Monk's Stout Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Monk's Stout DupontMonk's Stout Dupont

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -5.1%
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 -0.6%
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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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.89/5  rDev +17.2%
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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3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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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3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle picked up at a London LCBO; best before August 2014. Loved the saison, so I figured this one looked interesting enough to be worth picking up - I don't drink a lot of stouts in the first place, let alone Belgian ones. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as night into my pint glass, topped with two lofty fingers of puffy, silky, beige-coloured head. It retains beautifully, lasting nearly 10 or 15 minutes into the drink, leaving very little lacing as it slowly seeps away. Looks amazing, but the aroma is anything but - dark roasted malts, treacle sweetness, and Belgian yeast come through, with a slight hint of mocha and dark fruit. Enjoyable, but rather subdued, becoming only slightly more noticeable as the beer warms.

The flavour profile is quite similar, both in range and intensity, though to its credit it does improve as the beer approaches room temperature. Some dark, nutty roasted malt and treacle sweetness, black licorice and baker's chocolate notes underlie an oddly prominent plum-like tartness - not something I tend to look for in stouts, but I can dig it. The aftertaste is tart at first, but this gradually fades away into a pronounced dryness, leaving a charred, ashy taste on the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied, with very mild carbonation and a somewhat flat mouthfeel. There is no carbonation to scrub away the charry aftertaste, so it accumulates as I sip my way through the glass - for that reason alone, this small serving is probably enough for me.

Final Grade: 3.24, a serviceable C+. Brasserie Dupont's Monk's Stout is an odd beast. I could drink most of my favourite stouts all night, and there are few Belgian-style ales I would ever turn down a second helping of - but this fusion of the two leaves me feeling underwhelmed, and one glass will be more than enough for me. The taste is fine, but the burnt, ashy mouthfeel really hurts its drinkability. I don't regret getting this one, but I doubt I'll pick it up again, or recommend it to anyone looking for a traditional stout.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Monk's Stout Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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