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Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 06-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,702
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
212
pDev:
9.76%
Bros Score:
4.8
 
 
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Reviews by SLeffler27:
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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Embrasse is murky and very dark brown with red highlights (SRM 23-25). Effervescence pushes out of the bottle before pouring and builds a one-inch, creamy khaki head that lasts a long while. A nice curtain of lace forms above a slight viscous film in an Offero glass.

Deep roasted malt and molasses are up front with pumpernickel, dates, and fig against a constant backdrop of peat smoke. Some baker’s chocolate comes out late.

The flavors pick up what the nose originally detected. This is well-balanced between bitter and sweet. The character has layers of black coffee, while the molasses shines. Warmth brings out pumpernickel and Jewish rye. A long building finish adds to roasted bitterness.

The early explosive carbonation becomes well-controlled while warming alcohol is below expectation. A medium body and cotton texture.

This addition of Embrasse is excellent for contemplation on a sad day. The symbolism of its name adds to the experience. A strong gorgonzola or cured meat would pair well.

Bottle #21103 September 2012. I will enjoy this bottle while reminiscing about my Grandmother, Ruby, and contemplating her continuing journey.

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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Well-folded paper-bag presentation; obscurity piques interest, of course. Lacing we'd only expect from a small Belgian brewer--awesome. Yup, dark and so inviting. Fresh-baked hermit cookies and fallen apples, wow ... has this beer been inside our dreams? Godly smoothness tickles the tongue. Unsweetened chocolate meets molasses, brown bread nods to burnt raisins. Kiss of hops fades quick, though not totally. Subtle esters of overripe pears/ apples warm the palate. By fate, we run into a beer that just screams greatness ... we are glad to have met you.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer that I took a flyer on yesterday.Poured into a large tulip glass a medium russet color with a large bloomin off white head,very craterous and slow to fade.A great mix of chocolate,roasted nut,light yeast,and vanilla tinged pear in the nose.Flavors are yeasty with slight phenolic spice and chocolate at the onset,some of that pear fruitiness and sweet alcohol flavors as the beer warms, come late.A real nice beer,one to savor after dinner or with a dessert.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color with a light brown head.

Really nice, soft fruits in the nose, cherry and raspberry.

Cherry, raspberry-ish, blueberry, blackberry on the tongue. A sorbet of sorts backed with an earthy maltiness, and a creamy mouthfeel. The finish lingers with blueberry and raspberry. A fruity treat, very nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is booze with some caramel malt and toffee. The flavor is leather, tobacco, toasted malt, bready malt, some sweetness and some dark fruit such as raisins. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jammy66
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a hazy deep chestnut brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth, deep caramel malts with large amounts of toffee and hints of smoke. Also present are lighter amounts of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust and moderately sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by sweeter vanilla and toffee flavors. Midway through slight amounts of smoke come into play before being pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer with a lot going on. Well worth a shot.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense but clear walnut brown body with a very creamy head of light tan that last and last.
S- The light roasted malt hint has a soft cider quality to it with a nutty aroma that grows as the beer opens.
T- There are some light roasted hints with an earthy note and a dry pungent hop hint in the finish. This beer gets a bit more complex as the it opens up with some toffee notes and a light smoke hint and some caramel sweetness mixed with a tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The dry toffee and caramel are strong players when this beer opens up and some are supported by the tart notes nicely. There is a bit of sediment in the glass. This beer doesn't have a lot of depth but it has a great full flavor and all the flavors work together. I enjoyed it now but I'm not sure age would help much as the bottle suggest.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010. Dark brown coloured body with almost no head. Faint lace drops. Big spiciness and well malted. In your face full mouthfeel, that has a little sourness and lots of malt taste. Subdued carbonation. Drying finish. Like a good brown beer on steroids.

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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 13, 2009. Poured from a 330mL green-glass (paper-wrapped) bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled despite a suggestion to try it heated with whipped cream...

Faint buff colored head recedes to a a collar and slick resting aboard a dark auburn body which is suffused with alazarin crimson highlights. Decent lacing...

Rich smoked malt aromatics - there is an almost vegetal undercurrent which could be construed as DMS, but I think this is intentional. Hints of anise and other spices are present as well.

Dark roast coffee, chicory, molasses, and dark-fruit esters combine with the light spice of the yeast on the palate. The finish is malty, sweet-ish, fairly alcohol-forward, with a touch of smoke.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and faint astringency.

A unique brew - with a smokey base suggesting porter or stout intermingling with the more traditional Belgian Dark Ale notes...

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, served in a red wine glass. Interesting, this tastes a lot more like an English old ale with a little extra kick. The body is a bit thick, with rich juicy plum and grape. The beer is backed by a biting herbal hop bitterness. There are also tobacco, cherry, and cocoa notes to round out the complex brew. My only complaint is that the body is heavy compared to most dark Belgians.

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Photo of zeeksterusa
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

very chocolaty, almost too much. It was an experience and I must say it was one of the most unique beers I have ever had. They have truly created a beverage that is in its own class. I enjoyed it and it was memorable but I wouldn't buy it again. Cheers to creativity!

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22.4 oz Bottle #26229 poured into tulip. Received as a gift from my friend and fellow beer guru, Kyle for my 32nd b-day. Thank you Kyle.

Two finger tannish-yellow head, well sustained with moderate lacing. Rich brown color with visible sediment which settles quickly.

Very sweet aroma, malty and a slight hint of dark chocolate.

Starts with a dark fruit flavor and a surprising, but good, hop taste. Quickly followed by a woody/smokey tobacco flavor, then it finishes with a bittersweet sugary taste. It's a different BSDA taste, yet I really think it does what it's supposed to do. I liked the flavor a lot.

Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation (not as much as a typical BSDA). Smooth going down, but then has a slight burn at the end.

Overall, this is an EXCELLENT beer with many obvious layers. The lack of carbonation in the mouth makes an already interesting beer even more interesting. I enjoyed the smoked flavors along with the delightfully sweet combination. To me, this is an overall outstanding pour. I really think a year or two of aging will change this beer, and so I am going to find another bottle and give it a shot.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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