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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

59 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 16.5%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 10-30-2011)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich with peated flavor but light on true smoke, the masculine aura of lavish scotch whisky and fine cigar seduce the palate with ale sweetness and savory satisfaction.

Its tawny amber pour glistens upon the pour- looking the part of brandy or port as much as it does ale. As its light carbonation pulls from its pits and simmers on its surface delicately. With little retention or lace to amount or to remain, its whisky influence becomes readily apparent.

Malty richness of caramel, honey and butterscotch embark on the nose first, just ahead of the scent of scorched earth. Its highly fragrant perfume is of cedar, pepper, acorn, tobacco and delicate leather comes hot on the heels of the barley sweetness and mesmerizes the senses.

As its gentle sweetness of butterscotch coats the palate, its buffer of biscuit and pistachio brittle keeps the full brunt of smoke at bay. But alas, the rich taste of heavy peat and oaken whisky sinks into the taste buds like mesquite, cedar-plank grilled meats and maduro. Its nutty and earthen flavor finishes with mild ash, smoldering embers and spicy peppercorn.

Lighter than expected in body, the beer's slight oily viscocity latches onto the mouth with its lingering sweetness and continues to protect it from the onslaught of smoke and spice. Yet as the ale lifts, an arid and ashy finish transpires and somehow keeps the ale drinkable.

Simply put- this is a smoky beer- and adverse reaction to scotch whisky to be enough to repel this beer. But for those who find favor in fragrant cigars, barbecue and dry scotch whisky should go ahead and put this beer on your wish-list.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 17:52:03 | More by BEERchitect
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy a burnt smoked savory Rauschbier and this seemed to follow along. The aroma was leathery, smoky, campfire ember, with a toasted grain and dirty earthy peat. The flavor started grainy, earthy and dry with savory leather, charcoal, embers and barbecued meat. It finished with a near off putting burning rubber like taste that seemed to ruin it all. The feel was dry and smooth, thick and even savory. Somehow this went wrong for me in the finish and unfortunately ruined my overall impression of this ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:58:45 | More by KYGunner
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Gator Beverage in Gainesville. Wrapped in red paper for extra super fanciness. Pours dark brown with a one finger yellowish creamy kahki head that lingers for a bit. A bit of ruby on the sides in the light. Smell is all peat, paint thinner, wood. Yikes, complex but does not smell like something you should drink. Flavor is straight up peat whiskey and motor oil. Nothing Belgian about this. A little fruit comes out after your palate gets used to the smokey peat. No reason for this to be in a bomber size. Share it. Let it warm up, too. Fruit flavors come out as it warms. Really need to be in the mood for this. I can appreciate the whiskey, but not what I was looking for when I popped a Belgian brew. Pretty much the opposite.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:00:16 | More by BMMillsy
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dogfishandi

New York

3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22.4 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled in AUG 2012 (just shy of 1 year old)

Pours out a really dark brown color, almost appears black. A nice full 2 fingers of tight, creamy tan colored head that shows really good retention and decent lacing.

Smells of almost straight peated scotch. The scotch comes off plasticy which I suppose is normal of scotch. Some warming booze. Hints of maybe some caramel but that's a stretch.

Again, scotch is most of the taste. Peaty, plasticy, smokey scotch. Shows a touch more complexity than the aroma with a bit of caramel and ripe dark fruit and hints of wood and nuts. Some booziness.

Mouthfeel and body are on the weaker side, almost come off as watery when considering the strength of this beer.

If scotch is your drink of choice then this beer is for you, but myself not being a fan of scotch I didn't enjoy it all that much. not something I'd buy again, but I know of a few people who would probably really enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:11:15 | More by dogfishandi
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice rootbeer-esc type hue with a light mocha head that faded rather quickly and left nice lacing.

S - Super faint on the peat here. Nice toffee though and some malty dark fruit type sweetness.

T - Taste is similar, not too too peaty, light toffee notes and smoke. Solid barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Helps keep this from feeling heavy or thick.

O - Overall, a solid beer. I've seen this on the shelves, it would be tough to drop $25 on a bottle of this though.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 22:45:03 | More by rudzud
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour brings out quick bubbles that don't last with a dirty brown muck like body. Very belgian dark ale looking beer.

There's a lot of peat and some salty element here. All this on a dark sweet belgian base. I don't get a lot of fruit just darker sugars and sugar like aromas.

Ardbeg is easily one of the best scotches on the planet even their rather inexpensive 10 year is amazing. Still it isn't a flavor that I can imagine working easily with too many beer bases. It is also a sweeter scotch which imo needs a dry beer base to really work. Instead we have sweet on sweet and an overly sugary base beer. The scotch is truly amazing my mouth is filled wtih lingering peat flavors and I couldn't be more pleased but the beer is just too sugary to make the actually drinking of the beer ideal. Instead the aftertaste is why this is worth buying.

Sadly the body is somewhat thin, lacks the creamy body I'd hoped for. I guess nothing else is bourbon county stout and barrels kinda kill carbonation but still, this could use some help. The 10% however is well hidden and left out.

I want to love this beer. But I guess it remains that the only scotch barrel aged beer I can think of that just NAILED IT was Schlafly Single Malt. This is good but just good.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 17:34:39 | More by bobhits
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy root beer brown color with just an OK head that quickly fades leaving plenty of dots of lacing behind

Smell: Rich toffee tones meld with smoked peat; fig and dates add depth

Taste: This is a beer that must warm to room temperature to reveal all of its elements and once it does, the smoked peat flavors open and close the flavor parade; along the route, the toffee, fig and date flavors build into the middle and the barrel intrudes, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: At cooler temperatures I was having a hard time picking up the whisky barrel and smoked peat elements but then all of the sudden, as the beer warmed, they came through in a big way - there are rewards to enjoy with this brew for those who wait

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:20:26 | More by brentk56
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle a few months ago when i was at the brewery together with Bierman9. To be honest i have some second thoughts about the beers Ronald makes in his little brewery. I miss something in his beers which is hard to explain what that is.

Well, lets start with this beer. Poured in my Struise glass this beer starts good. Nice dark colour of the fluid with a nice bubbly head. Nice lacing.

Smell is somewhat pharmalike. It smells like jodium, must be the barrel. Can't get any whiskey in my nose with this one. Smell of turf and how and old tuberadio used to smell when it was warm....

Taste is not bad but also not good. It is without much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 22:16:03 | More by Brabander
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jfmorey

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle, DC.

9 oz snifter

Smell is a carmel, with acrid overtones

Appearance is inviting, dark amber but little head and no lacing

Taste is mainly carmel malts, most of the underlying complexity, including the traces of Belgian yeast is overshadowed by an acrid alcohol taste. Not bad, but far from my favorite strong ale, a style that I like in general.

Overall, I can only give this. good rating.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 22:51:58 | More by jfmorey
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

Peated barrels? Yeah, I'm surely turning that down... Get some! This stuff pours something close to obsidian topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises smoked salmon (you know, that sorta/kinda chlorinated smoke that naturally comes from a lot of peat, but this time it's brinier, saltier, in a good way), with some light roasted malt character shining through somewhat dimly (but it's still shining, dammit!). The taste pretty much reprises this recipe, leaving a smoke-fiend like me more than satisfied. Granted there ain't much else to it, especially in the way of Belgian-ness, but I couldn't care less in this case. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, if you like peat smoke character in your beer, you're gonna enjoy this one. Sure, it would be awesome if there were more dimensions to things, but when things are done this right, you don't care enough. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 04:11:24 | More by TMoney2591
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped into the Dochter brewery along with Brabander on 05Oct12 and picked up a 0.67 bottle of this. Quaffed it later that day back in my Maastricht apartment.

Only had a wine glass at hand, so that had to suffice. Filled it with a rich, deep, dark chestnut colored concoction. It was nearly opaque, and had a frothy, creamy tan head, sitting at about 1/4". The foam lasted well and laced up the glass nicely. Nose was noticeably whiskeyish with peaty notes. Body was medium+, and it was silky smooth going down.

Nice maltiness led things off, with some deep, rich caramel flavor. Even seemed to have some caramelized brown sugar, almonds and vanilla. A touch of dates and figs was also noted, and there was a lot of smoky whiskeyish action in the dryish finish. Slight bitterness was also detected in this complex, different brew. It really grew on me the more I drank. Prosit!

3.93/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1521

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 19:20:42 | More by Bierman9
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2012. Pretty happy to have come across this bottle.

Beer is very dark brown. Small beige head, dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just some bubbles and film.

Peat and smoke upfront in the nose. Oak there as well. Caramel, dark fruit. Fruit is subdued by the peat and oak.

Peat and oak also upfront in the taste, but not quite as intensely. Dark fruit flavours, but not particularly sweet. Whisky. Flavours are very well mixed together.

Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth. Alcohol noticeable but not overly.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:20:10 | More by jrenihan
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep copper/ruby pour with a thick, lomglasting head.

Extremely complex and intense nose of sherry, pralines in cream, huge peat, overripe dark fruit (figs, dates, raisins) walnuts, toffee, vanilla and oak, and earthy hops.

Nice lacing, and a very heavy, almost syrupy body that delivers a mouth-coating finish.

Taste is even more complex with all of the above plus raisins and even bleu cheese. This beauty reminds me of NC Old Stock Ale if it had been aged on peated oak. Absolutely my new, hands down favorite smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:24:25 | More by Impfan
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks legit from the start, a head four fingers tall forming a bit, thick tan crown and sitting there for a while. It rests on top of a deep, rich red-brown brew that pours not as dark but nearly as thickly as some big RIS's or imperial stouts. A thick ring of lacing is left toward the top and some patchy lacing follows beneath it as it recedes further.
I love peat, and this beer delivers. The alcohol in here isn't meant to be masked, but to be a part of the style, and it delivers the whiskey character I hoped for. There's also a heavy underlying sweetness to it and smoke from the peat in a heavily malt base. Notes of dark barley-like grains that are part of the overall element are foundational here. While sweet, it's also got a woody dryness to it, making it all the more complex and balanced.
Smoke, heavy peat presence, big malts, and alcohol, along with the impression that this is very nearly a whiskey, are all here. Taking big sips or gulping this beer will make it seem too sweet. It's clearly brewed to be sipped and slowly savored; when it is, the sweetness melds with it all very, very nicely. The oak also dries it while adding just a touch of wood into the overall flavor profile. I'd love to get another bottle and put some age on it, then see how it all works together.
The feel is crisp in a medium body, and somewhat smooth. It's semi-dry, being sweet but balanced in the feel as well as the rest of it by the wood.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:49:02 | More by Brenden
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Dennoman

Belgium

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into a Westvleteren goblet.

A: Definitely has the look of a trappist quadrupel, which tells me at least I picked the right glass. Thin, but nice and foamy head. Dark and muddled, definitely unfiltered and very sexy.

S: Peat, peat and more peat. Some minor irony and alcohol notes, but all pretty much hidden behind craptons of peat. So uh, yes, peat.

T: Peat and alcohol are the first thing that hit the tongue, which are then followed by a pleasant lingering hop bitterness. Good malt body, but the taste profile is pretty much pushed away by peat and booze. Alcohol is definitely there at the end of the palate, but not overpowering. Not very balanced or complex, but if you're a peat fan like myself, this will do ya!

M: Medium to light carbonation makes for a pleasant mouthfeel. Somehow it feels a little insepid once it goes down and the hops and alcohol have done their job of sweeping your palate clean. Bit of a shame.

O: Another very good effort from the guys at Dochter van de Korenaar. Had this straight from the whiskey barrel (hand pumped) at Zythos as well, and it was even peatier there. As a man who likes his peat so strong it's close to medicinal, I adore this beer, but I can well imagine this not being to everyone's liking. Anything I have deducted from it is due to lack of balance and the feeling this beer could have definitely been stronger and thicker for its taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 09:37:05 | More by Dennoman
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660 ml bottle, bottled November 2011, bottle #4316. The card attached to the bottle says this was aged in Connemara Whiskey casks. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch tan head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, peat/smoke, caramel, and some sweet spices. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like peat/smoke, dark fruit, dark bread, and some dark chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. Even at $14.99 a bottle, I'd certainly buy this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:43:55 | More by bluejacket74
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-fles nr.: No 1914 27 JUN 2011

I reviewed this beer in Feb. 12 (bottle 0006) but I do not see it here on BA so I am reviewing it again

Bare bottle wrapped in red paper with, “Peated Whiskey Cask Special Edition – matured on oak whisky barrels” There are 2 different spellings of whisky on the paper wrapper. The spelling of “whisky” usually implies scotch barrels. This is the peated oak (the non-peated oak is wrapped with black/dark blue paper and has the standard Embrasse label on the bottle.) A paper tag with beer info has a this beer at 10% ABV

Pours a cloudy light brownish/red. A healthy 2 finger tan head tops the beer that recedes leaving heavy lacing. Smells mostly of beautiful peat and a tad of smoke straight from wonderful Islay. Deep roasted malts, booze, and a tad of overly ripe dark fruits are also present in the nose. First sip is quite creamy but let there be no question the dominate flavor here is the welcomed Islay whisky that is upfront leading the charge. I am blown away by this beer thanks to the amazing peated whisky and the smoooth creamy mouthfeel. WoW – this is so damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:31:16 | More by ATLbeerDog
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SLeffler27

New York

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A shallow, long-lasting, creamy beige head leaves a fine coating of lace above an old copper beer with a clear ruby glow when put to the light. Viscosity leaves legs on the wall of a Stone snifter.

A light smokiness adds a pleasant surprise to this otherwise earthy beer with light fruit notes. Fruit includes cherries and dried figs with a backdrop of fresh, moist whole wheat bread.

The smoke and cherries immediately come out while lots of oak and woody flavor lingers in the background. Also in the background, one will find some whisky infused flavors, rich bittersweet chocolate and prunes. There is a sharp bitterness up front that returns only mildly in the short finish.

Full body with a smooth soft jersey texture, soft carbonation and slightly warming alcohol.

This is an outstanding sipping beer to be enjoyed while reading or during contemplation. Actually it is a fine choice for any activity that exercises one’s mind. I enjoyed it on a cold, rainy, April day.

This is a wonderful interpretation of the BSDA style. Embrasse is filled with character that progresses throughout the session and is definitely worth seeking out for another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:16:17 | More by SLeffler27
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headbucket

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a nice dark brown with light tan head ontop

S:strong smell of scotch, with light smoke, heavier peat,finishing with sweet maltiness.

T: heavy on the peat, dark and sweet fruits, a little smoke, and the spicy-yeast flavor that is common in belgians. The alcohol becomes more apparent and hangs around in the aftertaste once it has warmed along with some bitterness. The heaviness of the peat and alcohol at this point detracts a bit here.

M:smooth and filling. Carbonation is not too high.

O: never having had the base beer, unfortunately, its hard to judge what the beer brings versus what the barrel adds. With that said, this is a rather intriguing beer and worthy of a 4 I believe. This beer goes through a ton of changes as it warms, I was almost questioning if they labeled this beer wrong, slapping the peated whisky cask sticker on a regular bottle. There were almost no scotch characteristics at first, and no apparent alcohol heat.as it warmed the peatiness and alcohol heat came to the front and became the main flavors.
I found I preferred this a little colder than other big beers,as the alcohol heat and peatiness was supressed a bit.
That being said, this is a 9% beer aged in scotch barrels,so I knew what I was in for, and you should too.
I would say a definite must try for scotch lovers and barrel-aged whatever lovers.
Price was a bit steep at $15 for 22oz, but a very well made beer and the first I have come acoss aged in scotch barrels. I will probably pick up one more to throw in the cellar for a few years and see what this is like once it settles down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:20:38 | More by headbucket
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of dense off white foam.

S: Peat pairs with moderate caramel and toffee sweetness and some bready malts.

T: Peat smoked scotch is far and away dominant in the flavor with light caramel sweetness in the background. I get some dark fruits and more caramel as I continue to sip, but this beer never becomes sweet. The scotch flavor continues to stay dominant, but becomes more balanced with the developing sweetness. I get some spiciness that I'd normally get in a BDSA, but it's a bit hard to find behind the scotch. This spiciness builds as the beer warms. Very tasty, but far from being to style.

M: Quite thick with strong, appropriate carbonation.

O: A tough beer to review, I really like the scotch flavor paired with the toffee sweetness and slight spiciness. However, it's certainly not a typical BDSA and it's a bit tough to analyze the base beer with such a strong scotch component. Either way, it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:10:40 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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arollins


5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at ZBF 2012, it was the winner of the 2011 edition. Turns out this is the last year of this brew, as they will no longer be able to get the oak barrels used for it. It seems that their supplier were sold to another company. I bought 4 of them with me. It is soo good, goes down smooth. I certainly recommend it to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:43:15 | More by arollins
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We went down to Geers in Gent a while back and our mate Joey gave me this to say thanks for doing absolutely nothing for him. Very generous of you Joey! Next time I will do even less...

After I took the paper off, the label was upside-down. I thought of it as an error like in those old Pro-Set cards.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown with burgundy hues and lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a wisp and ring, but only a splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Solid looking beer.

SMELL: Caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins mostly, with some spicy Belgian yeast qualities. The oak barrel is definitely there, with woody vanilla flavors playing a nice roll. Light touches of earthy peat aroma as well, but that remains more in the background. Quite complex and appealing.

TASTE: The peat definitely comes out more in the flavor than in the nose, but it’s still well measured. Caramel and raisins with some nice oak and vanilla notes up front, then loads of spicy Belgian yeast through the middle into a bold and somewhat boozy finish. Big and persistent aftertaste of alcohol, spice, and some mild smoky peat flavors. A nice touch of caramel sweetness offers a degree of balance as well. Big, bold and complex flavors, with a well integrated peat and oak quality, though perhaps a touch too boozy for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers. Fine, but a little too hot at this time.

OVERALL: This is a solid beer from an up and coming brewery in this area, but it’s still a little hot to be truly enjoyable. With some time to mellow out, this could be absolutely outstanding. Look forward to trying more of their stuff in the future. Thanks for this totally unnecessary gift Joey. Appreciated!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 12:37:05 | More by Jeffo
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DARIVA

Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant cherry red ale with a beautiful head.

S: Sweet, slightly sour, silt and peat smell.

T: Silt, peat, hops and slightly bitter taste.

M: Good ratio, light foam feel.

O: Very good taste show where the Connemara whisky is easily recognizable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 08:27:49 | More by DARIVA
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip Poured a murky reddish brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, banana, wood, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, banana, bread, and smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There were quite a lot of things going on in this one if I am honest. The smokiness on this one really a nice touch on this one to bring out a lot of various aspects. The flavor and aroma was spot-on for the style, but it also incorporated just that little bit of extra that really made me appreciate this one. An absolute must try if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 20:20:58 | More by thagr81us
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest

Deep brown pour with a nice light brown head. Very nice lacing is left by whatever head sticks around. The smell is so interesting. Basically smells like a slow roasted meal. Meat, roast, charred malts. Reminds me of my cottage. Man this tastes a lot like a rauchbier. Bacon, a ton of roast, per, oak, booze. Can't tell what beer lays underneath the peat. It's crazy how many flavors come through. Heavy body, decently carbonated. A little too roasty which hurts the drinkability. This was unique. Glad I tried it, would skip again though.

Serving type: on-tap

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