Embrasse Peated Oak Aged | 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): 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%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
16
For Trade:
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich with peated flavor but light on true smoke, the masculine aura of lavish scotch whisky and fine cigar seduce the palate with ale sweetness and savory satisfaction.

Its tawny amber pour glistens upon the pour- looking the part of brandy or port as much as it does ale. As its light carbonation pulls from its pits and simmers on its surface delicately. With little retention or lace to amount or to remain, its whisky influence becomes readily apparent.

Malty richness of caramel, honey and butterscotch embark on the nose first, just ahead of the scent of scorched earth. Its highly fragrant perfume is of cedar, pepper, acorn, tobacco and delicate leather comes hot on the heels of the barley sweetness and mesmerizes the senses.

As its gentle sweetness of butterscotch coats the palate, its buffer of biscuit and pistachio brittle keeps the full brunt of smoke at bay. But alas, the rich taste of heavy peat and oaken whisky sinks into the taste buds like mesquite, cedar-plank grilled meats and maduro. Its nutty and earthen flavor finishes with mild ash, smoldering embers and spicy peppercorn.

Lighter than expected in body, the beer's slight oily viscocity latches onto the mouth with its lingering sweetness and continues to protect it from the onslaught of smoke and spice. Yet as the ale lifts, an arid and ashy finish transpires and somehow keeps the ale drinkable.

Simply put- this is a smoky beer- and adverse reaction to scotch whisky to be enough to repel this beer. But for those who find favor in fragrant cigars, barbecue and dry scotch whisky should go ahead and put this beer on your wish-list.

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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 dmorgan310
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has dried fruits, figs mostly, dark malts and dark sugar. Taste has also lots of dark, dried fruits, bittersweet taste, slightly roasted malts and dark sugar. Body is heavy and well carbonated. Really nice overall, not very peated, just enough to make it more interesting.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

Peated barrels? Yeah, I'm surely turning that down... Get some! This stuff pours something close to obsidian topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises smoked salmon (you know, that sorta/kinda chlorinated smoke that naturally comes from a lot of peat, but this time it's brinier, saltier, in a good way), with some light roasted malt character shining through somewhat dimly (but it's still shining, dammit!). The taste pretty much reprises this recipe, leaving a smoke-fiend like me more than satisfied. Granted there ain't much else to it, especially in the way of Belgian-ness, but I couldn't care less in this case. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, if you like peat smoke character in your beer, you're gonna enjoy this one. Sure, it would be awesome if there were more dimensions to things, but when things are done this right, you don't care enough. Good times.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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 rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice rootbeer-esc type hue with a light mocha head that faded rather quickly and left nice lacing.

S - Super faint on the peat here. Nice toffee though and some malty dark fruit type sweetness.

T - Taste is similar, not too too peaty, light toffee notes and smoke. Solid barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Helps keep this from feeling heavy or thick.

O - Overall, a solid beer. I've seen this on the shelves, it would be tough to drop $25 on a bottle of this though.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Max's. Peat smoked and oak aged. I can't, legally, pass that up.

A: The strong ale is dark, a deep brown color ratcheted up by the deep depths of Max's.

S: Peat smoke and plenty of it. The strong ale has the aromas of sea salt and boggy fens deep in its very soul. The Belgian body, thick, manages to peak out occasionally. The oak barrel aging, evident with woodiness, doesn't have the same oomph due to the peat.

T: More peat, the smoke permeating the ale. This isn't a Bamberger richness; the peat subtler with plenty of sea salt adding depth. The oak barrel adds wooden strength without the sweetness that normally accompanies oak. The flavor, the whisky body, is nearly on par with JW Lee's Lagavulin. Spices, the provenance of Belgian beer, hang around under the surface with thick quad-like flavors of brown sugar and dark malts. Very intriguing and one of the best offerings.

M: You need to like whisky in order to appreciate the intense flavors, the smoke and the salt, the barrel and the quad. Impressive all the way around.

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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 stcules
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, with some dark ruby edges. A veil of beige foam.
Strongly peated smell. Then maltiness, light caramel, dried fruit.
Pleasant taste, too, again a strong peated note, but not heavy and boring. A bit of alcohol, ok.
Quite strong dry fruit (nuts, hazelnut), and a good intense bitterness in the aftertaste, quite long. Again peated.
Good.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Gator Beverage in Gainesville. Wrapped in red paper for extra super fanciness. Pours dark brown with a one finger yellowish creamy kahki head that lingers for a bit. A bit of ruby on the sides in the light. Smell is all peat, paint thinner, wood. Yikes, complex but does not smell like something you should drink. Flavor is straight up peat whiskey and motor oil. Nothing Belgian about this. A little fruit comes out after your palate gets used to the smokey peat. No reason for this to be in a bomber size. Share it. Let it warm up, too. Fruit flavors come out as it warms. Really need to be in the mood for this. I can appreciate the whiskey, but not what I was looking for when I popped a Belgian brew. Pretty much the opposite.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2012. Pretty happy to have come across this bottle.

Beer is very dark brown. Small beige head, dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just some bubbles and film.

Peat and smoke upfront in the nose. Oak there as well. Caramel, dark fruit. Fruit is subdued by the peat and oak.

Peat and oak also upfront in the taste, but not quite as intensely. Dark fruit flavours, but not particularly sweet. Whisky. Flavours are very well mixed together.

Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth. Alcohol noticeable but not overly.

Overall, very good.

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4.11 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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