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Emelisse Double IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Double IPAEmelisse Double IPA

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally ABV was 9.0%

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of jsprain1


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Amber, a touch hazy with a decent white head that lasts ok. Fair retention.
S- Aroma is earthy hops with a touch of citrus. The malt comes through but it brings more of a caramelness than anything else.
T- It's ok with big earthy hops, but there is only one note more or less in it. There is some sweetness too, but that's about it.
M- Medium bodied, nicely smooth, covers up the 11% pretty well.
O- It's a different take on the IIPA than you would see in many American examples. But it's still worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 00:33:08 | More by jsprain1
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very different looking bottle received in CanBIF 2012. Thanks phyl21ca! 12 oz bottle date notched BB end of 09/12. Poured into a wine glass at 4 C.

Pours a minimal head with OK retention and light lacing. Copper brew that is clear until the bottle sediment pours. Doh! Malty nose and body with hints of sweet caramel. Bitterness that is well balanced, though utterly lacking hop flavours and aromas. More a barleywine than a DIPA at this point. I guess "BB" is relative. Sampled July 1, from notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:29:18 | More by kjyost
Photo of nickfl


2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a very hazy, golden brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pine, grapefruit, and a bit of caramel.

T - Sweet toffee with some floral hop notes up front. More musty hop flavors in the middle with pine and a hint of grapefruit. The beer finishes with more pine and toffee as well as fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I'm not impressed with this one, the malt is muddy and one dimensional and the hops are kind of rancid. The bitterness is harsh, yet it does little to push back against the cloying sweetness. A borderline drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 04:11:03 | More by nickfl
Photo of GPHarris


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left a thick ring throughout and billowed nicely. the body was a dark, slightly hazy copper color.
s - caramel with some earthy hop aromas.
t - earthy hops with a very bitter hop finish. there is some caramel and toffee balance.
m - a little thin.
o - decent beer but not a lot of pop to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 18:58:51 | More by GPHarris
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy orange amber. Light head and light lacing. Nice almost barley wine like aroma; sweet malt, pine and citrus hops. Hops with a light malt, pine and citrus flavors. Rather mellow at first then finishes with a sharp, spicy hop surge. A pleasant IPA, but not surpassing the best domestic IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:39:16 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops with a caramel touch. Taste is a mix between some citrus, pine and bitter hops with notes of caramel malt with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but missing the hops punch associated with this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:28:44 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of beerdrifter


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is unique, but somewhat subdued. Subtle spice and citrus notes with hints of pepper, hop resin and pine, as well as a solid caramel malt base. The taste is unique as well. Again, it's somewhat subdued for a Double IPA and reminds me more of an English IPA. The caramel malt is the star, with hints of pine, grapefruit, tea and pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very much like the British version, with a nice subtle bitter hop bite on the finish. The ABV of the one I picked up is only 9%, but it's extremely well hidden. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:25:23 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of rmcnealy


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional becker. The label artwork is not the same as what's photo'd above. (a date of 09/2011, Lot A.. hope that's the bottling date and not best by lol)

Poured a dark copperish brown that is very hazy and obviously quite unfiltered. The off white head fleeted quickly leaving a small consistent lace around the glass. The first aromas were of caramel, toffee and floral. The taste is very pleasant and not as syruppy/boozed out like some other higher ABV IPA's/DIPA's. The taste faded quickly and there was a substantial amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass. A great beer no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed it albeit it was not very hoppy as I would have liked and look for in a good IPA.

Found at Evolution Liq's - Northbrook, IL

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:00:14 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of osusullins


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best DIPA that I've tasted, but a decent rendition.

Pours a honey golden color with a white head.

Smell is not overpowering. Some hops with caramel sweetness.

What you would expect. The hops dominate the palate, but are not overly aggressive. Well balanced by the malts. Decent Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:06:02 | More by osusullins
Photo of hdelavega


2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey gold-amber. No head to speak of, maybe the bartenders falt.
Aroma: Malt, a bit of honey, no hops at all.
I do get a little hoppy bitterness, some malty sweetness, but the mouthfeel is killing me. Supper watery.Llittle carbonation. However, this beer is dangerous, extremely drinkable for a 11% brew.
Overall this is not what I'd expect from a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 04:21:15 | More by hdelavega
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber hued and slightly hazy with a 1-finger head that disappeared quickly, leaving behind very good lacing

S - Very subdued hop profile with a heavy caramel malt nose

T - Much too sweet up front, with almost no initial bitterness or hop flavor. However, the bitterness does catch your palate upon finish

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O - This is definitely not comparable to your typical American DIPA. A very mellow hop profile was overpowered by the sweet maltiness of this brew. It wasn't unenjoyable by any means, but if you're looking for a very hop-forward DIPA, this isn't going to cut it for you.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 22:38:21 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of Mar02x


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost no head on this one, low in carbonation too. The color is light brown amber.

S - Nice fresh beer with hops.

T - Nice soft hops, strong bitter after taste though.

M - Nice soft carbonation.

O - A nice beer to drink when eating Chinese food.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 17:46:15 | More by Mar02x
Photo of cwguy5

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Sampled 10.21.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - deep, cloudy reddish brown; thinnish head faded to broken white cap
S - slightly floral and hops with toffee and bready tones; sweet overall
T - rich creamy flavor; some pale malt with toast/bread; bit of alcohol near end
M - medium-low carbonation with somewhat of a thick body for dipa; sweet and floral linger
D - interesting take on dipa; i personally like the creamy, malty palate on this one

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:41:22 | More by cwguy5
Photo of nrbw23


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Well, this is probably one of the ugliest DIPA's I've ever had. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a fairly thin tannish colored head. Head turns into a ring of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Caramel malts are really jumping out at me. Picking up some yeast, bread, and toffee too. A light touch of hops, mainly herbal, piney and flowery. So far this isn't reminding me of an IPA let alone a DIPA.

T- Well, its better than the nose. Picking up some hop bitterness. Still quite a bit of sweetness, toffee and caramel. Floral hops are here for sure. I actually don't mind the taste it all goes together pretty well.

M- A touch on the fuller side of medium and lighter on the carbonation.

O- This beer is ugly and doesn't really smell like a DIPA, but it does taste pretty solid. This isn't something I'd seek out, but its not the worst thing out there either.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 10:39:15 | More by nrbw23
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca. Didn't make the cut of beers to take back to Australia, so I drank it on my last night in New York.

Pours a very viscous and thick reddish amber colour, with a fine but patchy head of white. Body is really nice and thick and heavy, and I like a bit of deeper colour in a DIPA. Minimal lacing. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is green and prickled with noble hops, giving a crushed vegetation character, with clipped grass and leafy tannins. Grainy malt character comes through as well, with a rustic funk that's almost like a saison. Interesting take.

Taste is clear and hoppy, without being really that bitter. It certainly has a kick to it, but this is probably the combination of low-alpha European varieties, and the extra sting of alcohol. A hint of phenols as well. Finish is rather sweet, with a golden malt character coming through stickily on the end. Feel is light but slick.

Not a bad brew all up, and an interesting European American IPA, as if that makes any sense. Let's call it an American IPA with European ingredients.

That still doesn't make sense, but I'll stand by it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:14:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Knapp85


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a lightly hazed Copper color. The head was minimal. Not much lacing either. The smell was hoppy and had a decent amount of malt. The taste gave off a pretty good hop flavor but nothing too intense like I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall it's not too bad but there are better choices.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:00:47 | More by Knapp85
Photo of RuudJH


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA from Emelisse has 7.9 % abv.. Quite a difference from the appearant 11% DIPA that has been reviewed here allready. Looking at the website, the variation in % looks to be no exceptions from this brew.
But it made me enter it as a new beer.

Looks orange brown, thin head.
Smell is very floral, with some fruits like apricot in the background.
Taste is good and bitter, with a mild flavour of what I imagine flowers.
Overall, good but not great in the IPA style. It's nice , but too simple.
It could be more complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 16:38:38 | More by RuudJH
Photo of david18

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is my recent review on the bottle version of the beer:

After seeing what some other breweries in north western Europe are doing with American Style IPA's and double IPA's I was very excited to to try this beer. I had a bottle of it at dbgb in Manhattan's lower east side. This was a very good beer and one I enjoyed very much. Lightish color, great hop aroma, flavor is good but a little on the strong side. I hope to come across this again soon.


Agreed about the draft version. A very good double IPA that brings its own interesting characteristics to the style. Again, high alcohol does effect the balance but overall a very good double.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 13:37:57 | More by david18
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from CBX in June 2011. The beer pours an opaque deep amber with notes of burnt sienna. A small off-white head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin ring plus a small island clump of bubbles in the middle. Nice bits of foam cling to the side of the glass as the beer disappears, but its not exactly what I'd call lacing.

The nose is nice, but awfully faint. I get faint citrus notes; clementine perhaps? Just a hint of earthiness, but no noticeable contribution from the malt.

After the relatively weak aroma, the flavor is unexpectedly bold. Nice dank hop flavor up front with rather more minty characteristics than the nose intimated. Decent malt backbone that is solid, but stays out of the way of the hop flavors.

Finish is relatively dry, but not West Coast DIPA dry. Moderately low carbonation is sufficient to keep the finish smooth. This one begs to be drunk posthaste.

I can let the appearance slide, but this one really needs a better aroma to be called outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:12:37 | More by ewright
Photo of jbertsch


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle while in Amsterdam. Poured into a tulip. Opaque rust color. A crisp white head is 1 finger in size and fades to a ring through the rest of the session.

Smelled of earthy hops, but there's just as much sweet malt in there to throw you a bit as you compare this to American IPAs you've had. The malt reminds me of dutch stroop; caramel with marmite and molasses notes.

The taste serves up an oily, earthy hop profile along with caramel sugar that interplay with each back and forth until the hops prevail, leaving you with a heavy dose of bitterness that lasts long on the finish.

Full body yet with a crisp snap on the tongue.

Overall pretty good, and very interesting. However, what makes it unique might be seen as a muddled unfocused recipe. Good enough to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 21:17:50 | More by jbertsch
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2011 purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange.. ABV says 7.5% on bottle, this is 2011

A - Pours a rich amber with little very fine off-white head into my Deadlift glass, I expect some good carbonation here - surprisingly nice lacing

S - Smell is slightly bitter, very fruity/yeasty with alcohol present. Distinct honey and nutty aromas

T - Very nice, bitter (especially up front) very fruity and refreshing. Sweet maltyness and honey, "a bit nutty"

M - Medium bodied, a little light for the style but that makes this thing very drinkable.

O - Very well balance, nice and crisp, super drinkable - really like this one, if it was less I could put quite a few of these back - well worth it though, very good!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:27:04 | More by MacQ32
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of '09 so I'm assuming that all hop fruitiness will be gone.

A- A two finger creamy tan head sits atop a caramel colored brew. Touches of orange/amber when held to the light. Nice lacing dripping down the rim. Doesn't look like a normal IIPA.

S- Caramel, figs, vanilla(?) and hints of citrus... grapefruit rind, sugar sweet peaches and finished with more dried fruit, nuts and just a hint of alcohol. Reminds me more of a great Barley Wine. Wonder what it woulda been like fresh.

T- Caramel, grapefruit, honey and roasted nuts. Sweet with just a touch of bitterness. I'm guessing this went from IIPA to Barley Wine... and I am LOVING it!!!

M- Very little carbonation, sweet but not cloyingly so. Decent bitter bite... lots going on here! Really coats the tongue and leaves you wanting more and more.

O- This is fantastic! I'm gonna try to go pick up whatever they have left next week. Caramel, marshmallow, citrus... I can't believe it's 11%!!! Damn... why did I only pick up one?

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:00:12 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of titosupertramp


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ´t Arendsnest in Amsterdam.

A: Golden orange color with two fingers of white soapy head. Lot of big bubbles with nice lacing.

S: Doesn't exactly smell like your normal US hopbomb. Slightly citrus, herbal and nutty. Nice and subtle.

T: Largely follows the nose. I enjoy the change of pace that this allows. Instead of super citrus/pine and bready/sweet, this is more herbal and nutty to me. Subdued by American standards, but very nice all the same.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. No burn from the alcohol.

D: Could have had a couple of these if we had more time and I didn't want to try others. Glad I was able to try Holland's take on a DIPA. Very enjoyable beer that I would have again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 07:44:41 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of mulder1010


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeffo for the beer. Poured into a tulip

A-- Pretty aggressive pour got a pretty large light brown two finger head. Did not last long though. Faded pretty quickly. Poured a dark amber color. Looks like a lot of Carmel in this. Besides the head very little carbonation shown. Very little head retention.

S-- Pretty soft nose to this. Lots of Carmel and some soft grapefruit and soft pine to this.

T-- Carmel and grapefruit mostly. Not a lot of pine to this. Just a small bit of candied taste to this.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium heavy feel to this. Lots and lots of grapefruit feel to this. Just a small bit of pine and a lot of Carmel backbone. Kind of an earthy feel to this. Not a lot of crisp citrus. More grapefruit and big Carmel.

D-- Overloaded on Carmel and grapefruit. Not bad though. very bitter in the grapefruit department but lacks orange or lemon to offset it and a bit less carmel.

M-- Well hidden ABV and pretty decent to drink. Lots of grapefruit though. Smaller bottle size does help. A sipper but would want another.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 14:17:25 | More by mulder1010
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Agressively poured this bottle of beer and still only a slight dense smooth head which only lasted a bit but left a film for most of the rest of the beer. A dark amber in color

smells like you'd expect, piney hops and cittrus with a bit of spice which I assume was from the yeast.

Tastes a lot like it smells but a bit subdued. Heavier on the pine and lighter on the citrus than I expected. Still a bit of additional spice as well.

Very smooth but seemed to lack Carbonation. Not flat just flatter than usual. i did not mind this so much as I love naturally carbonated cask ale, and that was what the mouthfeel was liike.

I could easily drink a couple of these but generally I always find IPAs to be less drinkable as they overpower my taste buds a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 22:55:08 | More by thepeter
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Emelisse Double IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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