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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

66 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 16
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 10-30-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sjstraub
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of jfmorey
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of calcnerd
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of elHeron
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their Belgian fest...

The beer pours a reddish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose on this beer is rich and sweet, showcasing brown sugar, chocolate and a hint of smoke. On the palate, this stuff is delicious! There is considerable brown sugar and chocolate, but there's also a boatload of underlying peat and smoke, some noticeable whiskey flavor and even a hint of sour on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, sweet, smoke filled finish. The smoke tends to balance the sweetness in this beer, which enhances its drinkability I thought. The beer is a bit on the boozy side, but not overly so, and is pretty much perfect for the style I thought.

Just an all around excellent beer and easily one of the best "smoke" beers I've ever tasted. Good stuff!

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of crnipeter
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A prestigiously looking red paper-wrapped bottle of Embrasse matured on oak barrels used to contain whiskey.
Pours hazed reddish dark brown body overlayered by dense tan head with good retention and stickage. This is an excellent example of aging on peated whiskey casks: aroma of dried cherries and raisins interplays with that of a chocolaty-bredy malt and you are blown away by wisely judged amount of strongly peated whisky. The flavor correspond to the nose and although the soft carobonated body is creamy, finish remains dry. Simmilar and distinguished from its older brother (Embbrasse) by strong peat notes.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.