Charbon | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jeffo on 05-01-2012

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of MoohMooh
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black, with a three-finger tan creamy head that turns into a nice layer of foam, light lacing. It smells sweet; there's milk chocolate, some coffee and a touch of vanilla. The whole thing is a bit boozy but not overly so. Tastes very roasty and smokey, lots of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla; a bit spicy and slightly bitter. Body is light and a bit prickly.

Oh Charbon, where have you been all my life? This is absolutely terrific.

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Photo of byronic
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black as night with a nice dark tan head, good retention and minimal lacing. A bouquet of sweetness with chocolate and coffee really present. A really nice balance of roasted coffee, a touch of bitterness that is offset by notes of chocolate and vanilla which really comes forward as it warms. Often I find smoke is an unnecessary addition, however in this beer it shines. The mouthfeel is almost velvet, but just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

This is a fantastic stout, one I'd love to have more of

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Photo of festizio
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Best before 2017-02.

A: Opaque dark brown. Poured 3 fingers high of head and fine retention.
S: Moderate roasted aroma. Tobacco. Dried longan.
T: Medium roasted flavor. Slightly smokey. Some citrus and longan. Dry. Medium bitterness. Long and coffee like finish.
M: Medium high body. Creamy.
O: Great and flavorful stout. Enjoyed its complex and pleasant flavors.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benlhoest
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a big fluffy tan head, that visibly decreases to a thin lace and leaves some traces on the glass.
Smells mostly of smoked dark malts, burnt bread crust, dark chocolate and coffee bean. Vanilla is pretty hard to detect, a bit more obvious (still faint tho) later on.
Taste is pretty complex, starting with a bit sour red dark fruit (blackcurrants), coffee acidity and a lactic sourness. Roasted malts follow, with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, ground coffee, and a hint of smoke that anticipates the finish. This is where the smokiness shines: ash, earthiness, dry coffee sediment, smoked wood. The astringency from the start lasts, but gets way in the back and it's barely felt in the finish. Vanilla brings a bit of sweetness also, but it's hard to get it at first, revealing itself just when the beer warms, but still faint (gets more chocolatey and sweeter tho).
Smooth body, medium carbonation, dry finish and the aftertaste isn't too rough, but flavorful. Not a smoke bomb either, just a pleasant amount that enriches the malts.
A tasty smoked stout, with a minimum of the advertised vanilla, but solid enough as it is.

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Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

660ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Nice roasted malts, milk chocolate mixed with vanilla, mocha coffee, nice smokey notes, treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness...

Taste - Sweet milk chocolate maltiness, toasted bread, nice charred smokey notes, some creamy / milky traces, vanilla, woody, light treacle notes, some grassy / peppery traces, some oatiness, sweet nutty notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... very drinkable even at 7% as the alcohol is very well hidden

Overall - A really really good smoked stout which has the perfect balance of chocolate malts, smoke and vanilla... not sure why this only averages around 3.6 ?! Definitely recommended...

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before June 2014

Pours an opaque dark brown almost Coca-Cola color but darker in the glass. A one finger frothy tan head tops the beer and slowly recedes leaving heavy lacing. Sweet malty smells are slightly over powered by smoke and a splash of vanilla. First sip is more smoky than vanilla but pretty darn balanced. The body like most De Dochter’s is very thin but it is perfectly carbonated and quite tasty so I can live with the thin body. A very tasty yummy beer indeed.

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has slight chocolate nose. Head lasts a brown color with a dark brown nearly black body, not opague, can taste smoked malts, subtle vanilla notes slight dry but bitte finish almost like a chocolate,. Medium body med low carbbonation.hides 7 ABV perfectly

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of Antyk
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GThreepwood
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of 6demonbag
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big puffy tan head over chocolate black with ruby highlights.
Smoke, cocoa nibs, peat, cranberry and meat juice on the nose - complex.
Char, blackberry, slight peat, slight iodine, and gentle roasty bite.
Full, chewy, silky.

Smooth and round. Good body, not overly sweet, and not the usual chocolate-coffee stout dichotomy. Smoke did kinda kill the vanilla, though.

Still, best of this brewery.

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Charbon from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
3.82 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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