Monk's Stout Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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 corby112
1.76/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that's black in the glass with a half finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with faint earthy hops and estery dark fruits.  Hints of dark chcolate, pepper and coffee countered by plum, raisin and other dark fruits.  

Thin bodied and watery with lots of tight carbonation(slight oxidization) that lingers throughout making it tough to drink.    Some roasted chocolate malt but its very dry and flavorless with subtle metallic and cardboard.  Really unpleasant to drink.  I was told by two different bartenders and another BA that this is the way the beer tasted.  Not infected, just not very good.   I'm not so sure but either way it tastes pretty awful.

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Photo of nickfl
2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with a huge, four finger head of light tan foam. The head recedes slowly as the large, fish eye bubbles pop.

S - An odd, herbal aroma with notes of phenolic smoke and old meat.

T - Dark sugar and bread up front with some smoky notes. Molasses and licorice in the middle with black pepper and shrimp like notes. Finishes with bitter grain, and a lingering note of ham water.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Ok, I can't get over the fact that this beer smells, and to a lesser degree tastes, like ham. Not good ham either, more like old lunch meat... or burnt, rotten ham. Really bad, even more disappointing considering it comes from a brewery that we all know can do so much better than this. I didn't think I would ever have a Dupont drain pour, but here it is... and there it goes.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.27/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: almost black with a touch of red glimmering like dried blood; fine, mocha head with good retention

Aroma: drifts from the glass strongly, more bitter and acidic than expected, almost like balsamic vinegar; chocolate most prevalent in the roast; some dark cherry

Taste & Mouthfeel: not your typical stout! very bitter and acidic roast (aroma was telling) and a little thin - like corner store coffee, and with about as much depth and length; things are going downhill fast, actually becomes more unpleasant and almost undrinkable - it's puckering, becoming sour - I'm done

Overall: first sip wasn't bad, but it rapidly fell apart with a surprisingly weak body and sour, vinegary flavour - I'm all for trying something different, but this just isn't right

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Photo of impending
2.37/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

SF Toronado. Served in a tulip, midnight black, zero transparency, mocha colored head, little lacing.

Aroma is underwhelming, no sense of the dynamic Dupont yeast. A little charred bittersweet chocolate. Bland.

Massive disappointment the flavor is. This is a bland english stout indeed and no more. Zero adventure. The massive disappointment is with Dupont, their imprint is no where to be found. Nothing of note. In light of this mediocrity the cost is absurd.

I am a believer in Brasserie Dupont.

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Photo of dlello2
2.42/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown letting some red through on the edges. Doesn't look very thick at all. Root beer float-like head is persistent. Lacing is huge.

S - Hmm. Kind of gross. Alcohol smell comes through but on the whole it smells old. All of the smells I get are faint/only hinted at.

T - Watery mouthfeel. Not unpleasant. Wow there is not much going on here. Bottle says "deep aromas of black coffee" as you drink and I'm not getting any of that. It also says "roasted bitterness..." this does hit me but disappears quickly.

O - This was disappointing. I wouldn't get this again. Really boring, and what I did find interesting about this beer was not that pleasant. No aftertaste lingers.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with subtle amber highlights and a creamy, tan mousse. My initial impression is that this looks like a solid stout.

S: The smell is odd to say the least. It's very yeasty with banana and spice esters that remind me of a Bavarian hefeweizen or weizenbock, but these quickly give way to muted aromas of roasted grain and weak, watery coffee.

T: From the nose, this beer goes downhill even further. Brief notes of banana, spices, and dark chocolate are tailed by flavors of mineral water, coffee, molasses, overripe cherry, and roasted grain. The finish is virtually nonexistent with a bitter roasted grain flavor.

M: Very light bodied. It's initially dry, but gets a little sticky and syrupy around mid-palate before drying out again on the finish. Carbonation is very active. This beer feels poorly balanced and insubstantial in the mouth.

O: Before trying this beer I could safely say that Brasserie Dupont does not produce a single bad beer, but now I can't say that. My respect for the brewery keeps me from giving this unfortunate accident an absolutely stinging review, but it really is pretty awful. It's like someone who had never tasted a stout, but had perhaps seen a few Guinness advertisements, decided to brew a stout. With the exception of color, this beer has nothing in common with real stouts. What was the brewing team at Dupont thinking?

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Photo of Takahiro
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
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 kylehay2004
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: about a 2 finger off white to tan head on a clear, dark brown with light getting through body.

S: definitely medicinal. Almost like surgical tape/bandade with and old ham smell as my fellow beer drinker pointed out. Roasted malts are mixed in but fight to be noticed.

T: again, very medicinal throughout. Occasional hints of roasted malts, toffee and sugar but these are overwhelmed.

M: medium body but thin with high carbonation.

Overall: This one is just not very good. It may actually deserve a lower ranking. Its not very drinkable and if not for being a share, this would have been a drain pour.

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Photo of russpowell
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Opens with a huge pop, pours mahogany with 3+ of mocha head.

S: Brown bread & dark fruit

T: Figs, woody hops, watered down tea. As this warms, more of the same, whispers of juicy-fruit. Minimal head retention & lacing. Finishes with vauge figgyness, leafy hops & tobacco. Real close to a drain pour

MF: Fairly thin, low carbonation

A mediocre itteration of this style, pass ...

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Photo of rudzud
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at a Julio's tasting.

A - Pours a thick dark brown with nearly no head/lacing. While I know this is a dark ale, don't market it on the front as a stout. Looks incredibly average/underwhelming.

S - Smell is fairly average too. Slgiht roasted malts and super faint chocolate, like a watered down ice cofee. There were some light grains as well (wheat).

T - Taste is similar to the nose, faint chocolate and coffee. Very flat and watery tasting. Just dissappointing.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery. Not think and chewy like a stout, nor is it full bodied like a dark ale. Just a muddled mess.

O - Overall this beer really is fairly mediocre at best. Glad I didnt buy a bottle of this and only had to stomach the small pour of this stuff. Ugh.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%

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 BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Bottle, best before Feb 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice in Oct 2011.

I have never seen a beer look rough in a Westmalle chalice, this didn't let me down. Lovely dark body, pitch black until held under a strong ligh force when its deep ruby red hues shine though. The creamy looking head is a tan crown of foam that sticks to your upper lip like a fake moustache.

The smell was of slightly charred malts that had been over roasted in a peat bog and began to crisp up.

The taste a was of dry malted biscuits with most of the flavour removed. It didn't taste right, something was missing: rich and creamy enough, but the zing had gone, no depth or physique to it what-so-ever.

Wanted and expected a lot more from this Stout, not impressed at all. Looks good, but fails to deliver.

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Photo of joecast
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what to expect here but it's good stout weather.

Thick tan foam head with an imposing nearly opaque black beer sitting beneath. The slightest red hue shows when held to light. Low carbonation. Excellent head retention.

Surely they don't use their saison yeast here (they don't do they?) but there is a light Belgian yeast character. Slightly spicy and a bit estery. Not a lot of typical stout character here, but certainly not unpleasant.

Taste retains the light Belgian character but adds a harsh bitterness. Not the typical hop bitterness. Ths seems to emanate from a heavy dose of roasted malt. A bit grainy. Raw but with some sweetness.

An interesting beer. And an interesting mix of styles. Not sure if people are crying out for an English stout crossed with a Belgian pale. But at least Dupont can say they have done it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served on tap in a thin glass.

appears opaque black in color, with cream colored head. good head retention. mild dry roasty aroma. taste is similar, with thin body, lower carbonation. I would like some more body.

overall - reminded me of a dry Irish stout.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Dupont's Stout pours in the tulip black creating a dark black look in the vessel. That takes care of that. A dense like cream colored inch of foam up top with good retention, yet no stick. Smell is english yeast up to the max. Interesting to see a Belgian brewery take on this style. More smells- peat, smoke, chocolate, vanilla and cream. Taste is pretty much stated above in the taste portion. The english ingredients take hold alot. Cocco, vanilla, cream and peat influence. Feel is light bodied with tight carb that's not bitey, yet there is a sourness towards the end which kills it. I like this low alcohol and light bodied stout, but it tastes a bit disjointed and the aftertaste is horrid.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, three finger, fluffy, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown in color, almost black, with a higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A foam cap remains and leaves some decent, chunky lacing down the glass. Decent looking, though the head is a little out of control.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, caramel notes, licorice and some dark fruits. Raisins and dates mostly. Bolder nose and pleasant enough.

TASTE: Milder flavors and not much up front at all really. Some roasted and caramel notes through the middle and then some licorice, cocoa powder and dark fruits at the swallow. A bolder aftertaste of roasted cocoa, some spicy yeast and hop bitterness lingers nicely. A nice finish, but an uneventful start. Very Belgian as well.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Very, very light on the palate, but creamy enough. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Just too light for a stout, and even for a Belgian dark ale.

OVERALL: Another Belgian style stout that is neither good nor awful. Not off-putting by any sense of the imagination, but also not memorable or worth re-visiting on purpose. Might as well pass on this and try something else.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with notes of the typical Belgian malt used by Dupont. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt with a solid malt backbone and light dry esters of black chocolate. Body is somewhat thin with great carbonation. OK though I have a huge preference for Dupont regular saison over this.

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Photo of mhmalaska
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Franziskaner
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Mar02x
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a bottle from the Hopduvel in Gent.

A - Pours like a dark brown typical stout with a nice beige head that slowly retracts. No carbonation visible.

S - Roasted malts, slightly sweet and oatmeal. Strong cherry scent and chocolate. A real beer smell.

T - Roasted malts, some sweetness and not to bitter.

M - Carbonation with a medium to full body.

O - Not a bad stout but for me there is not much to go on. I rather have an Imperial.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, plum wine, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some pomegranate and dark roasted malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is quite disappointing coming from Dupont.

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Photo of peensteen
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brownish ruby body, ring of tan head, not much lace to speak of. A bit of roast, smokey with some darker fruits, fairly odd smelling, yeasty and a lingering note of plastic that seems to persist. Taste has a bit of smoke and charred/ashy flavours as well, dark fruits with a bit of an odd bitterness as well here. High carbonation, light bodied, below average feel for a stout. Really quite unimpressive, not quite a stout and not quite a dark belgian, too many odd smells and flavours to make this enjoyable.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a medium tan head, nice retention and lace.

S: Chocolate and mocha, nice full notes of malt, hint of molasses.

T: Thin bittersweet chocolate, some brown sugar and a hint of mission fig. Not a bad flavour, but not expansive, a disappointment with the promise of the nose.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, creanmy, soft carbonation.

O: I love Dupont, Saison Dupont is a modern classic, and they make a lot of good beer. I loved the new witbier I recently had from them. This just isn't that good. Bland and uninspiring unfortunately.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small, light tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt and espresso. Not particularly interesting.
Similarly roasty flavours, almost burnt, pretty full-on. Soft spicy notes also show through.
Too much carbonation.
Pretty harsh roasty notes...

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