Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
208 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
81
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of yuno
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squidretired
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dzu
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -5.8%
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 ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of animal69
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arkanu
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of byronic
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoohMooh
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 stephenlee
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andpit
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antyk
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
4.15 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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