Emelisse Rauchbier - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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Reviews by Bung:
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
12 oz. Nice amber pour, solid finger of off white head. Retains well, lacing maybe not so much.
Carmelly malty aroma, very light bacon, smoked peat. Surprisingly mild smoke actually. Increases nicely as it warms.
Light toffee then the smoked peat, canadian bacon, corndog. A little herbal hop twang there. Then it is back to the smoke for the finish. A friend called it a liquid hushpuppy, fairly apt I'd say.
Carbonation is there but fades quickly making it a little boring on the tongue. Could use just a tad more body, but it is fairly easy to drink. Probably a one and done though.
A little one sided, but a good Rauch.
05-06-2011 02:55:31 | More by Bung
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United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2013. ABV is stated as 7%. Acquired ages ago from the Grog shop in Edinburgh and stored in my garage.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A dark chestnut-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Good carbonation with some chunky floating sediment. Produces a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of intensely smoky malt with hints of kippers, roasted malt, dried fruit, wood, mild brown sugar, smoked meat, peat, faint chocolate and earthy yeast. Woodsmoke dominates, though there is also a touch of whisky to it. Slightly sweet and most impressive.
Tastes of seriously smoky malt with a bitter finish. Notes of smoked malt, wood, kippers, roasted malt, liquorice, dried fruit, peat, faint brown sugar, subtle chocolate and earthy yeast. A twinge of woody sourness in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a malty, smoky bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of wood smoke, roasted malt and mild fruitiness.
Pretty good - a solid take on the style. Perhaps not quite as balanced as Schlenkerla but well-crafted nonetheless. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are intensely smoky and woody. Hints of smoked meat/fish and fruitiness can be discerned. Decent body. Lingers long on the palate. Tasty; if you're a fan of rauchbiers then this is certainly worth sampling.
12-14-2013 02:46:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
4/5 rDev +6.7%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a slightly dense clear brown body with a beige bubbly head that pops away to a thin film. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- The oak and leather smoke aroma is mild with a soft band-aid note that finishes with a mineral note.
T- The slight watery note turns into a oaky smoke note with a soft band-aid note to the dry finish. There is some soft brown malt flavors underneath that support the smoke flavor.
M- This medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz that dries the finish more and no alcohol heat.
D- The smoke has some nice complexity to it and the band-aid note is in the background and not the offensive plastic taste but a good cloth band-aid note. Malt is a bit buried but plays a good supporting role.
07-27-2010 21:01:55 | More by rhoadsrage
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Medium smoke aroma. Lacey on yellow body. Medium mouthfeel. Some sourish taste, not unusual, and malted down for drinkability. Residual hoppy taste in aftertaste, and that's the best part.
Ken's bottle. A decent enough smoked beer though not exceptional it is worth trying.
01-31-2011 16:15:17 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +4%
One finger ecru-white head over amber translucent body. Decent head retention and lacing.
Slightly smoky nose, possible game meat.
This is an interesting one-- it's like a smoked Flemish sour! All the vegetal tartness of something like Bourgogne de Flandres, but with some smoke thrown in for good measure.
Mouthfeel is standard; enough fizz to keep it from being watery; it's pretty thin-bodied.
For the price and taste, I probably won't get it again, but it was certainly interesting. I don't find it super-drinkable, but this could be well paired with food (duck?).
04-16-2011 02:20:52 | More by zaphodchak
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
Massive thanks goes out to Jeff and Charles at Appalachian Vintner in Asheville for giving me this one on my most recent visit! Thanks guys! Served from bottle into a Mother Earth strange. Poured red-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, ham, and pulled pork. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. Massive amounts of smoked meat flavors going on in this one. Honestly tasted like I was at a BBQ and has made me one to plan one for this summer now! Reason being is that I wish I had some to go with this brew. It will definitely be present when I have a BBQ next time. Great aroma and flavor going on in this one. A very nice example of the style and a must try in my opinion!
05-03-2011 14:37:23 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoke and light sweet caramel malt base is quite nice. Taste is also a good mix between some smoke notes with some medium sweet caramelized malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice balance between smoke notes and caramelized sugar with provides a great drinking experience.
04-10-2012 14:11:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured a chestnut color, with a cream colored finger and a half of frothy head. Aroma was nice, with a not overpowering, but assertive smokey malt aroma, with some hints of caramel, toffee and meatiness. The charred smokiness is super assertive! There's some nuttiness and caramel with hints of toffee on the finish. Much more intense than the aroma. The feel has a quite creamy feel, medium bodied. Overall, this is quite nice. It's an assertive Rauchbier, but I like em that way.
12-11-2011 18:20:25 | More by EgadBananas
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Beer is brown in color with a pretty dense and nice looking head. The aroma is smoky with bacon. Medium intensity. On the taste, the beer is strongly smoked, quite intense. Some woody notes in there too, mainly on the finish. Not very bitter. Medium body. Quite effervescent. The head sticks well to the glass. A nice rauchbier.
05-26-2012 18:37:09 | More by ZorPrime
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
$3 bottle from New Beer. 12/12/A notch. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Hope the price break didn't mean this was headed to the clearance rack. Things have to be pretty bleak to land there.
Ommegang chalice. Muddy amber/brown body. Whispy off-white head.
Smell is a moderately rich sausage smoke. Faint char & alcohol.
Feel is a bit thin. Taste is a bit more subdued. Light ash, sweet char, mellow whiskey. Lingering bark-like bitterness. Odd, twangy fruit finish. Paired with the thin, beaded body, & the overeager start, I'm guessing that this one will start turning sooner rather then later.
10-01-2012 06:37:15 | More by PEBKAC
4.6/5 rDev +22.7%
Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a slightly cloudy medium to dark garnet orange amber. Half finger off-white head dissipates slowly to a ring with nice lacing. Aroma of smoked meat and mild malt. Flavor is a very pleasant, rich malt and smoke with light fruit flavors fleetingly present. Finish is smooth smoke and sweet malt. Creamy medium to heavy bodied, nice. This is a very distinctive and flavorful rauchbier. Very well integrated with a very interesting flavor progression. I'm very impressed and will buy this again.
01-26-2012 05:12:30 | More by LiquidAmber
3.75/5 rDev 0%
A: It poured clear amber in color into a mug with a thin, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles; there is a good amount of head retention.
S: There is a gentle smell of smoky aromas in the nose.
T: The taste has a good mix of malty and smoky flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate.
D: This beer was relatively easy to drink, although the smoked smell and flavor wasn't quite as intense as some of the other rauchbiers out there.
05-01-2010 21:53:54 | More by metter98
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.
Smell: Smokey, like any good rauchbier should be. There is also a very mild nutty sweetness as well.
Taste: Again, smokey is the dominant flavor. Has that good smokey flavor that reminds me of being at a barbecue. Mildly sweet from the malt with hints of nuts and dark fruit. The finish is mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium amount of smooth carbonation. The finish has a very slight dryness to it.
Overall: This is a good but not great rauchbier. It has a good smokey flavor to it, but it isn't quite as bold as I would like it to be. I would drink this again, but I might not buy it.
04-23-2011 00:31:12 | More by oline73
3.15/5 rDev -16%
Tasted from 10.14oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a decent off-white but quickly receding head. The nose has a hint of sweetness with hickory smoke, salty brine, and some lightly roasted malt. Flavor is smoked hickory with smoky roasted almonds and some malt. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a medium-length smoked finish.
07-27-2010 03:31:14 | More by wedgie9
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium head that settles.
Smell is smoky, like a nice bbq. The smoke is nicely mixed with the caramel malts and the mild yeast character that reminds me most of a German yeast. It adds a spicy and malt forward smell.
The taste is smoky, with notes of ribs on the bbq, some light rubber and bandaid. The beer is German malty, I mean the malt is so subtle but in a good way, grainy and crisp and lightly grassy. The beer has some bitterness that can be tasted after swallowing the beer. I am not sure if this is the malt bitterness or the hops.
I get used to the smoke after half the glass, but the beer reains interesting.
06-22-2012 15:51:48 | More by Absumaster
3.6/5 rDev -4%
An expensive 10.14 oz bottle. Apparently is an ale and not a Rauchbier.
It pours a clear brown with a foamy off-white head. The head quickly recedes with no lacing.
The smell is very smoky and campfirey. But it also as a prevailing caramel sweetness.
The flavor is alright. It is a very light beer. It has mostly lager characeristics. Nice bready malt, a subtle hop note. The smoke definitely isn't overboard.
It is a nice one, but have a Bamberger Rauch for less money rather than this.
02-10-2011 03:02:28 | More by crossovert
Emelisse Rauchbier from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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