De Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse Peated Oak Aged (Whiskey-Cask)

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

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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)

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4.2
carlom (58) - ITALY - JUN 10, 2017
Colore tonaca di frate, schiuma poca ma compatta. Sentori di uvetta, prugna, biscotti, legno e malti tostati. Il sapore rispecchia l’olfatto, con note accennate di cioccolato ed un marcato carattere affumicato ma non invadente. Corpo medio lievemente carbonata, finale dolce. Una birra con un aroma notevole, che non delude al palato.

4.5
Grzesiek79 (4299) - Radom, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
Many thanks for this Amazing beer to tderoeck. 660ml Bottle (Nr. 12099) from 01 February 2011. Wyglad papier zgrabnie zwiniety i zszyty z przewieszka. Wyglad cieczy poczatkowo ciemno bursztynowo-czerwona. Po dolaniu pokaznej ilosci osadu bardzo ciemno brazowe, nie przezroczystej barwy. Zapach zwala z nog jest torf, ziemistosc, wilgotna piwnica, nieco palonej gumy. W smaku sliwka w czekoladzie mlecznej, rozpuszczone kukulki, melasa, syrop klonowy, lody o smaku tiramisu i slodkawe pierniki Norymberskie. Nieco korzennych przypraw, whisky, nieco wedzonej sliwki, slodycz czekolady mlecznej. Alkohol po tych wszystkich smakach cudownie rozgrzewa, ale tylko chwilowo. Piana srednia i srednio trwala, bezowa. Po dluzszej chwili od przelkniecia do wszystkich tych smakow dolaczaja kasztany jadalne, jakby pieczone nad dymem z drzewnym i popite kwaskowa czarna kawa. Mimo ciut dominujacej tu jednak slodyczy to piwo jest fantastycznie genialne. Big thanks to Tim. Great beer.

3.7
AndySnow (7632) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at hackobock, 2017-04-22.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a minimal tan head.
Aroma: Caramel, a bit smoked, peat, malt, caramel, some fruit.
Body: Medium to full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Peat, malt, smoked, some dried fruit.

3.7
hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2017
April 22, 2017. Bottle at home.
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is peated and malty with toffee, some dried fruits notes Taste is sweet, malty, peated smooth bitter. Medium bodied, Finish is smooth malty, some dried fruits, soft peat.

4.4
ALIBALI (2120) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2017
Unbedingt ohne Bodensatz trinken. Dem kantigen Original werden durch die Islayfasslagerung die Falten aus dem Rock geschlagen. Das Ergebnis ist ein ganz anderes Bier. Rauch, Phenol und Kotzduft im Kolben. Süßholzflair und der unvermeidliche Karamelspirit dann während des dezent angesäuerten Torftrunkes. Klasse und zum Finish mit einer wohlig wärmenden Kaminbieralkoholschärfe, inklusive leichter Lakritzspuren. Ausgewogen, aber auch ein wenig zu unaufdringlich 😁. Bomber from FINEST BELGIUM BEER. Ca. 10 Okken.

4
Ysok02 (1564) - Mons, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2017
Robe brune, fine mousse. Nez marqué par le coté single malt, des notes iodées et fumées sur un fond malté. Bouche à l’attaque ample, puissante, le coté fumé domine l’attaque de bouche, belle bulle onctueuse et finale ample et équilibrée. Une bière d’hiver à siroter au coin de feu.

3.7
rikstar (2604) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
O+N 16-17 gedeeld met lion. Bruin met ene crème kraag. Geur en smaak met trekdrop, salmiak tabak en gist. Volle body, peat op de achtergrond.

4
Inoven (746) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2016
Fles thuis gedeeld met familie. Donkerbruin bier met matig schuim. Aroma van caramel, rook en kruiden. Een zoetige, complexe van chocolade, rook, caramel en kruiden en toch iets hoppig. Nasmaak is licht bitter. Bier om rustig van te genieten.

3.8
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.8
Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2016
The most common of these ’peated versions’ of Embrasse, without sticker, but with a hangtag that mentions "aged on Islay Whisky barrels for several months", so I assume it is this one. Bottle from Fontana in Sint-Niklaas. Very slow gushing, but nothing dramatic. Creamy, dense, pale yellowish beige head, stable on the edges with islands of foam in the middle, quickly reduced to a thin, tan veil; initially clear, deep burgundy coloured beer with warm ruby red hue, hazy with sediment. Strongly iodine-like and smoked peat jumps to the nose instantly, but in this case it - fortunately - fails to cover up all the rest: it is a pungent but thin layer on top of a series of more attractive impressions, including caramel, brown bread dough, fig, raisin, dry earth, ruby port, blackcurrant, moldy walnut shells, candi sugar, Liège pear syrup, very vague hints of tea, dried banana, ginger, apple peel. Fruity, rounded onset, brown sugar sweetness which - in combination with the esters - establishes an effect of candied dates and raisins, hints of pear and blue plum too, with an undercurrent of blackcurrant- and elderberry-like sourishness balancing out the sweetness; medium, finely tingling carbonation, ’full’ but smooth and lightly oily mouthfeel. Caramelly and nutty malt core, matching well with the ongoing brown sugary sweet aspect, but shifting to a softly toasted bitterness in the end, as is the case with the regular version, making it very close to a Scotch (if rather unintentionally). The finish is altogether dry - though the malt and sugar sweetness clearly pushes through - with sharpish wood tannins (and oaky taste), a spicy hop accent and, after all this, a strong and heating glow of indeed very whisky- but also somewhat port-like alcohol, while at the same time, the sharp and strong peat returns and oversees the final act of this interesting play, but that dark berry-like sourishness lingers even after the peat has faded, probably accentuated by the barrel ageing. Scotch ale, because that is loosely what this is, aged on Scottish whisky barrels: seemingly a match made in heaven, but frankly the Ardbeg version I had a couple of years ago, was not a great success for me: peaty whiskies are a finished and refined product as such, but when beer is aged on their barrels, their finesse is blurred completely and only the strongest flavor and aroma aspects survive - most notably the peat effect, with a very strong and sharp iodine-like character. I am still struggling with this peaty thing in beer (not so much in whisky) and in the Ardbeg version, I could hardly taste anything else. If you insist on making a ’peated beer’, though, I think this one does it right: though very pronounced, both the peat and the sharp alcohol effect of the whisky as such remain tolerable and leave just enough room for the basic beer to show its malty, toasted, sweet and fruity character. Still a tad on the strong side for me in terms of peat, but a whole lot better than the Ardbeg version, to my personal taste at least. Enjoyed it, and I can see this age beautifully with some years of cellaring, when the sharper edges become smoothened.


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