Embrasse Peated Oak Aged | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Embrasse Peated Oak AgedEmbrasse Peated Oak Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crnipeter on 10-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
14.6%
 
 
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16
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep copper/ruby pour with a thick, lomglasting head.

Extremely complex and intense nose of sherry, pralines in cream, huge peat, overripe dark fruit (figs, dates, raisins) walnuts, toffee, vanilla and oak, and earthy hops.

Nice lacing, and a very heavy, almost syrupy body that delivers a mouth-coating finish.

Taste is even more complex with all of the above plus raisins and even bleu cheese. This beauty reminds me of NC Old Stock Ale if it had been aged on peated oak. Absolutely my new, hands down favorite smoked beer.

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Photo of arollins
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at ZBF 2012, it was the winner of the 2011 edition. Turns out this is the last year of this brew, as they will no longer be able to get the oak barrels used for it. It seems that their supplier were sold to another company. I bought 4 of them with me. It is soo good, goes down smooth. I certainly recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

found this at josephs beverage center in toledo. props jo.

brown with amber highlights. light brown head. good retention fair lacing. slight haze.

yeasty phenols. strong peat aroma. very malty. no hop aroma.

very malty. very peaty. very rich. subtle hop bitterness in finish. tastes alot like scotch but with alot more body.

warming. rich. viscous. good carbonation.

deliciuos. strong. peaty. a winter warmer? character might be improved with some aging.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A prestigiously looking red paper-wrapped bottle of Embrasse matured on oak barrels used to contain whiskey.
Pours hazed reddish dark brown body overlayered by dense tan head with good retention and stickage. This is an excellent example of aging on peated whiskey casks: aroma of dried cherries and raisins interplays with that of a chocolaty-bredy malt and you are blown away by wisely judged amount of strongly peated whisky. The flavor correspond to the nose and although the soft carobonated body is creamy, finish remains dry. Simmilar and distinguished from its older brother (Embbrasse) by strong peat notes.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottle Number: 1597
Bottled on Date: 27 June 2011 - good for 5 years

I absolutely adore peated whiskey and BSDA are one of my favorite styles of beer, therefore in theory this one should be delicious - I hope I am right.

Appearance: The beer looks dark brown in the glass, however a back light reveals it to in fact be a shade of deep crimson with glowing amber edges. A rough pour yields a large cream coloured head that displays good retention and even coats the glass in sheets of thick lace as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Wow, this smells divine! The initial nose is comprised almost entirely of peat with notes of campfire smoke, salty sea spray, earthy black soil, salt cured fish and hints of moss and iodine. After a little while the base BSDA character begins to emerge from behind the peaty whiskey with notes of chocolate, figs, plums, prunes, dark raisins, sweet dark cherries, dark caramel, pecan nuts and a light dusting of spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). As the beer approaches room temperature, the spiced dark fruit character increases and some oak barrel character is noted.

Taste: As in the nose, the initial sip is almost entirely peat with distinct campfire (light ashy character), sea spray, damp earth and a hint iodine all noted. The base BSDA character does not develop as fully as in the nose, however is still easily noted underneath the layers of smokey peat. Dark chocolate, figs, plums, prunes, dark raisins, nuts and nutmeg are all noted. As the beer warms a hint of the 10% is noted, however over the alcohol coverage is superb. The finish is lingering, displays a whiskey-like dryness and has a distinct ashy quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, with a moderate level of soft carbonation - bang on for the style in my opinion.

Overall: This peated, oak aged version of Embrasse is absolutely stunning - the combination of smokey peat and sweet, spiced dark fruits is a masterpiece. Highly recommended for any lover of all things peaty! I am certainly going to have to get a few more bottles of this!

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their Belgian fest...

The beer pours a reddish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose on this beer is rich and sweet, showcasing brown sugar, chocolate and a hint of smoke. On the palate, this stuff is delicious! There is considerable brown sugar and chocolate, but there's also a boatload of underlying peat and smoke, some noticeable whiskey flavor and even a hint of sour on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, sweet, smoke filled finish. The smoke tends to balance the sweetness in this beer, which enhances its drinkability I thought. The beer is a bit on the boozy side, but not overly so, and is pretty much perfect for the style I thought.

Just an all around excellent beer and easily one of the best "smoke" beers I've ever tasted. Good stuff!

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Photo of sjstraub
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660 ml bottle, bottled November 2011, bottle #4316. The card attached to the bottle says this was aged in Connemara Whiskey casks. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch tan head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, peat/smoke, caramel, and some sweet spices. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like peat/smoke, dark fruit, dark bread, and some dark chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. Even at $14.99 a bottle, I'd certainly buy this again in the future.

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Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of brbrocc
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-fles nr.: No 1914 27 JUN 2011

I reviewed this beer in Feb. 12 (bottle 0006) but I do not see it here on BA so I am reviewing it again

Bare bottle wrapped in red paper with, “Peated Whiskey Cask Special Edition – matured on oak whisky barrels” There are 2 different spellings of whisky on the paper wrapper. The spelling of “whisky” usually implies scotch barrels. This is the peated oak (the non-peated oak is wrapped with black/dark blue paper and has the standard Embrasse label on the bottle.) A paper tag with beer info has a this beer at 10% ABV

Pours a cloudy light brownish/red. A healthy 2 finger tan head tops the beer that recedes leaving heavy lacing. Smells mostly of beautiful peat and a tad of smoke straight from wonderful Islay. Deep roasted malts, booze, and a tad of overly ripe dark fruits are also present in the nose. First sip is quite creamy but let there be no question the dominate flavor here is the welcomed Islay whisky that is upfront leading the charge. I am blown away by this beer thanks to the amazing peated whisky and the smoooth creamy mouthfeel. WoW – this is so damn good.

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Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks legit from the start, a head four fingers tall forming a bit, thick tan crown and sitting there for a while. It rests on top of a deep, rich red-brown brew that pours not as dark but nearly as thickly as some big RIS's or imperial stouts. A thick ring of lacing is left toward the top and some patchy lacing follows beneath it as it recedes further.
I love peat, and this beer delivers. The alcohol in here isn't meant to be masked, but to be a part of the style, and it delivers the whiskey character I hoped for. There's also a heavy underlying sweetness to it and smoke from the peat in a heavily malt base. Notes of dark barley-like grains that are part of the overall element are foundational here. While sweet, it's also got a woody dryness to it, making it all the more complex and balanced.
Smoke, heavy peat presence, big malts, and alcohol, along with the impression that this is very nearly a whiskey, are all here. Taking big sips or gulping this beer will make it seem too sweet. It's clearly brewed to be sipped and slowly savored; when it is, the sweetness melds with it all very, very nicely. The oak also dries it while adding just a touch of wood into the overall flavor profile. I'd love to get another bottle and put some age on it, then see how it all works together.
The feel is crisp in a medium body, and somewhat smooth. It's semi-dry, being sweet but balanced in the feel as well as the rest of it by the wood.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A shallow, long-lasting, creamy beige head leaves a fine coating of lace above an old copper beer with a clear ruby glow when put to the light. Viscosity leaves legs on the wall of a Stone snifter.

A light smokiness adds a pleasant surprise to this otherwise earthy beer with light fruit notes. Fruit includes cherries and dried figs with a backdrop of fresh, moist whole wheat bread.

The smoke and cherries immediately come out while lots of oak and woody flavor lingers in the background. Also in the background, one will find some whisky infused flavors, rich bittersweet chocolate and prunes. There is a sharp bitterness up front that returns only mildly in the short finish.

Full body with a smooth soft jersey texture, soft carbonation and slightly warming alcohol.

This is an outstanding sipping beer to be enjoyed while reading or during contemplation. Actually it is a fine choice for any activity that exercises one’s mind. I enjoyed it on a cold, rainy, April day.

This is a wonderful interpretation of the BSDA style. Embrasse is filled with character that progresses throughout the session and is definitely worth seeking out for another bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy root beer brown color with just an OK head that quickly fades leaving plenty of dots of lacing behind

Smell: Rich toffee tones meld with smoked peat; fig and dates add depth

Taste: This is a beer that must warm to room temperature to reveal all of its elements and once it does, the smoked peat flavors open and close the flavor parade; along the route, the toffee, fig and date flavors build into the middle and the barrel intrudes, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: At cooler temperatures I was having a hard time picking up the whisky barrel and smoked peat elements but then all of the sudden, as the beer warmed, they came through in a big way - there are rewards to enjoy with this brew for those who wait

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of dense off white foam.

S: Peat pairs with moderate caramel and toffee sweetness and some bready malts.

T: Peat smoked scotch is far and away dominant in the flavor with light caramel sweetness in the background. I get some dark fruits and more caramel as I continue to sip, but this beer never becomes sweet. The scotch flavor continues to stay dominant, but becomes more balanced with the developing sweetness. I get some spiciness that I'd normally get in a BDSA, but it's a bit hard to find behind the scotch. This spiciness builds as the beer warms. Very tasty, but far from being to style.

M: Quite thick with strong, appropriate carbonation.

O: A tough beer to review, I really like the scotch flavor paired with the toffee sweetness and slight spiciness. However, it's certainly not a typical BDSA and it's a bit tough to analyze the base beer with such a strong scotch component. Either way, it's delicious.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 5/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, peat smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, leather, vanilla, pepper, light nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and scotch barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, peat smoke, cocoa, dark bread, toasted oak, leather, vanilla, pepper, brine, light nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes if raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, peat smoke, cocoa, leather, pepper, brine, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and scotch barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/saline, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic scotch barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and scotch barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Embrasse Peated Oak Aged from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
4.11 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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