Van Vollenhoven's Stout | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Van Vollenhoven's StoutVan Vollenhoven's Stout
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Van Vollenhoven's StoutVan Vollenhoven's Stout

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Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dmbfrat420beers on 04-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by StJamesGate:
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At The Pilsner Club, Amsterdam.

Oily ruby black with tan film.
Raisin, dark molasses and black grape on the nose.
Black malt, grape, cola, bits of caramel, dark chocolate and a hoppy bark end.
Oily coffee finish and bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Sweet but clean export stout. No big roasty hit, and maybe a touch too sweet, but the dark notes are all there. A nice digestif.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly transparent dark brown. Light tan head that dissipates fast to ring. Nothing spectacular. Lots of roasted malts, nothing too complex, but solid and tasty. Grassy notes and a slightly annoying lingering sweetness that is not totally balanced by subdued hoppiness. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, even at 7% ABV. Not great appearance or complexity, but quite a delightful beer reminscient of many American stouts. Would gladly drink again!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Guess they decided to bring this one back from the dead. Got it at the Duvel guy down the road. Heineken's attempt at an export stout.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 01 January 2017
no. 008227

APPEARANCE: A careful pour comes out clear brown and yields a big, foamy, four finger, frothy, light brown head with very good retention. Brown body with high levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap with lots of loose, chunky lacing down the glass. A full foamy cap remains leaving some chunky lacing down the glass. Too light and foamy for the style.

SMELL: Lots of leather, toasted malts, burnt dark bread, some roast and touches of cacao on the nose. A bit of spicy hops too. Decent nose.

TASTE: Leather and dark bread with toasted and roasted flavors at the swallow. A medium aftertaste of cacao powder, roasted and toasted malts, with notes of spicy hops as well. Okay, but could be a touch more forthcoming.

PALATE: Lighter body for the style with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy but slightly thinner, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry. Touch foamy here.

OVERALL: Okay effort here. The flavors and aromas were nice, but the execution didn't quite work out very well. This one is a little light in color and body while the carbonation is a too foamy for the style. Not a bad effort, but nothing worth writing home about.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured in a tulip glass.

Pours a lighter shade of black with a full, thick, two-finger head. The nose is full of coffee malts, toffee, and plums.

The mouth - which is very highly carbonated - strikes a nice balance between sweet and bitter. There is lots of full malt character with roasted coffee, caramel, and a little smokiness. There is also a very faint red licorice taste.

Overall a very pleasant stout that is very drinkable.

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Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2008; coming in a slim brown 330ml bottle, bottle-conditioned; brewed in 2007 and BB 01/11/2008, served mildly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: the beer storms out of the bottle as soon as the cap was 10% opened... but still I've managed to get most of the beer in the glass, in its nearly black hue and topped with a tan frothy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last. Needless to say, the carbonation is lively.
S: dusty, roast- & chocolate-malty with plenty of black-sugary notes; the rather restrained yet hard-to-miss estery aroma comes in the form of black prunes and fat black dates - not quite pronounced as many other Belgian take on the style. A swirl brings out a little alc. and (surprisingly) hints of flowery hops, while sweet bitter chocolates, more roast grains and sour-ish notes of roast malts stay firmly in the background to be appreciated. Very pleasant overall.
T: sour-ish black coffee, semi-smoky aroma and toasted malts dominate the foretaste, then quietly the herbal touch of hops, residual aromatic chocolaty malts and faintly sour black fruits ensue, before all's wrapped up in a lightly chewy finish consisting of bitter-sweet malts, attenuated hop bitterness, and mild aroma as of Chinese smoked prunes. What's consistent throughout the drink is the key touch of sourness, quite vital to help retain a light palate, I think.
M&D: all's well in this beer - it's well made, it has all the usual elements of a strong stout, it's mellow on the alc. side, it has a decent support from the hops and the medium body makes it more than drinkable. However, it fails to strike the chord with my expectation of a potent, complex English stout and also fails to stand out as an interestingly yeasty Belgian/Dutch take on the style. Not on top of my to-drink list, yet with all honesty this ale is very easy-drinking indeed.

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Van Vollenhoven's Stout from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 5 ratings