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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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73 Reviews

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 175
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 40
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 175
Photo of JamnesCameron
2.08/5  rDev -49.8%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
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

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%

Pour is dark brown with red edges and a tight tan head. Nose is big, dark fruits, dry fig, dark berries and dry bakers chocolate. Taste is even sweeter, tons of berry and dry fig, dry malt and hints of bitter chocolate. Full bodied and soft carbonation and a silk oily feel.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.56/5  rDev -14%
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!

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Photo of zeeksterusa
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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...

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loose but steady, creamy, lumpy head over chestnut body with ruby highlights.
Cherry stones, dark candy sugar, a bit of oak and smoky phenols on the nose.
Earth, cocoa nibs, a rauchmalt Band-aid thing and plum skins with a clove and winter spice ending.
Port and prune finish and humming minty linger.
Medium, some cling, crisp but creamy due to low fizz, some heat.

BSDA notes are there but smoke throws it off. Clean and mostly hides the heat. Nothing to get fussed about, though.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

poured a dark reddish brown with a thin, lasting off-white head.

cocoa, coffee perhaps a bit of dark fruit/raisin maybe some cherry on the nose.

Medium Full Body, with good carbonation. Dry, and a bit sour. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee and cocoa.

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Photo of impending
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

66cl into a tulip. Pours a mahogany cola, towering mocha colored head forever to recede leaves clumping froth.

No sweetness in the scent. A yeasty stout with fully charred malts, a yeasty RIS.

Taste is of a belgian stout plain and simple. Roasty bitterness rides the length of the long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied lively mouthfeel. Lacks complexity but none seems necessary for what it does it does well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a chocolate color with a nice head that leaves quite a smattering of lace; yeast floaties in suspension that gather in the bottom of the glass and the bottle is one of those steady gushers

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin, date and fig) with pumpernickel bread; burnt sugars and tobacco

Taste: Tobacco, pumpernickel bread and dark fruit flavors meld, up front, with a woodsy character developing in the middle; the sweeter caramel and dark fruit flavors take over in the finish though there is a residual of tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; lacks the carbonation I would typically expect in a Belgian

Overall: I like the flavors and the pumpernickel and tobacco is rather different from the typical BSDA; still, there are some issues with the carbonation and the mouthfeel that cannot be overlooked

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz to goblet. Dark beer with huge tan head. Not a tight head originally but it sticks around all bottle long. Ruby tints. Rich malty aroma, toffee. Peas? Roasty body, full, chocolaty, long lasting dark roast coffee flavors. Very nice. Complex, somewhat sweet up front with a very dry finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a caramel color with reddish hues and a dirty white cap

S: Cocoa, toffee and spice

T: Toffee, caramel, sugary, light booze, dark fruits are present(raisins, grapes)and candy dugar, Earthy hops

M: Big body and sugary sweet on the palate, coating and lightly burning on its way down

O: Nice representation of the style

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's tonight

The beer pours a darkish brown amber color with soft milky looking head, good retention, and sticky lacing all around. The nose is fairly rich, with some rootbeer, coffee and chocolate. On the palate, I get some chocolate, hazel nuts, and a touch of coffee. The beer is on the dry side, though there is enough sweet malt to give the beer a slightly sweet presence. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good, with alcohol barely noticeable.

Interesting beer, and pretty tasty stuff. Not bad at all.

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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