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De Dolle Extra Export Stout | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 03-13-2004

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388
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568
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - rocky marbled heard, poor lace, fair retention, no legs, opaque black w dull luster. foam slowly snakes its way up bottle neck.

Aroma- wow, bright flowers, dried cherry, coacoa, earth, clove, and cinnamon, anise, bitter chocolate, coffee, amazing coconut note from alcohol, salted caramel, lightly solvent at times, but overall amazing and in balance. Most notes are moderately strong.

Flavor - light notes of coffee cherry and lychee with wisps of herbal hop, washed out by a moderate cola character, with stronger clove and horehound in the finish. Dark caramel malt is muted by very good attenuation. Notes of hey, violet and dandelion , peak out of moderately strong aromatic coacoa character. Finish sneaks out quickly, with a light bitter chocolate aftertaste. Possibly detecting a trace of sulfur, and a barely detectable diacetyl. There does seem to be a light lactic acidity, though it is difficult to say in such a dark beer and basically a background component.

MF- medium-light bodied, with light alcohol, light sourness, medium-low carbonation,

Overall-Undeniabley Belgian. Undeniabley export stout. totally unique.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Biere de Miel Tulip at Novare Res. I love thr bottle, 33cl., almost looks like it was printed off and slapped on.

The beer is black with a creamy tan head. the head remains and eventually floats.

the nose is fruity almost blue and black berries, typical of a belgian stout. Not alot of roast but very nice.

the flavor matches, starting sweet and finishing wiht an almost tartness and fruitiness. I've had fruit beers with less flavor of fruti than this.

Overall nice a dumbed down version of black albert.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting of two vintages; a 2008, properly cellared bottle and a new 2015 bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter and a Gulden Draak tulip. Both pour a very dark mahogany brown appearing opaque in the glass, the 2015 with a fine half finger dark khaki head. The 2008 was a bit of a gusher, caught most of it in time, but lost a quarter bottle. This glass had a massive four finger head that dissipated to about the same thickness as the newer one after a few minutes.
2015:
Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, cocoa, figs and dates, hints of dark stone fruit. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a hint of char, chocolate, dark stone fruit, red wine; tannic, lightly vinous finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
2008
Aroma of biscuit and dark lightly toasted malt, fresh dark stone fruit, lightly floral. Flavor is quite interesting, dry, but mildly sweet toasted malt, dates, figs, coffee, cocoa; finishes with the same slightly sweet maltiness with charred coffee and concentrated dried fruit. Excellent creamy body with nice mouth feel.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this pairing. While I almost always like aged barleywines, my enjoyment of aged stout is erratic with many too oxidized to seem like an improvement. In this case, while the 2015 is enjoyable enough, the lighter tannic nature is not what I hope for in a stout, although it is well within the Belgian stout style. The aged one on the other hand is a delight in both the mouth feel, which is like silk, and the remarkably balanced dried fruit and malt of the flavor. There is hint of oxidation, but it meshes well with the other flavors. I really liked the 2008 a great deal. I am absolutely going to lay down some more bottles of this for a while. I was prepared for the worst when this gushed on opening, but there is not a hint of sourness or other flavors associated with a bottle over its prime; it is in fact far mellower than the fresh stout.
I'm going to rate this for the 2008 bottle, which is a higher rating for flavor than the new one, which would have rated a solid 4, despite not being my favorite profile for a stout. This little brewery gets a lot of respect and this tasting certainly helped me understand its reputation. Excellent cellerable stout.

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Photo of silenius
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One huge freakin' huge head on this thing even with an easy pour. Whipped chocolate head stays around for the entire glass. Always a capping present. Color is a very dark brown with a little muddiness to it.

When colder is smells like hot alcohol. As it warms, a nice chocolate covered plum in brandy smell comes out. The plum and chocolate fade in and out as the beer goes on. The alcohol burn lessens, but it is always there.

Taste is a nice black cherry and plum drenched in chocolate liquer. An unsweetened chocolate bitterness ends the taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Nice and creamy. Only drawback is the alcohol burn as it goes down. I'd have guessed more than 9% for this one.

This is a one at a time dessert beer. Anymore than one at a time wouldn't do it justice.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.16/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

de dolle is hit or miss. loved the bos keun (most recent dd experience).. anxious to try this. 11.2 oz.

appearance is nice, dark dark dark with a light foamy head that stuck around and never really dissolved.

aroma is standard.. malty and spicy like de dolle brews usually are. there is something in the scent i couldn't place until i tasted it. i tried blowing into the tulip, sticking my nose way in the glass.. just couldn't get a hold on it. best described as a bitter burnt vanilla.

the taste was one of the most outstandingly terrible experiences of my life. it was like chewing on a wet bathing suit or moldy firewood. there is a bitterness to this beer that is not smooth or interesting, merely disgusting. i think if you ever had a dank basement or bad mushrooms in your fridge you'd be able to identify this flavor. if not, maybe you could mistake it for 'complexity'.

that was the end of the review, most of the bottle went down the drain (slowly). positive scores for appearance, smell and mouthfeel shouldn't factor in, but that's how this system works.

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Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in June 2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy and rocky light tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, toast, candi sugar, coffee, light clove, licorice, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate fruity/spicy yeast notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, raisin, toast, light clove, candi sugar, light licorice, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, candi sugar, raisin, light clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light-moderate yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style export stout. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted/yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle; about 6 years old, cellared at 55 degrees F.

Very dark brown, with a large tan head that reduces to a creamy quarter inch layer.

Smells like soot, and hints of grain, dark chocolate and dark fruit.

Tastes like smooth chocolate malt combined with sooty roastiness, and after a few seconds a good amount of assertive bitterness joins in and intensifies into the finish. Moderate acidity. Full flavored and tasty, with excellent balance and good length.

Over-carbonated out of the bottle, but some swirling renders it creamy and smooth. Medium bodied; not very thick for the style, but does have a nice silkiness.

This seems to have aged gracefully; quite enjoyable.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Dolle Extra Import Stout was served from a white and black labeled 330 ml bottle. In a Duvel Tulip, the beer was black, though with back-lighting the black became tinged with a ruddy-brown hue. It was topped by a vouminous creamy and fine tan head, which settled to an everlasting 1cm topping, leaving thick blankets of lacing. The nose was powerful and complex, presenting coffee notes, highly developed, spiced aromas of dried fruits (raisins, pears, cherries, apricots, raisins, prunes) and wafts of sasparilla. A fermented fruit alcohol was somewhat noticable as the beer neared room temp, but was very well melded with the fruits and roastiness. The taste was simply exceptional, opening with a roasted coffee-molasses flavor that quickly exploded with a fantastic grab-bag of spicy-roasty and vibrant dried fruit flavors (muscat/late harvest grape(!!), raisins, figs, cherries, apricots, plum). Licorice notes and a relapse of creamy coffee flavors appeared in the transition (joining the dried fruits) to the sharp-cola-chocolate bittered finish that left eternally lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and cherry...wow!. A little bit of alcohol was detectable, but it again it was so well melded with the flavors it was not detrimental at all. The brew was slightly warming in the tummy. The body was creamy-full and the carbonation was a tad fluffy, working very well with the flavors and character of the beer. De Dolle Export Stout is a delicous piece of work, and will be loved by fans of strong dark Belgian style brews. Excellent!!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep brown with a ruby highlight. The head was tan/brown and rose very tall to fall slowly and lace the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was large belgian yeast aroma with a strong fruitiness and high esters from a large alcohol presence. Chocolate malt aromas followed the belgian yeast, spice and alcohol aromatics, behind those aromas was a significant smoke presence.

The flavor was chocolate and smoke, strong smoke, yet the flavors were extremely interesting. The chocolate and smoke blended in an interesting mix with coffee flavors. Also present was an interesting caramel presence which led to a very malty impression. The complexity of all the flavors of smoke and caramel and chocolate and coffee and alcohol all blend into an interesting mix of a stout flavor like no other.

The finish was just dry with caramel and chocolate and smoke and coffee and a bazillion other spice and alcohol flavors lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full but seemed much less due to the alcohol presence and the higher level of carbonation.

11.2 ounce bottle (33 cl). A very complex and interesting stout which offers tons of complexity and flavor. The "Mad Brewers" have truly gone mad with this one. I don't know what they actually put into the bottle, but I have three more in which to find out...

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Photo of Crosling
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in Esen, Belgium.

Black.

Alive aroma, but a little plain and a little thin. Fruitiness, dark, mainly grapes and blackberries. Some dark malt notes as well; expresso, chocolate and molasses.

An attempt at an Imperial Stout from a Belgian brewer. Medium bodied, layed out well. Dark malt notes of expresso, coffee ground and chocolate. Sparse fruit notes, plum and grape. Spicy. Alcohol is very prominent.

A failure? Absolutely not. But this needs work, especially if it is intended for the U.S. market.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

lots of hype i have in my head around de dolle, all of their beer i have had has been awesome, so i jumped on this when i saw it on sale this week. bottled in february 2013. its a crazy pour, mocha brown airy fizzy head rises up and fills my globe before the beer can, and i lose a few ounces from the bottle gushing out as well. dark brown liquid, not black, and once the head settles, approachable looking for what it is. it has a sharp smell to it, no markers or anything caustic like that, but a tannic tartness, almost dried cherry notes, neat but not what i expected. so much less dark roast, so much more yeast. the flavor too is quite tannic, even pushing acidic. its yeasty for sure too, which i really like in a stout, and really like about de dolle, but its almost in the place of dark grain in this stout, where bitterness and rich roast belongs, i have tangy yeast and mild oxidation. chocolate and ashy bite are there in the finish, but the acidity is a lot, and i dont love it. carbonation is really high for style but i dont mind that at all, it lightens the 9% abv pretty well. overall i like that this is different, but i dont love it on the whole. probably my least favorite beer from these guys so far...

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black no hue or light even when held up to the light with a huge blooming head that went over the glass whoo dont know where that came from.Rich aromas raisin and bitter chocolate really show thru with a tinge of that Belgian yeast lingering,kind of a prickly mouthfeel but the body was quite nice.Flavors are not overly sweet by any imagination bitter unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee dominate a touch of earth in the finish rounds this beer out nicely.Not a bas stout the alcohol is well hidden making it quite drinkable,I would buy again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The head on this beer is massive! It isn’t explosive like an HOTD, but it comes out super thick and is parked on top of the pretty light black liquid. You instinctively know that it is an absolute waste of time to wait for this head to go down.

Smell – The light darkish malts are well-roasted but not burnt. The balancing brown sugars are equally mellow, though not wimpy in the least. Everything about this bouquet is very pleasing to the nose.

Taste – The sugars come on more at the taste, probably due to the age, and the malts are a bit lighter but still wonderfully balanced. They are mildly roasted; not overpowering but not “faded”.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a little malty bitterness in back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is an amazing beer. The big flavors are so sessionable it’s hard to believe. Everything is rightly balanced and incredibly smooth.

Comments – I cellared this 2004 vintage in just-right conditions and boy oh boy did that pay off. Two years down was perfect for this stout.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black with an enormous beige and rocky head that settles in an uneven fashion and leaves lots of lacings.

S: A very interesting smell. Roasted malts are prominent but not dominating. Lots of yeast, planting soil, slightly tart fruits and a strange spicy notes. A note or iron and perhaps just a faint hint of funk.

T: The taste is rather different for a stout. Sweet roasted malts, a note of burnt coffee and tannins, and a mild fruity tartness dominate. Notes of earth, yeast, wood, spices and sweet dark fruits. The finish is bitter with a complementing tartness, a prominent note of iron, and wood. I really like this.

M: Medium to full body and lively carbonation.

D: Tart stouts can be something of a hit or miss, and this one really hits the mark. It has a good balance between roasted sweetness and fruity tartness and it's an interesting encounter from start to finish. Lots of character and a complex composition. Highly recommended.

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Photo of atomeyes
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This isn't your typical kind of stout, kids.

First, this is a damn ugly bottle. Nothing like the rest of De Dolle's labels. Shame.

Pour: really lovely head, some nice lacing 10 min after the pour. Effervescent.

Smell: kind of muted. I'm drinking it around room temp. Pear, chocolate, roast, some mild citrus, some sweetness on the nose.

Appearance: Black. duh.

Taste: really interesting. There is a bitterness that comes about 3 seconds after the swallow and it coats the tongue after. A black patent malt bitterness, which still has some currant/fruit flavour to it. It has some definite sweetness and acidity to it and there is an almost citrus-like middle-of-the-tongue flavour. More black patent taste than a roasted barley taste. Coffee-grind, almost.

Mouthfeel: effervescent on the tongue, thick, nice. Not as heavy as other stouts, but still very pleasant.

You cannot taste any of the alcohol in this. But it is still created as a sipper. The carbonation and the acidity and bitterness make it a slow ride. and that ain't a bad thing. very unsessionable. sit down with a box of chocolates and drink this while you eat. or maybe have it with some Mexican/mole.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle-poured into chalice, just below cellar temp

A: beautiful body, big fluffy two finger head comprised of good sized bubbles. really looks like a cappuccino.

S: malt, roast, licorice, some sugar, alcohol

T: roasted malt and chocolate up front, a hint of coffe to go along with the appereance. a spice follows, in part from the carbonation, in part because De Dolle is insane. licorice next, vanilla, a mild bitterness from the roasting, alcohol chases it down the throat and your left with a rather dry finish that asks for more.

M: the mouthfeel is great for a beer. for the style, its a little light, but I think thats just a belgian twist on the style which makes sense to me. super creamy.

D: as a nightcap, after dinner, roaring fire, slippers kinda beer....drinkablility is near perfect. for much else? not so much.

an interesting brew for sure. spot on for De Dolle again, one of my favorite producers for their spirit and talent. would love to be able to substitue 6 ounces or so of this after dinner instead of a coffee.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright..my first foray into De Dolle brews and definetly my first Belgian stout. Deep opaque black pour with a billowing three finger head. Very impressive...no light is passing through this brew. Good head retention. Roasted, burnt tones with hints of raisins, cocoa, molasses and a bit of earthy, barnyard twang.

Toasty, burnt malts upfront melding with raisins, dark cocoa and a subtle fruitiness. A nice bitterness on the way down with hints of earthy yeast and alcohol. Quite a nice interpretation of a stout, but there's too much carbonation for my liking.

Mouthfeel has a nice body to it with a slight creaminess..but the overcarbonation really throws me off. If this was a bit smoother it'd be much better in my book. I can't see having more than one of these in a sitting. An interesting stout that is well worth a try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 2010 stamped on the cap.
Didn't know just how voluminous the head on this beer was, but was educated quickly. The pour took about five minutes, and produced a black colored beer with an abundant cocoa head that resembled whipped cream. The head dissipated quickly.
Aroma was coffee/roasted malt, and chocolate.
A deep espresso taste, moderately bitter, on a chocolate base.
Pretty rich. One at a time would be plenty.

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Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of shapudding
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No dating on this one...
Huge amount of greyish brown sludge in the top of the bottle neck. Tons of head foamed up all over the place, even though I had left the glass half filled, it still started to foam over... Dark rootbeered brown that you cannot see through. Vineous scent and taste, more towards a red wine. Light in the aroma. Very highly carbinated, too much for my tastes. This does not taste much like a stout, more towards a barleywine. Strange, it just seemed like one I would like, but it just did not work for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ouncer sampled, pours with a HUGE dark tan head, puffy, fluffy and showing good retention, slowly calming down to a 1/4 inch head and leaving gobs of thick and textured lacing. Unusual and nice looking stuff. Exotic nose of chocolate, yeast, vanilla and tropical fruits. Strong stout, hints of alcohol, citrus (!?!), chocolate, cocoa, smokey tropical fruits. Complex, interesting artisinal creation. Looking foward to trying more selections from De Dolle.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 11.2oz. bottle courtesy of Cornboy...
Pours black with some ruby highlights with the help of some artificial light...very carbonated which produces two full fingers off tan head. The foam sticks around for the entire snifter full and produces some pillowy lacing with decent cling.
First whiffs are a bit burning in the nose...nothing real complex at this point with caramel, chocolate and vanilla detected.
Taste is very unique...mostly nutty chocolate with a gentle smoked flavor. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but it is mildly sour and has a vineous character that works well.
Alcohol is apparent and I would enjoy this one as a night cap.
Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and the carbonation could be less.
Either way, a nice deviation from my normal selection and one I'd visit again.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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