Emelisse Rauchbier - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: metter98 on 05-01-2010

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by TheDoorman:
Photo of TheDoorman
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite style or one I am too familiar with, but ordered this up at Vaandag in NYC. It had a dark amber color and a faily unremarkable aroma. The taste and mouthfeel was on the money. A nice amount fo smokiness, which means a subtle amount. It was there and noticable, but mostly towards the end of the palate. A perfect amount to compliment a smokey food, or to contrast with something less robust. Very creamy motuhfeel. Excellent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?).

Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hirter stange.

VDubb hearkens back to his family's roots with his selection, a continuation of the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. This conspirator pours a clear russet topped by a finger or so of creamy ecru foam. The nose is definitely dominated by charred smoke, though some honey-drizzled ham sits savoringly in the clear-aired background. There's a vague sweetness in there as well. The taste focuses more on the ham to begin with, a slice of pineapple laying on top; the smoke comes in near the end, diminished in strength since the smell. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda crisp finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent rauch, though a bit light on the smoke for me. Still, it is very smooth and seems to go down insanely easily.

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, amber color. Suspended sediment is present. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, smoke, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and an odd bacon grease aroma that is amazing. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great aroma, great body, and great blend.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a very nice cream colored head with decent retention.
Aroma is part roasted malts and part like a sort of smoked cheese - I like it.
The taste starts bittery, quite bittery really and is complemented by some roastiness and coffee feel.
Quite nice, I must say.

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour produces a still modest head that pillows the cloudy amber/ice tea brown liquid; lots of yeast in suspension and the lacing was rather impressive

Smell: A blend of smoked beechwood and caramel that almost creates a whiskey character

Taste: Caramel and smoked beechwood blend together in the opening, with a bit of earthy hop character developing in the middle; nicely balanced after the swallow, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a touch flabby

Overall: Oftentimes smoked beers take on a band-aid character but in this case the smoke and the caramel blend perfectly, bringing complexity and balance

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and smoked meats and cheeses. Taste is much the same with a slight adhesive bandage flavor and a very smokey aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors for the style.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Dots of white lace stick to the glass of this amber brown colored beer. The nose brings out a modest smoke note and cured meat, also some sweet malt. For those afraid of a really smokey beer, you don't need to be afraid this Dutch brew. The smoke is modest, but a sweet smoke. It's almost like candied bacon. More commonly found is the marzen-like maltiness and sweetness. Fairly smooth and light medium bodied, which helps make this a pleasant beer for anytime.

Photo of tony223366
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: After a rigorous pour I have two fingers of light tan, fluffy head. It's quickly dissipating though. The color is a murky walnut brown with lots of sediment floating around. Not overly attractive all things considered.

S: But this is! Man they got the Rauchbier aroma right. I get all kinds of bacony smokey goodness. Mixed in with some rich caramels make this beer so appetizing. Maybe a little chocolate, but the smoke really takes the cake here.

T: It doesn't quite deliver what the aroma promises. If I had to start someone on Rauchbiers this might be my choice though. Schlenkerla's are much more bold and robust but they can be overwhelming at first. With this I get some caramel and actually some hop bitterness too. The hops come off a little piney. The malts then come in with some caramel and a little chocolate. It finishes with that smokey roastedness which gives you a really nice finish.

M: This is where the beer falls the shortest though. Very light body that doesn't jive with the flavors and aroma. It needs a bit more to stand up to the flavors and aroma, otherwise it's just jarring.

O: The review looks worse than it really is. I do enjoy this beer and would give it a much better score if it had a more luxurious mouthfeel.

Photo of jbertsch
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears an opaque dark auburn with an off-white head of decent size. Head fades.

The aroma of this brew immediately after an aggressive pour is amazing. Smells like smoked, cooked food...or at least nice cheese and cured smoked meats. As head fades, smoke mixes with a little caramel malt and nuttiness.

The taste is a smooth and slightly spiced malt profile one would normally find in a good red ale. Smokey notes lay on top. Finishes a little bitter, in a good way.

Below average carbonation, with medium body.

This went great with some smoked almonds, dutch cheese, an prosciutto .

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Emelisse Rauchbier from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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