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

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11629) - The Hague / Amsterdam, - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light peat, caramel, malt, oak and fruit. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Korcz (1051) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4713) - 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, Lige 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2292) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 2, 2016
dubbel-like apperance of brown colour and one inch creamy beige head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma and taste is dominated by smokey, whisky and peated notes with also some chocolate, hints of herbs and syrupy sweetness...not a usual Belgian strong ale...more like a smoked imperial stout with Belgian strong ale notes...definitely an extraordinary beer, but a bit too much for me

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenH (1053) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2016
red, brown, hazy, tan foam, smoke, salami,full body, oily feel, average carbonation, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (530) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2016
66cl bottle from brewdog offsales glasgow pours a dark brown with creamy beige head aroma is smokey peat with coffee notes Taste is dry smokey bitter coffee long smokey finish nice beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShivanDragon (3606) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2016
Embrasse peated Oak Aged, Islay variant. 10%. schenkt donkerbruin met mooie rode gloed en fijne beperkte kaki kraag. aroma van turf, whisky, hout, chocolade, geroosterde-gebrande mouten, alcohol, zoet. smaken zijn geroosterd, zacht, subtiel, alcohol, zwak bitter, medium zoet, erg lekkere strong ale, lekkere whisky komt er door, goede body, hrlijk

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1449) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2016
DWF; Bottle 66 cl. take away from KRIEK, Poznan. Bottledatum: APR 2011, Nr. 14856. Pours moderate, dark brown with creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is heavy, dark malt, peated, whiskey barrel, dark dried fruit and light chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet and bitter with lasting peated, warming finish. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. Thanks to KRIEK. Cheers!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k92488 (391) - NORWAY - MAR 5, 2016
DWF 0.75 flaske. 2011. Mrk med masse skum. Aroma rkt malt tre, litt whisky. Smak whisky malt frukt rkt . God ettersmak. Spennende l.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (3045) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2016
At Mrks. Bottle shared by Maakun. Deep mahogany brown, tan head. Sweet smoked peated chocolate malts. Nutty, syruppy, toffee, woody, ash. Sweet with medium bitterness. Full bodied, chocolatemilky texture, very light carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (4225) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle 2014 vintage shared. Deep reddish brown with nice beige head. Massive peat up front, sour red berries, raisins, figs, light malts, soft ash and rubber, dried apple, lots of herbs, cola, toffee, old rye bread. Under medium sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with velvety feel and a bit soft carbonation. A bit too peaty for me, I liked the base beer better.


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