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Emelisse Rauchbier - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 05-01-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot B, best by 09/2013, notched on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Emellise's Rauchbier is a quite good interpretation of the style, unique in its generally balanced smokiness and maltiness, unlike either Schlenkerla or Spezial's recipes. The smokiness is of a grassy or light wood quality, which complements the lightly caramelized and bready malts quite well. If this were commonly avaialble, I'd definitely enjoy again if fresh.

Pours a 2cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, with retention of about two minutes, fading to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, leaving heavy, complex patterns along the sides of the glass that are modified with each sip. Body is copper in color, with light bringing out dark golden brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the mostly transparent body (10-20% opaque), moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is of tangy and slightly sweet smokiness with pleasant light caramel malt influences, like a grass fire mixed with North American-midwest barbeque sauce. Interesting and pleasant, not a "meaty" rauchbier as Schlenkerla does, but more of a smoky-spicy-sauce influence.

Overall flavor is of grass smoke with a semi-sweet malt backbone (caramel, Munich, or Vienna, or some of each) and a touch of bittering hops. Front of palate detects sweet, lightly caramel-hazed brown bread with modest smokiness and herbal characters (from hops or smoked malt, difficult to tell). Mid-palate of smoked malt (giving a grass smoke or smoked fish flavor) with brown sugar and spices (cumin, mustard, vinegar), tangy sweetness from caramel and/or Munich with smoked malt. Back of palate picks up notable caramel and potentially roasted malt, with background smokiness and bitterness. Aftertaste of grass smoke with light caramel sweetness and a modest bitterness from, probably, Germanic hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with medium-low levels of carbonation intensity, resulting in a smooth, lightly foamy and well-flowing mouthfeel. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

Photo of Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown in color, between the fairly high translucency and the slight haze, there is a slight effluent quality to this beer. Forms only the slightest head upon pouring and even that doesn't bother sticking around. Appears flat.

S: Aroma is an acceptable blend of caramel malts, a mild sweetness, brown bread, and some lighter smokey notes.

T: Taste is much like the aroma. Mildly sweet caramel malt, some darker fruits, a woody earthiness, and a mild smoke flavor on the back end. Turns bitter and slightly alcoholic on the finish.

M: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Virtually non-existant carbonation. Mildly astringent bitterness. Too light for the style.

O: A fairly average beer. Personally, I felt as if the smoke was underdone (and I am not even a fan of smoked beers), but it's not as if this beer had the body to balance off any more smoke. It's almost as if this beer is something akin to a Rauchbier Light.

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of acevenom
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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 PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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 kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 TheCzig
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 sholland119
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of tony223366
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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 ZorPrime
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jwat
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tjslovak77
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Emelisse Rauchbier from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.