Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 06-26-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
198
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 sjdevel
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -5.6%
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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Photo of MoohMooh
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, one finger head. Nice lacing. Smells funky, boozy, caramel, coffee, chocolate, biscuit, a touch of cinnammon. Taste is a bit bitter, with coffee and chocolate dominating. Some dark fruit as well, and alcohol but not so much for a 9% ABV. Body is medium with very little carbonation, smooth yet somewhat sticky.

It's really good, and yet I feel like there's something missing... That probably comes from the very, very high expectations I had after tasting some of their other stuff. In any case, the fact that I'm giving it a 4.1 while at the same time saying it's the weakest I've had from them certainly says something about this brewery's overall quality!

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Photo of Saviour
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - deep dark brown with a small head;
S - notes of coffee, berries (especially strawberry) and tropical fruits;
T - first you taste strawberry juice, after that the coffee and chocolate comes. Quite surprisingly, actually;
F - nice bittersweet aftertaste like you are sucking the berries out of the chocolate;
O - really surprising and uncommon beer. Absolutely must try.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious delicious delicious.

Dark Belgian ale but reminds me of a Stout / oatmeal Stout, a good blend of sorts.

Hints of berries (roasted), coffee, caramel.

A winner.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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 superspak
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 12/2014. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, cocoa, pepper, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of huge plum, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, cocoa, pepper, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, cocoa, pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a fantastic yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Belgian dark ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely amazing offering.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%

Pour is dark brown with red edges and a tight tan head. Nose is big, dark fruits, dry fig, dark berries and dry bakers chocolate. Taste is even sweeter, tons of berry and dry fig, dry malt and hints of bitter chocolate. Full bodied and soft carbonation and a silk oily feel.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a small 4oz serving glass at Pizzaria Paradisio/Dupont Circle

Maybe I have this beer all wrong but my taste is not lining up with what I have read or what most others consider a supposedly great beer. Not catching the cinnamon that the brewer tells me is there. 3

A - Dark amber almost opaque but not cloudy. 4

S - A smokey nose, dark fruits. 3

T - Definite smokey flavor, slightly sweet, a little spicy, very little alcohol evident. Tasting the Belgian yeast which sort of puts a lactic twist on the smoke. 3

MF - Well carbonated but smooth. 4

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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 dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh, bottled february 2014.
Pours dark brown with copper, 1 finger bubbly head, almost no retention, but a nice thin lace of foam sticks around (and on the glass) for a very long time.
A stoutish smell, with coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts, with an extra smokey note. Dry wood also.
Weirdly, smoked grains (close to bacon) are the first to come up in the taste. Dark fruit character follows, with some zingy juiciness, but mostly with dry smoked plums, raisins, dry figs and faint sweet dry apricots. Rich roasted malts, multi-grain bread, rich coffee and cocoa powder. Belgian yeasts provide a nice spicy feel, lifting the stoutish earthiness. Hops manage to give voice in the finish, after the whole malt festival, green and mildly bitter.
Medium body, robust and rich malts balanced with a crisp and sharp yeastiness. Alcohol nowhere to be found.
Pretty unique. A kind of smoked Belgian stout so perfectly balanced that it should be considered a totally separate beer style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of REDAMI
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Coffee brown pour with a souffle-like tan head.

S - Raisin/prune fruitiness, grainy malts, yeasty funk.

T - Molasses, coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malts, fades to bitterness (hops?). The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Smooth, slick, initial burst of carbonation dissipates quickly.

I really like this one. The smell is pure BSDA, but the taste is more reminiscent of a porter or stout. All of my favorite beer styles rolled into one unique brew.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: First thing to note is that as soon as I opened the bottle the head started pouring out of it. The beer itself is a dark mahogany with a thick layer of brown head on top that seems to have infinite retention.

S: A hint of chocolate, cherry and raisins, some Belgian yeast, some alcoholic esters. Also a nice nuttiness comes through as the beer warms. Really a great, complex smelling brew.

T: Big maltiness up front. Sweet dark stone fruit, earthy Belgian yeast, a peppery bite from the alcohol carries the flavor through to the end, where there is also a light hop character. Despite how sweet the beer is, the finish is quite bitter, to balance out the sweetness.

M: Creamy, heavy body, and a ton of carbonation.

T: A really great beer. Lots of flavors, which expand and become more interesting as the beer warms. The balance is perfect between the sweet and bitter. Really an amazing beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2012.

The bottle is an outrageous gusher. Immediately after opening, tonnes and tonnes of foam pours out and doesn't stop for a long time. I lost a lot of beer from this. The beer (when I can get some), looks good. Very dark brown, large (obviously) tan head, very thick. Fades slowly. Nice lace.

Nose contains dry dark fruits (date), yeast, wood and a hint of smoke. Perhaps some caramel. Deep and rich. Very good.

Taste contains dark fruit (date and fig, some raisin), a strong yeast component. Bready, lots of malt. Fairly dry, especially for the style. Very rich. The alcohol is very well hidden. Very good stuff.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation level, very smooth and soft.

Overall, really good. Aside from the absurd gushing on opening, this is a terrific beer. Deserves a higher profile.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a small off-white head.
Nose shows sultanas, bready and toasty malt, melanoidin notes, liquorice, woody oak, figs and a little soy.
Flavours are quite sweet, but with a little roast. More toasty melanoidin notes as well as soy and woody, peaty characters.
Body feels thick.
Apart from the soy this was quite good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. This bottle came wrapped in a brown paper bag, ironically not unlike a 40 of Pabst from my local gas station.

Appearance: unfortunately this was one of those bottles that foamed up dramatically upon opening, covering my desk with beer before I could even begin to pour. Once I did pour, however, I got a glass of rich brown brew with plenty of haze and a two finger cap of fluffy dark tan foam. A nice looking beer, if a bit of a pain in the ass.

Smell: sweet, darkly fruity aroma with a slightly vanilla-like, wood-aged character. I don't know if this is indeed wood-aged, but it smells like it. There's a nice complexity here, but also an element of buttery diacetyl. Actually, it's more of a vanilla-caramel-butter note that reminds me of diacetyl, but it's not quite the obvious buttered-popcorn aroma that shows up in a lot of beers. This beer is mostly good, but that hint of a reminiscence of butteriness just doesn't float my boat.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a lot of good dark fruit character. There's raisin, date, tobacco and a bit of dark cherry flavor here; all what I love in the style. There is also a vanilla character, but not the wood character I gathered from the aroma. There's a teeny tiny hint of the buttery character from the aroma, but it's thankfully quite reduced. I actually like this beer quite a lot. Yum!

Mouthfeel: despite the massive foam-over, there's still a ton of carbonation left in this beer. Big body and huge carbonation leave a massive, satisfying creaminess that I just love. Ba dow!

Overall: some aspects of this beer's aroma just grate on me, but the flavor and amazing texture make up for this in spades. So hold your nose and down the hatch, and this is a great beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date that I could find. The wrapper had some info I think but I tossed it without thinking and now I'm too lazy to go find it. Fresh though, this just hit stores around here a few weeks ago.

Gusher bottle, I always like being caught off guard by those.

A: A dark brown pour with an enormous, ridiculously huge light and fluffy head. Head takes ages to fade away, annoyingly long in fact. Huge island of foam. Light, fluffy tufts of lacing everywhere.

S: Heavy on the dark fruits and sweet chocolate. Almost exactly like chocolate-covered raisins. Get some plums, figs and maybe even a little grape? A little spicy belgian yeast too.

T: Lots of sweet dark fruits up front. Very sweet. Not super raisin heavy like a ton of these are. It's actually more like prunes, plums and fig. Swear I still get a little grape hiding in there. Chocolate melds in nicely. Caramel sweetness is quite nice. Sweetness runs out in the finish, leaving more of a cocoa powder and dried fruit flavor. Some belgian spiciness but not overpowering (not a black pepper bomb like so many). Just a little. Nice dried fruits and a touch of earthiness lingering between sips. Maybe a little bit of smoke hanging around with it.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. Higher carbonation gives it a bit of an airy feel.

O: One hell of a BSDA. Honestly one of the very best I've ever had. No aspect is overwhelming like so many of them are. Everything melds together, making it surprisingly mellow, well-integrated and easy drinking. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too fruity, not too spicy. Great balance of flavors. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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 trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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 StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loose but steady, creamy, lumpy head over chestnut body with ruby highlights.
Cherry stones, dark candy sugar, a bit of oak and smoky phenols on the nose.
Earth, cocoa nibs, a rauchmalt Band-aid thing and plum skins with a clove and winter spice ending.
Port and prune finish and humming minty linger.
Medium, some cling, crisp but creamy due to low fizz, some heat.

BSDA notes are there but smoke throws it off. Clean and mostly hides the heat. Nothing to get fussed about, though.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown colour with a big, fluffy, tan head. Great head retention.

Deep, rich raw sugar aromas with touches of smoke and fruit. Dark and lovely. Nice earthiness. Molasses.

Complex sugar notes. Nutty. Good earthiness. Nice fruit. Some smoke. Very interesting and unique compared to other strong Belgians.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A little oily. Very nice.

A delicious and complex Belgian ale. Recommended to me by Brabander and it was very worthwhile.

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