Monk's Stout Dupont
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Style:
Stout - English
Ranked #127
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
77
Ranked #47,282
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 14.79%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
271
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Super-dark chestnut brown, I only get a glint of light through it when held right in front of a halogen, poured clear (sediment in bottle), with big/fast/eager 4Cm mid-tan pillowy head. The bottle was chilled+poured slowly, and thank heavens, as it still took at least 5mins to pour with no resting the bottle - take it easy too is my tip!
S- Nice toasty charred timber smell, with hints of some richness.
T- Brighter than anticipated. I appreciate it's 5.2% but the look/smell suggest a meatier flavour. The 'bright' aspect is a combo of hoppy-dryness and I believe a *minor* sour facet. ... plus a smokey notes.
F- It feels a touch light. Put another way I'd be interested in trying a say 7.5-8% version of this same beer.
O- I'm not sure this justifies buying as a rather specialist import from abroad. Perhaps in Belgium if you lived where it's common to find it would be worth it, it would certainly be less expensive. Not one I'd buy again, it's just not doing what a beer at this price should be.
Bought from BelgiumInABox @Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. BB: 02/2022. 330ml bottle Euro2.70, which is around the same price as many seriously good Trappist Tripels/Quads etc from that same shop, hence my feeling underwhelmed...

Jul 07, 2020
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octortus from Canada

3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL Bottle. ABV 5.2%.
Appearance: dark brown, fizzy tan head
Aroma: Burnt barley malt
Mouthfeel: Medium body,
Flavour: Burnt barley malt, slight chocolate
Overall:

Review:

Mar 31, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada

2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Pours dark brown, reminiscent of a cola. 2 fingers of tan foam head which break down slowly leaving a thin head across the entire snifter. Lots of carbonation.
Smell: Smell is pretty basic, it's a little sharp and astringent. Not the rich chocolate and coffee notes I was hoping for.
Taste: Joyless, and watery on the front end. Sharp in the middle with a taste like a mineral water (Evian?). A little smoky on the back end, which gives way to a strange sharp aftertaste.
Feel: Watery and light. This beer lives high in the mouth on the palate. Nothing of note on any part of the tongue.
Overall - this beer earns a C.

Mar 15, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

2.31/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

De Decervecitas. En copa Teku. Adaptando GestorRed a CUC 12.5 Algo sobrecarbonatada y con un puntito acido que no termina de convencer aunque tampoco la hace desagradable. Simplemente aburre

Jan 30, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for $3.35 CDN. I never knew Dupont did a stout until I saw this. Best before September 2021.

Appearance - Dark, dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Nearly two fingers of loose light tan head is poured, fizzles down to three quarters of a finger before maintaining. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Faint coffee and chocolate notes, some roasty and astringent grain underneath. Maybe a fragment of vanilla for good measure.

Taste - Some coffee, burnt malts, a little earthy and some mineral water. A yeasty little bit in there too.

Mouthfeel - Thinner bodied and crazily carbonated, gives a spritzy feel which maybe a little closer in line with a black lager, but certainly not a stout. The feel is way-off.

Overall - If the feel was better, this would be a perfectly acceptable stout, however due to the thin body and crazy carbonation, the drinking experience just isn't that pleasant. Given the lower average score I was a bit surprised, however now having experienced the brew, I understand it a lot better. Possibly worth trying a bottle for novelties sake, otherwise, this might be the only Dupont product I'd feel safe giving a pass to.

Jan 28, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Not very dark for a stout. Think dark Belgian ale and not Guinness.

Smells Sweet and of charred malt. Belgian yeast scent with smoke and coffee. Burnt toast and some faint fruity scents.

Starts out drier than it smells with a fair amount of char and smoke. There is some sweetness here so it is by no means bone dry. Clean after taste. Mild dry stout flavor without a lot of after taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and light and doesn't linger. Perfect for where you don't want the beer to be the star of a meal.

Overall it is better than the sum of its parts. A masterful beer from a master brewery.

Jun 09, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with towering, rocky beige head on black body. Nice smoky, peat taste, hints of molasses and chocolate. A very good effort at this style, indistinguishable from it’s Irish brethren. Well done!

Mar 02, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having seen the other ratings on this, I set lower expectations. Fortunately, they were wrong. This bottle had been sitting around Saveon for a while (years).

It pours with nice head. The aroma is almost a bit chocolaty, just through the malts ad yeast. This is where the taste goes too. All malty and yeasty, but not boozy.

The total experience is favorable- a nice Belgian stout that is not at all boozy. Recommended.

Jul 30, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
08/04/2012
On tap at Monks Bar, Philadelphia.

AROMA: Chocolate, Banana, Pumperknickel.
LOOK: Dark black, creamy full head.
TASTE: Chocolate, Banana, Pumperknickel. A touch Sour yeast but not too much Wang for a belgian.
FEEL: thick.

Nice Belgian Stout.
**

Sep 19, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10.03.2016

Brasserie Dupont – Monk’s Stout
English Stout – 5.2% - 330ml Bottling date unknown – Best Before 02.2015

Just noticed that the best before date on this bottle was 13 months ago, but being a bottle conditioned stout, that may not be a bad thing, it may well have smoothed out over time.

Appearance: Small hiss when cap cracked, then a gentle pour into a ½ pint glass had to be in stages due to uncontrollable off white head that did dissipate quickly. Noisey carbonation. Looks a bit like a coke-float (coca-cola with ice cream). Nice lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt – pretty standard stout aromas backed up by a hint of spicy yeast.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, aroma translates very well here. Not as bitter as some other stouts I’ve had of late – could be due to the age.

Mouthfeel: Thin – medium body.

Overall: I’m not a huge stout fan but this is palatable, not particularly exciting though and not one that I will be searching out again. It seems a little one dimensional, as if something is missing. I look for big flavours/something exciting in my beers, especially ones from Belgium. This is just too bland I guess. I was also expecting something a little sweeter going by its name alone, it’s not sweet and it’s not bitter, fairly neutral all round. 6.75 / 10.

Mar 10, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dupont...you make some really tasty beer...so what happened here? Pours black with a medium head but only a little lacing. Nose is not very strong, even as it warms. Some chickory, herbal, and limited roasted notes. Taste is mild, a bit watered down, and slightly acrid. Limited traditional maltly toasty flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit rough and over carbonated. Not impressed.

Dec 12, 2015
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Takahiro from Netherlands

2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: black with thick foamy tanned head
S: roasted malt/ thin coffee, mugi-cha (japanese roasted barley tea),
T: citrusy dupont yeast character, crashing with burned coffee. not much caramel malt so it feels empty.
F: finishes dry as expected from their yeast
O: this is not a typical stout by any means... i miss some caramel notes that i associate with this style of beer. instead, this one feels like watered down coffee... dissapointed.

Dec 11, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the corked, caged dark green 750 ml bottle. Sampled on November 11, 2015. I wish it was dated because I expect this had been on the store shelf where I purchased it for many months

Mahogany brown pour with reddish hues under a lingering tan head.

The aroma has a slightly sweet malt character with a bit of funky yeast and a hint of grape.

Acidic light to medium body.

The taste had a kind of cooked vegetable sweet malty character at first but the finish was acidic and bitter. I was not enthusiastic about it but I finished it.

Nov 11, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pitch black stout, no colored tint that I can discern, with five towering fingers of sudsy tan head that recalls sponge toffee with much bigger bubbles.

Aroma recalls dark chocolate and carob with hints of almonds and sour red berries. A little wood char and smoke. Smells like a classic English stout, really, albeit one on the dry side. Palate is even more dry, ashy, and roasted. There is a characteristically Belgian spicy fruitiness that recalls a saison (tart pears mostly, with a clove-like vapor trail?), an element that probably remains buried beneath the burnt coffee-like roasted malts unless one is reasonably attentive. For some reason I am more than OK with this seeming clash between sour orchard fruit and dark roast/ashtray... Truly. It shouldn't work but right now it does.

People may not appreciate the relatively thin body and overall ultra-dry vibe this brew conveys. Quite fizzy for a stout, to boot. Admittedly, I'd prefer a thicker mouthfeel but I think the intent here is to avoid a straight up replication of something one would find in an English pub (not to mention the fact that "non Imperial" stouts are not really supposed to be syrupy in nature). The well-attenuated character fits the aforementioned Belgian fruit/spice character. There is still a certain smooth creaminess. Finish is a pleasing balance of ashy roast and dry fruity notes.

Maybe I am under the influence of some odd spell cast when I opened the bottle, but I feel that this is an underrated brew. "Belgian stout" should perhaps be a separate style designation, at least for splitters such as myself. Maybe this could use a few rougher edges to add complexity and character? In any event, might be worth a second look if you hated it on the first pass.

Mar 11, 2015
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innominat from Ireland

3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found this a pleasant example of a stout. It has a nice mouth feel with a pleasant roasted character. Its straight ahead simple to enjoy stout. Not the best but a solid entry none the less.

Jan 25, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

2.82/5  rDev -16.6%

A - Dark brown pour and changes to black when it accumulates in the glass, nice three fingered
in the beginning but dies down to a soapy, tan colored lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate aroma with a hint of cocoa.

T - Some dark chocolate, dark fruit, a small amount of smokiness, and light roasted cocoa.

M - Light bodied and very thin for a stout, medium carbonation on the tongue.

O - Too thin for a stout, needs to be more robust in both body and flavor -= not much going.

Sep 21, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black color with red highlights and a thick caramel head with a short retention but keeping a constant plate.
Nice aroma with lots of licorice, roasted malts, dark fruits, some coffee and cocoa just after some time.
Flavor with very natural coffee notes, spices, dark fruits, caramels, ashes, earth, tobacco and pears. Cocoa appears after warming up. Very dry aftertaste with a long roasted note. Slightly tart with a distant balsamic vinegar.
Light to medium body with good carbonation, slightly effervescent.
Quite unique stout with a good balance between roasted- ashy, tart, fruity and spicy notes. In my opinion this is underestimated once flavors are not the usual easy ones for Stout. Interesting that it sure has Dupont genes there.

Sep 20, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: The beer pours like a Belgian, with a huge, rocky head rather than the traditional English bubble show; the translucent brown color is much lighter than expected; shards of lacing are left behind

Smell: Burnt and ashy, with just a hint of chocolate and a vague tartness

Taste: Starts out with a powdered chocolate flavor with tart dark fruit building in the middle; quite phenolic, after the swallow with a bit of a skunky flavor

Mouthfeel: Belgian stout mouthfeel, with a medium body and high carbonation

Overall: Rather disappointing for a Belgian stout and the green bottle doesn't help matters

Aug 20, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Massively carbonated with a tightly knit khaki colored head. Dark brown in color and only a bit of light gets through. Brussels lacing. This beer is virtually odorless,but with a lot of effort I got a bit of dark malt. The flavor is a bit on the sweet dark malty side. Perhaps a bit of powdered cocoa in the mix. The mouth is creamy and dry.

May 11, 2014
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mhmalaska from California

3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black. Tan head with a little staying power and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, Caramel, hints of berry jam.

Taste: Roasted up front. Hints of jam in the middle. Nutty finish.

Mouthfeel. Thin. Carbonated.

Overall. A nice stout. Middle of the road bold and mellowed significantly as it sat in the glass.

Mar 31, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/27/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Slight amount of earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian stout. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A unique and pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Mar 31, 2014
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beholder_pl from Poland

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours pitch black with a big, light tan, quickly dropping head, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: coffee and roasted malts with some fruit-like, fresh aroma in the back and perhaps some forest notes. Subtle, yet very pleasant.

Taste: a bit sour, malty. There's a lot of roastiness and hint of coffee. Mildly bitter. Basically a typical stout with nothing much going on.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation. Would be better with softer carbonation.

Overall: Highly drinkable, but I wouldn't drink more than one bottle. it's a typical stout. It could be more bitter and less carbonated. Good, but not great.

Mar 24, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned and bought by my beloved so may slant a more positive rereview
Pours a jet black body with full on off white head
Toasty Roasty aroma with cocoa notes
Nice blackcurrant jam on burned toast flavour
Just seems a bit thin

Dec 31, 2013
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dcmchew from Romania

3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown to black, one finger beige head, sticky.
Smells of dark roasted malts, caramel, coffee and forest nuts.
Surprisingly, there's a big tartness from beginning to end, vinegary, mixed with some lemon zest also, messing with the classic aromas, setting them in the back. Roasted dark malts, sure, with smokiness and mild caramel. Going to dark chocolate. Weak coffee (diluted), cocoa powder and a dry earthiness are classic to the stout recipe, but the weird sour cherries and low dark fruit (red grapes, plum) somehow don't fit. Spices are cinnamon, anise and hints of vanilla. Low hop presence, bitterness provided mostly by the roast.
Drinkable, sure, but too thin and crisp than expected.
Not really what i wanted, don't know for sure if it's "interesting" or just not well made.

Nov 22, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. A refermented in the bottle stout. Awesome.

This beer pours a mostly clear (I think) very dark brownish cola hue, with slight caramel highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, effervescent, and loosely foamy, tiny-bubbled beige head, which leaves some very Hawaiian Island-esque lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of roasted biscuity caramel malt, a hefty dose of sharp, oily nuttiness, a subtle black fruitiness, a touch of bittersweet cocoa and coffee, some dry baker's yeast, and subdued earthy, leafy hops. The taste is much bigger on the dark chocolate and day-old coffee essences than initially led with, pushing the caramel sweetness down a peg or three, the dark fruitiness getting a mildly sour tang to it, the Belgian yeast reveling in their second life, and some musty, dusty, earthy hops bringing up the rear.

The carbonation is tight, and reserved in its bristling frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, and none too smooth, as the bubbles and yeast have this sort of unholy pact to scour my tongue. It finishes off-dry, the toasty choco-cafe notes not ready to give up just yet, while the yeast and musty hops round things out.

An English stout, by way of the Wallonian countryside, this is. Perhaps there's a reason for that there English channel - the English have their stout, and the Belgians have their fruit and yeast, ne'er the two shall meet. But here they have, and the result is middling at best, and not something I'll be jumping to revisit.

Aug 31, 2013
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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 271 ratings