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Courage | 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): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Chambic on 04-01-2010

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by wschmit:
Photo of wschmit
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. "Special Winter Release 2009" into a Perfect Pint.

A: Relatively fine, tan head with medium retention atop a very cloudy, oud bruin-like body. Some sizable patches of webbing remain as the head settles.

S: Smells strongly of bread yeast, or proofing dough. Once that subsides, a pleasantly alcoholic malt follows, with a touch of acid or lemony hops.

T: Given the yeasties in the bottle, I'd have imagined this would pick up some complexity. However, it's a bit like a mild dubbel--present alcohol, a tame sweetness, and next to no hops. It has a bit more hopping than a dubbel, for a Belgian brewer at least, but still not much. Overall, it's good, but not great.

M: Very much on point. Plenty of yeast means plenty of chew, but it's a bit undercarbonated, if anything.

D: Alright. If you like Belgians, this is more or less "to style," but a bit expensive, and probably not world-class.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has some toffee and citrus notes, but what really comes through is licorice.

The flavor is more of the same, with licorice dominating. I also get some bread and biscuit malt, raisins, dark fruit and some citrus. There is also a mix of spices, but I can't pick any of them out individually.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter) Winter 2009 release
A- This beer has a deep dense brown body with some red highlights and a blizzard of microbubbles swirling around in the body. There is a creamy tan head that sits proud of the glass and last for a good bit.
S- The mellow roasted malt flavor has some lightly toasted malt support with out the bitterness of roasted malt. There is a mellow dry spice blend in the finish that compliments the malt.
T- The soft roasted malt has some toasted depth that is well mixed in. There is a slight tartness that grows a bit as the beer opens up and a nice green hop finish. There is a nice spice taste to the hops that combines with a soft sweetness in the finish. The bitterness of hops and the roasted note of malt linger a bit after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has dark well blended malt flavors with good support by hops and spices. The hops are subtle but if I had to describe them it would be a pine, mint, and all-spice blend.

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Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wedgie9
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a thin tan head. Nose of anise and dried apricots with some prune. Palate is similar flavors with the addition of chocolate on the back of the palate. The carbonation is light with a medium plus body and a nicely enjoyable long finish.

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Photo of crossovert
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For my 500th review I mustered up the courage to hopefully indulge in this beer. My bottle is 2009 vintage, 11.2 oz brown bottle. This small brewery has been surprisingly good to me so far.

The pour is gorgeous on this one, a nice deep reddish brown with a big billowing off-white head. As the head slowly recedes it leaves some fantastic lacing.

You can smell this one form a mile away, it smells incredibly potent. It is also quite unique. It is almost like minted strawberry.There are also other spices such as anise that come to mind. There is definitely some funkiness to it though.

The flavor is very herbal and spicy. There is a peppermint note as well as a mouthful of anise and nutmeg. Maybe some sage in there too? Definitely very herbal.

The mouthfeel was a bit too watery for me. This is an interesting experiment though it is probably my least favorite for far from this brewery. I would buy it again next year if another edition comes out if given the chance.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Finally, I've found that bottle of Liquid Courage I've been hearing so much about! It pours a hazy sienna topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises clove, nutmeg, raisins, banana, wheat, plums, and rye bread. The taste holds notes of wheat, rye bread, chocolate powder, and a good amount of clove. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty solid BSDA, though a bit heavy on the wheat and clove for my liking.

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Photo of Chambic
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy, medium brown, almost like a dark auburn

S: milk chocolate, caramel, slightly spiced, maybe some orange

T: mild anise with a more bitter, spiced finish

M: much lighter-bodied than anticipated, with the fizzy finish overpowering the subtle flavors

D: was expecting something spicier and maltier with a heavier body. Would like to taste it after some aging, though, looking forward to trying other De Dochter van de Korenaar beers.


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Photo of John_M
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

Courage pours a reddish brown color with fair at best head retention and minimal lacing. The nose if kind of odd, smelling of cardboard and bean dip. I thought maybe the beer was off, but it tasted OK, so I assume this is how it's supposed to smell. On the palate this beer is fairly sweet and pretty one dimensional. It has some brown sugar and caramel, with maybe a hint of underlying orange citrus and ginger. While odd, it's not horrible. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is OK. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, and the flavor profile isn't unpleasant.

While nothing special, it wasn't bad and seemed to improve with air contact and warming.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured at 42 degrees from 11.2 ounce bottle to St Bernardus ABT glass beer challis

A) Dark cherry wood, very cloudy -- cannot see through the glass. Held to the light, the suspended carbonation makes this mixture glow. Appears a bit flat

S) Burnt chocolate brownies. Herbal & earthy. Sweet.

T) Dominent herbal or floral bitters. Burnt caramel, prunes, raisons, dates.

M) Smooth but some 'bite' due to unknown bitter hops or herb. Alcohol is barely present despite 8% ABV. Appears flat but bottle conditioned secondary carbonation remains consistent throughout the pour.

D) Beautifully crafted beer but beware the bitter herbal (or floral) undertones

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Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orangey color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A very pronounced wheat signature in the aroma, with some malt and sweets.

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, chocolate, and a little bit of hops. There was also a slight grassy component in the finish that made it a little unpleasant. Not a bad flavor, but off-putting in some ways.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, somewhat thin finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This isn't the worst beer I've ever tasted, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of JAramini
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at The Blue Monk in Buffalo. The menu description mentioned smoke, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Sure enough, all of those flavors were well-represented. Cocoa powder upfront with a hint of smoke in the finish.

The nose on this was really great, tons of chocolate, matching the predominance of chocolate on the palate.

Could stand to be thicker, but as a BSDA rather than a stout, the mouthfeel was appropriate, if not luxurious.

This was a really nice surprise. I'd never heard of this beer, but I'm not overly aware of a lot of Belgian brews besides the big names. Thanks to a good menu description I tried what is now a new favorite.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, partially translucent brown with an ample tan head that lasts awhile, leaving little clouds of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of chocolate, and dark fruit, including some banana, and a little spice.

Tastes of milk chocolate and caribbean fruits, dried banana. It is slightly hoppy and spicy (coriander) in the finish.

Body is light for what is self-described as a winter ale.

This beer is characterized by a milk chocolate taste, and a long dry spicy finish that sets it apart. It is drinkable, but lacks a complexity one would expect in a dark Belgian winter ale.

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Photo of bark
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Brabander
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer two weeks ago when i was in Belgium. I know the place where this beer is made very well. Baarle Hertog is a unique little village, about 33 parts of Belgium laying in the Netherlands. The border crosses several times in the village, one moment you are in Belgium and the other in Holland.

The beer is a very good winterbeer. Nice bottle, other type than most Belgian beers. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice. Big broken white head and a deep orange to amber colour. Boozy smell with hints of spices.

Taste is absolute great. Milkchocolate and a boozy warmness fill the mouth.

Great to drink, when you see it buy it!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz into a pint. Date on bottle JAN. 2010.
Pours a hazy plum with a half inch head, no lace, but has easy to see carbonation. Smells of dark malts, fruit, nutmeg, and some anise. Very rich smelling dark ale. The taste is much like the smell with a small alcohol burn as it warms. Good and spicy. I'll have to grab some for the family Christmas party.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says “Jan 2011”

Pours an ugly, cloudy orange/brown with a quickly dissipating tan colored head. Smells mostly of sweet massive malts with a tad of spice breaking through. First sip is quite similar to the nose with heavy sweet malt hitting first followed by a tad of citrus and spice bitterness comprising the finish. Average mouthfeel and lacing contribute to a solid brew.

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Photo of farrago
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weak head, barely musters enough tan foam to cover the surface, same thing if you give the glass a solid swirl, very little lacing. Lighter reddish brown colored liquid, noticeable cleanliness and transparency, yellows around the rims and glass bottom, a few beads of smaller bubbles spread throughout. The nose tends to wander all over the place without an organizing principle, caramel and toffee arguably appear first, red cherry, golden raisin, date and apricot fruit, some slightly burnt cocoa powder, earth, two day old scones, dried meadow grasses, anise seed, close to zero citrus or flowers, the hoppiness muted, can't muster much punch. Medium-bodied, foams up quite a bit, texture is kind of like the consistency of cheap shaving cream. Some banana mixed into the butterscotch, marshmallow, caramel flavors, still remains on the dry side, not a beer for those with a sweet tooth. Grape, cherry, apricot fruit with a smoky bitter chocolate topping. The earth, tree bark and leaves, grasses deaden the mid-palate. Dried orange peels and white grapefruit pith do make a cameo here. It may be the case that this beer was not meant to last a year but it's doubtfully so. In any event, it is flat-footed with no special element to catch your fancy. (2009 bottling)

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark red color, boarder line brown I'd say. The head was fluffy and tan, as it faded the head left some streaks on the glass but not much else. The smell of this beer had a subtle sweet malt aroma to it. The flavor of the beer upfront was decent I'd say, it had a slight spice kick to it in the back end. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied, not too heavy or too light. Overall I wouldn't have to have this one again, I enjoyed it but as for having multiple of this I don't feel it's necessary for me to do.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of stcules
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish color, ruby edges. Beigefoam, quite good.
Frutiy smell, rasperry, granatine.
Fruity taste, too, same notes, but with something fresh and balsamic.
Then some peated and smoked notes, biscuit, touches of candy sugar.
Definitely, a interesting beer.
Malty aftertaste, fruity, then in the back, hop and light smokyness.

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Photo of popery
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2009. I did not expect much out of this beer, but it's a happy surprise. I'd like to try it fresh, but it's probably better now. The appearance is dark brownish red with a tight off-white cap. Hazy. The aroma is very rich. There's a ton of malt - caramel, toasted bread, apricots, grapes, sugar cane. There's a bit of cough syrup, but I like it here. The beer gets a bit cloying but not in a really bad way given the flavor. There's some chocolate in the finish. It's a good sipping beer.

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Courage from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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