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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 05-24-2010)
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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.

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -23%

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.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -30%

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.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

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.

Photo of Pencible
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.

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of DIM
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Offa
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.

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.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +12%

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.

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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.