Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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4.59/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet.
A - Coffee brown pour with a souffle-like tan head.
S - Raisin/prune fruitiness, grainy malts, yeasty funk.
T - Molasses, coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malts, fades to bitterness (hops?). The alcohol is well hidden.
M - Smooth, slick, initial burst of carbonation dissipates quickly.
I really like this one. The smell is pure BSDA, but the taste is more reminiscent of a porter or stout. All of my favorite beer styles rolled into one unique brew.
09-22-2013 23:05:04 | More by REDAMI
4.59/5 rDev +9.5%
A: First thing to note is that as soon as I opened the bottle the head started pouring out of it. The beer itself is a dark mahogany with a thick layer of brown head on top that seems to have infinite retention.
S: A hint of chocolate, cherry and raisins, some Belgian yeast, some alcoholic esters. Also a nice nuttiness comes through as the beer warms. Really a great, complex smelling brew.
T: Big maltiness up front. Sweet dark stone fruit, earthy Belgian yeast, a peppery bite from the alcohol carries the flavor through to the end, where there is also a light hop character. Despite how sweet the beer is, the finish is quite bitter, to balance out the sweetness.
M: Creamy, heavy body, and a ton of carbonation.
T: A really great beer. Lots of flavors, which expand and become more interesting as the beer warms. The balance is perfect between the sweet and bitter. Really an amazing beer.
08-28-2013 22:06:25 | More by DaveBlack
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottled September 2012.
The bottle is an outrageous gusher. Immediately after opening, tonnes and tonnes of foam pours out and doesn't stop for a long time. I lost a lot of beer from this. The beer (when I can get some), looks good. Very dark brown, large (obviously) tan head, very thick. Fades slowly. Nice lace.
Nose contains dry dark fruits (date), yeast, wood and a hint of smoke. Perhaps some caramel. Deep and rich. Very good.
Taste contains dark fruit (date and fig, some raisin), a strong yeast component. Bready, lots of malt. Fairly dry, especially for the style. Very rich. The alcohol is very well hidden. Very good stuff.
Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation level, very smooth and soft.
Overall, really good. Aside from the absurd gushing on opening, this is a terrific beer. Deserves a higher profile.
08-10-2013 02:10:51 | More by jrenihan
3.61/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
07-11-2013 08:41:55 | More by CrazyDavros
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
06-23-2013 04:31:02 | More by flagmantho
Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.