mercator (2) - USA - DEC 3, 2011 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
We want to give some context on this beer - writing as the importers and of course as lovers of all beers Dupont. As you taste the beer consider this frame of reference: (Without a doubt, a different kind of stout).
Do you remember the first time you had really strong, rich coffee? It was almost too much bitterness, too much body. Or the time you first had single malt or balsamic vinegar? The flavors were so different you basically had to put your tongue through a re-education program.
This was our experience when we first introduced Saison Dupont to the US. Back then people said, and not always as a compliment, “It’s so dry, yeasty and herbal. Extremely refreshing with unusually clean finish—but not big and sweet like all the other Belgians”. And they weren’t sure they wanted to give up on big and sweet. But people have certainly come to appreciate the virtues of Saison Dupont and the Saison Style.
In our opinion, Dupont has done it again. They’ve brewed the first true Belgian interpretation of Stout, not a simple recreation of the style. Dark, dry, and quenching as only Dupont’s incredible active and attenuating yeast can make it. Monk’s Stout has an intense black coffee aroma with a fine bitterness. It is light, almost astringent on the tongue - like strong iced espresso. It finishes with a wonderful attack of deep roasted almost charred malt that is bracing and refreshing without the slightest trace of heaviness. Stout lovers expecting a gentler roasted malt quality or a sweet, lactose roundness that lingers on the palate will find Monk’s Stout surprising, if not challenging.
But for those of us who have always found stout flavorful, but not sufficiently quenching, who like dark roasted malt, but not the lingering oftentimes coating mouthfeel now have a stout to call our own. Monk’s Stout--without a doubt a truly Belgian kind of stout.
davidm (1923) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 330ml at Beer de Luxe. Great stout, very well balanced. Aromas of caramel and liquorice. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, cloudy, with a thin head.
malrubius (1559) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from American Beer. Dark brown with lasting tan head. Nice fresh aroma with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate chip cookies and grassy hops. Very dry subdued dark fruit (okay too cold...to be continued in a few minutes). Okay, warmed up a little, but still nice chilled. Very dry roasty some very mind fruity tartness dry coffee yeast estery exhale. Really a session stout saison. Light refreshing body and effervescence and esters. Unique and near perfect. I am chugging it. Frigging excellent.
Grzesiek79 (2915) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
cereal, coffee, herbs, basement aromas, leather, smoke, butterscotch, brown, brown foam, rocky head, hazy, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,
ladnewton (1305) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft on 12th November 2012. Virtually black with a light tan head and spot lacing. Rich roast coffee aroma, with smokiness in background. Delectable roasts in mouth; cigar smoke and coffee. Roasty finish with smoke and delicate citrus. Zingy mouthfeel, a little less body than expected for a 5.2 stout, nevertheless full of flavour. I have taken into account how much better it would taste if NOT served at fridge temperature - it would do well at around 15C.
minutemat (745) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Wow, what an incredible beer. Lots of earthy, nutty malts with huge cocoa-dusted coffee cake flavours swirling about the glass. Ok, it’s a touch fizzy and light but it’s no real criticism when a stout is as tasty and enjoyable as this.
rauchbierlover (575) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Roasted malt aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Deep black with a small tan head. Taste is coffee again, some blackberry and a strong belgian yeast feeling. Heavy carbonation with a medium body. Ends dry.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Doeschi - black beer with a solid creamy beige foam; nice lacework; aroma of coffee, walnuts and vanilla; creamy palate and medium-bodied, pretty tart and decently bitter; long slightly sourish coffeeish and nutty finish - charming, refreshing and quite complex
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, vanilla, floral hops.
T - Roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, lactose, floral hops, earthy bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.
D - Great balanced Belgian/English style stout.
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, Delirium Cafe. Pours pitch black with a frothy light brown head that left tons of heavy lacing. Roasty and chocolaty nose with a suggestion of Dupont yeast. The flavor is very chocolaty with a little burnt malt. Wonderful yeast character. Full rich mouthfeel with a delicious creamy texture. Soft carbonation really enhances the mouthfeel. Shocked to see a Dupont Stout, but it was pretty great.