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Charbon - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 05-01-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, vanilla beans, and some really smoky bacon-like aromas. Taste is of smoked malt, vanilla, and some char flavors that leave a bitter aftertaste with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it’s very smoky in the aroma and flavor and has a pretty high amount of char flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of smoked malts in the nose. Hints of vanilla beans also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light to moderately strong flavors of smoke along with some hints of vanilla beans and bitterness. As the beer warms up, the vanilla becomes a little more evident and the taste also becomes a little sweeter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it is relatively light-bodied compared to other stouts; however, a little heavier mouthfeel could make the taste more interesting.

metter98, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

JAHMUR, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Smoky and sweet, both in a stout. I'm prepping my knee for a potential proposal if this first date works out as well in reality as it does in my expectations. This stuff pours a murkily deep black-brown topped by a couple fingers of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, beech smoke, dark molasses, cocoa powder, and a hint of vanilla bean in the background. The taste emphasizes the smoke, which seems to drown out the sweeter portions, but melds with the roasty ones. Some dark chocolate powder still pokes through, but the vanilla is utterly demolished. An unfortunate result of this smoke focus is a sharp phenolic bitterness that pervades the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. It's not enough to completely ruin the tasting experience, but it does sound a sour note. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, though I'm not immediately putting a ring on this beer, I will say that our relationship is generally a good one. I wish the smoke and sweetness could exist more genially, but at least, as it stands, the two aren't exactly actively battling it out on the tongue. Instead, the smoke just cuckolds the rest. Again, it's not optimally pleasant, but it really isn't all that bad, either.

TMoney2591, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

66cl Bottle: shared with the wife and Doug (an American chap from near Boston) on 20 Oct 2012 @ The Diester Bierfestival.

Dark brown body with a lightly tanned, creamy head of foam.

The nose and taste were of dark chocolate and burnt coffee beans, couldn't find any vanilla, the burnt esters overshaddowed anything that wasn't equally as powerful and nothing else was!

Rich enough but a little drier than I thought a 'Vanilla Stout' should be: enjoyed it, but moved on fairly quickly and the beer was easily forgotten, my notes being my only sour of information. I usually have some thoughts about a beer to add when I transfer from book to web-page, sadly I don't really remember much about this at all (and I wasn't bladdered either).

BlackHaddock, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2014

A: Pours a clear very dark brown (close to black) in color with light hints of dark amber when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall fluffy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of smoke with some very light hints of vanilla (that intensifies as the beer warms).

T: Light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with soem lighter smokey notes. Very light hints of vanilla in the finish that gets stronger as it warms. Very light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with some light amounts of dryness.

O: Enjoyable but I wish the vanilla was just a little more pronounced. This is a sipping beer that can be enjoyed slowly. I like the fact that the smoke flavors and smell are not overwhelming.

dbrauneis, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22.4 ounce bottle, best before end of January 2014. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints, along with an inch and a half frothy tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted and smoked malt, vanilla and some chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, however I think the vanilla and roasted malt flavors are dominant, and the smoked malt is light in comparison. Mouthfeel/body is on the light side of medium, it seems a bit thin, but it's also easy enough to drink. Moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, at $9.99 a bottle I'll likely buy it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a big fluffy tan head, that visibly decreases to a thin lace and leaves some traces on the glass.
Smells mostly of smoked dark malts, burnt bread crust, dark chocolate and coffee bean. Vanilla is pretty hard to detect, a bit more obvious (still faint tho) later on.
Taste is pretty complex, starting with a bit sour red dark fruit (blackcurrants), coffee acidity and a lactic sourness. Roasted malts follow, with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, ground coffee, and a hint of smoke that anticipates the finish. This is where the smokiness shines: ash, earthiness, dry coffee sediment, smoked wood. The astringency from the start lasts, but gets way in the back and it's barely felt in the finish. Vanilla brings a bit of sweetness also, but it's hard to get it at first, revealing itself just when the beer warms, but still faint (gets more chocolatey and sweeter tho).
Smooth body, medium carbonation, dry finish and the aftertaste isn't too rough, but flavorful. Not a smoke bomb either, just a pleasant amount that enriches the malts.
A tasty smoked stout, with a minimum of the advertised vanilla, but solid enough as it is.

dcmchew, May 25, 2014
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

thegerm87, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. Descently black pour, thin frothy layer of very light tan.

Aroma, mild roast, more milk chocolate and vanilla. Kind of subdued. Some smoked earth.

Taste, Some roast malt, dark chocolate. An herbal hop note that comes off a bit cardboardy. Fades into a fresh ground coffee, like chewing on some coffee grounds. Burnt toast?
My god that is an acrid ashy ass finish. Eases as it warns a bit, releasing more vanilla and chocolates. Still pretty roasty.

Not quite medium body, carbonation a tad on the high side. Abv is hidden, but this is pretty unbalanced to the roast and bitter side for a milk stout.

Bung, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big puffy tan head over chocolate black with ruby highlights.
Smoke, cocoa nibs, peat, cranberry and meat juice on the nose - complex.
Char, blackberry, slight peat, slight iodine, and gentle roasty bite.
Full, chewy, silky.

Smooth and round. Good body, not overly sweet, and not the usual chocolate-coffee stout dichotomy. Smoke did kinda kill the vanilla, though.

Still, best of this brewery.

StJamesGate, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Geers in Gent a while back. A relatively new brewery and they've started to get more creative recently. This is labeled as a Smoked Vanilla Stout.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Very clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light beige head with outstanding retention. Black transparent body with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A foam cap remains the whole way and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Too bad it’s a little thin and transparent for the style, ‘cause the head and finish look great.

SMELL: Some roasted malts and cocoa powder fill the nose off the bat, with some smoky and vanilla aromas filling in the background nicely. Light caramel notes as well, but this one is more about the smoky notes and cocoa powder.

TASTE: Quite nice actually. Roasted and smoked malts up front with cocoa powder playing a roll too. Sweet cream and vanilla through the middle into a smoky, bitter cocoa and sweet vanilla cream finish. Quite flavorful and well put together, with all the elements balanced nicely together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Nice and creamy smooth on the palate, a little light perhaps, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Could use a little more weight, but this is solidly creamy smooth.

OVERALL: A solid brew for sure. It doesn’t wow or anything like that, but at 7%, it is very flavorful and well balanced for the style. Definitely one worth going back to, and for sure worth trying if you happen to see a bottle. Recommended.

Jeffo, May 01, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

VeganUndead, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -16.4%

jsh420, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +11.4%

kaelingirl, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a near black dull smokey/hazy color, thick dence tofee colored head, very nice retnetion, supurb lacing

S - Roasty/smokey coffee, oak and vanilla flavors.

T - Slightly sweet vanilla & lactose up front to a roastier kick in the middle. Very smokey, minor pepper like flavors at the finish. Very good

M - Medium bodied+ little but appropriate carbonation.

O - Tasty brew, lots of smokey/roasty flavors, the vanilla makes itself well known also

MacQ32, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vanilla smoked stout. The beer pours a black color with a settling head. The foam leaves a small layer of foam on the side of the glass.

The smell is mainly roasted with notes of black malt. The vanilla is more pronounced as the beer warms. The smoke is light and only adds a smokey smell.

The taste is quite roasted, a typical black malt taste. The bitterness is clean and adds a nice balance to the roast. The vanilla is not very apparent.

Absumaster, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of n2185
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

n2185, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

samEBC, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -15%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 660ml bottle into a straight pint glass and topped up.

Pours a dark brown, verging on black colour, with an off-white head.

Smells sweet, roasted and malty, with a hint of vanilla.

Tastes of roasted malts - quite sweet and dry on the finish, with a slight hint of vanilla lingering in the background.

Overall quite a nice stout, simple and easy going without being too plain and 'balanced'.

CwrwAmByth, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

thebouch01, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

wisrarebeer, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4/5  rDev +11.4%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark, dark mahogany pour with two finger caramel colored head with great retention and incredible lacing. The nose is totally dominated by the smoke. There are subtle roasty cocoa notes, but you really get very little of the vanilla. The taste follows suit initially with the smokey roasted malt dominating. But as it warmed, it really opened up quite a bit. Hints of cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, and finally, the vanilla. This is definitely a beer that needs to be served at the proper temp. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, but perhaps a tad bit thin in the body, with a nice subtle dry, bitter finish. I tasted this beer at the brewery when it was really young. In fact, the bottles weren't even labeled yet. The vanilla was crazy dominant and there was very little smoke. It's changed quite a bit from then. Once it opened up, this was a damn good beer. I wish it would have retained a bit more of the vanilla bean, but it's still very solid.

beerdrifter, Aug 31, 2012
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