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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 39
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 06-26-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a beautiful display of both quality in brewing and maturity in age, De Dochter's Embrasse blends what's best about Belgian stronger, darker ale; English olde ale and perhaps barleywine. But hosting a breadth of complexity, the malt balanced ale remains supremely palatable, friendly and refined.

Deep honey in amber, the beer's dense foam stance eventually collapses and allows the beer to look more of port wine than of beer. But with the nose gracing the rim of the glass, a whole circus of malt ensues. Toffee, caramel, toasted poundcake, maple and honey all captivate the nose and the early palate.

But as the earthy components joining the weave, the middle opens with notions of ripe tobacco leaf, orange marmalade, grape jam and honey biscuit before the herbal hop balance begins to carry flavors of tea leaf and broad woodsy bark.

Full in body, but finishing surprisingly dry and effortless on the palate, the beer's creamy-sweet upstart concludes with an herbal fruitiness with peps of dry sherry wine, pepper and savory worcestershire sauce. No mistake about it- this is a beer that's chocked full of understated complexity that won't likely get the praise that it deserves.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love schnazzy packaging.

Pours pretty dark. Very thick on the flavor with a noticeable malt body with a spicy hoppyness and spices in general. Very robust, but still quite drinkable. I can see how this would have potential to age well. I can dig it.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown--on the pale side of a stout. Light passes only on the very edge of the glass. Good starting head that leaves a combination of webs and spots for lace.

Dry nose with a nearly bakers chocolate aroma. I'm reminded of brownie dough.

Strong alcohol warmth to a complex flavor. There's the dark chocolate but there's also sweet cherry flavor. Although it tastes chewy, the body is really neutral. The carbonation is similarly middle of the road. The swallow lasts as a continuation of these flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

660 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 12/2014. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, cocoa, pepper, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of huge plum, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, cocoa, pepper, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, cocoa, pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a fantastic yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Belgian dark ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely amazing offering.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh, bottled february 2014.
Pours dark brown with copper, 1 finger bubbly head, almost no retention, but a nice thin lace of foam sticks around (and on the glass) for a very long time.
A stoutish smell, with coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts, with an extra smokey note. Dry wood also.
Weirdly, smoked grains (close to bacon) are the first to come up in the taste. Dark fruit character follows, with some zingy juiciness, but mostly with dry smoked plums, raisins, dry figs and faint sweet dry apricots. Rich roasted malts, multi-grain bread, rich coffee and cocoa powder. Belgian yeasts provide a nice spicy feel, lifting the stoutish earthiness. Hops manage to give voice in the finish, after the whole malt festival, green and mildly bitter.
Medium body, robust and rich malts balanced with a crisp and sharp yeastiness. Alcohol nowhere to be found.
Pretty unique. A kind of smoked Belgian stout so perfectly balanced that it should be considered a totally separate beer style.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010. This bottle is at 9%abv., BB 10/04/2013, served lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: deep-dark brown, lightly murky, moderately fizzy, topped with 0.5cm thick dark beige foam lasting throughout the drink.
S: richly black-sugary, sticky treacles, nutty Munich malts, chocolaty malts and very dark, semi-roast malts come on top of over-ripe dark-fruit like esters, salty-sweet hawthorn-fruits, black date jam, and rather subtle notes of hops. Rather heavy at first, but several minutes into breathing the nose becomes rather rounded and approachable. A swirl would bring up a light touch of Chinese ginger-candy, but not very pronounced. The more I smell it the more I like it, in fact, even a bit like a rich stout or lighter version of an Imperial Russian Stout.
T: a soothingly-textured but richly-flavoured mouthful of bitter-sweet chocolaty dark malts and pleasantly sour fruit esters brings onboard spicy coffee and herbally salty-sweet licorice-candy, then slowly leading towards a semi-powdery and quite bitter aftertaste where undertones of bitter root-herbs, roastiness and bitter chocolates are in abundance; a very long, nicely lingering aromatic-bitter finish takes over, as a result of roast malts, hop bitterness (less so), as well as mildly sour-sweet fruity yeastiness. A mildly warming swallow rounds up each enjoyable sip, inviting for more...
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, the carbonation stays mildly tingling on the tastebuds, while the body remains full but never overly heavy at all. Balanced, flavoursome, very drinkable despite the alc. strength, this is indeed an interesting beer brewed in Belgium that seems to transcend beer styles and geographical boundaries, treading quietly in the British Strong Stout zone(?). After a few sips, it does show a slightly more potent kick-back, perhaps because it's way too easy to drink than many other Belgian dark ales.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. This bottle came wrapped in a brown paper bag, ironically not unlike a 40 of Pabst from my local gas station.

Appearance: unfortunately this was one of those bottles that foamed up dramatically upon opening, covering my desk with beer before I could even begin to pour. Once I did pour, however, I got a glass of rich brown brew with plenty of haze and a two finger cap of fluffy dark tan foam. A nice looking beer, if a bit of a pain in the ass.

Smell: sweet, darkly fruity aroma with a slightly vanilla-like, wood-aged character. I don't know if this is indeed wood-aged, but it smells like it. There's a nice complexity here, but also an element of buttery diacetyl. Actually, it's more of a vanilla-caramel-butter note that reminds me of diacetyl, but it's not quite the obvious buttered-popcorn aroma that shows up in a lot of beers. This beer is mostly good, but that hint of a reminiscence of butteriness just doesn't float my boat.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a lot of good dark fruit character. There's raisin, date, tobacco and a bit of dark cherry flavor here; all what I love in the style. There is also a vanilla character, but not the wood character I gathered from the aroma. There's a teeny tiny hint of the buttery character from the aroma, but it's thankfully quite reduced. I actually like this beer quite a lot. Yum!

Mouthfeel: despite the massive foam-over, there's still a ton of carbonation left in this beer. Big body and huge carbonation leave a massive, satisfying creaminess that I just love. Ba dow!

Overall: some aspects of this beer's aroma just grate on me, but the flavor and amazing texture make up for this in spades. So hold your nose and down the hatch, and this is a great beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown colour with a big, fluffy, tan head. Great head retention.

Deep, rich raw sugar aromas with touches of smoke and fruit. Dark and lovely. Nice earthiness. Molasses.

Complex sugar notes. Nutty. Good earthiness. Nice fruit. Some smoke. Very interesting and unique compared to other strong Belgians.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A little oily. Very nice.

A delicious and complex Belgian ale. Recommended to me by Brabander and it was very worthwhile.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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 bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Previous reviews mention gushing - I had no problem with gushing whatsoeer. In fact, I poured into my goblet and a perfect one finger head that stopped right at the lip (and rested on a beautiful brownish body). Left a minor head whole drink that also left lace patches. First thing that struck me in teh smell is cheery - even my non-beer drinking wife (w/o power of suggestion), when asked, said "I pick up cherries". Also pick up dark chocolate and vanilla notes, not roasted or coffee malts but there is dry, bready malt base in there. Sweetness is not as prevelant as in other ales which I guess comes from lack of sugar, but the malts alone give it a sweetness and so do the fruits; cherries, pear/apple, some citirc notes. Oh my is this beer so smooth and creamy -not only can I not believe the 9% ABV (I would've guessed 6ish), but this beer is just easy to drink thanks to a woody/oakiness backbone (barrel-aging and my bottle is only one year old) and so many taste notes. It has a striking sweetness reminiscent of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, raisins (raisin bread?), something akin to maple and this is all derived from malts. There is a sturdiness to this beer as well as I'm picking up chunks of breadlike malts that cement this beer's body. The beer's complexity lies in not only this sweetness but the balance from different fruit flavors - I am picking up apple, pear, cherry, some possible grape (not likely though) and I think I'm picking up a touch of citric like banana and orange. Then it all finishes real crisp thanks to lively carbonation. I can't say it's overly fruit or overly sweet - it's like a 50/50 balance and I'd say any fan of Belgians will love this.

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3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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