Embrasse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense but clear walnut brown body with a very creamy head of light tan that last and last.
S- The light roasted malt hint has a soft cider quality to it with a nutty aroma that grows as the beer opens.
T- There are some light roasted hints with an earthy note and a dry pungent hop hint in the finish. This beer gets a bit more complex as the it opens up with some toffee notes and a light smoke hint and some caramel sweetness mixed with a tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The dry toffee and caramel are strong players when this beer opens up and some are supported by the tart notes nicely. There is a bit of sediment in the glass. This beer doesn't have a lot of depth but it has a great full flavor and all the flavors work together. I enjoyed it now but I'm not sure age would help much as the bottle suggest.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

660 ml paper wrapped bottle, bottle #2199, attached card says bottling date of 13 April 2009. Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, smoked malt and chocolate. The taste is just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nutmeg and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating with creamy carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and enjoyable. I thought this was a pretty good brew, a nice mix between a BSDA and a stout.

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Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottle number 8774 and bottled on 10 Jan 2010 on card. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $12.99.

A: Pleasing dark brown with 2-3 finger cola-like medium-bubbled head which recedes very slowly and leaves copious lacing.

S: Dark fruits with plenty of vinous grapiness, caramel, toffee, and soft earthy hops and mild dubbel-like nutty yeastiness.

T: Delicious brew to be sure. Initial dark fruitiness of dates and figs gives way to a very sweet toffee-nougat flash and finishes with more layered maltiness. There is a good dose of yeast flavor and some light herbal hops notes. Very complex and inviting.

M: Layers wonderfully on the palate with a light dry finish. The carbonation is light overall and lends the brew to a lush feel with medium-full body.

D: An exceptional BSDA with a lot of class and complexity to it. I hope the availability of this continues to be good in our area. Definitely for the folks who like their brews sweeter rather than drier.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 13, 2009. Poured from a 330mL green-glass (paper-wrapped) bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled despite a suggestion to try it heated with whipped cream...

Faint buff colored head recedes to a a collar and slick resting aboard a dark auburn body which is suffused with alazarin crimson highlights. Decent lacing...

Rich smoked malt aromatics - there is an almost vegetal undercurrent which could be construed as DMS, but I think this is intentional. Hints of anise and other spices are present as well.

Dark roast coffee, chicory, molasses, and dark-fruit esters combine with the light spice of the yeast on the palate. The finish is malty, sweet-ish, fairly alcohol-forward, with a touch of smoke.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and faint astringency.

A unique brew - with a smokey base suggesting porter or stout intermingling with the more traditional Belgian Dark Ale notes...

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Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz to goblet. Dark beer with huge tan head. Not a tight head originally but it sticks around all bottle long. Ruby tints. Rich malty aroma, toffee. Peas? Roasty body, full, chocolaty, long lasting dark roast coffee flavors. Very nice. Complex, somewhat sweet up front with a very dry finish.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.33L Westmalle chalice from a plain green bottle wrapped in brown paper. Let this one age about a year since a friend gave it to me.

A: Big dense foamy head, light brown in color. Body is opaque brown, but that head is impressive.

S: Amazing amount of fruitiness in this one. Maybe pears, apricots? Some typical yeast aromas in the background along with a definite sweetness and bready, roasty undertones.

T: As described on the website, somewhere between a Trappist ale and a stout. There is certainly heavier roast here than in other Belgian darks, but it isn't out of place.

M: Full mouthfeel, dense carbonation on the tongue.

D: A big powerful beer with interesting flavor, but not too enticing for the gravity.

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Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010. This bottle is at 9%abv., BB 10/04/2013, served lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: deep-dark brown, lightly murky, moderately fizzy, topped with 0.5cm thick dark beige foam lasting throughout the drink.
S: richly black-sugary, sticky treacles, nutty Munich malts, chocolaty malts and very dark, semi-roast malts come on top of over-ripe dark-fruit like esters, salty-sweet hawthorn-fruits, black date jam, and rather subtle notes of hops. Rather heavy at first, but several minutes into breathing the nose becomes rather rounded and approachable. A swirl would bring up a light touch of Chinese ginger-candy, but not very pronounced. The more I smell it the more I like it, in fact, even a bit like a rich stout or lighter version of an Imperial Russian Stout.
T: a soothingly-textured but richly-flavoured mouthful of bitter-sweet chocolaty dark malts and pleasantly sour fruit esters brings onboard spicy coffee and herbally salty-sweet licorice-candy, then slowly leading towards a semi-powdery and quite bitter aftertaste where undertones of bitter root-herbs, roastiness and bitter chocolates are in abundance; a very long, nicely lingering aromatic-bitter finish takes over, as a result of roast malts, hop bitterness (less so), as well as mildly sour-sweet fruity yeastiness. A mildly warming swallow rounds up each enjoyable sip, inviting for more...
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, the carbonation stays mildly tingling on the tastebuds, while the body remains full but never overly heavy at all. Balanced, flavoursome, very drinkable despite the alc. strength, this is indeed an interesting beer brewed in Belgium that seems to transcend beer styles and geographical boundaries, treading quietly in the British Strong Stout zone(?). After a few sips, it does show a slightly more potent kick-back, perhaps because it's way too easy to drink than many other Belgian dark ales.

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Photo of zeeksterusa
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

very chocolaty, almost too much. It was an experience and I must say it was one of the most unique beers I have ever had. They have truly created a beverage that is in its own class. I enjoyed it and it was memorable but I wouldn't buy it again. Cheers to creativity!

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Photo of Tbone
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Belgium's Zythos beer fest in 2009, poured by the friendly and affable brewer and his wife. It was a 2 person operation at that time, so I am amazed and glad to see it both in bottle and tap here in the States.

This was close to my favorite beer at a fest full of great Belgian brews. Deep rich chocolately flavors, fruity esters, perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. He also had an accidentally bretted smoked beer that was excellent with more farmhouse than sour, which is how I prefer my wild yeast brews.

I have had it in bottle here in the states, and while still good, it just didn't compare to what I had so close to the source. Probably a combination of being on tap, freshness, and handling.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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 crossovert
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 650ml American styled bomber bottle with paper wrapping.

It pours into my Duvel tulip a thick, dense black/brown with hints of reddish/mud/brown on the edges. The head is one of the best I have ever seen. It is thick and creamy, but foamy as well. It is slightly tan and makes a sexy mountain of joy above the rim. It takes a long, long time to recede. When it finally does it leaves some really nice lacing and a nice frothy cap to the beer.

This one has a great smell as well. It is heavy on the coffee and cocoa, but there also is a nice smokiness to it. There is definitely a divine mixture of malts in this one. Not really any hops though. Underneath it all there is some good yeast notes and some dark fruitiness. Overall it smells utterly rich and roasty.

Wow, this one tastes amazing. Definitely stout-like. This is one of the best "stouts" I have ever had. WOW. It is just jam packed with roasty, chocolaty flavors. The yeast comes out a bit more in the flavor as well providing unmatched depth in a stout. And along with all this is a nice roasty coffee-like bitterness that cuts the sweetness perfectly, it is super balanced. There is definitely more hops in the flavor, adding to the bitterness and also some spice. Other spices include cinnamon and nutmeg. It gets fruitier and yeastier as it goes and warms, I had this one after about 15 min in the freezer.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but it is near perfect. It is velvety smooth with a light, pleasant carbonation, but not super thick, it is also not watery at all. The alcohol is hidden perfectly.

Why no hype for this one? It is truly the finest big dark beer I have had as of yet. It doesn't even need the barrel aging, though I think if they did age some of this it would be divine.

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Photo of LehighValleyEats
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is De Dochter van de Korenaar's third beer which they started brewing in December 2008. I was pleasantly surprised to see that The Liberty Street Tavern carried this beautiful strong dark belgian ale.

De Dochter van de Korenaar describes this ale as being 'a balance between a Trappist & a Stout." Albeit, the presence of the roasted malt, coffee, & chocolate steer this beautifully crafted ale towards the classification of being a Stout.

The Embrasse's aroma is quite striking; not overpowering in the least, but amazingly distinct in its prominence of character. Belgian yeast, spices, nutmeg, ripe fruits and the distinct aroma of alcohol pierce the senses with every smell. The Embrasse pours a dark almost opaque color with very faint red tints around the edge. The head retention is good. The flavor is slightly that of booze, with warming on the back. Flavor is much like the aroma, however, every mouthful seems to carry a different taste. The first sip is distinct with coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is lively with a very nice full boded flavor.

Overall Impression:I feel this beer has a great drinkability, that is, it can be easiy enjoyed by the novice, or the highly trained beer connoisseur;De Dochter Van De Korenaar'sEmbrasse is a beautiful blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and hops. I strongly suggest going out & purchasing a bottle

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is booze with some caramel malt and toffee. The flavor is leather, tobacco, toasted malt, bready malt, some sweetness and some dark fruit such as raisins. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, served in a red wine glass. Interesting, this tastes a lot more like an English old ale with a little extra kick. The body is a bit thick, with rich juicy plum and grape. The beer is backed by a biting herbal hop bitterness. There are also tobacco, cherry, and cocoa notes to round out the complex brew. My only complaint is that the body is heavy compared to most dark Belgians.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color with a light brown head.

Really nice, soft fruits in the nose, cherry and raspberry.

Cherry, raspberry-ish, blueberry, blackberry on the tongue. A sorbet of sorts backed with an earthy maltiness, and a creamy mouthfeel. The finish lingers with blueberry and raspberry. A fruity treat, very nice.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Douoguy, thanks man!! Poured froma 22oz capped bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort challice. Pours very light brown out of the bottle, like a peach icetea...yet fills mildly dark brown in the glass. The off-white head rises to about a finger, fizzy...and dissapates very quickly to a patchy surface of cream. Lacing slides quickly and is, again, very fizzy.

Aroma is very nice. Belgian yeast, spices, nutmeg, ripe fruits. Can pick up the booze slightly in the nose.

Spicy! Haha, didn't expect that. Lots of carbonation, but not overkill. Booze is slightly detectable. Medium body, smooth, fizzy! Malts are heavy, spices are awakening, and overall flavor is getting even better as the beer warms up! This was a real pleasant surprise beer. I had low expectations for it, and I really like it.

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Photo of Schreibeers
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After attending the Zythos Beer Festival in Belgium, I was left with just enough money and time to purchase one beer to take home (by home I mean to my hostel in Ghent). One of my favorite beers of the festival was Embrasse. So, I purchased a bottle to go and left the festival eager to make it back and enjoy this delicious beer.

Served in a tulip glass at room temperature.

A: Dark... Pours a beautiful dark almost opaque color with very faint red tints around the edge. Nice head that is maintained throughout the session.

S: Complex... a lot going on. I caught something different almost every time I smelled it. When I tried to notice any kind of fruit or nut it was quickly swept away by the strong roasted malt/chocolate smell. This just smells great.

T: Does not disappoint... Tons of flavor. Much like the smell every mouthful is slightly different. The initial taste is a sharp coffee/chocolate taste which yields to the sweeter (fruity/nutty/maybe caramel even?) taste. The beer leaves with a finally wave of dark chocolate and alcohol.

M: Lively... very nice full bodied flavor. Initially it hits you with a strong coffee/maltiness that is quite sharp on the tongue. This sharpness is balanced by the smoothness and sweetness of the beer as it warms. Finally polished by the warming taste of alcohol.

D: A very drinkable beer if in the right setting. You have got to be in the mood for a very good, balanced, dark beer. Perfect beer for sitting in a youth hostel in Belgium on a cool winter evening after a long day of walking and traveling. Although you may want to be sober(ish) to enjoy all of this beer's finer points. I will be on the look out for this beer when I return home.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good beer. Different than the other Belgians. Poured with a nice foamy frothy tan head and no lace. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is a heady malt, hoppy, earthy, funky, leather, cocoa, coffee, ripe dark fruit, and GOOD! Flavor's similar, but in this case more muted.. Malt stands out. A bit chewy. Good body and carbonation. Great finish, but proly not a session. Solid good beer though. MM mmm

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a nice big head on this beer, but unfortunately it doesn't last very long, dissipating into a thin, beige velvet veil. The aroma is alive with licorice, with nuances of shisha, molasses, buckwheat honey, and a tinge of sour prunes. Sharp and dry with a nice twang of licorice and hot alcohol layered atop hazelnut liqueur and raspberry. Interesting, and delicious, but I do think the alcohol is a bit too spicy.

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Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, close to two finger head of tan color, mostly medium grade foam, larger bubbles scattered here and there, slow but steady evaporation, very credible stickiness to the lacing. Mud to chestnut brown in color, murky and fully opaque, mild yellowing around the rims. Good composure to the nose, milk chocolate, Brazil nuts, scones, nutmeg then raisins, cherries and apricots, never appears sweet or too concentrated, again it fills your nostrils without seeming to want to. Medium-bodied, here it has a tighter and firmer character than in the nose, the carbonation is foamy yet more anchoring than lifting. Chocolate, coffee ice cream, caramel and butterscotch all very flavorful, however, not that sweet. The scone, biscuit element there, under the surface a certain hoppiness percolates without blooming into distinct parts. Very light mixed citrus but there. For all of its firmness, not hard to consume with alacrity. That is, pound. Lack of sugariness keeps the finish fresher and cleaner.

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Photo of spratmi
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a full two finger head that stays throughout the tasting and leaves a nice rich lacing.
S: Initially dominated by malt along with dark fruit and a hint of chocolate, spice, and alcohol.
T: Smooth. Spice and rich malt along with dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of dark brown sugar. Finishes with a nice orange citrus bitterness.
M: Again: Smooth. Creamy and full bodied with some carbonation and a pleasant note of alcohol.
D: I'll say it again - smooth. Very refreshing and drinkable - the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Spuyten Duyvel Grocery in Brooklyn while on vacation in Jersey. Gotta admit, the packaging was a helpful lure... then it told me that the beer in my hands was special and I was sold.

A: Begins pouring into the glass looking like a golden-brown sugar hue, and as it fills, that colour fills in and becomes quite dark... deep brown with reddish highlights if there's enough light, but in a fairly normal lit room it's pretty much opaque. A modest head lingers for a good while, leaving webbing lace.

S: Dark bread, with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. That's a lot of dark going on, and it all works together beautifully. A nuttiness works its way in - almost like walnut or pecan (I typically get something of a sweet scent out of nuttiness - cashew-like, for example). A little whiff of alcohol spiciness rounds it out.

T + M: Big, rich flavour and body. It's sticky and full bodied, with flavours very much like the aroma... dark chocolate/cocoa, dark fruits, nut and breadiness, with the bread flavours being a little more specifically reminiscent of rye bread. Alcohol isn't hidden a great deal, adding some warmth and a distinct flavour to the beer that works well with the sweetness. In some ways, there are qualities similar to a sweet barleywine - all those malts will do that, I suppose.

D: This would make for a wonderful warm, chilly evening beer - though it's perfectly good on a summer night, as well! It's a finely crafted brew, and I'd be interested to see how it holds up with some time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 DaggerEyes
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Diamond in Brooklyn

poured a dark reddish brown with a thin, lasting off-white head.

cocoa, coffee perhaps a bit of dark fruit/raisin maybe some cherry on the nose.

Medium Full Body, with good carbonation. Dry, and a bit sour. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee and cocoa.

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
4.14 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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