Emelisse Rauchbier - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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4.3/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dark caramel brown with a thin off-white head and some yeast sediment. The head lingers for a long time. The beer is wonderfully smoky with hints of caramel and chocolate. There's some of that breadiness from the smoked malt as well. The flavor is malty, slightly sweet, and smoky. The smokiness lingers in the mouth along with some mild back end bitterness. I get some of those chocolate notes as well, but they're faint. The body is medium to full with low carbonation. The beer coats the mouth, allowing for a smoky aftertaste to linger. The beer is pretty easy to drink. This is an excellent beer. It's not quite up there with the German rauchbiers, but it's not far off.
04-29-2013 00:33:36 | More by acevenom
4.05/5 rDev +8%
7% ABV. Pours a nice frothy head of creamy tan foam. Colour is a deep, thick dark drown, opaque. Retention is very good, leaving excellent lacing and film.
Smell is of fruity bonfire, woodsmoke, and a light smoked fish. But a nice sweet fruity zing, cherry, coffee, light spice. Maltiness is strong, thick and smoky.
Taste is malty, bready, with a pervasive woodsmoke. Retains some aspects of cherry and fruitwood, (toss em on the fire). A bit more bitterness develops afterward, some tart fruit. Finish is dry, woody, with a dry, slightly astringent, lingering smoke. Pretty well balanced, lot of complex flavour.
Mouthfeel has a moderate body, carbonation is pretty light, but there is a lot of heavy malt on the palate. A sipper, but the alcohol is mostly not perceived, it comes out on the aftertaste. It is refreshing.
This was a nice take on the rauchbier style. It offers a complex encapsulation of the style, it has a few rough edges toward the end, and the dry smokiness can be a bit overshadowing but its a quality beer and I would have it again.
11-14-2012 19:19:21 | More by mick303
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
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
10-15-2012 20:30:36 | More by brentk56
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
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
07-29-2012 05:36:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-05-2012 04:41:22 | More by tony223366
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
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
3.1/5 rDev -17.3%
A: Dark brown cloudy beer with an minimal head.
S: Smoky, sweet and some citrus scents.
T: Bitter with some sour taste.
M: Bitter on the tongue, but further not very special.
O: Can have more body and I'm missing the aftertaste.
Drinks very easily.
03-31-2012 09:38:50 | More by DARIVA
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
Emelisse Rauchbier from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
84 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.