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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Added by stcules on 03-13-2004

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 shapudding
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
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 BrewMaster
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Poured from the small bottle into a Leffe chalice. This beer had crazy head on it. The head was retained through the entire beer. I had to wait at least 5 minutes for the head to thin enough to be able to drink the near black beer underneath.

Smell: I found the smell to be a bit disappointing. It had mostly and earthy and mushroom scent to it. Not much to the smell.

Taste: Very sour and pungent with flavors of juniper, grape, and some astingency. In my notes I actually wrote down "sour" twice without realizing. Much too sour for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: The beer was very pointed in my mouth and I found it to be a bit uncomfortable.

Drinkability: This beer is just not for me. Not to my likings at all and I will not be drinking it again.

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Photo of marburg
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Get this beer some haldol. It thinks that it's both Belgian and English/American. It thinks that it's yeasty yet robust. It thinks that it's somehow spicy and simultaneously sludge-like.

This is a study in contrasts to be sure.

The pour reveals a beer as black as any American stout but possessing a massive, sudsy, rocky, tan, "Belgian" head. A wonderful spicy, yeasty aroma with ripe fruits, plums, booze, musty earth, and a smattering of chocolate. A chalky, powdery feel to the nose. Interesting -- but I thought this was a stout?

And then it hits you. The first sip. Surprisingly full of stout flavors and robust, roasty grains. Charred chocolate and dirt. Vanilla. There's a fleeting, almost roasted, American coffee stout flavor to this. As it warms, the subtlties of more vanilla, pepper, and a chalky newsprint quality emerge. But really, the consistent presence is a "traditional" chocolate flavor with a splash of alcohol.

So there you have it; get this beer some haldol. On second thought, don't. I've been critical of beers with seemingly scattered ideas of what they were. But every so often, there's something special that comes your way. And while it may not be John Nash, for a beer, it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near-black in color...only the faintest glints of ruby-tinged light are visible at the edges of the glass. Thick, long-lasting, lovely lacing tannish head lays it all out for your enjoyment. Aromas are dark fruit dipped in chocolate with some pine cone shavings. Flavor is wonderful. Front side sees chocolate-covered caramel and finishes with a toasted nut specialty coffee while chewing on more dark fruit. Woven into the fabric is a subtle spicy "oomph" that teases you as it appears and disappears. Modest warming effect from the ABV to put a smile on your face.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep stained walnut with light edges. Even at cellar temp, has a nice, fluffy, sustained head in my chalice. So far, so good.

Aroma is a little below par, intoxicating, but more muted than pungent. It is deeply brandied, with rock sugar and bourbon notes.

Taste opens up beautifully in the mouth, with extremely smooth chocolate, smoked wood, irish whiskey, and the faintest touch of light leaf tobacco. The finish is a graceful note of distinctive De Dolle yeast, the same wonderful flavor found in their Oerbier. Beautiful stuff.

Mouthfeel is very appropriate. The carbonation is active, but not overly so -- just enough to keep this from being too soggy and thick on the tongue.

Drinkability is actually rather high -- I will consider serving this as an after-dinner drink at my next party, and I could see several bottles being opened as the night went on.

All in all, my second favorite De Dolle offering, but still absolutely stunning.

A must try.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark brown, gentle light foamy head is a bit small for de dolle’s standard. Incredible nose, I mean.. the complexity in this impresses me. Roasted berries, apples, blueberries, there is a whole fruit basket in there. Woody, roasty. Gentle yeast hints come out with a mild dust touch. Significant alcohol presence remains blown away by the fruits. taste: A good bite in a roasted toast on which you’ve added a complicated fruits jam with a chocolate syrup. Hints at vegetal oil, grassy hops, wood etc. Medium body, a touch too carbonated for my liking. A medley of flavor which has no comparables. Cheers Casey!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing a room temp brew in a snifter. The beer pours dark brown with no light escaping the glass. Even with a very gentle pour I get a large tan soft fluffy head to fill the remainder of my glass. The head leave large spacy latticework and slowly fades to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is fruity sweet with plums and raisins, mixing with chocolate and molasses and also get a bit of lemony citrus hops. First sip reveals a very fine yet prickly carbonation. Large bodied and very thick as well.
Flavor profile is malts and malts. SOMe sweet chocolate and caramel plus the molasses mix with ripe dark fruit. A bit of warming alcohol on the finish. This is a big brew and quite tasty. Just a few of these would set you up for the nite I think!

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, hued by bloody plum, topped with a pillar of large bubbled, explosive greying tan suds.
The nose is, at first, ruthless with its whiskey, with bombast from both scotch and bourbon. It tempers, and brings forth black cherries, pits and all, mildewed basements, and dense, gooey fudge.
Begins with shaved chocolate, sod, and burnt cedar. Approaches a mocha java roastedness, then is stopped short by 10,000 spiced, piercing needles. Pepper, ginger, vanilla, cilantro, lemon zest, sandstone, rosemary.... Soon, all of these are drowned in the rich, molten fudge pool that has reformed. Earthy yeastiness is all that remains, traced with mushroom and spiders, and moss. Alcohol is the drying force here, not hops (though touches of earthen leafiness can be observed). The whisk(e)y-driven booze machine completes this, bringing a mellow flame, and an exclamation point.
Full bodied, and possibly sludgy if not for the uppity carbonation. It's not built like a tradition stout. But is that what you expected?
This is a classic already. But sit on this for a year or so, and it may well be untouchable.

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Photo of nomad
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, a few ticks short fo black, with a good dirtied head and lacing that looks a bit thin and loose.

Smells bread-yeasty with some fruity notes - mostly plum-like with some soft spice notes. Opens to a woody and overly nutty core, so much so that I keep thinking about peanuts and cashews.

Taste begins with fruity touches of Special B and esters slowly leading into a smooth touch of soft roastiness, like that experienced from chocolate malt. Opens to complex woody tones - senses of oak, crushed peanuts, bourbon spice. Thin mouthfeel with abundant carbonation is a bit - I know its a Belgian brewer, but its a bit much for a quasi-attempt at an Export Stout.

Points for experimenting! But I'll never get it again. Fun to try, at least.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer! Thanks to fellow BA Denali for pointing it out to us. Had in the bottle at Anam Cara. Pour was opaque dark chocolate, that came topped with a light white creme head. Aroma was very interesting: malt meets yeast. There was also some mustiness and cocoa powder in there too. Tastewise, it comes across as a Belgian stout (duh!): There's some initial yeastiness, followed by a roasted finish. Good mouthfeel, enough carbonation...if you like Belgian styles, or are a stout lover, you owe it yourself to try this unique beer.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black caramel. Mocha head is huge and unrelenting. Alcohol-soaked dates and happy yeast spores fill the air. Tastes of cocoa, chocolate and alcohol lead the way with a dose of heavy cream. Really stunning. Thin feel, pretty slick, but a bit of carbonation keeps it alive. As it sits it turns to chocolate silk.

Overall I found it just a roasted bite away from a Belgian Strong Dark, which was not too much of a surprise. This beer deserves a far more interesting name, and frankly I am disappointed in the Mad Brewers using such a generic, not-mad-at-all name. But it is the beer that really matters, and this one is awesome.

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Photo of silenius
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 sprinkle
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great head first off. The nose in this beer is average,but that is the only thing average about this beer. Nice and dark can barely see through, a little bit of roast on the nose,but slight but you can definaley smell the malts. Rich and explosive in your mouth, sweet but balanced. This beer could be drunk in mass quantitys but at four bucks a pop, sort of hard. Hat's off for the first rich Belgian stout I've ever had.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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 meathookjones
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch-black body with a giant tan head that keep coming close to overflowing. It took me quite a while to get the whole beer in the glass with the way the head was acting. Rings of lace were left around the glass as I consume this. Aroma was of sweet malt with a dash of alcohol over a roasted scent. The flavor was filled with chocolate malt with fruitiness to it of darker fruits. Alcohol was present as was a distinct licorice flavor. The taste ended of a roasty alcohol note that seemed to linger for a bit. Body was about medium and creamy with good drinkability. Good brew that I would definitely pick up again.

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Photo of faernt
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours like a De Dolle brew. It has a beautiful, small bubbled, rocky head on top of an opaque dark brown body that barely fits into a 12 oz chalice (actually, it doesn't). The aroma is basil and liquorice with a sweet taste following more inscrutable spiciness. The mouthfeel is silky without the smooth anesthesia of a soft water beer. It's slippery and interupted by persistent carbonation. I'll drink this again. I will buy enough to cover a session and unwaveringly refill my glass until it's end of night time.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
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!. 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 Crosling
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in Esen, Belgium.


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 stcules
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown foam, quite compact, good for a stout.
The colour is brown, with reddish reflexes, not particularly attractive.
Malty smell, with caramel, lightly toasted. A bit too lightly toasted for a stout, maybe.
Malty at the taste too, and again lightly toasted (and again, too lightly toasted...). A good and well perceptible bitter, with chicory and bitter herbs too.
The aftertaste is very bitter, and quite persistent... Good.
Medium body.
This beer is a good beer, in itself. Maybe the problem is that it is not too characterized, and to be an extra stout, perhaps it is not completely in the style.

At the end, it is too "normal" to be a beer from the De Dolle Brewery. Maybe we can expect a little more.

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