Moolesen (320) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the closest to perfection Iíve tasted. If youíve ever dreamed about tasting the perfect beer, you donít need to search more.
Only the single-cask (Peated) release of the Embrasse can match this beer. It has en even stronger nose and flavour than this one.
It poors nicely in the glass and creates a very nice creamy foam. Remember not to drink this too cold, as you will not benefit fully from the fantastic nose then.
In the mouth you experience this nice warm rounded taste, which is characteristic for beers matured in oak barrels.
It has a very long finish, which I just love. What a great beer this is !
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Very dark coloured beer with a dense yellow head. Aroma of malts, dark fruits & prunes and whisky.
Malts, some smokiness, warm flavours against an intriguing background of the whisky and cognac notes. Balanced and full palate, with vanilla and mocha tones lingering around.
Tasting at the Brugge beer festival. Dochter van de Korenaar is definitely one of my favourites among small Belgian breweries and 3 months on whisky barrels was a great idea for embrasse.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. [Straight up big ass one, yo.] Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. This beer pours a deep bloody chesnut with a massively complex, foamy, creamy khaki head. The lacing is spider-webs in church windows. Aroma of chocolate, pepper, ceddar, sour black cherres, smoky malts, vanilla, oak, slight farmhouse funk, and some fresh ass Dutch-ass smoked-ass Gouda. Theeyyyyiitttt. Full, rich, yet supringly loose ass body, yo. Talkiní rich ass theeeyiit here, yo. I mean, seriously, word up, This one bomb ass, skunk ass, orginal ass, Belgiani-ass, powdered-snow-havin assí, fuckin beer I ever seen in mah whole life, yo. Pour one on the concrete for your homey and drink the rest some time man. Ride or die. Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Birdman. Great brew, though, theeeyyyyyittttttt.
crossovert (9170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
It comes in a pinstriped black paper covering with a little pamphlet and a sticker that reads "Special Edition - Matured on Oak Whiskey Barrels."
It pours a deep reddish brown/mahogany with a large, foamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.
It definitely smells like it was aged on cognac as well as whiskey and there are other things at work such as the yeast here. The oak scent is beautiful. It smells like a shed full of fresh cut oak. I mean it smells woodsy and I love it. The bourbon lends some alcoholic kick, caramel and vanilla. It has loads of dark fruit scents like port, cognac, wine grapes, cognac, raisins, and even a tart cherry scent. There is also some spicy yeast, a hint of cocoa, and some bready malt scents. The scent of the oak is the big smell here though, and i love it.
The flavor is huge. It is much different than standard Embrasse. It is much, much fruiter. The regular reminded me a lot of a stout and this one is like a Belgain strong dark ale on American steroids. The roastines is still here though and that was a welcome addition to all of the elements revealed int eh smell. This version is much more tart than the original. It has tart cherries, grapes, and currants. The barrel flavor is also in full force with that woodsy flavor, some vanilla, and some alcoholic notes and sweetness from the spirits. A lingering bitteness, oxidized frutis, and some wine flavors linger in the aftertaste.
I think I liked the original slightly better. If Russian River released this people would be going apeshit over it, cheers to Ronald for making these beers amazing despite little recognition.
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx. to Travlr / Gene for this one @ RBBWG 2013 the morning-after tasting Ė this was the last Embrasse variation I still hadnít tried yet. Consequently this is also my #1750 beer rating & #800 Belgian beer (I count DvdK as a Belgian brewery because they are awesome so I claim them). Aged for 3 months 1/3 whisky & 1/3 cognac. The bottle itself is a bit old now, what 2 years? DunnoÖ Pours a murky wooden brown with cafť au lait head. Smells sweet of milk chocolate, lots, sugar, creamy, woody with some cognac & whisky. Taste delicious, sweet with milk chocolate, chocolate milk, brown sugar, creamy, vanilla, cupcakes, warming but not boozy in the back with cognac warmth and smoothness plus light peat. Creamy, chocolate milk substance, tough light but perfectly fine. Delicious beer. Quite love it.
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma has a botterscotch tone. Murkey brown with slight tan head. Mellow roastiness with hints of whiskey. Super mellow, subtle but complex, the whiskey is well done without being obtrusive.
Notes: Kerstbier festivalí10
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a fizzy light tan head. Earthy aroma of cognac, chocolate malts, grape, citrus, and thin alcohol. Palate is heavy and creamy. Tastes of cognac and oak up front followed by a hint of whiskey immediately overpowered by chocolate and vanilla and then finishing with buttery roasted grain flavors. Sticky carob and grape flavors linger in the back of throat.
Countbeer (5297) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown colored beer with a medium vast tan head which disappears slow.
Smell oatmeal, wood, light flowery, porrage, some sweets , light vanilla, honey, barleys malts and some sweeter darker herbs.
Taste wood, spicy, light vanilla, liquorice,†rose hip, light roosvicee flavors, barley malts, nice bitter and some sticky grains. Very nice tasting beer.†
Low carbo, soft light spicy, mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Very nice balanced
DocLock (8527) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours hazy chestnut with big off-white head. Nose is yeasty funky with spicy and caramel ester notes. Also a bit of a sweaty taint waft at the end. Tastes rich, malty, very fruity in the cherry realm, with a nice woody earthiness and the spirit remnants up the complexity here and make it a delicious beer. Wonderful. Reminds me a bit of a TRappist 12 type offering.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this bottle in a trade a while ago and have brought it to several tastings and at each one, it was completely ignored and I ended up taking it back home at the end. So now I find myself cracking it open all by my lonesome because my unrated beer selection is dwindling...it pours with gigantic frothy, lacy, creamy looking head..the body beneath is dark brown/mahogany...Nose...hmm..Well...smells like itís been blessed with a wild yeast strain or two, so thatís always nice..otherwise, maybe a little white pepper and fruit....itís not an overly intense nose, so itís hard to decipher...but thereís certainly touches of tartness and funk. Flavors...hmmm..yeah, another hmmmm...itís got a full, playdoughy malt body...somewhat earthy yet plasticy, akin to older vintages of fantome noel (maybe even newer ones, itís been a while since Iíve had a Fantome Noel). The base yeast is not overly belgian yet at the same time, itís not non-belgian either...itís a good strain and I like it...over that, I think thereís some wild creatures in there as well because, though not even remotely obviously wild or tart tasting, thereís a rustic funkiness present that probably wouldnít be there otherwise. Thereís some dark yet sweet fruits especially plum (lots of sweet ripe plum, actually), a touch of some licorice and tobacco possibly...end ends with a plum skin astringency too, which has the elements of wild yeast characteristics in it. To be quite honest, I donít really know which elements were contributed by the various barrel treatments..nothing stands on itís own as saying "Hey, Iím whisky" or "Hey, Iím Cognac"..but regardless, it all actually blends together surprisingly coherent...Itís malt forward before yeast forward, which is always nice in a belgian...but you can tell itís got some sort of house character yeast thang going on as well...and did i mention the plum? I reckon I dig this beer...will most definitely never see this available to me again, so I will leave now to enjoy the experience.