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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

153 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Dope
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date that I could find. The wrapper had some info I think but I tossed it without thinking and now I'm too lazy to go find it. Fresh though, this just hit stores around here a few weeks ago.

Gusher bottle, I always like being caught off guard by those.

A: A dark brown pour with an enormous, ridiculously huge light and fluffy head. Head takes ages to fade away, annoyingly long in fact. Huge island of foam. Light, fluffy tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: Heavy on the dark fruits and sweet chocolate. Almost exactly like chocolate-covered raisins. Get some plums, figs and maybe even a little grape? A little spicy belgian yeast too.

T: Lots of sweet dark fruits up front. Very sweet. Not super raisin heavy like a ton of these are. It's actually more like prunes, plums and fig. Swear I still get a little grape hiding in there. Chocolate melds in nicely. Caramel sweetness is quite nice. Sweetness runs out in the finish, leaving more of a cocoa powder and dried fruit flavor. Some belgian spiciness but not overpowering (not a black pepper bomb like so many). Just a little. Nice dried fruits and a touch of earthiness lingering between sips. Maybe a little bit of smoke hanging around with it.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. Higher carbonation gives it a bit of an airy feel.

O: One hell of a BSDA. Honestly one of the very best I've ever had. No aspect is overwhelming like so many of them are. Everything melds together, making it surprisingly mellow, well-integrated and easy drinking. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too fruity, not too spicy. Great balance of flavors. I really enjoyed this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22.4 oz Bottle #26229 poured into tulip. Received as a gift from my friend and fellow beer guru, Kyle for my 32nd b-day. Thank you Kyle.

Two finger tannish-yellow head, well sustained with moderate lacing. Rich brown color with visible sediment which settles quickly.

Very sweet aroma, malty and a slight hint of dark chocolate.

Starts with a dark fruit flavor and a surprising, but good, hop taste. Quickly followed by a woody/smokey tobacco flavor, then it finishes with a bittersweet sugary taste. It's a different BSDA taste, yet I really think it does what it's supposed to do. I liked the flavor a lot.

Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation (not as much as a typical BSDA). Smooth going down, but then has a slight burn at the end.

Overall, this is an EXCELLENT beer with many obvious layers. The lack of carbonation in the mouth makes an already interesting beer even more interesting. I enjoyed the smoked flavors along with the delightfully sweet combination. To me, this is an overall outstanding pour. I really think a year or two of aging will change this beer, and so I am going to find another bottle and give it a shot.

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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.