Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 06-26-2009

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Choppr
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Raisins, toasted malt and a little smoke on the nose. Looks like black tea steeped a little long and very little, if any, lacing but that may be my glass. Good bit of toasted malt some dark fruit some smoke... Lots of layered flavors that are well balanced. I love this.

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

Photo of AMCPhD
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love BSDAs,and was looking forward to this rare opportunity, however something in the finish was unexpected and not particularly style specific for me. Reading some other BA reviews nailed it for me....smokey. Credit to the brew master for trying something unique, but not what I'm looking forward to in a Belgian Strong. Points for uniqueness and creativity, but ultimately slightly disappointing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 edition, not surviving the years as well as i hoped this would, but still a treat to drink a beer from this hard to find belgian operation. the beer is a pale reddish brown color, lively head, and some lacing as it drinks. it doesnt look as heavy or thick as a lot of barleywine types, and one sniff suggests a weird style hybrid here before me. there are the belgian dark sugar elements here, the added gravity spike non grain sugars happening, at least to my nose, not as heavy malty as some, but still rich and mature and complex. the yeast has an english breadiness to it, is very hearty, but also brings just a little bit of warmer fermented belgian fruitiness, which is predictably lovely with the caramelized malts in here. i get some dried apple, toffee, and more hops than i expected, a weird bitterness arises in the finish in what seems to be a shallow attempt to balance the sugars, but its not to be, and the bitterness seems out of place to me. there is also a darker malt element at work, a roasted sort, adding a lot of depth to this, molasses and raisin notes in there with it. a neat beer, different than what i was expecting, and a cool belgian and english sort of fusion between strong dark and barleywine. i would have like to try this fresh, as it seems to be coming apart just a bit at this point three years on...

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very overpriced for what it is. Smoke, compost, raspberry, oak, toffee, belgian yeast funk, earth. Pretty decent pour and head retention. Friend described it as a poopy campfire, and I entirely agree. It's not terrible (it's actually pretty complex, in an unexpected way), just overpriced. Might have spent too long in the bottle... seems like it's from 2015.


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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting more from this one. It tastes lighter than it looks. Lots of honey, some estery presence and a bit of chocolate. Light in tastes but it's balanced

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Photo of yuno
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squidretired
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The version of this ale that I had was the peated oak aged version. If you like Scotch you will enjoy this ale. The nose is a very strong peat. The taste is smooth and again has a peat flavor. The feel on the palate is smooth and warming. Pours dark with a nice head which thins somewhat quickly. There are hints of wine and fruit.

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Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dzu
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle.
L: pitch black with a weak foam head.
S: wine notes , plums, raisin.
T: again wine , caramel, rich and complex.
F: full body and carbonation.
O: very good Belgian.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark molasses black with a thin root beer head. The smell is one that I found unique for a BSDA. It had the typical elements of dark fruit and molasses, but there was a peaty and woody smell to it as well. The taste followed the nose and more. The dark fruits are more pronounced and the peat is a great compliment. Treacle and a bit of caramel were also present. The feel was full bodied with a nice carbonation, and there was a tail of a slight bitterness.

Damn nice beer, I really enjoyed the peat elements which I think separate this beer from many Belgian BSDAs.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Pours a very dark brown, maybe a slight rusty hue. As the beer goes down, I notice a deep burgundy side of it (as well as its relative clarity). By the very end, a lovely chestnut brew sat in my glass. Light beige head forms a thick foamy collar andvprovides spiderweb lacing.

Nose isn't too strong, but there is a toffee backbone and a bit of licorice. I also get a little peat in there.

Taste is an earthy backbone without any of the toffee sweetness I thought I might get. The wet peat is in there, but not heavily. I do get anise and maybe a little something like allspice. Root spices generically, with warmth I get a little date. Other things I notice is there is a hint of smokiness going on and even a little berry brightness in some sips.

There is a bitter ending I didn't notice in the first few sips - a piney wood like bitterness. A nice tickling carbonation on an above medium thick beer. Body is about the same level.

There was a lot to get to in the taste of this beer. The nose had some nuances, but wasn't quite as easily to detect them. I'm not sure if I wanted a little less bitter or dry, but I'm not going to think much about it. This is a beer to sip and savor each taste, take some time to explore this one.

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Photo of Estria
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep and Dark Brown/Copper with a reddish hue. 1 finger head that dissipates but great lacing continues along with a good solid foam ring.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt, some dark ripe fruit, some spice, and charred wood.
Taste: Not what I expected at all. I was expecting a Gulden Draak style of a Belgian Dark. This one is stout-like. There's a nice hop bite upfront. Goes right into some dark fruit (plum, grape) and a tiny bit of malt sweetness. Tons of dark roasted grains throughout.
Feel: Full bodied like a stout. Stays interesting and effervescent.
Overall: Not as impressed with this one as I thought I would be (looking at the 100 score from the Bros). It is a really good beer, but just doens't hit the marks for the style as far as I can tell (but I'm no BJCP judge). I really didn't get any Belgian-ness - some spice maybe, but was looking for nice Belgian yeast tang.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cola brown with light foamy head that settles into a fine lace. The aroma is all sorts of wonderful fruity esters dancing around with each other - lingonberry, blackberry, dashes of more traditional dark Belgian aromas like raisin & fig to provide depth. Tongue has more of those darker fruit notes, very classical with fig & Belgian yeast phenol with a touch of chocolate. Where it lost me at the bit was at the end, it is surprisingly dry and has a grassy hop twinge that is chalky & lightly bitter, which clashes with the rest of the beer. It doesn't ruin the beer by any stretch but it stops it from being a truly great beer.

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