Embrasse Peated Oak Aged - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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4.01/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
03-27-2014 17:52:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-24-2014 00:58:45 | More by KYGunner
2.94/5 rDev -27.6%
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.
10-13-2013 03:00:16 | More by BMMillsy
3.44/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
07-14-2013 20:11:15 | More by dogfishandi
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-13-2013 22:45:03 | More by rudzud
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-25-2013 17:34:39 | More by bobhits
Embrasse Peated Oak Aged from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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