Emelisse Barley Wine Ale - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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3.94/5 rDev +10.4%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2010 vintage. An aggressive pour yields a one finger off-white head that fades quickly with a murky mahogany body with nice lacing. A subdued earthy, malty nose with hints of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and just a touch of chocolate and vinous notes. The taste is malt forward with lots of caramel and brown bread along with hints of toffee, dark fruit, booze, subtle grapefruit, grape skins, and a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with nice carbonation and a subtle warming, bitter finish. Overall, I think this probably benefited from the cellaring. It was smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV.
05-01-2014 16:37:13 | More by beerdrifter
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
A: This poured an opaque mahogany with some sediment and a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like metallic copper hops and earthy nutty malt, with a little sweet dark fruit.
T: It tasted like honey wheat bread and earthy nutty malt, with some metallic copper hops and sweet dark fruit. It had a mostly clean bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an average barleywine. The scent and taste and body were all good but not great. The finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't easy to drink. Ok brew, but not impressive.
04-15-2014 19:10:40 | More by Pencible
4.2/5 rDev +17.6%
11.16oz bottle from CBX, poured into a snifter...
A: Cloudy, caramel body; light almond, quarter-finger head - which exhibits minimal retention / leaves zero lace.
S: Rich, bready, caramel malt aroma; crusty; pretty classic barleywine aroma.
T: Sweet caramel malt and light toffee; figs / dates; rum raisin / dark fruit notes; very rich and layered; as it warms, complexity is elevated.
M: Full body; low-medium carbonation; a touch viscous; has a bit of a dry finish, which is nice.
O: A nice, traditional barleywine; has a little alcohol kick to it, as it warms; quite enjoyable.
08-09-2013 00:38:11 | More by jpro
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from a 10.14 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. glass goblet.
Deep copper-red color with a foamy off-white head.
Sweet aromas of caramel with notes of freshly baked cake.
Flavor is strong and sweet with a light hop bitterness and a slight alcohol burn after the swallow.
Not as much body as I expected, but not too thin, either.
Overall, a nice non-English, English barleywine.
01-03-2013 14:48:34 | More by kvnstfrd
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
This is a pretty good barleywine.
Cloudy pale red-brown with a small off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, wisps.
Aroma is nice toasty caramelly bread, rich, with some dried fruits and wood, toasty barley. There is a fleeting hint of chocolate that soon vanishes. It is a nice English barleywine character but a bit simple.
Taste is simple, boozy whiskyish dried fruits and caramelised grain and wood. It has light sweetness, spicy alcoholic warmth and bitterness coming on at the finish and lingering. Aftertaste is sweet white bread. It's good, but not great.
12-13-2012 23:55:25 | More by Offa
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
11.16 oz bottle served in a snifter. Poured a hazy amber with a quickly dissipating head. Bottle conditioned. Lots of malt in aroma, caramel. Very sweet, not much hop bitterness to balance. Medium to full bodied. Not much carbonation. Didn't do much for me.
11-14-2012 02:26:23 | More by homebrewhawk
3.75/5 rDev +5%
12oz bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!
Appearance - Murky brownish copper colour with small size beige coloured head.It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only 2 minutes.
Smell - Malts, anise, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation.. almost none. I can taste hops and malts mixed with buttery caramel. There is also some anise and some raisins. It ends with a malty sweet and buttery aftertaste.
Overall - It needs a boost in carbonation but the alcohol is well hidden and the beer has a nice taste. Even thought the bottle says best before end of 2012 this seems a bit past its prime. Still glad to have tried.
10-25-2012 00:48:30 | More by spinrsx
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Copper-amber, thin soapy head, minimal lacing.
S - Perfumy, grapeskin, light funk, alcohol.
T - Lager yeast, malty, candi sugar, raison, hint of olive, mixed berries, little alcohol.
M - Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, bitter/sugary/chalky semi-dry finish.
O - Strange take on a barleywine, middle of the pack.
best before 03/13 Lot A
09-22-2012 20:29:08 | More by Rickythejeweler
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark coppery caramel amber. Thin fine off-white head that slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, caramel, orange, fruit and alcohol with a slight sourness. Flavor dominated by caramel and alcohol, which transitions into pleasant caramel malt, dark and light fruit, brown sugar with a slight hop kick in the finish. Immediately warming. The initial booze is a bit overwhelming, but as the flavor transitions, this has very pleasant and well integrated flavors. A tasty barley wine that is a little unbalanced at first, but settles in to traditional English barley wine territory and finishes nicely. Medium bodied with some creaminess.
08-08-2012 03:14:57 | More by LiquidAmber
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Orangish copper in color. Off-white, medium size bubbled, froth. Thin layer & brief crown. Collars on sides. Caramel malt, sugar, alcohol & subtle chocolate aromas. Ripe fruit hues. Tasting shows sugar & bitterness all over. Dry palate.Full body, soft carbonation. Spicy & fruity finish. Gentle warming alcohol sensation.
04-13-2012 18:12:14 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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