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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Barley Wine AleEmelisse Barley Wine Ale

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%


Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 05-24-2010)
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Mar02x:
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:52:34 | More by Mar02x
More User Reviews:
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Pencible

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 19:10:40 | More by Pencible
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -30%

03-18-2014 13:03:36 | More by sendbeer
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Beer-Ed

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-10-2014 12:10:51 | More by Beer-Ed
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Ed37

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +19%

02-03-2014 11:32:42 | More by Ed37
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jpro

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:38:11 | More by jpro
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remitrom

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-07-2013 04:03:49 | More by remitrom
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-09-2013 01:02:22 | More by Thomas_Picton
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 14:48:34 | More by kvnstfrd
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%

12-25-2012 21:58:10 | More by ejimhof
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Offa

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 23:55:25 | More by Offa
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:26:23 | More by homebrewhawk
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:48:30 | More by spinrsx
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

09-27-2012 02:26:36 | More by kaelingirl
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 20:29:08 | More by Rickythejeweler
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justme

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

09-04-2012 00:32:53 | More by justme
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -16%

08-23-2012 01:59:32 | More by t0rin0
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:14:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-14-2012 22:17:09 | More by rolltide8425
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MrBillyMac

California

4.25/5  rDev +19%

04-22-2012 00:29:01 | More by MrBillyMac
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 18:12:14 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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The22Lou

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

04-04-2012 02:30:52 | More by The22Lou
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 08:26:55 | More by DARIVA
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%

03-18-2012 22:03:40 | More by goblue3509
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:13:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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