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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 04:53:03 | More by Mora2000
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 02:31:14 | More by tempest
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color with a light brown head.

Really nice, soft fruits in the nose, cherry and raspberry.

Cherry, raspberry-ish, blueberry, blackberry on the tongue. A sorbet of sorts backed with an earthy maltiness, and a creamy mouthfeel. The finish lingers with blueberry and raspberry. A fruity treat, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 22:41:09 | More by brownbeer
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Douoguy, thanks man!! Poured froma 22oz capped bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort challice. Pours very light brown out of the bottle, like a peach icetea...yet fills mildly dark brown in the glass. The off-white head rises to about a finger, fizzy...and dissapates very quickly to a patchy surface of cream. Lacing slides quickly and is, again, very fizzy.

Aroma is very nice. Belgian yeast, spices, nutmeg, ripe fruits. Can pick up the booze slightly in the nose.

Spicy! Haha, didn't expect that. Lots of carbonation, but not overkill. Booze is slightly detectable. Medium body, smooth, fizzy! Malts are heavy, spices are awakening, and overall flavor is getting even better as the beer warms up! This was a real pleasant surprise beer. I had low expectations for it, and I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:33:51 | More by ShadesOfGray
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Schreibeers

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After attending the Zythos Beer Festival in Belgium, I was left with just enough money and time to purchase one beer to take home (by home I mean to my hostel in Ghent). One of my favorite beers of the festival was Embrasse. So, I purchased a bottle to go and left the festival eager to make it back and enjoy this delicious beer.

Served in a tulip glass at room temperature.

A: Dark... Pours a beautiful dark almost opaque color with very faint red tints around the edge. Nice head that is maintained throughout the session.

S: Complex... a lot going on. I caught something different almost every time I smelled it. When I tried to notice any kind of fruit or nut it was quickly swept away by the strong roasted malt/chocolate smell. This just smells great.

T: Does not disappoint... Tons of flavor. Much like the smell every mouthful is slightly different. The initial taste is a sharp coffee/chocolate taste which yields to the sweeter (fruity/nutty/maybe caramel even?) taste. The beer leaves with a finally wave of dark chocolate and alcohol.

M: Lively... very nice full bodied flavor. Initially it hits you with a strong coffee/maltiness that is quite sharp on the tongue. This sharpness is balanced by the smoothness and sweetness of the beer as it warms. Finally polished by the warming taste of alcohol.

D: A very drinkable beer if in the right setting. You have got to be in the mood for a very good, balanced, dark beer. Perfect beer for sitting in a youth hostel in Belgium on a cool winter evening after a long day of walking and traveling. Although you may want to be sober(ish) to enjoy all of this beer's finer points. I will be on the look out for this beer when I return home.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 18:50:51 | More by Schreibeers
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:56:10 | More by oberon
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good beer. Different than the other Belgians. Poured with a nice foamy frothy tan head and no lace. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is a heady malt, hoppy, earthy, funky, leather, cocoa, coffee, ripe dark fruit, and GOOD! Flavor's similar, but in this case more muted.. Malt stands out. A bit chewy. Good body and carbonation. Great finish, but proly not a session. Solid good beer though. MM mmm

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 04:56:17 | More by drpimento
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a nice big head on this beer, but unfortunately it doesn't last very long, dissipating into a thin, beige velvet veil. The aroma is alive with licorice, with nuances of shisha, molasses, buckwheat honey, and a tinge of sour prunes. Sharp and dry with a nice twang of licorice and hot alcohol layered atop hazelnut liqueur and raspberry. Interesting, and delicious, but I do think the alcohol is a bit too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 21:49:07 | More by soulgrowl
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farrago

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, close to two finger head of tan color, mostly medium grade foam, larger bubbles scattered here and there, slow but steady evaporation, very credible stickiness to the lacing. Mud to chestnut brown in color, murky and fully opaque, mild yellowing around the rims. Good composure to the nose, milk chocolate, Brazil nuts, scones, nutmeg then raisins, cherries and apricots, never appears sweet or too concentrated, again it fills your nostrils without seeming to want to. Medium-bodied, here it has a tighter and firmer character than in the nose, the carbonation is foamy yet more anchoring than lifting. Chocolate, coffee ice cream, caramel and butterscotch all very flavorful, however, not that sweet. The scone, biscuit element there, under the surface a certain hoppiness percolates without blooming into distinct parts. Very light mixed citrus but there. For all of its firmness, not hard to consume with alacrity. That is, pound. Lack of sugariness keeps the finish fresher and cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:01:00 | More by farrago
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spratmi

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a full two finger head that stays throughout the tasting and leaves a nice rich lacing.
S: Initially dominated by malt along with dark fruit and a hint of chocolate, spice, and alcohol.
T: Smooth. Spice and rich malt along with dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of dark brown sugar. Finishes with a nice orange citrus bitterness.
M: Again: Smooth. Creamy and full bodied with some carbonation and a pleasant note of alcohol.
D: I'll say it again - smooth. Very refreshing and drinkable - the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 04:04:00 | More by spratmi
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Spuyten Duyvel Grocery in Brooklyn while on vacation in Jersey. Gotta admit, the packaging was a helpful lure... then it told me that the beer in my hands was special and I was sold.

A: Begins pouring into the glass looking like a golden-brown sugar hue, and as it fills, that colour fills in and becomes quite dark... deep brown with reddish highlights if there's enough light, but in a fairly normal lit room it's pretty much opaque. A modest head lingers for a good while, leaving webbing lace.

S: Dark bread, with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. That's a lot of dark going on, and it all works together beautifully. A nuttiness works its way in - almost like walnut or pecan (I typically get something of a sweet scent out of nuttiness - cashew-like, for example). A little whiff of alcohol spiciness rounds it out.

T + M: Big, rich flavour and body. It's sticky and full bodied, with flavours very much like the aroma... dark chocolate/cocoa, dark fruits, nut and breadiness, with the bread flavours being a little more specifically reminiscent of rye bread. Alcohol isn't hidden a great deal, adding some warmth and a distinct flavour to the beer that works well with the sweetness. In some ways, there are qualities similar to a sweet barleywine - all those malts will do that, I suppose.

D: This would make for a wonderful warm, chilly evening beer - though it's perfectly good on a summer night, as well! It's a finely crafted brew, and I'd be interested to see how it holds up with some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 03:45:11 | More by Proteus93
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:53:13 | More by RblWthACoz
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 15:38:24 | More by DaggerEyes
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John_M

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 00:38:15 | More by John_M
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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.