Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

EmbrasseEmbrasse
BA SCORE
91%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 211 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
Ranking:
#1,679
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
211
Liked:
192
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
9.76%
Alströms:
4.8
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
40
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 83
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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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the head faded into just a ring around the glass. The smell of the beer had a good amount of sweet grain, some booze and barrel aromas in it. The taste was just about the same, it had some strong flavors of earthy wood and booze. There was also some spice in there too. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad , had a good amount of body in this brew. Overall It's worth trying. I could see myself never having it again simply because there are so many more beers out there to choose from. If I saw it cheap enough I'd pick one up.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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 brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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 oline73
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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 superspak
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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 oberon
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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Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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 duceswild
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random Belgian tick courtesy of Bobby.

A: The beer itself is copper with an enormous khaki head and some sticky lacing.

S: There's a surprising smokiness to this beer which is present throughout the glass, but not necessarily in your face. It's fairly metallic with some toasted malts, cherries, and caramel. A very strange combination of smells.

T: A similar story on the tongue. Toffee, toasted malt, and a slight caramel sweetness. Just a bit of metal, but quite a bit of smoke. There is also a bit of vanilla and a slight creaminess.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I can't say I was too big of a fan of this beer. Just some really strange flavor and aroma combinations.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw previous reviews mention gushing so I proceeded with caution while opening this bomber which was wrapped in tan paper. The cap comes off with a hiss and a pop but no gushing. A slight release of carbonation climes up the neck a bit, but never gets higher than a half finger. Slowly poured down the side of my goblet, it settles in my glass with about a finger of khaki colored creamy head. The brew itself displays a murky brown look but when held to the light shows off deep ruby clarity through the body. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation provide an ever-lasting support to the cap which is dauntless. It holds across the top very strong leaving a pattern of thick lacing effect everywhere it touches. Half-way through the experience, a complete wall of lace coats the glass and a light swirl brings back the head. This is a fairly attractive looking brew.

The smell of this offering absolutely throws me for a loop, but in a good way. It smells of deep candied scents mixed with fruit. Belgian candy sugar mixed with raisins, dates, figs, chocolate, over-ripe prunes? There is a light almost barrel aged quality about this brew that smells woodsy and dare I say smoked? Yes, as this brew warms up it gets increasingly more bold with a smoked scent that mixed with the candy and fruit aromas makes for a strangely unique and yet somewhat enjoyable experience.

The taste of this brew mimics the aroma but to a lesser degree in some aspects. The flavor of candy and fruits are present but the taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. A flavor of prunes, raisins and wood/smoke meets a musty type of chocolate grain. Unfortunately, despite everything going on in this brew that tastes good, I cant see past the musty aspect that is a bit off-putting. The alcohol is fairly evident for 9% as the experience continues and gets quite warming as the brew comes up to temperature.

This is a medium to full bodied brew leaning more towards medium. It is modestly carbonated and a most unique offering. There was lots to take in with this brew, unfortunately it didn't quite come together for me. This brewery has recently made it into our area care of 12 percent LLC importers and I have had a couple of the other offerings in my hand more than once. I finally pulled the trigger on this one and I regret it a bit. I think the other offerings come in a smaller bottle so I might give them a try, this one though while quite unique is not worth it. I see there is a barrel aged counterpart/offering for this but honestly, for the price of admission I think I would pass since I didn't enjoy the base enough to spend more money on another experience.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Gotta love schnazzy packaging.

Pours pretty dark. Very thick on the flavor with a noticeable malt body with a spicy hoppyness and spices in general. Very robust, but still quite drinkable. I can see how this would have potential to age well. I can dig it.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 91% out of 100 with 211 ratings
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