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Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 06-26-2011

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Dupont LCBO feature, and the weakest though most unique offering.. Body looks like a nitro black. Faint roastiness, more molasses taste. A weaker stout for sure. So-so drinkability, and dare I say a little thin.A little bitter but not interesting.Watered down coffee substitute.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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 kylehay2004
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
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 metter98
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a massive two finger high beige head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has notes of dark fruits and hints of chocolate in the flavors. Subtle hints of sweetness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and airy on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is nice and light, making it very easy to drink. It seems to taste like a hybrid between a dry stout and a saison.

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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 biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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 kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into La Chouffe tulip in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger tan colour head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Solid black nontransparent colour. Appealing for a stout lover like meself.

Sm: Caramel, toffee, and maybe chocolate. Cream. A mild strength scent.

T: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, a bit of cream, and coffee and roast on the climax. Complex, well built and balanced. Lovely to a stout lover like meself. The hops are layered well, not just stacked, and each flavour comes through distinctly.

Mf: Coarse and wet. More suitable as an English style stout than an Irish, but delightful nonetheless. Suits the flavours of the body brilliantly.

Dr: A great, well priced Belgian made stout, this beer will appease any fan of the style. I love it. Give her a spin.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black without any real head formation or lace. A good swirl brings a few mocha bubbles, but that's about it. The nose brings some nice roasted chocolate character with some slight Belgian-yeast aromatics. The flavor falls back with heavy roast; the chocolate and yeast are merely background noise. Medium body with a semi-dry finish that is a bit acrid. Decent.

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Photo of nickfl
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
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 mactrail
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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 superspak
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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 dcmchew
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
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 russpowell
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

With DuPont's reputation as a saison brewer, it's interesting to see something this dark come out from their way. It pours a deep black-brown, translucent at the edges evincing a mild bit o' dark garnet, topped by about two fingers of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts (very husk-y, I might add), light chocolate powder, and toasted wheat. The taste goes further down the roasty road, with heavy roasted malts, darkly-toasted wheat, and what seems like lightly acridly bitter coffee. Things are a bit harsh here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and one of the driest finishes I've ever seen in a stout. The dryness doesn't help the bitterness any... Overall, I can't say I'm a fan of this beer. It's too burnt, too roasty, for its own good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Edition

A: Pours a clear extremely dark brown bordering on black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy dark beige head that quickly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some more subtle hints of Belgian yeast, chocolate, coffee, chicory, and wet wool.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts. There are some light notes of chocolate, coffee, and chicory. There is also a hint of saison-like Belgian yeast spice notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Airy and very dry.

O: Surprisingly refreshing, a style that I do not often have but almost reminds me of what the hybrid of a saison and an export stout would be like. Enjoyable but not one that I would run out to get again soon.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer on draft at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter. Beer is black with a thin lazy off white almost brown head of small bubbles, low carbonation and the head retention is low. It breaks quickly and pulls to the edges of the beer at the glass interface, leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, yeasty, a little roasty.

Beer is super thin and a little bitter, not much going on here, it is drinkable but unremarkable, not a repeat.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of light brown head. Carbonation appears very high (as expected given that this is a bottle conditioned beer).

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roast, dark caramel and some yeast esters.

T - Roast, chocolate, Belgian yeast notes and hints of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Carbonation was a little heavy for my taste.

O - Decent enough but fairly average overall.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +13%
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 Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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 BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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 biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Monk's Stout looks rich enough to sustain an entire abbey. Only at certain angles into the light are dark russet-brown edges revealed (never any transparency though). Head-on the beer appears wrapped in an entirely black robe, its hood, however, tinted a beige-brown tone.

The first whiff is intrinsically pleasant: a mocha, creamy chocolate note that is light sweet, lightly roasty. It's not strong but has a definite coffee bean flavour, one that is surprisingly unencumbered by yeast or esters (as is customary with Belgian brews).

The first taste, however, proves to be a kind of "ah ha" moment - it's where the stout unravels and the more typical Belgian ale characteristics come to the fore. Gone is a good chunk of the coffee-and-cream, dark chocolate flavours and in their place arises a tart dark fruitiness, something like sour plums. It has a vague balsamic quality to it. Hints of anise spice too.

So rather than be "stout", Monk's Stout drinks with a sweet, dried (although curiously tart) dark fruitiness that is more typical of a Dubbel. Remnants of the smoke and roast do remain, however, more than enough to remind the drinker that this isn't another prosaic Belgian ale; much of the distinctive earthiness and spice of DuPont's saisons is present in this offering too.

Belgium isn't exactly known for its stouts. While enjoyable, Monk's Stout fails to make much headway in that department. Nevertheless, Brasserie Dupont could have done nothing for the rest of its existence but make Saisons and the world would still love them, so I respect the experimental efforts and will support any other ambitions this excellent producer comes up with.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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 puboflyons
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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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