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Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Foreign Stout
Diksmuide, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Of dark almost black chocolate color. Nose: musky, slightly sweet and spicy, Lots of chocolate , coffee and some hazelnut notes on the palate intermingling with notes of licorice. Very lively on the tongue! It finishes with a dry explosion of black espresso flavors. Special Extra Export Stout Notes: Malts: Roasted malts, chocolate malt, pale malt, caramel malt Hops: Nugget; Yeast: De Dolle Arabier yeast; Others: Dark candy sugar Alc./vol.: 9.0% Orig. Gravity: 1087 IBU: 50 EBC: 190


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2005
33cl bottle. Poured 3/4 of the bottle into my NB worthy glass. The beer pours a dark black with a smallish khaki head that grows to a good 2" tall. The beer laces as the head subsides. The aroma is dark roasted malt, yeast, some chocolate and some lactic sourness. The taste, at first is sweet, malty and chocolaty followed by a roasty, moderately bitter middle with accompaning coffee and caramel? flavors. The finish is dry and moderately roasty with some spicy hops. The mouthfeel is improved when the last of the bottle is added and the yeasty, floury flavor is more apparent. This is a very pleasant beer, but I though De Dolle would make a beer better than the Ellezelloise Hercule I thought it would most closely resemble, but alas, it did not.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Thanks to Heemer for recommending this one to me while at John’s in Iowa City. pours a dark, dark brown with a reddish edge and a rocky, frothy tan head that settles down to a thin layer of lace. this is my first Foreign stout so please bear with me. it’s not quite a sweet stout, nor a dry stout. at 9% it certainly could be considered an imperial but the hop bitterness suggest otherwise. reminds me of a doppelbock turned eisbock only in the stout catagory. I love the complexity of this one, the only drawback for me is the excessive ( IMO ) carbonation. all in all, a delicious brew. Thanks Eric.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2005
black body, hints of midnight ruby at the edges of a snifter. mega-dense foamy tan head that sparkles! aroma is rum raisin, mild licorice, and roasted malt. flavor is lots of licorice, roasted malt, some signature de dolle yeastiness, and a little whiskey and prune. there’s a full ring of lacing inside the glass like dripping wet paint. high carbonation. lightly salty bitter finish. while 33cl might not be the best bottle size for a bottle conditioned beer, this is definately the right serving size for a top notch export stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2005
0,33 L bottle, Chimay goblet. A stunning frothy whipped khaki head coats this deep black-brown beer. The aroma reveals rich Dutch chocolate, juicy plums, cherry pits, espresso, dried flowers, dust, anise, and fresh spicy bread. Sublimely rich and diverse. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish with a perfume dryness. Medium-full body, creamy/slick texture, fizzy carbonation, moderate alcohol. Adding the yeast mutes the bitting tart acidity yielding a softer semi-sour acidity. The bottom line is: a bit more sweetness would go a long way in this beer...even my etched Chimay glass couldn’t difuse enough carbonation for my liking...a refreshingly balanced alternative to the over-hopped American ’big’ stouts and the malt dominated British Impy’s.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
Dark color; huge creamy head, beige. Strong liquorice aroma. Good Strong Ale, with some more roasted malt dryness than usual. Roasted nuts; a lot of liquorice. Strong, dry ending bitterness. Very good as Foreign Stout, below standards for De Dolle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUN 22, 2005
[Bottle] Dark brown, almost black, yellowish head. Toasted, chocolate, "espresso" aroma. Taste is toasted, full bodied, quite sweet. It’s a big, fat stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Pours a great pitch black with a slight brown halo. Head is ginormous! Aroma is pleasant, dark fruits, hop spice, lemon, caramel, and toast. Flavor is Belgian spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon), coffee, toffee, tobacco, dark baker’s chocolate, alcohol, and a nutty flavor. Palate is very creamy. Finishes very dryly. A very, very good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Very light brownish red color with a great looking beady white head. Nice sheet of Belgian Lace on top. Great looking head on this beer. Fruity aroma with hints of chocolate and alcohol. A bit hot to my nose. VERY carbonated. The carbonation feels like burning to my tounge. Like WAY over carbonated homebrew. Fruity, sweet flavors with a ton of alcohol on the finish. I would suggest these gusy go back to the drawing board with the idea of a stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Jeffin7. Dark cloudy brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, yeast and a touch of chocolate. Flavor has notes of apple, plum, raisin, yeast, pear, roasted malt, chocolate and a twinge of alcohol. A little sweetness, a lightly lingering roasty/bitter finish. Body is medium/full with spritzy fine bead carbonation. Nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Deelish, and an interesting stout. Deep brown with a creamy light brown head that coats in sheets as you drink, this has a heavy roasted malt aroma. Beyond that, there’s plenty of dark dried fruits (raisins & prunes & dates, oh my), some yeasty light fruits, a touch of bitterness, and a big whack of alcohol. All of this translates to the taste quite nicely. Along with the aforementioned are traces of chocolate, coffee, and anise - but the dark fruitiness and alcohol prevail. It manages a long dry finish. I really like those brews in this "foreign stout" category.


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