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Brewed by De Dochter van de Korenaar
Style: Foreign Stout
Baarle-Hertog, Belgium

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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Superb dry stout with vanilla and smoke notes. Brewed with a portion of Weyermann Oak Smoked Wheat Malt, and whole Madagascar and Réunion vanilla beans that have been added twice during the brewing and maturation process, for extra complexity.
This ensures ’Charbon’ is a very pleasantly drinkable dry stout, with an interesting aroma and flavour to treat the real beer enthusiasts.

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Rubin77 (2481) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2017
F: no real. C: dark, opaque. A: smoked malt, smoked meat, a bit of coffee and chocolate. T: malty, smoked tones, complex vanilla tones, light toffee, bit of earthy, bit of white chocolate, mocha, medium to full body, low carbonation, great beer, fully enjoyed, 0,33l bottle from BelgoMarkt in Brussels.

3.6
AndySnow (7972) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at hackobock, 2017-04-22.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Vanilla, fruit, malt, some smoke, chocolate.
Body: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Vanilla, caramel, malt, chocolate, smoke.

3.6
hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2017
April 22, 2017. Bottle at home.
Black with a medium sized tan head Aroms id roasted, malty, vanilla, roast, toffee, soft smoked notes. Sweet, malty, smooth bitter. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Finish is smooth malty, quite sweet with vanilla, some toffee, soft bitter.

2.9
omhper (25544) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2017
Bottle, at hackobock tasting. Black, huge head. Intense aroma of vanilla and coffee. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded, spritzy mouthfeel. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee, mild smoke. More vanilla. Low bitterness. Too much vanilla.

3.5
teddybearontap (17) - - APR 21, 2017
Appearance - very dark woody brown but-not-quite-black, can catch some light shining through at the edges, with a solid, compactly bubbled finger of hazel head that sticks around longer than I anticipated but which does dissipate completely eventually. Aroma - smells like a rather typical stout, with the roasted malts being the most prominent notes, and has a little bit of smokiness to it. Coffee notes are of black coffee or espresso, rather than the cafe latte that I expected from it being a milk stout. Not bad, but I was led to expect more by the server who recommended it to me. Luckily, I proved to have judged prematurely as, in the mouth, it proved to be more complicated than it smelled at first glance. Taste - tastes more complicated than the smell might lead you to believe. The roasted malts and espresso are still there, but are now joined by quite a bit of milk chocolate, generous amounts of beautiful, pure vanilla and some tobacco (rather than smoke-smoke). Really, really nice. Palate - not thick or syrupy at all, and doesn’t have any alcohol sting or warmth. Overall - definitely not a bad beer at all, but as I let it sit and come up to temperature the more the aromas seemed to fade to become somewhat watery even after re-swirling the glass. Solid 8/10 beer at the start, but declined to a 6/10 at the end because of this. DISCLAIMER: we were enjoying some Easter chocolate at the time (chocolate is not a bad pairing, I might add), and that might have simply overpowered my palate at the time.

3.6
rumore (698) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 17, 2017
From 33cl bottle. Pours black with limited brownish foam. Aroma is a very nice mix of coffee, little chocolate, red fruits, cherries under spirits, maybe the smoked character is just barely noticeable. Body is medium with higher carbonation than the average stout. Taste starts with some sweetness, but this is soon substituted by a relentless bitterness.

3.8
Shark_Pants (764) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2017
330ml bottle BB Mar 2018. Inky black with nice big fluffy tan persistent head. Prominent smooth smoky notes in the aroma, along with vanilla, chocolate and some roasty notes. The taste reflects the big smooth smokiness, big vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, charred meat, spicy notes, herbal hop character, although just a little metallic in the finish. Smooth and chewy. Certainly a lot going on in this beer and just about all of it is really good, just the slight metallic twang that detracts.

3.7
Jimbo2 (524) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2017
Very nice indeed! Lots of malt, some smoke, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Dry-ish. Medium carbonation. Good body.

4.5
jybi (400) - FRANCE - MAR 29, 2017
Encore une très belle bière de la brasserie de Dochter van de Korenaar. Cette Smoked Vanilla Stout, à l’instar de l’ensemble de beaucoup de bières de la brasserie porte d’ailleurs très bien son nom, Charbon, tant le côté fumé allié à une petite astringence finale procure une sensation charbonneuse. Mais cela ne doit pas pour autant faire oublier toutes les qualités de cette bière de caractère, goutue et équilibrée tournée principalement sur des arômes de café et chocolat (la vanille jouant plutôt les second rôles mais enrichissant de fort belle façon la ligne aromatique). En verre, le noir est profond (EBC de 120), avec de très fines bulles permettant tout juste à une mousse beige de napper la surface. Le nez est racé, avec un triptyque fève de cacao, café et arômes fumés s’exprimant. A la dégustation, l’attaque est de façon surprenante très souple avec une texture peu dense, sur des notes de café et de céréales fumés. A noter tout de même la présence dès l’attaque d’une pointe d’amertume. La deuxième bouche se densifie quelque peu et s’enrichit de chocolat et surtout de vanille. Subtils, ces notes de vanille perdureront jusqu’au final et viendront enrichir et se superposer à la ligne aromatique principale (du très beau travail). L’arrière bouche quant à elle est davantage tournée vers l’amertume, conférant de la fraîcheur sur de belles notes de café expresso. L’utilisation d’Herkules à haute teneur en acide alpha, en complément du Styrian Goldings permet à l’amertume qui arrive en troisième bouche d’être franche et saillante, et ce malgré un IBU relativement peu élevé (IBU de 46). L’alcool est magistral. Avec un titrage uniquement de 7 % Abv, il permet de soutenir les arômes et la structure de la bière de façon incroyable. Sa progressivité est parfaite et c’est sur le final qu’il sera le plus marqué, sur des notes fumées et tourbées. Avec des arômes fumés une peu moins prégnants et un sucre légèrement moins présents, nous étions au paradis...mais finalement être à la mine, entouré de charbon est également séduisant..

3.9
ardeo (508) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2017 Bottle 33 cl. Aspect : noire à belle mousse beige laissant quelques dentelles. Nez : malt rôti, fumé, chocolat, goudron/asphalte. Bouche : crémeuse, légèrement acide, "tourbeuse", réglisse, chocolat et une moyenne+ amertume. Bonne mais pas ma préférée de chez DVK car un peu trop "charbonnée" à mon goût. RE-rating : Pas si "charbonnée" que cela finalement et aussi attrayante que ces sœurs !


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