail end. A lot more delicate than a typical US stout, nice depth of flavor though
Mouthfeel is wondefully light and clean. Great example of the typical stout style of europe before this modern madness of chocolate syrup stouts.
Overall this is a super nice beer. Clean and delicate flavors. Really great depth without the syrup thick body. Deceptively drinkable, great choice would drink again for sure.

Oct 23, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A very dark brown with a large dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is a wonderful blend of dark chocolate, dark caramel, a little licorice, a fruity yeast note and some dark dried fruit. Mild raisin and fig notes are present. Roasted malt, mildly sweetened coffee, a little anise. Wonderfully deep and complex. The palate opens moderately roasty, mildly sweet and mildly acidic. A grainy tartness is complemented by the high carbonation that adds a carbonic bite. Dried sour cherries, a little bit of dried fig is present. The palate, though, is painfully thin, and detracts from the enjoyability. As the carbonation dies down, the fruitiness grows. Anise lingers on in the finish. Very nice.

Jul 08, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled June 2012; drank 7/20/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange rust hue.

HUGE dark tan head (be VERY careful pouring!!); strong lace.

Raspberry, grapefruit, coffee, chalk & cardboard nose...a bold mess!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cherry, chalk, oats, grapefruit, plums & booze heat in the flavor...again, an interesting brew, but messy & ultimately fairly off-putting.

A fascinating failure at this point.

Mar 17, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cL undated bottle poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing close to the head. The aroma is semisweet baker's chocolate. The taste is oddly tart with mildly ashy bitter dark chocolate coming out in the middle. The finish is dry, slightly bitter dark chocolate cherritves. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, sharply carbonated and prickly. Overall, maybe a good beer, but very little in FES qualities. Cost three times what I paid for very similar Bell's Cherry Stout and the Bell's was a better beer. I believe this bottle has overly bottle conditioned from the looks of the yeast cake and ring at the neck. Proceed with caution.

Nov 12, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Very dark brown color with a good light brown head and decent lacing. Nice berry and chocolate smell and taste. A bit of dark coffee and licorice. Decent carbonation gives a good feel. Overall, a nice beer.

Oct 28, 2018
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown almost black body with khaki head

Smell - molasses, black licorice, chocolate, belgian yeast , soy sauce

Taste - baker's chocolate, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, molasses and licorice on the back end.

Overall - decent Belgian stout here, molasses and licorice are dominant here. Worth a try.

Price Point - $1.99/ 11.2 oz bottle

Oct 19, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and presumably bottle conditioned
pours a jet black body with big foaming tan body
aroma is spiced treacle and umulauts
liqourice and sour berry, tart and tidy

Sep 02, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours black in color. It has a large brown head and head retention is excellent.

Smell: There is a high rich chocolate aroma. There are also background notes of molasses and a wine like quality to it. In addition, there is a slight hint of roast. As the beer warms, an herbal quality becomes apparent in the nose.

Taste: There are chocolate and molasses flavors with a slight burnt note in the background. There are low dark fruit notes of plum as well. It has a slight earthly flavor to it as well. The dark fruit flavors, especially the plum, group as the beer warms.

Feel: It has a full body with a creamy character and a dry finish. There is some alcohol warming as well.

Overall, a good combination of ingredients enhances the chocolate flavors.

Mar 30, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at share. Yeast compliments the dark stout malts. Dried fruit character as well in both aroma and taste. Sweet, nutty, bitter, yeast, very complex beer.

Mar 05, 2018
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours seal brown with several mammoth inches of khaki froth, and it would have gone much higher if I didn't cut it off at half a bottle--looks like bottle-conditioning gone wild. Aroma smells of toffee, roasted malt, and peanut brittle.

Surprisingly mild taste features roasted malt and seltzer water. The mouthfeel is obviously quite thin as well. I really wish there was more to say; I feel like something must have been off with this batch.

If this bottle was as intended, it certainly leaves much to be desired. Maybe I'll give it another shot some day to see if it's representative.

Feb 14, 2018
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Sovereign in DC.

I have had several bad experiences with bottles of this beer. I am excited at the chance to try this on draft and have a better experience. Dark chestnut hue with a quarter inch of thick beige collar. Aromas of hazelnut, earth, vanilla. Aggressive malt character with notes of char. Much better than the bottled versions I’ve tried.

Nov 27, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown where light shines through the edge of the glass. Excellent starting head which never completely subsides. Extensive lattice of lace.

The smell is more spicy, like cinnamon, lactose, and brown sugar than like a "stout". I do get semisweet chocolate in the background.

The flavor is more like a homebrew stout in that it had a strong yeast component and a touch of sourness to the tongue. The coffee aspect is very light. The aftertaste is more sour than most stouts. Overall, this is interesting because it diverges from the classic flavors.

Nov 18, 2017
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megapyro6 from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very carbonated. Billowy mocha head. Had to let it settle to get the whole bottle into the tulip. Head fades over a few minutes to a thin head and sticky lacing. The beer is quite dark.

Smells like dark fruit, a little chocolate. Very plum and raisin forward.

Taste is dark fruit: plums, raisins, molasses, some vinous red wine type flavors. There is relatively little roast. A little chocolate. A little coffee. Bitterness is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Sweet on the tongue. Flavors linger for a while.

Overall this is not bad. It's not bad, but not quite what I was expecting. This is probably closer to a quad than a stout. Very fruit forward without much roast character.

Aug 26, 2017
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janubio from Spain

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colour, with a brown head with medium retention. Not much lace. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, figs, chocolate, licorice, some coffee. Medium body, silky palate, normal carbonation. Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee, plums. Wellbalanced, not specially the best stout I've tried. I hoped more coming from De Dolle. Correct.

Apr 26, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was a vintage 2010/June and was consumed 2017/January. Six and half years. This is an Import Stout refermented in the bottle. Color is dark and head is tremendously big and a light tan in color. Aromas of berries, sweet malt and a bit of barnyard. Plenty of carbonation, almost over the top. Taste is slightly vinegary, very bitter with touches of chocolate, tart berries and a small amount of funkiness. Finish is ever so slightly bitter with tart berries and some metallic on the finish. Overall, nice and glad I tried

Jan 05, 2017
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amano_h from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: Brown sugar. Licorice. French roast coffee. Hobnobs. Roasted malts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
T: Cacao nibs. Brown sugar. Tootsie roll. Caramel. Mesquite. Chalk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
M: Medium-bodied. Gushing carbonation. Chalky dry finish. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
O: De Dolle might have gone slightly overboard with the bottle refermentation this year, as every bottle I've purchased from De Dolle dated after Q4 2015 has left a sticky mess on the kitchen floor so far. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is probably as good as it gets with a Foreign / Export Stout; bold flavors with a respectable amount of alcohol and an unbelievably dry finish.

Oct 17, 2016
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Radome from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Dark brown with ruby highlights; so dark it is difficult to determine clarity. Tan colored head is huge, thick and very persistent.

S - Strong malt aroma yields nuttiness, stone fruit and low roastiness. Overlaid is a moderate barnyard funkiness,which makes an inviting blend with the malt notes.

T - Flavors are dominated by Brett funk at first, which fades into malt notes of stone fruit and blackberry. No obvious hops flavors. Dry finish. There was a distracting metallic note after the initial pour, but it faded away as the beer warmed and breathed.

F - Medium to thin body. Low carbonation. No alcohol burn. Medium hops bitterness and low sourness in the finish.

O - This is an interesting and enjoyable sour beer, but disappointing as a stout. It lacks a base of malt and roastiness that are the halmarks of a stout.

Oct 15, 2016
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Released at Systembolaget, Sweden April 8, 2016.

Dark bron an hazy beer with a huge, four finger high beige-brown head. No lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice, biscuit, coffee and molasses.
Taste: Coffee, brown sugar, cherry, coffee grain, dark chocolate, caramel malt and raisin.
Mouth: Medium body and high carbonation. A little bit sourness. Bitter, dry ending.

Apr 27, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any date on this so I have no idea how old it is.

Appearance: The head on this thing is massive. Even before I poured the beer it was foaming out of the bottle. The humongous head is fluffy and brown. It is billowy like a glass of brown clouds. Tons of head retention and it does leave good lacing. The body is black.

Aroma: It has this strong sweet candy sugar aroma. You can smell it at a distance. There is a good deal of caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Right up front there is a toasted caramel flavor with a bit of a smoky character without any harsh burnt flavor. It's very well done. This sweet candy and caramel flavor lingers in the middle of the palate. It's a bit like a tootsie roll pop but just the candy outside. The aftertaste is a bit more of that smokey and slightly woody flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very Smooth and easy to drink but highly carbonated. The sweetness tends to to hamper drinkability a bit too. It has a nice medium yet effervescent finish. Medium bodied and semi-sweet finish.

Overall: So this is not your traditional Export Stout. It has a lot more flavor and character. It is also significantly sweeter than what you will normally find. This beer obviously shows its Belgian roots and gives its own take on the style. I like it. I would absolutely buy it again when I'm looking to appease a malty sweet tooth. I recommend it.

Apr 25, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There are brewers who are overly-passionate, but still sane.
There are brewers who are crazy, but insanely great.
With the "Mad Brewers" at DeDolle, we probably are dealing with the second line.
This is like a strong stout for export, but then it is not... it adds all this Belgian stuff, particularly a yeast that throws off flavors not found in the traditional rendition of the style.
This beer is fun... and will never be properly pigeon-holed.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" has a photo of this luscious stout poured, but then it doesn't get reviewed.
Is it possible the Great Master was speechless ?
Suddenly, I don't feel so inadequate for not reviewing this beer.

Apr 12, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last chapter, for now, in my Belgian solidarity binge. It is by far the darkest.

This baby has excessive head like other bottle conditioned can have. The ale is nearly black and the head is light brown. Very nice.

The aroma is faintly musty. roasty and malty. Nice as well.

The taste is civilized mix of yeast and roasty malts. Fairly profound yet balanced enough to be quite easy drinking, I have had other stouts made with Belgian yeast, and this one is an easy one without being a push over.


Apr 01, 2016
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