Embrasse Oak Aged Ardbeg | 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): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by StJamesGate on 11-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky garnet with craggy tan froth that rims and leaves rings.
Giant iodine nose with some salt in the smoke.
Ash, dried red fruit, and plum stones with a clovey finish.
Sweet tobacco end and leafy linger.
Medium, some chew, crisp.

I'm not a fan of Islay scotchs, so I was braced not to like this. And it is peaty - but there is also fruit and subtlety and smoothness. Compelling, once you get your taste buds around it.

Whole is greater than the sum of the part, somehow.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ged 4.3 years. Smoke throughout, more (and with floaties) in the finish. Dark colour. Sour, peaty aroma. Maybe diminished on ageing? Smooth nouthfeel.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of parintele
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2012, number 8998.

Beer is a very dark chestnut brown, with a small tan head.

Nose is extremely peaty. Scotch and some oak. There is a bit of a malty scent, which is about all that reveals that this is a beer rather than an actual glass of Islay whisky.

The peat and scotch are strongly present in the flavour as well, but the rest of the beer is more present than in the nose. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. Some bready malt and a bit of dark fruit. A slight Belgian yeast flavour. The BSDA element is there, but the barrel takes priority here, although the base beer comes out more in the finish.

Full bodied, moderate to strongly carbonated, creamy.

Overall, quite good. This one would be divisive. If you like Islay malts (as I do), then it is quite enjoyable. If you do not like Islay malts or peat... stay away.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to jdiddy for the opportunity to try this one. Pour is mahogany in color with clusters of bubbles around the edges. There is a huge peat presence in the nose, as well as a slightly medicinal quality somewhat akin to epsom salts. Taste consistent with nose - whiskey overshadows all, with some smoked malt character coming out in the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation. Not a beer that's really in my wheelhouse; however, if you are a whiskey aficionado, this one might be for you.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doopie gave me this one for Sinter Klaas. Awesome! I gave him a back slap. Not as awesome.

From a bomber into a snifter
no. 9,978
Spent 3 months on Connemara whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Bistre brown with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowl fades to a foamy cap and coats the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Lots of peat and earthy notes. Some leather, caramel, dark fruits and woody aromas, mostly oak and light vanilla. Peat and earth notes are very forthcoming. Big peated whisky barrel here.

TASTE: Very peaty with lots of oak, wood and earthy flavors. Leather and piles of earthy, peated whisky. Bold and lingering finish of caramel, dark fruits, oak, and huge peated whisky linger on the palate. Some alcohol as well. There is a touch of base beer in there, but this is a peat and wood bomb.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: This one is tough to judge. It's a huge peat bomb, so if you like peated whisky, you'll absolutely love this beer. If you're not a fan, then you'll hate it. I enjoy peat flavors, but this one is a little too overdone perhaps. Regardless, this is a fun beer that's well worth checking out. De Dochter is a brewery worth watching, as they've been doing some enjoyable stuff for a while now. Thanks again Doops!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

fles nr.: 8505 bottled AUG. 2012

Pours a beautiful dark amber color with splashes of orange and red highlighting. Smells of amazing Islay Scotch notes, peaty and smoky lovingly dominating a simply wonderful nose. I ended up smelling this one longer than usual as the aroma really stands out. First sip is heaven pure and simple. Though quite thin in body this puppy makes up for that by being oh so flavorful. This is as good as it gets when one ages in an Islay barrel. Super tasty Wow, wow, wow.

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Photo of Ed37
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of patm1986
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to gaughanjw for this christmas gift bottle.
A-Dark ruby. dark brown. dark. not pitch black, but on the darker side of what you'd expect in a belgian dark. thin. coffee head. mild retention, lace. coffee and dairy in the morning look.
S-peat. unruly, sharp, pungent. blindly, this is scotch no doubt. unveiled, this is a beer. what the shit is that? smoke, mold, moss, mild roasted char, peat, peat, peat. unique.
T-smoke, peat, resin, pork fat, iodine, booze, peat, peat, peat.
M-rich, thick, fatty, heavy, oily, bold, brilliant.
O-unique. there is not a single beer i've had that tastes anything like this. anything. it's by far the greatest example of barrel character i've come across. nothing from a barrel is influenced in flavor the way this is.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of John-Gijtenbeek
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Embrasse Oak Aged Ardbeg from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
4.02 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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