De Dolle Extra Export Stout | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Extra Export StoutDe Dolle Extra Export Stout

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bosco7
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I began to pour this and as the liquid touched the glass it began foam uncontrollably. Nice black beer with a huge large big ass mouse-like brown head.

Smells like black patent malt.

Highly acrid, astringent, and harsh. Way too much black patent. More of a highly roasty BSDA than a stout. Cherry, raspberry, and blackberry in the middle. Some spicy pepper notes. The carbonation is extremely high (probably the highest I have seen in a commercial brew).

Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation bite is extreme. All and all this beer has some flaws that are hard to overlook. Less black malt, a tad more body and lower carbonation would make this a great beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just as people said in other reviews, this beer turns into a foam monster once it hits the glass. After almost 5 minutes, I was able to get most into the glass with minimal overflow. The head was a huge mahogany pillow of foam. The color was a deep brown/black color. The smell was of coffee, and the taste was of bitter chocolate and deeply roasted barley. I found this beer to be too distracting due the over-carbonation, and a bit heavy with the alcohol. This is the first time I have tried a Belgian stout, but would probably stick with the more traditional makers in the future.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle picked up at the Coop for about $5... shared with a work buddy... my share in a Delirium Tremens tulip... Talking about work and listening to Sasha's Fundacion mix.

I am not rating this brew with Stout guidelines.

Pour advice: Serve COLD! and allow it to warm up... this is a hyper-carbonated brew. 3" head that took forever to die down.. big bubbled cappucino look.. not overly creamy looking. :( This beer is black like a big stout without the thickness... Held up to the light only walnut hues and very dark red highlighs appear.

Aroma is not even close to a Stout... definately a beefed/darked up BSDA... Fruity yeast funks and dark roasted malts.

Flavor is even more like a BSDA.. raisins and dried sour cherries ... chocolate malts.. with a healthy stir of cocoa powder... only a smidgen of noble hops ... bitterness is too hard to pick out of the dark grains... fruity verging on slightly sour toward the tip of the tounge and lingering on the lips... but still tastes very good... burpy.... coffee Belgian ester burps.

Carbonation is off the charts for the style (even way to big for a BSDA)... needs alot more body to balance the alcohol... Mouthfeel is much better as it hits room temperature.

This is probably the 5-6th time I've had this brew over the last few years, and my notes all say the same thing... "Overcarbonated, needs more body, too much alchol... etc." That being said, it is way better than the Belgian RIS I had last night. I am really looking forward to being able to try Allagash's attempt at a Belgian Style RIS (I bet it's a world better)... however, Now that I've actually rated this one, I will probably buy 3-5 for the cellar to try down the road... but the bottle conditioning is not going to help the overcarbonation.

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Photo of tayner
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

it poured dark with a HUGE foamy head despite me pouring carefully. took 5 minutes just to get it all into the pint glass. nice lacing.

smells strong of booze (expected at 9%), and a touch of floral hops. not much of a malt smell as the booze was too strong.

tasted more like a dark belgian ale rather than a stout. slight malt flavor, but much more hops and alcohol came through.. had a sour cherry flavor mid palate that stayed around at the finish as well, and was stronger as the beer warmed.

It wasnt as heavy as i expected for a stout, so mouthfeel i must say was a let down. not creamy or thick feeling at all.

as for drinkability, i could drink this slowly, but could not make a session out of it. it is a reasonably good brew, just not sure it fits in the stout category.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Be careful pouring this one. Poured into a Stella goblet and all but just an inch at the bottom was a khaki colored head, more bubbly towards the bottom, more foamy at the top. It took me about 10 minutes to empty the whole bottle into the glass. After it all settles, a thin layer covers this black brew. Smell is very sweet. Definite Belgian yeast smell, some alcohol. Tangy is a good word to describe this beer both in taste and in smell. Lots of alcohol in the taste as well. Nice roasted character somewhere back there but its almost completely overpowered the rest of it. Mouthfeel....eeeh. Over-carbonated for sure and it bites.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours an extremely frothy and carbonated coffee colored head atop an opaque black beer. I swear I poured carefully, but I had to wait about 10+ minutes to finally take a sip without getting a nose full of foam. I hope this doesn't translate into a poor mouthfeel.

Smells of tart Belgian yeast, which was surprising given the style. Behind this scent are smells of anise and a bit of dark fruit (fig/plum).

Tastes unlike a stout (expected given the nose). Spicy and malty with a semi dry finish. Sambuca and anise flavoring give this a unique taste. This really isn't a stout or at least doesn't taste or smell like one.

I would have preferred some a thicker creamier mouthfeel, but the high amount of carbonation never interferes and does not have the same presence as in the appearance.

A highly unique beer that isn't a stout. If you were looking for a stout or even a twist on a common stout this isn't it. This is an enjoyable beer with Belgian quirks.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up an opaque deepest brown/black with a massive, meringuey light brown head that stays around for a good minute or so. Nice lacing and stickage. Aromas range from a light dusty funk to cocoa/carob/chocolate with a light grassiness underneath. Belgian yeast character shines throughout. Not too much in the way of roastiness in the taste compared to most stouts, but it's there. Citric and tart, with fruitness lingering on the palate after each sip. Light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick but not heavy, a healthy carbonation keeps this in check. It's always nice to try stouts from Belgium because they retain some stout-like qualities but are uniquely Belgian.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, huge foamy tannish head, nice big island and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, kinda tart, bitter, good dose of chocolate/toffee/caramel. The taste is quite different from an American Stout, malty, but with some tart/tanginess, maybe some plums, figs, raisins, and some chocolate/toffee/caramel. The alcohol is barely noticeable in this brew. Medium body, well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, I really like this brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with bright orange trim. I expected to see a Belgianesque amount of carbonation and a large, soft, airy cap after the pour, but I didn't expect the beer to be as lucent as your average brown ale. The head looks decent enough, even if it isn't all that sticky and doesn't deposit more than few stray scraps of lace. Note: the final pour results in opacity, a much more fitting look.

Extra Export's nose is a dead ringer for a BSDA. This might be Brouwerij De Dolle's idea of a stout, but it isn't mine. No worries. I love BSDAs and I wouldn't dream of marking it down for failing to adhere to the style guidelines. The beer smells like black malt, dark fruit, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. In other words, it smells.... black. And it smells great.

Wow! This is fantastic beer if you like aggressive Belgian strong dark ales (I won't mention the word stout again) that taste as black as sin. Each mouthful is an explosion of pungent, spicy, malty goodness. I'm reminded of a whole array of similar flavors: anise seed, British black licorice and Sambuca chief among them. There has to be something other than malt, hops and yeast in this bewitching elixir.

The finish is amazingly long and lingering, which allows the deliciousness to be appreciated as diminishingly vibrant echoes long after the beer is gone. It's too bad this is only an 11.2 ounce bottle. The generous amount of carbonation is fine, but the mouthfeel needs to be a fraction more viscosity for maximum enjoyment.

I have never had a bad beer from this brewery and most have been very good. This one easily qualifies as very good. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely mine. Despite the $4.49 price tag, a multiple bottle purchase is in my future. Extra Export Stout is Extra good.

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Photo of jim102864
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this in a bottle at Suyten Duyvil, Brooklyn recently.

It poured with a mighty, massive, creamy tan head. Nice start.
Really nothing in the way of nose to this brew, which is somewhat dissapointing given it's taste.

As I said, taste was most interesting; malty sweetness with hints of cherries, chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel was thick and chewy

A driknable but not necessarily extraordinary brew given the price. Wouldn't mind having another though should the opportunity present itself.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five+ finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt caramel nose. Flavor has some sweetness but burnt caramel dominates. Nice stout. $3.49 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My notes got a bit sparser as this was the last beer of my evening, but I clearly remember the opaqueness of this beer. Aroma was of licorice and was a bit musty. Flavor was extremely grape-y and the beer had a very dry mouthfeel, much like a very astringent cabernet. not bad.

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

black with a thick, dark, tan head. smells of something like a cross between raisins and grapes, java, toffee, chocolate, and sweet bread. tastes the same with a nice alcohol finish. just dry and bitter enough. creamy, but not like drinking syrup. nice little carb reaction when it goes in and down. great dessert.

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

Bubbles from hell. Two fingers of beer and one hand worth of brown suds. As it settles the lacing appears but the suds look maltey as hell. Very lively brew.
Very clean smelling stout here.. Sour grapes and raisin with just a tad of sugary caramel. There is chocolate and coffee here but it still is way in the back. The yeast and malt subside to an alcohol aroma.
Taste is weird. Like a grape slushie with a bitter chocolate bar melted in there. Lively beer here. Taste and mouthfeel are all over the place.
I haven't had a belguim Stout but this one is so much different from any other stouts that I have had. I like that fact. So I rate this one pretty high.
I have a pint glass and it took me three pours to finish the 11.2oz bottle. That should tell you how much suds are here.

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

A: Black with deep, ruby highlights; a plethora of light tan head; great retention, good lace.

S: Earthy-funk from the Belgian yeast, herbal hops, roasted coffee, brown sugar. Definitely interesting.

T: The earthy-fruity-funk is up front, with a surprising tartness. This yeasty character isn't overly strong (like some Belgians), it just stands out because it's not typical for a stout. Roasted coffee, molases, bread, caramel, nuts & hints of dark chocolate and leather round out the flavour. Solid bitterness; alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated for it's weight, yet it's not overly dry. Slight acidity, fairly highly carbonated.

D: Intriguing, but not very sessionable.

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Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bowtie-bedecked bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew about 2 years ago for $5.24.

Poured an inpenetrable black color with a huge - and I mean HUGE - tan head. I had suspend pouring operations for several minutes to give the head a little time to settle down so as to be able to fit the rest of the beer into my pintglass. Probably a good idea to use a bigger type of glass for this beer. Lots of lace sheeting left behind, and the head itself stuck around for a ridiculous amount of time.

This beer comes with a big scent of dark fruits and brown sugar. It smells fairly potent, which is fine considering this is my dessert.

This beer has a sweet yet bitter flavor, combining the usual dark fruit flavors often encountered in high-alcohol beers with a Belgian-like candy-ish sweetness. There's also a woody flavor, like this has been aged in wooden casks. There's a subtle but noticeable booze flavor as well. A dryness makes itself felt at the swallow. A fairly complex tasting stout.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Fairly Oily, with the body somewhere between medium and full bodied.

An outstanding dessert beer, one I would reccommend to anyone who likes theirt stouts flavorful and/or boozy. Not really a session beer, and probably not something to pair with food besides chocolate, but it's great at the conclusion of a robust, three-beer meal, and would probably make an excellent nightcap.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks thin and dark brown in the pour, but in the glass is quite black. A careful pour wasn't quite careful enough at the end, so the large brown foamy head nearly overflowed the glass. Retention was brief, and lacing spotty at best.

Nose is complex with no single aroma coming to the forefront at first. Eventually the cocoa shoves itself forward along with an overall spiciness.

Can't decide on a "4" or "4.5" on taste. Quite good, and definitely unique. Ample chocolate and sweet plum, with a significant alcohol warming. Really solid bitterness and a drying nutty coffee finish.

Thin, bubbly, and a touch too drying - mouthfeel was easily my least favorite aspect, subtracting a bit from an otherwise fine beer.

I'm sure I'll have this again, but one is enough for tonite.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark rich motor oil with a huge fine head- the epitome of what a stout should look like once the head dies down- it's 95% head. Way over carbonated (I like creamy carbonation, but this one is so much that it detracts from mouthfeel).

Aroma of rich dark espresso crema, but also offset by sweetness.

The flavor is like Guinness on steroids because it has an ashen chalky dryness at the finish. There's also a substantial alcohol burn at the end. The beginning is better- roasty and with a tone of burnt ends of meat, almost rauch like.

This one is very interesting, very complex. But at the end, I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed with this one from one of my favorite breweries. Maybe I'll try it again another time to see if I have another feeling on another day.

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Photo of Phatz
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A million thanks to slatetank for hooking me up with this beer. Tis is a style I have been trying to put my hands on for quite some time.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous almost black color that shows some mahogany red when back lit. The light chocolate colored head is massive, and the lacing is plastered to the walls of my glass in thick sheets.

Smell: rich and robust in the nose this has a powerhouse aroma of molasses, kings syrup, black licorice / anise, caramel charcoal and wood.

Taste: This taste is just as rich as the nose would suggest. Wow baby that sucker is sweet. It borders on cloying but didn't quite become some for me. Molasses, and dark spiced rum are the dominate flavors. Anise, caramel birch, dark chocolate and coffee are in there as well. The aftertaste is a long lingering woody charcoal and molasses / anise, flavor that sticks to the cheeks. There was a bit of vanilla and toffee in the burp. (if that is not too disturbing to mention here).

Mouthfeel: This is a full body creamy brew that drinks like a meal.

Drinkability: It is certainly a sipper, and a mighty fine one at that.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of kajerm
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque with a gargantuan head of foamy, coffee-colored majesty. Even as it recedes, a thick island of carbonation remains in the middle of the beer, extending out into a massive web of lacing. Wow.

Immediately this is the least stouty stout I've ever encountered. The aroma is spicy, earthy, and loaded with esters. Some notes of molasses and dark fruit. If I had to smell this blindfolded, I'd call it a Belgian strong dark ale for sure. The spiciness is not clearly identifiable as alcohol because of all the earthy/phenolic stuff going on, but I'll throw it out there anyway.

Open up with roasted malts and Belgian yeast flavor, with sweetness and esters growing stronger mid-palate. Finishes hot with some black malt and coffee flavor. Alcoholic heat takes over at the very end, but it suits the flavor profile of the beer very well.

With the coffee flavor, it's definitely a stout again, but it has to be the weirdest (and most Belgian) one in existence. Stout characteristics increase as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is oily, with a little carbonation and grain alcohol burn.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable for its size and character, but it's still definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rapidly rising, then falling head atop liquid that is as brown as it gets before becoming black. Swirly universe pattern is displayed in the tan, sand hued head that allows moderate lace.

S- Potent yeast and winey aromas with port like sweet scents emanate. Woody somewhat cedary aroma is accented finely of prune or dried currants

T - Very sweet initially, but equally roasty. A nice roastiness in the forefront allows the boozy qualities to settle into the middle. Toffee and molasses tastes ride a nice fruitiness similar to cherry tomatoes or stone fruit. A great malty grain like essence a la pumpernickle resides in the peripheral taste. A gentle spiciness like crystallized ginger or cardomom is awakened as the beer warms. Notes of smoked wood similar to hickory or applewood perhaps are conjured up and hints of creamy fig appear in the finish.

M - Very buoyant as the first tastes pass over my tongue. Chewy fullness is a prominent feature as the beer gets warmer.

D - A complex ale with many strengths at 9% it has the potential for havoc, so moderation is in order. It is subtle with nuance and can creep up with deceptive grace. Pleasing in aroma and taste, could be the quaffaable 9% dark ale I have tasted.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a giant, thick tan head with a pitch black body to opaque to see any carbonation. After the pour the head fizzes loudly then turns rocky after a bit and last.

S- This beer has a slight yeasty note to the dark fruit and black malt flavors that are nicely blended together. There is a note of cola and a hint of tootsie rolls with a light champagne note from the alcohol.

T- This beer has a rich smooth black malt flavor with some slight roasted malt flavors and some darker roasted malt notes in the background. There is a very light tart and earthy note at the finish of the malt. When it warms notes of prunes and dark raisins come through with a caramel malt note with just a touch of sweetness. Chocolate malt and coffee notes are also in the flavor. The finish is pretty clean with some nice roasted malt notes hanging on after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tiny little fizz that cleans the finish nicely.

D- This beer has great malt flavor and complexity and qualities from the yeast really add more depth to the malt. This is a great fusion of British Stout and Belgian yeast.

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

Looks like liquid chocolate pouring out of the bottle, topped by a slightly over-enthusiastic head that maintains it's presence. Aromas are fantastic. Notes of coffee, black cherries, cocoa, and molasses dominate over the slightly spicy-yeast notes. Flavor is slightly sour up front, with great espresso and deep, rich dark chocolate notes on the finish. Slight alcohol warmth and a touch of sweetness before the palate dries out like day-old bread. There's juts a touch of bitterness in there as well. Really an unusual flavor profile, but I like it a lot. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an export stout, but not surprising from a Belgian offering. Drinkability is also very good. I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of k75
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black - rocky brown head

aromas really jump out at you - chocolates, licorice, molasses, espresso and over ripe plums.

tastes big and complex, if a bit rough hewn.

an impressive stout, but lacking a bit of harmony - the flavors compete instead of blend...


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

For a high abv this is a very drinkable brew. Poured a black ,oily and rich looking body, with a big off-white head. Head settled to small chunks, and a bit of film along the side.
Smell of sharp coffee, some yeast richness and some spice.
Taste is rich in coffee, caramel and cocao, but it doesn't linger and finishes smoothly. The yeast adds a bit of flavor that makes this a different stout than most.
I nice brew, a bit pricey, but I"m glad I tried it.

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De Dolle Extra Export Stout from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
3.9 out of 5 based on 583 ratings.
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