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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

143 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 06-26-2009)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

01-11-2011 18:41:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-21-2010 22:56:10 | More by oberon
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

04-13-2010 22:41:09 | More by brownbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

05-18-2010 04:53:03 | More by Mora2000
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Marius

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-12-2014 17:46:07 | More by Marius
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-16-2011 03:03:26 | More by bpfrush
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

08-11-2011 20:47:38 | More by glid02
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

(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.

01-04-2011 03:40:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

06-04-2010 22:54:46 | More by Sammy
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augustgarage

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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...

08-22-2010 00:49:45 | More by augustgarage
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-05-2014 20:15:53 | More by Ciocanelu
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

04-28-2010 02:31:14 | More by tempest
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zeeksterusa

California

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

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!

06-22-2010 05:05:19 | More by zeeksterusa
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JBaker515


5/5  rDev +19.3%

03-26-2012 22:34:06 | More by JBaker515
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CrazyQuaker

Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

04-05-2013 02:18:59 | More by CrazyQuaker
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Boski

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-24-2014 12:51:56 | More by Boski
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madpentzer

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-21-2012 19:13:00 | More by madpentzer
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trekbiker3000

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

03-17-2013 19:38:37 | More by trekbiker3000
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.61/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

07-11-2013 08:41:55 | More by CrazyDavros
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-02-2012 21:27:38 | More by theminutemen
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

12-29-2010 23:06:03 | More by bluejacket74
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

01-22-2013 21:44:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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Beejay

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

04-05-2011 00:33:37 | More by Beejay
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RandyKemka

New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-12-2013 19:42:44 | More by RandyKemka
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

10-05-2012 10:33:58 | More by RuudJH
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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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