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Monk's Stout DupontMonk's Stout Dupont

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Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Kremlock
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: BLACK, can't see any hues through it. Nice thick head that is off white and then settles to a thin film and a nice rim around the glass.

S: Coffee, chocolate, black cherries, some sour notes.

T: Some sourness present, strong coffee in the back of the pallet, smoky chocolate, cherries again.

M: Well carbonated for a "belgian stout". Medium-full body.

O: I just love the flavours of this beer. Some belgian notes are well present.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, vanilla, floral hops.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, lactose, floral hops, earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.

D - Great balanced Belgian/English style stout.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +24.2%
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 ManforallSaisons
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Am finally getting around to posting my notes taken on the spot at a winter-beer festival in Brussels last December. The festival billed as the debut of the beer; perhaps it had more than one. And what was presented might have been more of a preview, as I gathered from later speaking with someone at Dupont, possibly it was not the final recipe for the commercial run. When I find it again in good tasting environment, I'll re-review. For what it's worth, here goes:) Poured from the keg perfectly black with just a ring of ivory foam. Aroma of coffee, pepper, some herbal spice like coriander, a toasty or caramelized bread note. Surprisingly little malt sweetness, rather burnt-tasting, rather un-Belgian but very welcome. Some coriander or grain of paradise in there, too, and hops sneaks in at the end. Slight astringency, definitely less chewy than the standard Belgian take on stout -- again, not necessarily a bad thing, and all the more quaffable for it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast, a small caramel and coffee presence. In the taste, roasty, coffee to caramel like, with a toffee like sweetness. Quite smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, note of coffee in the aftertaste. Nice coffee notes and sweetness of caramel and toffee, pleasant and nice to drink.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose-filling aroma has firm tones of charred wood and yeast with a hint of licorice. It pours a deep opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Smoky, malty flavor has tones of molasses, caramel and roast coffee with a licorice hint. Texture is a teensy on the thin side but strongly tingly. Overall, if not the best porter available, a worthy beer.

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Photo of innominat
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Neorebel
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
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 cpetrone84
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is opaque black with a thin tan colored head. The nose is nice, dry and roasted malt, notes of coffee and light chocolate, with a light hop balance. The taste is equally as nice. Very roasty with notes of coffee. Some sweet hop profile in the finish balances. Creamy and soft body with strong carbonation and a dry finish. Deep roasted malt profile and nice balance.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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 draheim
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (L11216A 10:22) into a tulip. Pours a deep coffee brown w/ a big mocha head that slowly settles to a dense pillow of foam.

Aroma is deep & complex. Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, rich caramel malt.

Taste is equally interesting. Chocolate and coffee, toffee, figs/dates, a vague hint of spice. Maybe just a little too much going on here.

Mouthfeel is a little thin relative to the bold taste, which actually works well. Lively carbonation keeps it feeling light and crisp rather than sticky and syrupy, but it is a little prickly.

Overall an interesting, unique beer - sort of a cross between a Belgian dark and a porter. While I enjoyed it for what it was, it's not a beer I'd seek out again.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dupont Monk's Stout

25oz bottle, corked and caged. Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a clear, dark brown with a light head consisting of lots of really tiny bubbles. Aroma is strange, mineral, tart, sour, metallic. In the taste, much different than the nose, with a good dose of lush chocolate, malted milk, roast and coffee grounds. Well balanced, though there is little hop flavor, just mild leafy notes. More cocoa, coffee and toast. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, finishing slightly dry. Overall, I was quite surprised with this one, a really nice find. A Belgian stout with some character.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Clem's, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : fruity and malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt, with caramel notes. Lightly bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian dark ale (not a Stout).

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Photo of 323Hudson
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At the Merry Monk (Albany, NY)...

A - Looks like guiness but less clean, dark body and a nice tannish fluffy head.

S - Nothing there some roast and coffee.

T - Not bad, roasty with chocolate and coffee notes. An earthy finish from the Belgium yeast.

M - Not as big as the appearance, a bit light in the body for the head but increases drinkablity.

O - Good beer, with some eclectic combinations could have a few in one sitting.

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Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice super dark cola brown with ruby violet/red shading. Nice light tan fingers of head settle to a foamy thin pollow with lace sticking all about the glass. A nice pretty stout.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice dry bitter cocoa and coffee-like roasted malt.. not too strong as this is a mild stout. Nice clove and bready Belgian yeast touch. Not too bad, but subtle.

Taste: (3.5)
- Subtle esters, light roasted grain with a chocolate flare. Little earthy, grassy bitter, and bready yeast. Overall a nice light drinking stout.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Rather light bodied, well carbonated, and a touch dry. Not at all chewy or cloying really. Light brew.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a light stout for sure, and may throw a few people off thinking that this would be some big heavy stout. It's not, but a nice simple stout with a subtle Belgian twist. I like it, I feel it is solid, and one I would drink again. I just think I would be more likely to buy it if it were on tap at a lesser price.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle given to me in Brussels thanks to my friend Jan Peter.

Poured initially with a voluminous head, settled down into a thick foamy head over a dark brown, almost black body. Lots of sticky lacing.

Nose of roasted malt, nuts, coffee, butterscotch, wet wool, dark fruit.

Tastes of dark roasted malt, some coffee and dark fruit with a little acidity especially on the front palate. Light character.

Body is light and carbonation is smooth and round, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

A nice expression of a stout, light in character, and quite drinkable, although lacking a bit of depth in taste.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled stamped 08/2014.

(4.0) A: Pitch black with a crimson edge. A bubbly mocha coloured head that lingers for a while and clings to the glass well.

(4.0) S: Quite a strong aroma as I could smell this when it opened. Dark cocoa powder, darker fruits (plums, raisins, fig), and quite a bit of smoke. Definitely belgian-y.

(3.5) T: A slightly odd tart lemon-lime pie controls the taste with some roasted malt notes which follow. Smokey finish. Lightly bitter with equal dryness.

(3.5) M: Light bodied with a higher carbonation. Fairly thin with a bit of slickness.

(3.5) D: Was pretty pumped to try this as part of the Dupont LCBO release but I don’t think I will be revisiting this one. Appearance and aroma were nice but the taste was too sour for my stouts and mouthfeel left a bit to be desired.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.64/5  rDev +10%
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 +9.1%
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 bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Cork says 2011 on it, so I assume it was bottled sometime last year. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a huge 3 inch head. This one foamed up pretty much as soon as I started the pour, and it took a while for the head to recede so I could get a somewhat full glass. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bitter herbs, and a bit of tart dark fruit. I liked the taste of this the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has high carbonation. I thought this was a decent enough brew, I liked it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a very pleasant deep brown colour, with a very light weight body. Head forms in a huge, foamy crown of beige bubbles, leaving sudsy, thick uncooked-meringue lace. The weight is understandable but disappointing, otherwise it looks good.

Nose is oddly medicinal, with the sharp roasted characters mingling with what I can only assume is a Dupont saison or saison-like yeast, giving it a touch of funk and acidity. Hints of stewed cherries, chocolate, and a dusty musty undertone. Very interesting, and not unpleasant, once you get over the shock of it being far from a regular stout.

Taste is also very strange. It has a really clear, almost watery lightness to it, which is mirrored by a clear dusky roasted character, that doesn't dip or do anything really dynamic on the palate. It just stays as one long vector of char. There's a hint of that medicinal character throughout, which gives it a mild astringent fruit character, but the lack of body and sweetness almost turns it immediately bitter and a little unpleasant.

To be honest, I understand why this isn't that highly regarded. But it's a really interesting brew nonetheless. It has far more of that roast character than you ever see in a Belgian ale, but in most other respects it really falls into that style. As a result, it's a weird amalgam that doesn't really fit anywhere. That makes it challenging, but it also makes it quite fascinating.

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Photo of beholder_pl
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep black color forming a big dark beige to gray bubbled head. Good retention and only few lacings formed and left. However, a very thin layer remains for long on the top

S: Very strong on roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Milky and sweet too. Very "Stout", I mean, reminds Guinness in the nose. Some bready Belgian yeasts that break a bit the main English character. Light flowery hops in the end

T: Slightly sweet and roasted malts upfront which turns quickly into a dry and mild bitter in the tongue. Notes of dark chocolate, milk, coffee and brown bread. Belgian yeasts. Finish is mainly made of roasted bitterness and some hops. Not bad

M: Light to medium body. A bit creamy. Good carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and full of roasted malts

O: Easy drinking beer but, at the same time, not very attractive. A British style beer made in Belgian. That's perhaps the most interesting point about this beer

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