Embrasse
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #17
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,080
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.74%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
230
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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
 
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Reviews by arkanu:
Photo of arkanu
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Estria
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eltrandos
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lmaduells
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

did not know about beer or beer. I am surprised by the quality of the product. It is always nice to find a good beer produced with a good job. Live the good Belgian beer!

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of paleoplant
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark hazy brown color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dried fruits with some notes of roasted malt and light black chocolate notes is pretty unique. Taste is alike a mix between a Belgian Strong ale and a stout with some chocolate and roasted malt notes providing some bitterness and some dried fruit with residual sugar providing a sweeter side to this offering. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment though not something I would feel the need to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's tonight


The beer pours a darkish brown amber color with soft milky looking head, good retention, and sticky lacing all around. The nose is fairly rich, with some rootbeer, coffee and chocolate. On the palate, I get some chocolate, hazel nuts, and a touch of coffee. The beer is on the dry side, though there is enough sweet malt to give the beer a slightly sweet presence. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good, with alcohol barely noticeable.

Interesting beer, and pretty tasty stuff. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep brown color, cloudy. Poured into an etched glass, but it still produced no head, only slight lacing around the edges.

Smell - leaf mulch aroma, slightly sweet, some alcohol and ester aromas

Taste - peat, mossy, smoky flavors, slight alcohol taste. A lot of complex flavors.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, carbonation hitting the tip of the tongue with flavors predominantly on the sides and back of the tongue.

Drinkability - not my usual beer of choice, but an excellent Christmas gift. Would suggest this beer to the experienced Belgian beer aficionado. It is not for the week of palate.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown--on the pale side of a stout. Light passes only on the very edge of the glass. Good starting head that leaves a combination of webs and spots for lace.

Dry nose with a nearly bakers chocolate aroma. I'm reminded of brownie dough.

Strong alcohol warmth to a complex flavor. There's the dark chocolate but there's also sweet cherry flavor. Although it tastes chewy, the body is really neutral. The carbonation is similarly middle of the road. The swallow lasts as a continuation of these flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a chocolate color with a nice head that leaves quite a smattering of lace; yeast floaties in suspension that gather in the bottom of the glass and the bottle is one of those steady gushers

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin, date and fig) with pumpernickel bread; burnt sugars and tobacco

Taste: Tobacco, pumpernickel bread and dark fruit flavors meld, up front, with a woodsy character developing in the middle; the sweeter caramel and dark fruit flavors take over in the finish though there is a residual of tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; lacks the carbonation I would typically expect in a Belgian

Overall: I like the flavors and the pumpernickel and tobacco is rather different from the typical BSDA; still, there are some issues with the carbonation and the mouthfeel that cannot be overlooked

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Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good beer. Different than the other Belgians. Poured with a nice foamy frothy tan head and no lace. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is a heady malt, hoppy, earthy, funky, leather, cocoa, coffee, ripe dark fruit, and GOOD! Flavor's similar, but in this case more muted.. Malt stands out. A bit chewy. Good body and carbonation. Great finish, but proly not a session. Solid good beer though. MM mmm

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a beautiful display of both quality in brewing and maturity in age, De Dochter's Embrasse blends what's best about Belgian stronger, darker ale; English olde ale and perhaps barleywine. But hosting a breadth of complexity, the malt balanced ale remains supremely palatable, friendly and refined.

Deep honey in amber, the beer's dense foam stance eventually collapses and allows the beer to look more of port wine than of beer. But with the nose gracing the rim of the glass, a whole circus of malt ensues. Toffee, caramel, toasted poundcake, maple and honey all captivate the nose and the early palate.

But as the earthy components joining the weave, the middle opens with notions of ripe tobacco leaf, orange marmalade, grape jam and honey biscuit before the herbal hop balance begins to carry flavors of tea leaf and broad woodsy bark.

Full in body, but finishing surprisingly dry and effortless on the palate, the beer's creamy-sweet upstart concludes with an herbal fruitiness with peps of dry sherry wine, pepper and savory worcestershire sauce. No mistake about it- this is a beer that's chocked full of understated complexity that won't likely get the praise that it deserves.

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Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010. This bottle is at 9%abv., BB 10/04/2013, served lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: deep-dark brown, lightly murky, moderately fizzy, topped with 0.5cm thick dark beige foam lasting throughout the drink.
S: richly black-sugary, sticky treacles, nutty Munich malts, chocolaty malts and very dark, semi-roast malts come on top of over-ripe dark-fruit like esters, salty-sweet hawthorn-fruits, black date jam, and rather subtle notes of hops. Rather heavy at first, but several minutes into breathing the nose becomes rather rounded and approachable. A swirl would bring up a light touch of Chinese ginger-candy, but not very pronounced. The more I smell it the more I like it, in fact, even a bit like a rich stout or lighter version of an Imperial Russian Stout.
T: a soothingly-textured but richly-flavoured mouthful of bitter-sweet chocolaty dark malts and pleasantly sour fruit esters brings onboard spicy coffee and herbally salty-sweet licorice-candy, then slowly leading towards a semi-powdery and quite bitter aftertaste where undertones of bitter root-herbs, roastiness and bitter chocolates are in abundance; a very long, nicely lingering aromatic-bitter finish takes over, as a result of roast malts, hop bitterness (less so), as well as mildly sour-sweet fruity yeastiness. A mildly warming swallow rounds up each enjoyable sip, inviting for more...
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, the carbonation stays mildly tingling on the tastebuds, while the body remains full but never overly heavy at all. Balanced, flavoursome, very drinkable despite the alc. strength, this is indeed an interesting beer brewed in Belgium that seems to transcend beer styles and geographical boundaries, treading quietly in the British Strong Stout zone(?). After a few sips, it does show a slightly more potent kick-back, perhaps because it's way too easy to drink than many other Belgian dark ales.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought wrapped in a brown paper bag of sorts with the beers logo and an informative tag stapled to the top.

Nice tawny, auburn, rust color with a quick, head, no residual foam, and no visible bubbling.

The aroma is full of rich toasted malts that give off toffee aromas. The alcohol adds a nice, yet slight warmth to the nose.

The palate starts with a creamy texture a lots of toasted mlats. The malts and yeast bring out flavors of dried peaches and apircots along with sweet bread crust notes. The finish is a little chalky but has a fruity, toasted mlat sweet finish and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Good beer, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Tbone
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Belgium's Zythos beer fest in 2009, poured by the friendly and affable brewer and his wife. It was a 2 person operation at that time, so I am amazed and glad to see it both in bottle and tap here in the States.

This was close to my favorite beer at a fest full of great Belgian brews. Deep rich chocolately flavors, fruity esters, perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. He also had an accidentally bretted smoked beer that was excellent with more farmhouse than sour, which is how I prefer my wild yeast brews.

I have had it in bottle here in the states, and while still good, it just didn't compare to what I had so close to the source. Probably a combination of being on tap, freshness, and handling.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 230 ratings