De Dolle Extra Export Stout | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Extra Export StoutDe Dolle Extra Export Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
586
Reviews:
392
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
40
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 586 |  Reviews: 392
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What good fun. Destined for Conn. but shipped fresh and direct..to me from Belgium. The label was put on by someone who had too much the night before, badly placed.
Now the beer: An enormous initial head, many moments later..aroma of coffee grinds. But this worked -the malts, the yeast - hand it to the Belgiums.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thick tan and firm tan head.

Rich and sweet Belgian candi sugar nose. Sweet whiskey, sweet carmeled coffee with a little bit of "bright shoe wax" undertones. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and medium carbonation. Quite a rich and semi-creamy character.

Flavors are big, rich, assertive and a little unique. Creamy sweet burned toast, maple, toasted carmel, toasted grains all with a sweet carmel, sweet toffee, rich sherry/madera character and finish. Not too heavy and quite pleasant.

Somewhat of a unique character-a bit fresh, acidic and "sweet sour" in character. Likely a good match up with many desserts.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a thick black liquid, the head was almost nonexistent. The smell of the beer was deeply roasted and has a pretty typical Belgian yeast aroma too. The taste of the beer was toasted and burnt with plenty of malt in it. The beer was very dry in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick. Overall the beer isn't too bad, there was a lot of clumpy sediment that sank to the bottom. All in all I wasn't too bad, I might drink it again one day.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a huge creamy tan head that took a very long time to die down but never quite went away. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles near the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark malts and dark fruits in the nose; notes of cherries stand out in particular.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of dark sweet malts, sour cherries and bitter chocolate. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a slight bit of creaminess that coats the mouth.
D: The complexity of the flavors makes this beer very unique. I would definitely try this one again. This is a beer that is better sipped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jeez...there's a lot going on in this beer. Of course it's a bold and agressive stout, but that's just the beginning. Very big roasted and chocolate malts with a solid caramel, nutty flavor. Throw in some lactose for extra sweetness and smoother texture. But then, the Belgian stuff starts. Add some grape, figs, prunes, blackberries, and candy sweetness. Really projects tartness and sourness withouut detracting from the Stout-like character. Strongly stout and belgian from nose to finish. Moderately heavy, without thickening the texture. Strong coffee and berry finish and lingering. This beer was a lot of fun. Reminds me of some great Baltic Porters.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The massive Belgian head tells you right off the bat that this is no traditional stout; the liquid is slightly lighter than the English and American varieties and the lacing is magnificent

Smell: A variety of different tones; the expected malty coffee and chocolate tones but also vanilla, dark fruit and almonds

Taste: Starts out with a bitter chocolate and espresso flavor with a touch of almond; mid-palate, the nutty bitterness expands in a slightly tart, fruity direction; post-swallow, the flavors merge together but a slightly burnt character appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated; mouthfeel more like a Belgian than a stout; a lot of alcoholic warmth, too

Drinkability: Interesting and quite satisfying; one of the pioneers of the Belgian stout style; I mis-understood this beer when I first tasted it a few years back but now I think of it as satisfyingly complex

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled Jan. 2010" printed on cap.

Supercharged billowing head of tan mocha foam, rising in irregular crests and peaks on the surface. Black with mahogany edges where the light passes through. Great retention, head lasts for the duration, with spotty bits of lace around the edges.

Roasty aroma with some estery Belgian yeast notes. Slightly nutty and sweet, but overall dry and slightly muted.

Dark fruit, plum and espresso, fudge brownie. Nutella hazelnut spread. Dry bakers chocolate lends some bitterness that compliments the roasty malt flavor. Aftertaste is dry and earthy, with traces of dark roast coffee. Very effervescent, characteristic of a Belgian stout. A few swirls settle it down, releasing some of the CO2. This was nice to revisit, after having a few times over the years. A unique beer from a unique brewery.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a super huge bubbly head with excellent retention (maybe even so much retention that I regretted using a tulip glass to poured this beer). Aroma of subtle coffee and chocolate with great malt and Belgian yeast which give this stout its own personal aspect. Another great beer from De Dolle.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, deep, dark brown color with a thick foamy, tan head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of fruits, like plum, raisin and some apple. It had a caramel malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted fairly spicy for a stout. It had a tart taste, too, maybe some apple flavor. There was a molasses taste with some caramel malt.

M - It was very sharp and quite fizzy, something I've rarely experienced in a stout. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an interesting take on the style. A little fruit and quite unique.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 mothman
2.08/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Bells snifter

Pours a large fizzy tan head that fades down fast. Color is black. Lots of sediment in the glass.

Aroma: Something smells off here. Smell is of sour cherries and other dark dried fruits, chocolate, and alcohol. Not a lot here.

Taste: More slight soured cherries here. Very odd flavor. It seems a bit infected, but I can't tell. I has fig and Belgian candi sugar with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy. Tons of carbonation with a medium bodied. Ends a bit hot with the cherry flavors again.

Overall, not a very good beer. I can't tell if this is how it is supposed to taste or not. I can understand the high carbonation but some of the flavors just aren't good. Not to drinkable.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

A - Pours with a monstrous, four finger head of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves a moderate film of lacing on the glass.

S - Tart, dark fruit with some sweet notes of dark chocolate and licorice.

T - Black cherries and lightly sour roasted grain up front. More of the roast character comes out in the middle with notes of espresso and bakers chocolate. The beer finishes with grain bitterness, char, licorice, and lingering espresso character.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - As interesting and weird as one would expect from De Dolle. The dark malt mostly has the effect of coloring the yeast character as dark fruit in the aroma, but in the flavor profile it comes out much more forcefully as roast and coffee. There is a bit of harshness in all that roast flavor, but it smooths out in the finish as a little bit of the fruit character comes back in. Definitely better than most Belgian stouts I have tried.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The creamy tan head atop its almost completely opaque mahogany/black body maintains a solid 1/4" lid throughout the entire glass and leaves some short splashes and sots of lace about the goblet.

The nose is rich with a peppery, anise-glazed, fruity (plum/prune) and nutty chocolate-accented malt that's backed by some mineralistic/earthy barnyard character and a light whiff of alcohol (as well as a hint of metal and some sublime, plastic-like phenolics). Wow! That was unexpected!!!

In the mouth it bristles with a slightly elevated, natural (bottle conditioned) carbonation that warms to become airy and smooth; letting it's medium body slide smoothly away.

The flavor is chocolatey, nutty, fruity (fig/plum), peppery, a touch candyish (bubblegum); backed by a solid bitterness and drying wash of alcohol. As it warms the carbonation softens to become silky smooth; the peppery spice fades; and the flavor widens. I'd suggest pulling this from the fridge and letting it sit for a few mintues before pouring... from there it'll warm naturally as you enjoy it (it's a sipper, not a quaffer!). It finishes lingering with a touch of creamy cocoa/hazelnut/mocha java (Isn't that an option for a Starbucks Gande?), some solid nuttiness, and an appropriate walnut-skin-like bitterness. A bit of metallic character appears later, and it has a phenolic burp as well, but neither detracts from its character.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hot sure how old this is, been in the cellar a bit and was on the store shelf for who knows how long.

A ridiculous 1/2 sized pour of head, darker fizzy head rises up, but fades pretty quickly. I have to stop the pour in the middle. The
head is steadied with lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom. The beer is almost pitch black, but not completely.

THe nose has a nice light Belgian stout aroma. Some lighter version of dark malts, a little creamy malt, little roast, touch of chocolate, plenty of Belgian malt aromas, and even a little Belgian yeast fruit. A touch of biscuit and a brown malt like aroma too.

Taste is similar, but darker than expected. Some nice roasty malts, dark black patent I think, plenty more Belgian malts and some sweetness but plenty dry too. Some fruit, but very light. A slight sweet sugar flavor, with a little warming booze and some tingly booze as well. It also has some bitterness from the roasted malts. It finishes mostly dry, but a little sticky feel, and lots of lingering dark malt flavors. It sure is extra stout and dark. Some lingering bitterness from the roast as well.

The mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied with metric ass-loads of carbonation.

The drinkability is slightly lower with the warming and tingly booze, as well as the lingering earthy bitterness. A slight spicy feel to it as well, and it's somewhat thick and syrupy.

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De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
3.9 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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