Embrasse Peated Oak Aged - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 72
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: crnipeter on 10-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 72
Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,262 characters)

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,623 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,452 characters)

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sjstraub
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Max's. Peat smoked and oak aged. I can't, legally, pass that up.

A: The strong ale is dark, a deep brown color ratcheted up by the deep depths of Max's.

S: Peat smoke and plenty of it. The strong ale has the aromas of sea salt and boggy fens deep in its very soul. The Belgian body, thick, manages to peak out occasionally. The oak barrel aging, evident with woodiness, doesn't have the same oomph due to the peat.

T: More peat, the smoke permeating the ale. This isn't a Bamberger richness; the peat subtler with plenty of sea salt adding depth. The oak barrel adds wooden strength without the sweetness that normally accompanies oak. The flavor, the whisky body, is nearly on par with JW Lee's Lagavulin. Spices, the provenance of Belgian beer, hang around under the surface with thick quad-like flavors of brown sugar and dark malts. Very intriguing and one of the best offerings.

M: You need to like whisky in order to appreciate the intense flavors, the smoke and the salt, the barrel and the quad. Impressive all the way around. (1,041 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Rwalford74
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of infinitebruner
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

June 21, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Pours very thin with minimal head, just some light brown bubbles rest atop a deep mahogany brown liquid that, while dark is pretty clear.

S – Plums, chocolate, some light caramel and chocolate malt. Barrel character of vanilla, and a definite impression of mild Scotch whiskey. Peat smoke is light but obvious.

T – Plums and golden raisins, low chocolate and caramel malt, woody vanilla and light smokiness.

M – Very low carbonation, almost non-existent, with a thin body. Somewhat sweet, very low bitterness.

O – I was really hoping to be blown away by this beer, but it is thin and kind of plain, considering the process it went through. The most exciting thing about it was the red wrapping paper it came in. (776 characters)

Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of calcnerd
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of elHeron
2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (985 characters)

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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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