Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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91
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210 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:
210
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
40
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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 82
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of REDAMI
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DaveBlack
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
4.15 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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