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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

145 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Jsmick
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Jsmick, May 30, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Dope, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

kaelingirl, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4/5  rDev -4.5%

BelgianBeerPope, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

CrazyQuaker, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%

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

brentk56, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of trekbiker3000
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

trekbiker3000, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

laxer8811, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

uturn, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

IpeeA, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jrae2424
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jrae2424, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of stephensinner
5/5  rDev +19.3%

stephensinner, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

StJamesGate, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

dgilks, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of shauncav
5/5  rDev +19.3%

shauncav, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.
Recommended.

RuudJH, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -4.5%

brotherloco, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

dansmcd, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of SirIPAalot
4/5  rDev -4.5%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
93 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.