Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Stout
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This is a beer already brewed in the 1950ís by Dupont Brasseries. As Dupont has extra fermentation capacity now, Olivier has the luxury of crafting some new brews, or re-creating some old specialties.There were two test versions of Monkís Stout, both at 5.2% abv. One was dry and roasty, and another is said to be a little more rounded. Monkís Stout is available in 33cl bottles and 20 liter kegs in Belgium.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gmonroe10 (224) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Black with a massive, foamy, beige head. Nose is super subdued caramel, mainly roasted malt. Taste is a little bit sweet, little bit bitter. Light body, thin texture, and quickly gone taste. Drinkable and nice enough, but too thin for a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
For what I paid for this beer, it is very disappointing... particularly for a class brewer like Dupont. Average at best...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2014
750mL cork/cage 2011 bottle, drunk 1/15/14
Beautiful deep mahogany body is mostly transparent with an ash-beige colored head that is initially very full, receding to half a finger rapidly.
Light alcohol in the nose mixes with very reserved banana esters and is joined by cherry esters and a light dark chocolate note to give a pretty expected Belgian stout aroma. With some breathing, the alcohol (which starts out with a glue/solvent note) burns off and banana-chocolate-cream is left. Itís of moderate strength and extremely dry. Not entirely easy to put my finger on the drawbacks of the aroma, perhaps the lack of a rich maltiness is one, but even that can be explained by the high attenuation. I suppose the glue-like alcohol note never fully leaves and Iím not a huge fan of banana ester in a stout, Belgian yeast or no. Some light hops may have gone a long way. With all that said, itís still perfectly passable.
Flavorwise, it starts out with yeast fruitiness and lightly sweet maltiness (honey, caramel, vanilla cream) mixing well and then giving way to very light roastiness, a touch of hop bitterness and some dry phenols and esters (black cherry, black pepper). Carbonation is typical for Dupont, tight and engaging, but where it works wonders to brighten and lighten their saisons and golden ales, here I think it works against a desired softness/suppleness for a stout. Furthermore, the voracious monster that is Dupont yeast gets a little out of hand with the malt and Iíd actually say the attenuation level is borderline problematic, as the body just isnít there. Light alcohol notes perceived in the flavor, as well, and tons of esters. The roast is done well, albeit very lightly, and there is some residual maltiness, but itís pretty sparse.
I think there are two problems here. One, the beerís too attenuated. Not horribly so, but noticeably so. At almost three years old, I donít think I did the body any favors by not drinking it fresh (bought this off the shelf, didnít intentionally age it). In fact, I remember the fresh bottles being significantly better. Two, and obviously Iím not discovering fire here, this yeast is not terribly suited to this type of beer. The carbonation, attenuation and esterification donít bring out the best qualities in a stout. Seems it should be fermented a little cooler or at least mashed a touch warmer. Or just triple the amount of hops used. Something like that...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jd543 (363) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2014
Black with a huge beige head. Aroma is yeast, earthy hops, light roast malt. Taste is light sweet with a bitter and quite sour finish. Texture is thin for a stout and quite fizzy. Not really sure Iíd call it a stout, but if you consider it as just a beer rather than a style itís not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Buongiorgio00 (582) - - JAN 12, 2014
Stout leggerina, sia nel gusto che nellíaroma, ma buona. Prevale il tostato con seguito caffettoso, e un sentore come di cenere (non male, la rende piý particolare senza dubbio). Diciamo che la stout dei monaci non raggiunge vette estatiche, ma si fa bere garabatamente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (642) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
Pours in dark color with creamy tan head. Aroma is fruity, light roaty, clear low earthy biterness. Taste is roasty, coffee low sweet with medium biterness. Body is medium, good carbo. Roasty to bitter bslanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vulcanmeister (147) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Has a big beige head that just didnít quit. Wonderful aroma. Thatís why I was surprised at the lack of big flavor in the taste. It was still ok, but I was just expecting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Largely opaque black pour with a tan head that disappeared. Black nutty stout with some smoke in the mix. Burnt sweet plums. Leather belts. Cigarettes. Rare ted meat. Decent complicated brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericdevin (594) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from BottleWorks, Seattle. Pours dark with a moderate amount of tan head. Aroma roasty, with a decent amount of yeasty character. Body large and smooth taste of dried fruit. Toasty finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Draft at a tasting event. From notes. Roasty with coffee and chocolate and a decent herbal hop kick. Not bad.

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