Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

154 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 35
Gots: 17 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 06-26-2009)
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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.

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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 13 Apr 2009. Nr 3534

A: beautiful deep copper/dark brown color, clear, good creamy head
S: mild nose, extremely deep roasted malt with hints of aging beyond its years, plums, hints of barrel aging
T: deep roast malt taste, extremely full bodied, good hop bitterness in finish, taste of barrel aging but I don't believe it is
M: deep malt, rounded, creamy

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My husband and I shared an Embrasse on Sunday night at Nuetnigenough in Brussels. I would push the rating to 95. This beer is tremendous.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed and simultaneously reviewed about a month ago, after a year of aging.
Initially pours deep amber to coppery body with attractive red glow (gets hazed coppery-brown with the consecutive pourings) and mid-sized yet persistent light tan head that never ceases, leaving stable cloth over the entire surface. Head sticks to the walls and creates thick and firm laces with each swirl.
I'm struck by pronounced esters of dried cherries and raisins soaked in perfumy alcohol, with mild peppery phenols underneath. Malt has a prominent bready (even chocolaty) qualities and there's a certain herbal aspect to the aroma, perhaps originating from hops. Hidden are traces of unrefined sugar.
The flavor more or less reflects the aroma; esters of dried cherries and raisins intermingling with warming alcohol and peppery phenols all wrapped in bready-chocolaty malt foundations. Despite being quite full bodied and creamy (typical for abbey ), the beer ends dry (typical for trappists) with mildly roasted aftertaste
Overall, , a BSDA Inclined to Stout and one of the best representatives of the style I've ever came across. (330 ml, into tulip)

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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this beer. Very smooth. Definitely has hints of a sour but is firmly in the belgian strong style. The red color makes me think of cherries and other fruits. In the mouth it is very rich and bursting with fruit and other complex estery flavors. I can definitely taste rummy and spicy notes. Overall, this beer is complex enough to write a sonnet or perhaps an entire epic poem about. I'll post that soon.

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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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 CaptainPiret
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Dark, dark brown with a quarter-inch, thick tan head that left the glass coated with a nice lacing.

Smell was incredible — think it's the first 5 I've given in that category. I picked up so many things: candi sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate (and dangit if I didn't get a small trace of carrot somewhere).

The taste didn't disappoint. The chocolate remained, and also in play were roasted malt, rum and some almond. The slight hoppiness at the end offered a great balance to the initial sweetness.

Creamy, chewy, and very smooth moutfeel, but would've liked a little more carbonation.

This beer totally surprised me. I had tried the tripel from this same brewery at Restobieres in Brussels previously, so thought I'd give this a try. I will be headed to a store soon to buy more. This isn't something to drink over and over, but when I'm next in the mood for a rich beer, I'll reach for one of these.

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.