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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 37
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 06-26-2009

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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by SLeffler27:
Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Embrasse is murky and very dark brown with red highlights (SRM 23-25). Effervescence pushes out of the bottle before pouring and builds a one-inch, creamy khaki head that lasts a long while. A nice curtain of lace forms above a slight viscous film in an Offero glass.

Deep roasted malt and molasses are up front with pumpernickel, dates, and fig against a constant backdrop of peat smoke. Some baker’s chocolate comes out late.

The flavors pick up what the nose originally detected. This is well-balanced between bitter and sweet. The character has layers of black coffee, while the molasses shines. Warmth brings out pumpernickel and Jewish rye. A long building finish adds to roasted bitterness.

The early explosive carbonation becomes well-controlled while warming alcohol is below expectation. A medium body and cotton texture.

This addition of Embrasse is excellent for contemplation on a sad day. The symbolism of its name adds to the experience. A strong gorgonzola or cured meat would pair well.

Bottle #21103 September 2012. I will enjoy this bottle while reminiscing about my Grandmother, Ruby, and contemplating her continuing journey.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer that I took a flyer on yesterday.Poured into a large tulip glass a medium russet color with a large bloomin off white head,very craterous and slow to fade.A great mix of chocolate,roasted nut,light yeast,and vanilla tinged pear in the nose.Flavors are yeasty with slight phenolic spice and chocolate at the onset,some of that pear fruitiness and sweet alcohol flavors as the beer warms, come late.A real nice beer,one to savor after dinner or with a dessert.

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color with a light brown head.

Really nice, soft fruits in the nose, cherry and raspberry.

Cherry, raspberry-ish, blueberry, blackberry on the tongue. A sorbet of sorts backed with an earthy maltiness, and a creamy mouthfeel. The finish lingers with blueberry and raspberry. A fruity treat, very nice.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Well-folded paper-bag presentation; obscurity piques interest, of course. Lacing we'd only expect from a small Belgian brewer--awesome. Yup, dark and so inviting. Fresh-baked hermit cookies and fallen apples, wow ... has this beer been inside our dreams? Godly smoothness tickles the tongue. Unsweetened chocolate meets molasses, brown bread nods to burnt raisins. Kiss of hops fades quick, though not totally. Subtle esters of overripe pears/ apples warm the palate. By fate, we run into a beer that just screams greatness ... we are glad to have met you.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is booze with some caramel malt and toffee. The flavor is leather, tobacco, toasted malt, bready malt, some sweetness and some dark fruit such as raisins. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a hazy deep chestnut brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth, deep caramel malts with large amounts of toffee and hints of smoke. Also present are lighter amounts of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust and moderately sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by sweeter vanilla and toffee flavors. Midway through slight amounts of smoke come into play before being pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer with a lot going on. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense but clear walnut brown body with a very creamy head of light tan that last and last.
S- The light roasted malt hint has a soft cider quality to it with a nutty aroma that grows as the beer opens.
T- There are some light roasted hints with an earthy note and a dry pungent hop hint in the finish. This beer gets a bit more complex as the it opens up with some toffee notes and a light smoke hint and some caramel sweetness mixed with a tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The dry toffee and caramel are strong players when this beer opens up and some are supported by the tart notes nicely. There is a bit of sediment in the glass. This beer doesn't have a lot of depth but it has a great full flavor and all the flavors work together. I enjoyed it now but I'm not sure age would help much as the bottle suggest.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010. Dark brown coloured body with almost no head. Faint lace drops. Big spiciness and well malted. In your face full mouthfeel, that has a little sourness and lots of malt taste. Subdued carbonation. Drying finish. Like a good brown beer on steroids.

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 13, 2009. Poured from a 330mL green-glass (paper-wrapped) bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled despite a suggestion to try it heated with whipped cream...

Faint buff colored head recedes to a a collar and slick resting aboard a dark auburn body which is suffused with alazarin crimson highlights. Decent lacing...

Rich smoked malt aromatics - there is an almost vegetal undercurrent which could be construed as DMS, but I think this is intentional. Hints of anise and other spices are present as well.

Dark roast coffee, chicory, molasses, and dark-fruit esters combine with the light spice of the yeast on the palate. The finish is malty, sweet-ish, fairly alcohol-forward, with a touch of smoke.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and faint astringency.

A unique brew - with a smokey base suggesting porter or stout intermingling with the more traditional Belgian Dark Ale notes...

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, served in a red wine glass. Interesting, this tastes a lot more like an English old ale with a little extra kick. The body is a bit thick, with rich juicy plum and grape. The beer is backed by a biting herbal hop bitterness. There are also tobacco, cherry, and cocoa notes to round out the complex brew. My only complaint is that the body is heavy compared to most dark Belgians.

Photo of zeeksterusa
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

very chocolaty, almost too much. It was an experience and I must say it was one of the most unique beers I have ever had. They have truly created a beverage that is in its own class. I enjoyed it and it was memorable but I wouldn't buy it again. Cheers to creativity!

Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22.4 oz Bottle #26229 poured into tulip. Received as a gift from my friend and fellow beer guru, Kyle for my 32nd b-day. Thank you Kyle.

Two finger tannish-yellow head, well sustained with moderate lacing. Rich brown color with visible sediment which settles quickly.

Very sweet aroma, malty and a slight hint of dark chocolate.

Starts with a dark fruit flavor and a surprising, but good, hop taste. Quickly followed by a woody/smokey tobacco flavor, then it finishes with a bittersweet sugary taste. It's a different BSDA taste, yet I really think it does what it's supposed to do. I liked the flavor a lot.

Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation (not as much as a typical BSDA). Smooth going down, but then has a slight burn at the end.

Overall, this is an EXCELLENT beer with many obvious layers. The lack of carbonation in the mouth makes an already interesting beer even more interesting. I enjoyed the smoked flavors along with the delightfully sweet combination. To me, this is an overall outstanding pour. I really think a year or two of aging will change this beer, and so I am going to find another bottle and give it a shot.

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep brown color, cloudy. Poured into an etched glass, but it still produced no head, only slight lacing around the edges.

Smell - leaf mulch aroma, slightly sweet, some alcohol and ester aromas

Taste - peat, mossy, smoky flavors, slight alcohol taste. A lot of complex flavors.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, carbonation hitting the tip of the tongue with flavors predominantly on the sides and back of the tongue.

Drinkability - not my usual beer of choice, but an excellent Christmas gift. Would suggest this beer to the experienced Belgian beer aficionado. It is not for the week of palate.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a small off-white head.
Nose shows sultanas, bready and toasty malt, melanoidin notes, liquorice, woody oak, figs and a little soy.
Flavours are quite sweet, but with a little roast. More toasty melanoidin notes as well as soy and woody, peaty characters.
Body feels thick.
Apart from the soy this was quite good.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

660 ml paper wrapped bottle, bottle #2199, attached card says bottling date of 13 April 2009. Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, smoked malt and chocolate. The taste is just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nutmeg and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating with creamy carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and enjoyable. I thought this was a pretty good brew, a nice mix between a BSDA and a stout.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark hazy brown color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dried fruits with some notes of roasted malt and light black chocolate notes is pretty unique. Taste is alike a mix between a Belgian Strong ale and a stout with some chocolate and roasted malt notes providing some bitterness and some dried fruit with residual sugar providing a sweeter side to this offering. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment though not something I would feel the need to drink on a regular basis.

Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is deep brown with red hues at the edges. The head looks pillowy soft, but is very thick and rich.

S: Ripe fruit, and wine right off the bat. Raisons, bread, and syrup as I continue to smell. There is almost a dark chocolate thing going on as well. Very interesting brew indeed. There is a fruity champaign aroma in here as well..

T: Fruity at first, almost a touch tart. The following flavor is smokey, roasty, and malty. Bit of an odd ball, but I think I like it.

M: Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, nice carbonation. There is a bit of a creaminess to it, but not so much that the feel lingers on afterward.

O: Very nice, quite an interesting. A bit tart, a bit fruity, and definitely roasty. Tasty, complex, and quite complex.

Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat and barley. Very nice beer this one. It has full aroma and flavour of roasted malts and strong hops. Makes a very nice bittersweet experience. Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, coffee, a little smoking tobacco too. Some berries, strawberries, but in the background. Very nicely balancing between dark ale and a stout.
Recommended.

Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Spuyten Duyvel Grocery in Brooklyn while on vacation in Jersey. Gotta admit, the packaging was a helpful lure... then it told me that the beer in my hands was special and I was sold.

A: Begins pouring into the glass looking like a golden-brown sugar hue, and as it fills, that colour fills in and becomes quite dark... deep brown with reddish highlights if there's enough light, but in a fairly normal lit room it's pretty much opaque. A modest head lingers for a good while, leaving webbing lace.

S: Dark bread, with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. That's a lot of dark going on, and it all works together beautifully. A nuttiness works its way in - almost like walnut or pecan (I typically get something of a sweet scent out of nuttiness - cashew-like, for example). A little whiff of alcohol spiciness rounds it out.

T + M: Big, rich flavour and body. It's sticky and full bodied, with flavours very much like the aroma... dark chocolate/cocoa, dark fruits, nut and breadiness, with the bread flavours being a little more specifically reminiscent of rye bread. Alcohol isn't hidden a great deal, adding some warmth and a distinct flavour to the beer that works well with the sweetness. In some ways, there are qualities similar to a sweet barleywine - all those malts will do that, I suppose.

D: This would make for a wonderful warm, chilly evening beer - though it's perfectly good on a summer night, as well! It's a finely crafted brew, and I'd be interested to see how it holds up with some time.

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.08/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a De Koninck bolleke.

Pours a cloudy brown, with reddish hightlights. Big, yeasty light tan head that drops after a few minutes. Lots of thin lacing.

Aromas of oak, anise, bubble gum. No hop aroma.

First sip is metallic, infected, some oakiness, brett, and a hint of fecal matter. Not pleasant at all. The only impression I have while trying to drink this is walking through a barn while breathing through my mouth. Brett, hay, and horse shit. Looking at other reviews, could call this "sour prunes," but it still is not an enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is medium, coating, a little drying.

Still waiting for this one to turn itself around as it warms. But, it's not getting any better. I may have to drain pour this one. My first in a very long time.

Photo of Absumaster
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown, almost black beer with thick, creamy head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is wonderfull, I get a peaty and smoky smell that combines well with the alcohol and lightly roasted smell.

Taste is lightly roasted with hints of cold coffee. The peated taste is nicely incorporated in the beer, there is balance. The taste develops into a chocolate and coffee taste. The mouthfeel is a bit sweet and a little sticky on the lips. The bitterness is low, but the dark malt and maybe the peated malts add a low bitterness. This is a big beer and although the alcohol is nicely hidden, I could not drink more than one of these. Excellent beer though!

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark burgundy with over 3 inches of milky coffee colored head. Reduces very slowly, leaving fat rings of lace down the glass and a cap of foam floating on top.

S-Loving the nose on this. Milk chocolate, dark, sweet malts, oats, caramel.

T/M-This is an "all malt quad," meaning no Belgian candi sugar was added. The difference is striking. Much drier than the majority of Belgian quads.The carbonation is substantial, and very prickly. Flavor profile is in line with what I expect from a quad, except much drier. Some mildly sweet fruity malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate. All very subtle flavors. The finish is abrupt and warming.

O-I think I prefer my Quads with candi sugar. Still, this is an excellent take on the style.

Photo of crossovert
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 650ml American styled bomber bottle with paper wrapping.

It pours into my Duvel tulip a thick, dense black/brown with hints of reddish/mud/brown on the edges. The head is one of the best I have ever seen. It is thick and creamy, but foamy as well. It is slightly tan and makes a sexy mountain of joy above the rim. It takes a long, long time to recede. When it finally does it leaves some really nice lacing and a nice frothy cap to the beer.

This one has a great smell as well. It is heavy on the coffee and cocoa, but there also is a nice smokiness to it. There is definitely a divine mixture of malts in this one. Not really any hops though. Underneath it all there is some good yeast notes and some dark fruitiness. Overall it smells utterly rich and roasty.

Wow, this one tastes amazing. Definitely stout-like. This is one of the best "stouts" I have ever had. WOW. It is just jam packed with roasty, chocolaty flavors. The yeast comes out a bit more in the flavor as well providing unmatched depth in a stout. And along with all this is a nice roasty coffee-like bitterness that cuts the sweetness perfectly, it is super balanced. There is definitely more hops in the flavor, adding to the bitterness and also some spice. Other spices include cinnamon and nutmeg. It gets fruitier and yeastier as it goes and warms, I had this one after about 15 min in the freezer.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but it is near perfect. It is velvety smooth with a light, pleasant carbonation, but not super thick, it is also not watery at all. The alcohol is hidden perfectly.

Why no hype for this one? It is truly the finest big dark beer I have had as of yet. It doesn't even need the barrel aging, though I think if they did age some of this it would be divine.

Photo of LehighValleyEats
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is De Dochter van de Korenaar's third beer which they started brewing in December 2008. I was pleasantly surprised to see that The Liberty Street Tavern carried this beautiful strong dark belgian ale.

De Dochter van de Korenaar describes this ale as being 'a balance between a Trappist & a Stout." Albeit, the presence of the roasted malt, coffee, & chocolate steer this beautifully crafted ale towards the classification of being a Stout.

The Embrasse's aroma is quite striking; not overpowering in the least, but amazingly distinct in its prominence of character. Belgian yeast, spices, nutmeg, ripe fruits and the distinct aroma of alcohol pierce the senses with every smell. The Embrasse pours a dark almost opaque color with very faint red tints around the edge. The head retention is good. The flavor is slightly that of booze, with warming on the back. Flavor is much like the aroma, however, every mouthful seems to carry a different taste. The first sip is distinct with coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is lively with a very nice full boded flavor.

Overall Impression:I feel this beer has a great drinkability, that is, it can be easiy enjoyed by the novice, or the highly trained beer connoisseur;De Dochter Van De Korenaar'sEmbrasse is a beautiful blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and hops. I strongly suggest going out & purchasing a bottle

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown--on the pale side of a stout. Light passes only on the very edge of the glass. Good starting head that leaves a combination of webs and spots for lace.

Dry nose with a nearly bakers chocolate aroma. I'm reminded of brownie dough.

Strong alcohol warmth to a complex flavor. There's the dark chocolate but there's also sweet cherry flavor. Although it tastes chewy, the body is really neutral. The carbonation is similarly middle of the road. The swallow lasts as a continuation of these flavors.

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.