Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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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
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
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
12-03-2011 13:06:46 | More by wisrarebeer
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
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)
12-03-2011 23:22:20 | More by crnipeter
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
03-04-2011 07:42:41 | More by DHirning
4.65/5 rDev +11%
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.
05-30-2010 23:38:13 | More by crossovert
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
05-09-2011 19:01:05 | More by CaptainPiret
4.59/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet.
A - Coffee brown pour with a souffle-like tan head.
S - Raisin/prune fruitiness, grainy malts, yeasty funk.
T - Molasses, coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malts, fades to bitterness (hops?). The alcohol is well hidden.
M - Smooth, slick, initial burst of carbonation dissipates quickly.
I really like this one. The smell is pure BSDA, but the taste is more reminiscent of a porter or stout. All of my favorite beer styles rolled into one unique brew.
09-22-2013 23:05:04 | More by REDAMI
4.59/5 rDev +9.5%
A: First thing to note is that as soon as I opened the bottle the head started pouring out of it. The beer itself is a dark mahogany with a thick layer of brown head on top that seems to have infinite retention.
S: A hint of chocolate, cherry and raisins, some Belgian yeast, some alcoholic esters. Also a nice nuttiness comes through as the beer warms. Really a great, complex smelling brew.
T: Big maltiness up front. Sweet dark stone fruit, earthy Belgian yeast, a peppery bite from the alcohol carries the flavor through to the end, where there is also a light hop character. Despite how sweet the beer is, the finish is quite bitter, to balance out the sweetness.
M: Creamy, heavy body, and a ton of carbonation.
T: A really great beer. Lots of flavors, which expand and become more interesting as the beer warms. The balance is perfect between the sweet and bitter. Really an amazing beer.
08-28-2013 22:06:25 | More by DaveBlack
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
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
05-21-2010 15:57:28 | More by LehighValleyEats
Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.