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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: metter98 on 05-24-2010)
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Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

peensteen, Jun 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of justme
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

justme, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
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.

Mar02x, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Sammy, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -2%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Beer-Ed, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2%

DrBier, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It poured cloudy light brown in color with lacey patterns of bubbles covering the surface. There are lots of yeast particles floating near the bottom of my snifter glass.
S: There is an aroma of caramel malts, toffee and alcohol in the nose, which intensifies as the beer warms up.
T: The initial taste is somewhat sweet and gradually transitions over some bitterness in the finish. Like the smell, there are flavors of caramel and toffee. The taste becomes more balanced between sweetness and bitterness as it warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, smooth and very thick. There is definitely a warming sensation from the alcohol.
D: It isn't that difficult to drink this beer, but the overall flavor doesn't stand out as being very interesting.

metter98, May 24, 2010
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

beerdrifter, May 01, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

liamt07, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of MrBillyMac
4.25/5  rDev +19%

MrBillyMac, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

crossovert, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
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

Rickythejeweler, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Thomas_Picton, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
2.75/5  rDev -23%

goblue3509, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of plickxt
2.5/5  rDev -30%

plickxt, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -23%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

kaelingirl, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev +5%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -30%

sendbeer, Mar 18, 2014
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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.