Monk's Stout Dupont
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English Stout
Ranked #128
Ranked #45,621
3.38 | pDev: 14.79%
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Photo of Zorro
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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!

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Photo of schoolboy
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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


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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 make some really tasty 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.

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Photo of Takahiro
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
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.

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Photo of innominat
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of FLima
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of mhmalaska
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of beholder_pl
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
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

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Photo of dcmchew
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - Poured black with a thick two finger beige head. Good carbonation coming up and a spotty lacing with a finger of retention.

S - Roast, dark fruit. Mild.

T - Roast, dark fruit, tobacco.

M - Good carbonation, full creamy body, yeasty finish.

O/D - Not overly flavourful or complex. OK but nothing I'd reach for again.

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Photo of ludachris
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I didn't know Dupont brewed a stout until I came across it at the LCBO the other day. If it's anywhere as good as their Saison, I'm in for a treat.

The body is a deep chestnut brown that is so close to black it might as well be. When held up to the light, the edges of the beer are the only thing that gives away its true colour. A finger's worth of cream coloured head is tightly knit and doesn't boast much staying power. No lace is left behind.

An enticing aroma of vanilla beans and sweet dark chocolate greets me first. Coffee grounds and a nutty earthiness lie just underneath. Fruity jam-like esters also make a subtle impression. There's no sign of any hop character but that's to be expected with the style.

The taste is very straightforward. Both the vanilla and dark chocolate dash across the tongue and their presence is short lived. A drying roasty and nutty character quickly takes over and continues into the finish. The dry, almost papery quality in the finish I equate with sorghum or oxidation. Whatever it may be, it's harsh and too pronounced for the delicate flavours of this stout.

Even for an English Stout, this is on the lighter end of the spectrum in terms of its feel. Watery is never a descriptor I like using, especially for stouts, but that's the first thing that comes to mind. Couple this with the off-putting dry finish and I'm left with an underwhelming beer.

Overall, a disappointing stout. I try not to set expectations for beers before trying them, but when they come from a reputable brewery such as Dupont, it's hard not too. The highlight for me was the nose. It was complex and flavourful. If only that were to have continued into the rest of the categories. The mouthfeel is what really threw me off with this beer. It's too thin and lacked balance. Their saison is on another level in comparison to this, and the former is what I'll stick to.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Monk's Stout has the appearance of a porter or dry stout, being pitch black with a quarter inch tan head. For the aroma, I picked up a lot of various dark fruit esters, and Belgian yeast. I found that the tast was very smoky, a bit 'roasted,' and tart. Once the beer sat for a little while, it began to give off some chocolately flavors too. Very light bodied and light in the mouth feel, this is something different. It did not quite taste like a Belgian or a Stout. Not sure if I would order this again other than to try and better understand or appreciate it.

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

A really big, but controlled, foam-up in the New Belgium snifter. It settles down to a tall pile of beige-tinted clouds. Very light bodied.

It does have a diluted coffee flavor, but it's quite pleasant. It's just slightly tart, and there's a distinct burnt undertone. Dark grains and barely ahint of sweet malt. The dry Belgian yeasty taste comes forward after some sipping.

Sourish and bitterish aftertaste is not the best reature. This is certainly a beer that doesn't fit easily into the catalogue, but it's very drinkable and refreshing. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Super dark with a fairly thick head of foam that drops quickly.

S - Nose is coffee and roasted malt. Bit of a metallic tinge,

T - There's some coffee flavour and hmm burnt rubber? A bit acidic and kind of muted in flavour overall.

M - Medium body. Sharp carbonation.

O - It's OK, but not my favorite stout. Kind of drinkable but not terribly tasty.

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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 260 ratings