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Emelisse Espresso Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
83
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2010)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
Photo of MaximalC
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with faint highlights and a negligible--and by that I mean nearly nonexistent--tan head. The aroma smells boldly of alcohol, molasses, coffee, and something resembling bourbon. I could swear one could get drunk via inhalation alone...

The flavor is more mild than the aroma would suggest. The front end is smooth and roasty, with notable alcohol and some dark fruit. The finish is where the coffee really comes through, with a long, pronounced crescendo of fresh-roasted coffee beans. Now, I'm not a coffee drinker, mostly because what little coffee I've had tastes much more bitter and bland than it smells, but the finish on this beer tastes as much like the smell of coffee as I've come across. Tiramisu would be another apt comparison.

As fine as this beer finishes, the detractor here is the peculiarity of the front end, which doesn't taste like anything in particular. There is some flavor there, perhaps a shade of bitterness and some alcohol, but it's not something that I would envision as foundational, and in that regard this brew falls short. Perhaps the gross lack of carbonation deprives the mouthfeel of some much needed texture? The alcohol could be a little better concealed as well, but at 10% ABV that may be a tall order. The delicious coffee finish is laudable, but the lack of a cohesive identity all the way through leaves something to be desired.

MaximalC, Dec 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

braugon, May 09, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Lovely brown cap of head on a deep darkness of a brew; head retention is a stellar show of stickiness. Used coffee bean grounds all the way, almost acrid but the roasted grain evens that out. Boiled coffee grounds give off a strong Cowboy Coffee flavor, very bitter. Roasted grain, dark fruitiness, yeast and some veggie-like hop try and round out the palate, but the burnt used coffee flavor stays strong even in the aftertaste. A bit off kilter--even when the beer warms up a bit, the espresso flavor has got a stranglehold on the taste buds. A notch above average.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +9.6%

kaneel, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is not as prevalent as I expected it to be, but it is definitely present.

The flavor is much heavier on the coffee. I also get some roasted malt and chocolate as well as some grassy hop notes and some Belgian yeast character. The alcohol is very well hidden. I had no idea the beer was 10 percent ABV. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Very interesting to see a coffee stout brewed with a Belgian twist.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kwkdmk, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of navband
3/5  rDev -17.8%

navband, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ABokononist, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

whatname, May 29, 2014
Photo of Bierleichen
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Bierleichen, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of jburns301
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jburns301, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

aztraz, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of osusullins
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a fan. I like coffee stouts, but there is something on the back end of this beer that I just can't get past.

Pours a dark black with almost no head. Not much lacing.

Aroma is strong coffee and nothing else. Maybe a subtle hint of chocolate, but you really have to be looking for it.

Taste is ok at first. The coffee comes through immediately, but there is a bitterness that comes into play that doesn't seem to fit the beer. Very light bodied for a stout. If I am in the mood for a coffee stout, this will not be the one I reach for.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ohiobeer29, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jsnoek, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev +9.6%

TheSleepyMonkey, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Mar 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

cyrushire, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

wesley14, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16 ounce bottle (330 ml), best before 09/2012, Lot A. Thanks to my buddy Denis for picking up this one for me! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. However, there is a lot of lacing left behind. Aroma is a bit weak, it smells like coffee, roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. It tastes the same as it smells, but luckily the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. There's also a nice lingering bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. It's not my favorite coffee beer, but it's certainly worth a try. I'd drink this again.

bluejacket74, Mar 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Damburger, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee notes with light roasted malt is OK though not as powerful as expected. Taste is also an OK mix between some light dry coffee notes with light dry roasted malt with a side of caramelized malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit light for style and espresso flavour fell a bit short.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B/B 09/14. Lot A

Different label than the one pictured above and label listed ABV at 9.5%, not 10%.

A - Very dark brown with a ring of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted espresso aroma up front that overpowers lighter aromas of roast and sweet molasses

T - Roast, sweet chocolate, dark bitter espresso and brown sugar. Good balance of bitter and sweet. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 25, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

mlefebvre7, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

enelson, Jan 11, 2014
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Emelisse Espresso Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.