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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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90
outstanding

63 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 10-30-2011)
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Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Jason, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

akorsak, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

John_M, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 28, 2012
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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.

thagr81us, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

AngusOg, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jophish17, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Bierman9
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

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Bierman9, Oct 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

dcmchew, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ShemRahBoo, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

strongaf, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Daniellobo, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
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.

BMMillsy, Oct 13, 2013
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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!

Jeffo, May 01, 2012
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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.

jrenihan, Sep 02, 2012
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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.

dogfishandi, Jul 14, 2013
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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.

KYGunner, Mar 24, 2014
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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.