Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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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

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Added by John_M on 06-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,709
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
214
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.8
 
 
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45
Gots:
39
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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CrazyQuaker
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -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 trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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 laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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 uturn
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jrae2424
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of stephensinner
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of shauncav
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat and barley. Very nice beer this one. It has full aroma and flavour of roasted malts and strong hops. Makes a very nice bittersweet experience. Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, coffee, a little smoking tobacco too. Some berries, strawberries, but in the background. Very nicely balancing between dark ale and a stout.
Recommended.

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Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dansmcd
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautifullly thick head with permanent retention and full sticky chunks of lacing accompanied by sheet lacing also. Truly a sight to behold. Very dark colour.

S - Smoke, dusty blackcurrent, nutty yeast and garden mulch. Lots of layers here.

T - Dark fruit, ash, cherry, chocolate, prune, charred spicy sausage.

M - Smooth and full bodied, moderately carbonated, spicy and complex. Fantastic.

O - Brilliant drop. A perfect candidate for a couple of years aging.

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Photo of SirIPAalot
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a brown paper bag and pours a dark mahogany hue which leaves a creamy frothy two finger head very similar to a milkshake and lacing everywhere,the smell is full on its brown sugar,nutmeg,cocoa powder and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,cocoa,spices,cherries soaked in whiskey and finished with a boozy caramel bittersweetness and overall i must admit the smell was not the best for me but it still had that unusual factor about it and taste is better and i wouldnt buy it again but wouldnt knock back if offered cheers.

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Photo of twbeecher
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Geers in Gent a couple days ago.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Bottled in January 2012
Bottle 19,876

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a two finger, medium looking, light cream colored head with relentless retention. Sienna brown or dark maroon red in color, hazy, with loads of carbonation. Head very slowly fades to a thick foamy froth and clings to the sides of the glass. Lively carbonation; this head isn't going anywhere. A nice, full wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee and lots of dark fruit aromas. Rasins and dates mostly. Spices, licorice as well as some hints of dark chocolate. Nice nose, and bold enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Bold flavors for sure. Dark fruits, caramel malts and spices up front. Dates, rasins, and caramel and toffee sweetness, then a good dose of spicy yeast flavors at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of spicy yeast, fruity sweetness and a touch of bitter coffee and chocolate provides balance. Really interesting, flavorful and balanced. Great.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. A bit too light on the palate as well. Somewhat creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat on the swallow. Decently creamy, though like their other brews, this is a bit light and overcarbonated.

OVERALL: This is a really good beer for sure, though again, the light and overcarbonated palate holds it back some. With a bit more thickness and weight, this would be absolutely other-worldly. A great nose and lots of flavor on this one. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Recommended.

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Photo of edwardprung
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 214 ratings
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