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Emelisse Double IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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85
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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 hdelavega
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

hdelavega, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of kjyost
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

kjyost, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bilbo Baggins Stilwater/12% Imports dinner on Friday November 12, 2010. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a really nice ruby color with an off-white, single-finger head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is sweet amber malt plus some light booze. It's also mildly fruity.

The taste is quite a bit of alcohol that gets heavier as the beer warms. Burns my cheeks. There's some sweet malt there as well with a light cherry flavor. Some light earthy hops in there as well. Mouthfeel brings some booze and a slight bitterness. There's some cherry cough syrup character in the finish and it's a bit astringent. Overall, I'm not a fan.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of nickfl
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

nickfl, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mtbdonn
3/5  rDev -19.8%

mtbdonn, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

GPHarris, May 31, 2012
Photo of prdstmnky
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Ciocanelu, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Mphis
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Mphis, May 21, 2014
Photo of heresy22
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

heresy22, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of mulder1010
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

mulder1010, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

nrbw23, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. Lots of floaties and sediment visible. Zero head. Zero lacing.

S: A pleasant, if somewhat underwhelming aroma of hops, citrus, a little malt.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Hops, grapefruit, and some malt. Mainly, it's on the thin and watery side, not powerful enough to grab your attention.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: It seems most European brewerys (Mikkeller excluded) cannot get the American double/Imperial IPA style right. Emelisse is no exception.

avalon07, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown bottle (likely 300ml); bottled on 11 June 2009, served mildly chilled in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice. NOTE: ingredients include biscuit malt, pale malt, Fuggles and Amarillo hops; at 80 EBU.

A: pours a translucent, dark amber hue with very fine carbonation in action, topped with a nice foamy light beige froth, leaving even sheets of lacing as it slowly retreats.
S: the bottle-conditioning yeasts have apparently clouded the aroma in the most aggressive way, rendering a dense aura of sour/oxidised pears & citric fruits plus sour breadiness, on top of a relatively restrained cake-ish+biscuity malt base. The Amarillo and Fuggles hops as described on the front label are nowhere to be found, susceptibly buried underneath the yeasty layer... In a way, the smell reminds me of a few yeasty and super strong, poorly bottle-conditioned barley wines that I've tasted in southern England!
T: quite like the aroma, the creamy-effervescent foretaste is full of sour pears+apples, sour bread, sour lactose drink, and cake-ish/syrupy malt (as in a traditional barley wine) - not quite unpleasant, but very different from one's expectation of a "DIPA"... After the creamy & thick swallow gradually settles, a light stream of orangey-citric hop juice ensues along with a soothingly bitter, zesty-tangy and lightly earthy undertone of hops... In turn, as the flavour evaporates, the bitterness sets in and deepens to result in a somewhat rough, chewy and dry palate in the finish, as the belated reminder of some depth of hops (EBU 80).
M&D: despite being refreshing with creamy carbonation and much lighter in body than the 9%abv. leads one to believe, the unsettled yeast sediments in the bottle have undoubtedly compromised the performance of flavour big time... What's left to be enjoyed is the minimum one would expect from a high-gravity and supposedly heavily-hopped "Double IPA" - its chewy bitter undertones in the finish. Apart from this, the flavour simply fails to deliver other good elements amidst the intervention of yeast sediments. What a shame. Maybe a (roughly) filtered or draught version of this ale might taste much better, hopefully?

wl0307, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of EnJeiBee
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

EnJeiBee, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht, I think.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Lable art doesn't match the one pictured above. Morevoer, this bottle is labled at 9%. Perhaps there is a difference in the domestic and export version.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger off-white medium-thick looking head with great retention. Burnt umber brown in color, opaque, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and a ring, clinging to the sides. A good wisp remains, and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Pale malts and biscuit notes there too. A relatively mild and malty nose for the style. Slight floral hop notes make an appearance, but not an overly hoppy interpretation.

TASTE: Pale malts and biscuit once again, as well as some sweet grainy malt notes. Finishes with a touch of floral hops and a bit of bitterness for balance. Aftertaste is quite balanced with some sweet grainy malt before an assault of bitter hops that just linger and linger. A very bitter finish on this, which is perhaps its saving grace.

PALATE: Medium-thick body, creamy smooth on the palate, and a little oily slick too. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: I'm quite glad Emelisse has decided to begin brewing more interesting beer. They certainly show potential, what with their wonderful imperial stout and this attempt at an American style DIPA. However, this one, though an enjoyable brew in its own right, is not quite up to snuff. It is a little too malt heavy for the style, and perhaps too heavy on the biscuit malt as well. Moreover, a bigger hop presence, both in the nose and the taste profile, is needed to really bring it up to par. That said, this is an enjoyable brew worth checking out in its own right, but just don't expect a huge citrusy, piny hop bomb of a DIPA.

Jeffo, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much more than a finger's worth of head but what's there is dense with very good retention, dark tan color, average stick to the lacing. Impenetrably opaque brown to orange murk, like a muddy creek with lots of clay in the soil composition, this said, you can find some bubbles floating upwards in there. The nose goes super-heavy on the malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate ice cream, fruitcake, raisin bread, creamed coffee, then comes the hops with pine sap, peat moss, coal tar, all of this edgy in stark contrast to the malts, somewhere along the way the fruit, flowers and citrus must have been lost. Full-bodied, sappy to the point of getting heavy and losing forward progression. Here, the bitterness of the hops leaps out first, no doubting it's a DIPA on that score. Of course, this is not to diminish the power of the malty caramel, chocolate, coffee flavors as well as the sweet breadiness. Maybe you get some apricot or peach here but not much. The pine manages to tease out some orange zest. Its weight never releases and it gets kind of tough to drink, luckily it's not even a 12oz bottle. Reach exceeds its grasp.

farrago, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MPSTARR
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MPSTARR, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Archemedies, May 05, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jpd7374, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light earth and hoppy bitterness. Flavors generally replicate the nose, with some light sweet malt, countered by some noticeable bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a decent amount of flavor and fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though there's some noticeable alcohol at the end that detracts from it just a bit.

While nothing special, this is a pleasant, easy to appreciate DIPA, that is very much in the British IPA style.

John_M, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 24, 2011
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Emelisse Double IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.