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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 36
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

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 ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bare bottle wrapped in a tan paper bag with the label stapled to the top.

Upon opening the bottle started to gush but quickly stopped leaving a huge head. Aromas of intense smoke and malts dominate the nose.

First sip is quite smokey but not over the top. Very well balanced between the malts, super-light hops, and the very much present smoke. Caramel, roasted nuts and dark fruits are also very much present. Fairly decent mouthfeel adds to the overall good impression.

Photo of CaptainPiret
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Embrasse | 620 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar [Belgium]
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
Deep mahogany with a bountiful ecru head and superb lacing.

Aroma:
Toasted malts, wood chips, scotch, chocolate, brown sugar, cherries, caramel, strong metallic tinge.

Taste:
There is incredible complexity here. Powdery dark chocolate and toasted whole wheat malts smash against bitter, oily hops atop a bed of molasses and raisins. Dry and astringent finish leaves traces of coffee flavor and sour fruit esters on the palate.

Mouthfeel:
Full body with low, but adequate, carbonation. It's smooth and slippery while maintaining its heft.

Harmony:
In the final analysis, it tastes more like an old ale than a BSDA, but either way it is fantastically complex. The layers of flavor are apparent the instant your lips touch the glass, and the level of harmony between them is incredible. It's a malty beverage, but it's also very well balanced by hop bitterness.

Would I get it again?:
Yes

Bottled: ?
Served: May 4, 2011

Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.61/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is deep brown with red hues at the edges. The head looks pillowy soft, but is very thick and rich.

S: Ripe fruit, and wine right off the bat. Raisons, bread, and syrup as I continue to smell. There is almost a dark chocolate thing going on as well. Very interesting brew indeed. There is a fruity champaign aroma in here as well..

T: Fruity at first, almost a touch tart. The following flavor is smokey, roasty, and malty. Bit of an odd ball, but I think I like it.

M: Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, nice carbonation. There is a bit of a creaminess to it, but not so much that the feel lingers on afterward.

O: Very nice, quite an interesting. A bit tart, a bit fruity, and definitely roasty. Tasty, complex, and quite complex.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of DHirning
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.08/5  rDev -50.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottle number 8774 and bottled on 10 Jan 2010 on card. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $12.99.

A: Pleasing dark brown with 2-3 finger cola-like medium-bubbled head which recedes very slowly and leaves copious lacing.

S: Dark fruits with plenty of vinous grapiness, caramel, toffee, and soft earthy hops and mild dubbel-like nutty yeastiness.

T: Delicious brew to be sure. Initial dark fruitiness of dates and figs gives way to a very sweet toffee-nougat flash and finishes with more layered maltiness. There is a good dose of yeast flavor and some light herbal hops notes. Very complex and inviting.

M: Layers wonderfully on the palate with a light dry finish. The carbonation is light overall and lends the brew to a lush feel with medium-full body.

D: An exceptional BSDA with a lot of class and complexity to it. I hope the availability of this continues to be good in our area. Definitely for the folks who like their brews sweeter rather than drier.

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.33L Westmalle chalice from a plain green bottle wrapped in brown paper. Let this one age about a year since a friend gave it to me.

A: Big dense foamy head, light brown in color. Body is opaque brown, but that head is impressive.

S: Amazing amount of fruitiness in this one. Maybe pears, apricots? Some typical yeast aromas in the background along with a definite sweetness and bready, roasty undertones.

T: As described on the website, somewhere between a Trappist ale and a stout. There is certainly heavier roast here than in other Belgian darks, but it isn't out of place.

M: Full mouthfeel, dense carbonation on the tongue.

D: A big powerful beer with interesting flavor, but not too enticing for the gravity.

Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of zeeksterusa
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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!

Photo of Tbone
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Belgium's Zythos beer fest in 2009, poured by the friendly and affable brewer and his wife. It was a 2 person operation at that time, so I am amazed and glad to see it both in bottle and tap here in the States.

This was close to my favorite beer at a fest full of great Belgian brews. Deep rich chocolately flavors, fruity esters, perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. He also had an accidentally bretted smoked beer that was excellent with more farmhouse than sour, which is how I prefer my wild yeast brews.

I have had it in bottle here in the states, and while still good, it just didn't compare to what I had so close to the source. Probably a combination of being on tap, freshness, and handling.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LehighValleyEats
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.