Brewed by De Dochter van de Korenaar
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baarle-Hertog, Belgium


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Wrapped bottle, striped red paper with sticker "Peated whiskey cask" on the lower right end of the "logo"
An 9% ABV beer in which the fermented sugars were all obtained from malt (20 degrees Plato). A generous dose of hops and a long maturation time makes this beer best of the best. This beer is bottle conditioned and will go through taste evolution during many years. Selected by the brewer from his best peated whisky casks. Matured for a quarter of a year. Winner of the Zythos Beer Festival (ZBF) consumer prize 2011. (Translation by Martinus)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8817) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to Bruce at ChrisO. It pours deep cloudy amber-brown, with a thin light beige head. The nose is sweet dark fruit, cherry, blueberry, blackberry, yoghurt, malt backbone and oak. The taste is blackberry, over-ripe blueberry, roasted malt, sweet caramel, oak and some light whiskey notes (but not as much as expected), with a dry, lightly spicy finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and somewhat creamy mouth-feel. Hides the alcohol well. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Nice black pour. Smell has more of the orinigla brew than i was expecting. Nice dark fruitiness, belgian spice, but a nice bit of peat and oak. The flavor is great. Embrasse all the way, chocolate, spices, dark fruit, nice coffee bitterness, great scotch and peat smokiness. A beast. Not too alcholic either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1376) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2012
I’m not crazy about peat, even in whisky, but this was a pleasant surprise. Here the peat adds an accent to the berry, anise, candied orange notes of the Embrasse; the smoke is a subdued, lingering thing. Restrained sweetness, a big round beer with a lot going on but nothing sticks out too far. A pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfbass (969) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 10, 2012
Penso che a fine serata al villaggio un mio compagno me l’abbia portata almeno tre volte di fila, good very good...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3826) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 Une bouteille de 66 cl. Une robe brune avec une tête mousseuse qui ne tient pas la route. Un nez de grains rôtis et fumés qui ne résistent pas au parfum dominant du fût de bourbon. Au goût, une répétition quasi exacte des découvertes olfactives. Du bourbon, de la fumée, des choses grillées et rôties. En bouche, un corps qui résiste au fût avec un pétillement adéquat et une texture somme toute crémeuse. Une finale parfumée par l’eau-de-vie et ses notes boisées et fruitées si particulières. Je ne suis pas un grand fan des bières enfûtées. Pourquoi vouloir masquer le fruit d’un dur labeur par du bourbon américain? Bref, une bière buvable qui ne possède pas le charme de la version régulière.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5773) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
(750ml bottle thanks to Walt at RBWG) clearish rich orange-amber with wispy tan bubbles. Nose of bandaid, astringent, caramel, very medicinal. Taste of bandaid, cherry, medicine, caramel, plastic, weird for me. Sticky/oily body and linger.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (157) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4536) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2012
shared with 77 ships realy soft, good drinkable ale. sweet, drinks very wattery but tastes quite much i must say ! very enjoyable, especialy ( again) how soft it drinks. me likey ! the taste is also quite good ( it deserves itd good name ) but not my favourite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2524) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2012
Brown coloured beer with small off-white head and only few carbonation. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, whiky hinted. Full slight sparkling palate. Finish is roasted bitter spicy. Very nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1536) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
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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