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Emelisse Rauchbier - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 90
Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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?).

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Photo of OregonHopmonster
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.33cl Bottle that was a couple dollars more than an Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Maerzen.

I found the appearance of this beer to be very appealing- a nice, compact light beige head that lasted and a beautiful ruby color.

The nose was quite smoky, reminiscent of the classic Bamberg examples, but with a little less of the malty/meaty component. So far so good.

Then things went a little bit off-kilter. The mouthfeel was certainly more rounded than is traditional, a byproduct of both this being an ale and a lower carbonation level than would be found in a German rauchbier. And while the flavor was right where you would want it to be for the style, all smoke, malt and meat (though not as much as some examples), the overall impression was somewhat confusing. This beer is bock strength but isn't any more malty or satisfying than its German regular strength bretheren.

Nice to try, but I will not buy it again, mostly because of the price.

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Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of 100floods
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy, thick mud brown with clear shades of a nut-brown, too. Smells of sweet, bock-like malt with some kind of smokish notes. Pleasant and pretty clean, but too much like a doppel bock. The smoked malt comes through a lot more in the flavor. It does come through as strong as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but perhaps the difference is what makes this one nice, but not as good. I'd say this one tastes more like 'smoke' that meat that has been smoked. It's not a strong bacon or smoked salmon flavor that makes the other classic examples good, but not extremely drinkable in high frequency.

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Photo of kwjd
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at a store in Brooklyn, New York. Pours a murky brown colour with very thin head. Lots of smoke, almost bacony. I find the flavour to have almost a salty aftertaste, with the lingering bacon flavour as an aftertaste. Medium bodied carbonation.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rather exceptional beer when it comes to food accompaniment with a excellenct balance of smoked malt, and dark fruit qualities. pour is cloudy dark orange/amber with about two fingers of nearly white head. nose is plum, black berry and smokey camp fire. palate is first off smokey as expected. but a dryness that is equal to the citrus notes of the hops... palate has a meaty black currant to it, plum and blackberries like in the nose but with a quality of subtle cherry yogurt. this beer has not in any way gone bad. its very subtle and it may be because i have it with liver, shallots and kale in balsamic vinegar but it brought out some fantastic potential in the range.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of thepeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a big thick frothy head that is still around at the very last sip. I got subdued aromas of woody smoke, bbq pork and a bit of dark fruit. Flavors are much of the same, not as smokey as I like it but I really like the smoke flavor. Thought that I got more wood and well seasoned meat, salty Chinese bbq pork ribs is what I am thinking. In fairness I should mention that I am drinking this with a nicely seasoned Rib Eye for dinner. Extremely smooth and really perfect on the palette, Excellent! I would drink this all night but honestly not as flavorful as the Schlenkerla Urbier or Marzen, but very nice still and it is it's own beer. Over all very nice and would get again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown 300ml bottle; BB 03-06/2011, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a murky and dark chestnut brown colour, topped with a super-huge and thick light-beige froth, settling slowly to a 0.5cm head to last on top of constant streams of mini-fizz.
S: the smell is very similar to Schlenkerla Märzen, in that the beech-wood smoked malts come in their full strength, radiating lots of salty-sweet marinated-prune aroma, but less bacon-ish or smoked-fishy; the caramalts contribute a secondary layer of malt sweetness, while there's a light tinge of... something (hops?) behind. A good swirl brings out something that the original Bamberg Rauchbier doesn't show - an enticing, jammy estery elements endowed by bottle-conditioning of Belgian yeasts! Enticing and smooth...
T: a smooth mouthful of smoked malts, lightly sour-sweet smoked prune-ish and smoked woody, and mildly... toffee-like, leading towards an unexpectedly bitter-ish and dry-ish aftertaste, resulting from the woodiness and definitely hops (I guess). Lingering in the finish are nicely-tuned maltiness and a mildly medicinal/phenolic undertone, while a faint touch of dried herbs floats somewhere in the mouth...
M&D: well bottle-conditioned, the mouthfeel is consistently mildly effervescent and smooth, against a medium body. All in all, I find this Belgian take on smoked beer a very successful and succulent one, coming with a bit different complexity than the original Bamberg stuff. Highly enjoyable!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Emelisse Rauchbier from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.