csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Dark brown, almost black, yellowish head. Toasted, chocolate, "espresso" aroma. Taste is toasted, full bodied, quite sweet. It’s a big, fat stout.
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.