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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: metter98 on 05-24-2010

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 49
Photo of NickTheGreat
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) – Good dark reddish color. Kinda almost looks like a wine/brandy color. I like. Not much head, but I left a lot in the bottle due to yeastys.

S (4) – There’s a nice alcohol and fruity smell to this. But it smells like beer.

T (4) – I like the taste of this one. A little fruity, a little alcohol, and a little malt. I feel like it’s a little off of what a barleywine should be, but it’s very pleasant.

F (4) – A bit of a thin feel to it, but that’s okay.

O (4) – I’m far from a Barleywine connoisseur, and that one had been in my fridge for a LONG time. I finally drank it, and was glad I did. I don’t think that this would be one of my 3 deserted island beers, but I liked it well enough. (737 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (708 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 03/2013
Reviewed 02/2014

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. (635 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (586 characters)

Photo of kvnstfrd
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (374 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (573 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (257 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (747 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (348 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (703 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (370 characters)

Photo of DARIVA
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Red brown clear beer with minimal head.

S: A little sour, some strawberries, and grapefruit.

T: Slightly bitter taste, slightly sour and some green pepper. Many grapefruit.

M: Good tongue feeling , bitter aftertaste and light foam feeling.

O: Very nice beer where the grapefruit dominates. (296 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured alight copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light residual sugar notes and dry caramel malt notes. Taste is quite simple with light residual notes of sugar with dry caramel malt and little else to report. Body is about average with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit of a disappointment with no real complexity. (402 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every time when I drink this beer I forget to review it. Finally I nailed it.

A - A dark orange poor and hardly no head.

S - A strong smell of malt syrup and some piny hops.

T - This is a good brew and it ages pretty good. I had it fresh and this one is about a year old. Man what an excellent taste. The bitter hops are still there and just a little reduced. The malt syrup is noticeable and some of the alcohol content as well.

M - The soft to medium carbonation makes it a pleasure to drink.

O - A good barley wine and would love to see what some more aging will do. (576 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruddy pumpkin/brown with lots of sediment. a one finger tangerine head that fades away and leaves a touch of oily lacing.

S- Caramel, candy corn, licorice, fig jam, dried cherries and leather couch. Has a touch of earthiness and yeasty funk! Really nice dessert sweetness! Just a fade of hop presence.

T- Caramel apple and toffee. Tart and sweet!!! WOW! No real hop fruitiness or bite at all at first, but it comes thru with the warming of the alcohol. Nice dried fruit, brown sugar and spice... not overwhelming. The caramel and booze really blast thru on this one leaving your mouth a touch hot.

M- A bit on the sweet and alcoholic side. The hops come in at the end and dry your mouth a little bit, but sweetness is the overlying theme here. A touch sour and tart, a little sweet, and overall a decent blend of both.

O- Nothing to sing about here. It's decent at best. The smell is really nice, the taste is ok... I've never really had a "BAD" Barleywine, they always have something a bit interesting to offer. (1,022 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods Bowery in NYC, split with Steve. 12oz bottle into a couple snifters.

Poured a rusty red with some burgundy highlights, thin offwhite head falls to a thin film and a collar. Nose has sort of a honey/honeycomb-esque malt, sweet caramel notes, booze, green (almost leafy) & vinous grape notes as well. Taste has caramel, more grapey notes, and is relatively rich altogether. Mouthfeel is sweet, sticky and boozy, as the first few sips come up through the nostrils to sting. Medium-full feel and a lower-medium carbonation. Average really. (568 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange, slight white head, traces of lace are present. Malty nose, caramel and slight sweet notes, citrus fruit, hoppy in the nose, light grapefruit. Taste is malty, big hop profile, caramel notes come through, lightly sweet, sugary, quite well balanced, grapefruit comes in the finish. Good feel, full body wirth light carbonation. I would classify this as american barleywine and as that it is quite nice, very pleasant and approachable. Thanks to Radek for the sample. (476 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The tastes are citrus bitterness and sugar. Light brown with significant off white retained head and some lace. A nice hoppyness. Bang on an American version of a barleywine, without over the top bitterness. Some spicyness in the aroma and in the taste.Thanks for saving for my birthday, Radek. (294 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy brownish orange color with good carbonation and a small white cap.

S: Caramel, toffee, English malts

T: Pretty sweet upfront, toffee, caramel, English malts, some faded hops and dark fruit with a nice booze feel.

M: Medium body, easy to drink, sweet, booze is pretty light, goes down well

O: I know others did not enjoy this as well as I did but I thought it was pretty good overall. (409 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only one more after today...holy cow!!!

Man, TGIF...Pours kinda neon orange amber ish in color...It's kinda, like, far out man...psychedelic...A very short head rims the glass. Bottle conditioned and I poured most of the dregs in without noticing...oops...oh well, man, I'm just gonna go with the flow, dude...No real lacing and it poured pretty thick and syrupy...

Strong, sweet caramel malt aromas as to be expected...I get some applesauce too, that's kinda cool. Maybe some pear butter, also...Very nice and smooth smelling...

Flavor is very boozy...Lots of alcohol apparent...

Almost forgot: The Basics: $4.99/12 oz. bottle (YIKES!!!) and 10.5% ABV (NICE!!)

OK, where was I? Oh yeah: Alcohol plays a very important part of the overall flavor profile, and that particular bitterness is not very likeable, in my opinion...The mouth could use a touch more carbonation so that the flavors burst a little more, but the alcohol is still too prevalent to really help much, I think. Too bad, 'cause this looked like it was going to be a winner, but at the price I think you can find better...

What I like most: The compelling and psychedelic pour...

What I like least: The strong alcohol component in the flavor profile...

verdict: You will be able to find much better in the style for the price so look elsewhere... (1,320 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
1.82/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found this on a shelf at my local Binny's and had to pick one up, odd that for something this easily available it only has 5 reviews. Lets get into this one.
First off it has a large head for the style, retention is good too, way more then i was expecting. The color however is rather pale considering the style, looks like an amber ale color wise.
The aroma is pretty dull, not much going on and i really have to dig deep to get some caramel malts, no hops, and some medicinal aroma.
The flavors have a coarse medicinal note that isn't so subtle, a little bit of heat, and some sweet sugary under attenuated malts, a great combo if your making a bad beer.
Sticky and under attenuated, though medium bodied.

Stay away, this is bad, though i hear the RIS from them is pretty decent...i'll have to see for myself. (812 characters)

Photo of 100floods
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange hue with no head. Hop freshness in the aroma with some sweet maltiness, too. Pretty standard smell, nothing wild. Slight hop, singed malt with a sugar finish. Warmth from the alcohol lingers after each sip. Citrus, namely orange rinds. Malty, but surprisingly not sugary. Not (301 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

10.14 fl oz bottle.

It pours a deep red with a foamy off-white head.

The smell is a bit subdued with a clean barleywine scent (caramel/hops) along with the scent of the glass (that is how weak it seems).

The flavor is stronger with a nice hop bitterness and layers of caramel and sugar.

The mouthfeel isn't as full-bodied as you would like in a 10.5% barleywine but it makes it easier to drink.

A good but not great barleywine. (433 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, coppery color with golden edges. It poured with a long lived, stiff, sticky head.

s: Fairly mild overall, but definitely pleasant. muted aromas of cotton candy, simple syrup, caramel, and some faint perfumed heat. Subtle and sweet pretty well sums this one up I think.

t: Tasty enough, but this lacks the depth I think a barleywine should have. Starts off on the sweet side. Not much to it, just a sugary maltiness. The finish has some relatively harsh bitterness that adds a sharp toffee like dimension that doesn't quite gel with the rest of the beer.

m: Probably a little thin for the style.

d: Kind of simplistic for the style, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. (687 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter) tenmiinste hou dbaar tot einde 06 11 lot A A- Dense caramel body with a soapy off-white head that sticks to the glass. There are big bubbles that glide up the glass and support the head for a bit.
S- The pungent hop aroma gives way to a soft fresh wort aroma that takes on a wet clay note as it opens up.
T- The light slightly sweet pale malt flavor has a watery taste to it with a big pungent bite that lingers after each sip and stains the tongue. The malt gives the perception of sweetness but the rest of the beer is very dry.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The only real flavor was the pungent bitterness of the hops. Not really offensive just nothing else to support it. No malt or hop flavor. I don't know where the alcohol is hiding but it is just not there. (836 characters)

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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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