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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

152 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 32
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 06-26-2009)
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Photo of JamnesCameron
1.93/5  rDev -53.9%
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.

JamnesCameron, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -28.4%

duceswild, May 27, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a small 4oz serving glass at Pizzaria Paradisio/Dupont Circle

Maybe I have this beer all wrong but my taste is not lining up with what I have read or what most others consider a supposedly great beer. Not catching the cinnamon that the brewer tells me is there. 3

A - Dark amber almost opaque but not cloudy. 4

S - A smokey nose, dark fruits. 3

T - Definite smokey flavor, slightly sweet, a little spicy, very little alcohol evident. Tasting the Belgian yeast which sort of puts a lactic twist on the smoke. 3

MF - Well carbonated but smooth. 4

Sludgeman, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random Belgian tick courtesy of Bobby.

A: The beer itself is copper with an enormous khaki head and some sticky lacing.

S: There's a surprising smokiness to this beer which is present throughout the glass, but not necessarily in your face. It's fairly metallic with some toasted malts, cherries, and caramel. A very strange combination of smells.

T: A similar story on the tongue. Toffee, toasted malt, and a slight caramel sweetness. Just a bit of metal, but quite a bit of smoke. There is also a bit of vanilla and a slight creaminess.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I can't say I was too big of a fan of this beer. Just some really strange flavor and aroma combinations.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

st9647v3, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Trashcat, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

oline73, May 27, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

jaidenjb, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of FullObs
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

FullObs, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Brabander
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer some weeks ago when i was @ the biershop at the Dutch-Belgium border near Poppel.

This i a good brewer. Be aware when you open a bottle, this is a gusher beer!!! I got lots of foam moccacolour. The fluid is darkbrown with some nice carbonation.

Smell has some light sourness.

Taste is coffeelike, the carbonation is gone when drinking this beer. The alcohol is really well hidden!

Brabander, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of zeeksterusa
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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!

zeeksterusa, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a while ago, getting around to some older reviews now.

A: Dark crimson with lighter ruby highlights. Ring of off white head and pretty good lacing with a hearty swirl.

S: A faint smell but I get some chocolate tinged malts with other dark fruit and slightly vanilla and or nutty aromas as well. I almost get a waft of whiskey alcohol complexity but its so faint it's almost hard to tell.

T: More complex flavor with leathery smooth notes and a pleasant surprise of a smoky peaty finish. Prunes and dried dark fruit, some cherry notes also add in. Cinnamon, vanilla and toffee.

M: Ok, medium mostly smooth feel.

O: Not bad, and interesting beer. I'll try this again.

Dreadnaught33, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw previous reviews mention gushing so I proceeded with caution while opening this bomber which was wrapped in tan paper. The cap comes off with a hiss and a pop but no gushing. A slight release of carbonation climes up the neck a bit, but never gets higher than a half finger. Slowly poured down the side of my goblet, it settles in my glass with about a finger of khaki colored creamy head. The brew itself displays a murky brown look but when held to the light shows off deep ruby clarity through the body. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation provide an ever-lasting support to the cap which is dauntless. It holds across the top very strong leaving a pattern of thick lacing effect everywhere it touches. Half-way through the experience, a complete wall of lace coats the glass and a light swirl brings back the head. This is a fairly attractive looking brew.

The smell of this offering absolutely throws me for a loop, but in a good way. It smells of deep candied scents mixed with fruit. Belgian candy sugar mixed with raisins, dates, figs, chocolate, over-ripe prunes? There is a light almost barrel aged quality about this brew that smells woodsy and dare I say smoked? Yes, as this brew warms up it gets increasingly more bold with a smoked scent that mixed with the candy and fruit aromas makes for a strangely unique and yet somewhat enjoyable experience.

The taste of this brew mimics the aroma but to a lesser degree in some aspects. The flavor of candy and fruits are present but the taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. A flavor of prunes, raisins and wood/smoke meets a musty type of chocolate grain. Unfortunately, despite everything going on in this brew that tastes good, I cant see past the musty aspect that is a bit off-putting. The alcohol is fairly evident for 9% as the experience continues and gets quite warming as the brew comes up to temperature.

This is a medium to full bodied brew leaning more towards medium. It is modestly carbonated and a most unique offering. There was lots to take in with this brew, unfortunately it didn't quite come together for me. This brewery has recently made it into our area care of 12 percent LLC importers and I have had a couple of the other offerings in my hand more than once. I finally pulled the trigger on this one and I regret it a bit. I think the other offerings come in a smaller bottle so I might give them a try, this one though while quite unique is not worth it. I see there is a barrel aged counterpart/offering for this but honestly, for the price of admission I think I would pass since I didn't enjoy the base enough to spend more money on another experience.

stakem, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of seyton
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

seyton, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

cbnz, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of bbrown12
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

bbrown12, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the head faded into just a ring around the glass. The smell of the beer had a good amount of sweet grain, some booze and barrel aromas in it. The taste was just about the same, it had some strong flavors of earthy wood and booze. There was also some spice in there too. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad , had a good amount of body in this brew. Overall It's worth trying. I could see myself never having it again simply because there are so many more beers out there to choose from. If I saw it cheap enough I'd pick one up.

Knapp85, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a brown paper bag and pours a dark mahogany hue which leaves a creamy frothy two finger head very similar to a milkshake and lacing everywhere,the smell is full on its brown sugar,nutmeg,cocoa powder and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,cocoa,spices,cherries soaked in whiskey and finished with a boozy caramel bittersweetness and overall i must admit the smell was not the best for me but it still had that unusual factor about it and taste is better and i wouldnt buy it again but wouldnt knock back if offered cheers.

ADZA, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought wrapped in a brown paper bag of sorts with the beers logo and an informative tag stapled to the top.

Nice tawny, auburn, rust color with a quick, head, no residual foam, and no visible bubbling.

The aroma is full of rich toasted malts that give off toffee aromas. The alcohol adds a nice, yet slight warmth to the nose.

The palate starts with a creamy texture a lots of toasted mlats. The malts and yeast bring out flavors of dried peaches and apircots along with sweet bread crust notes. The finish is a little chalky but has a fruity, toasted mlat sweet finish and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Good beer, but nothing exceptional.

scruffwhor, Apr 02, 2011
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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.