De Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse

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Dochter Korenaar EmbrasseDaughter of the Corn, the English translation of the Flemish idiom De Dochter van de Korenaar, was once a term used to describe beer.  It makes sense if you understand that corn refers to wheat or barley.  Europeans use the term Maize to refer to what we North Americans know as corn. Beer is definitely the offspring of corn and now it’s a small craft brewery.

Founded in 2007 by Ronald Mengerink, De Dochter van de Korenaar quickly made splash in the Belgian craft beer scene.  Despite only being in existence for 8 years, Ronald has been brewing in some capacity since he was 16.  So far his recipes have blended Belgian tradition with American innovation to create some highly interesting beers.

Embrasse is a higher alcohol dark beer.  The brewery describes it as a beer that lies between an abbey-style, a porter, and a stout.  The brewery also does an oak-aged/peated version of this beer.

Appearance: Rich brown, deep tan head, great retention.

Aroma: Whiskey, rum, oak, figs, nutmeg, cloves, dates, burn toast, smokey phenols.

Taste: Boozy, whisky notes, cocoa, spicy, licorice, smokey.

Overall Impression: This is a big, rich, tasty beer.  Despite the higher alcohol and high malt load, the beer still manages to come off pretty dry.  This one is big on flavor and certainly one for the uninitiated. The one small fault was that the bottle was a bit of a gusher.

Availability: In limited quantities from 12% Imports.

9% ABV

Embrasse's special packaging (Photo from www.dochtervandekorenaar.be)
Embrasse’s special packaging (Photo from www.dochtervandekorenaar.be)

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