Charbon | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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87 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jeffo on 05-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 28
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 Marius
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Homebrew
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbfolk
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.7 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 6/2016. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light char, plum, berry, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of roast/smoked malt, vanilla, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light char, plum, berry, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light char, plum, berry, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roasted/smoked malt, vanilla, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian influenced smoked stout style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity roast/smoked malt, vanilla, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is poured from a bomber into three-quarter sized tasting snifters. It pours out a thin soy sauce color and consistency, and holds a two finger head of medium taupe colored foam. This descends at a medium pace, leaving spotty cords of lacing in its wake. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives fiery smokiness, soured lactic milkiness, dried tobacco leafiness, tart cherry skin, charred barley and roasted black malts, heavy lye soapiness, deeply metallic vanilla extract, biscuity butters, fermented soy, and tamari. Flavors include that same drying, fiery smoke and char, old oak and brass, raw espresso beans, plastic wrap, dense and frothy soapiness wafting curiously off of the vanilla inclusions, metallic and mineral-heavy clay, soured white vinegar acidity, lactic milkiness, chalked cherry fruitiness, candied cashews, bittering cacao powder, dingy coconut husk, heavily roasted coffee and chocolate malts, graphite, sulfur, and white sugar. The body is thinner, and carbonation nears extreme. The latter comes especially hard on the swirl around the mouth, as it foams into waves across the palate. Slurp and smack remain intact, with wet finishing pop. The mouth is left chalky and tightly astringent. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks at a reasonable pace.

Overall, we’ve finally made it back to Connecticut on a trip of leisure to visit friends and family, and decided to raid the cellar. We’ve been meaning to clean out a bunch of boxes, and this was the first one we reached for. It has been a cold, precipitation-heavy winter thus far in the northeast, so we were obviously looking for something dark and warming. To this goal we were not entirely disappointed. You get a ton of roast and smoke (appropriate for a beer named “coal”), but little in the way of vanilla, or any real balancing sweetness for that matter. The age on the beer seems to have killed the vanilla, turning it bitter, plastic, and harshly soapy. Aside from this, the carbonation is over the top, and the body is thin. Ultimately, not wonderful, but not a disaster either. Worth checking out if you’re in the mood and nothing otherwise dark would satisfy you. Just keep in mind it isn’t as sweet as many others in the style.

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Photo of safaricook
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

l: clear dark brown body, little fine carbonation, brown voluminous head

s: coffee, toffee, little smoke

t: malt, sweet, coffee, balancing clean bitterness

f: medium to thin body, little fine tickling

o: nice Stout that brings a little extra complexity

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Photo of Bentotheallen
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benlhoest
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of GThreepwood
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

Charbon from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
3.82 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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