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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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139 Ratings

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:18:59 | More by CrazyQuaker
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North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:42:56 | More by brentk56
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 19:38:37 | More by trekbiker3000
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-21-2013 00:39:37 | More by laxer8811
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-16-2013 03:37:02 | More by mendvicdog
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Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 21:44:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-10-2013 02:15:17 | More by uturn
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-08-2013 05:18:24 | More by IpeeA
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-06-2013 01:19:16 | More by jrae2424
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5/5  rDev +19%

12-17-2012 03:59:32 | More by stephensinner
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:38:30 | More by StJamesGate
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 10:06:45 | More by dgilks
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-12-2012 00:44:43 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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5/5  rDev +19%

11-04-2012 14:14:32 | More by shauncav
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat and barley. Very nice beer this one. It has full aroma and flavour of roasted malts and strong hops. Makes a very nice bittersweet experience. Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, coffee, a little smoking tobacco too. Some berries, strawberries, but in the background. Very nicely balancing between dark ale and a stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 10:33:58 | More by RuudJH
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-22-2012 03:36:22 | More by brotherloco
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

09-18-2012 23:04:16 | More by t0rin0
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautifullly thick head with permanent retention and full sticky chunks of lacing accompanied by sheet lacing also. Truly a sight to behold. Very dark colour.

S - Smoke, dusty blackcurrent, nutty yeast and garden mulch. Lots of layers here.

T - Dark fruit, ash, cherry, chocolate, prune, charred spicy sausage.

M - Smooth and full bodied, moderately carbonated, spicy and complex. Fantastic.

O - Brilliant drop. A perfect candidate for a couple of years aging.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:43:31 | More by dansmcd
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-19-2012 13:41:37 | More by SirIPAalot
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a brown paper bag and pours a dark mahogany hue which leaves a creamy frothy two finger head very similar to a milkshake and lacing everywhere,the smell is full on its brown sugar,nutmeg,cocoa powder and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,cocoa,spices,cherries soaked in whiskey and finished with a boozy caramel bittersweetness and overall i must admit the smell was not the best for me but it still had that unusual factor about it and taste is better and i wouldnt buy it again but wouldnt knock back if offered cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 14:01:29 | More by ADZA
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

08-06-2012 19:57:27 | More by twbeecher
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-03-2012 20:10:34 | More by samEBC
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Geers in Gent a couple days ago.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Bottled in January 2012
Bottle 19,876

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a two finger, medium looking, light cream colored head with relentless retention. Sienna brown or dark maroon red in color, hazy, with loads of carbonation. Head very slowly fades to a thick foamy froth and clings to the sides of the glass. Lively carbonation; this head isn't going anywhere. A nice, full wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee and lots of dark fruit aromas. Rasins and dates mostly. Spices, licorice as well as some hints of dark chocolate. Nice nose, and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Bold flavors for sure. Dark fruits, caramel malts and spices up front. Dates, rasins, and caramel and toffee sweetness, then a good dose of spicy yeast flavors at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of spicy yeast, fruity sweetness and a touch of bitter coffee and chocolate provides balance. Really interesting, flavorful and balanced. Great.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. A bit too light on the palate as well. Somewhat creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat on the swallow. Decently creamy, though like their other brews, this is a bit light and overcarbonated.

OVERALL: This is a really good beer for sure, though again, the light and overcarbonated palate holds it back some. With a bit more thickness and weight, this would be absolutely other-worldly. A great nose and lots of flavor on this one. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:45:02 | More by Jeffo
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-20-2012 04:07:43 | More by edwardprung
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown, almost black beer with thick, creamy head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is wonderfull, I get a peaty and smoky smell that combines well with the alcohol and lightly roasted smell.

Taste is lightly roasted with hints of cold coffee. The peated taste is nicely incorporated in the beer, there is balance. The taste develops into a chocolate and coffee taste. The mouthfeel is a bit sweet and a little sticky on the lips. The bitterness is low, but the dark malt and maybe the peated malts add a low bitterness. This is a big beer and although the alcohol is nicely hidden, I could not drink more than one of these. Excellent beer though!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 16:03:13 | More by Absumaster
Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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