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Emelisse Triple IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Triple IPAEmelisse Triple IPA

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brabander on 09-26-2010)
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Brewhemoth7

Netherlands

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours quite clear, with a bit a haze; a reddish amber. Good finger and a bit of thick head at first, which dissipated at a normal rate. Left excellent lacing. Very good head retention - until the end (given its a slow drink). A minute amount of visible activity.
S: A nutty toffee up front with the deepness of tropical fruits and a little bit of pine spice.
T: Pale malts very quickly followed by some caramel and toffee notes then solidly backed up by bittering hops. Very nice lingering bitterness. There is a light alcohol taste at the end, but definitely does not taste like 10% .
M: Nice and full for and IPA, but drinks very smoothly though. Coats the mouth well, a little bit oily, but just right.

Overall: Very nicely balanced beer. Excellent drink for at the end of a long day.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 21:25:00 | More by Brewhemoth7
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours muddy orange-amber with white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Lots of caramel with hints of tangerine in the nose.

Taste is very malty with caramel and lots of chocolate. Moderate bitterness very late. Dark chocolate bitterness lingers on the palate as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied. Pretty thick feeling for an IPA.

Overall this was interesting and definitely worth a try. Much maltier than anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:24:27 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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weonfire

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, IL - poured into a 10oz snifter.

First off....wow do they play EXTREMELY loud 'Death' metal at the Local Option. It is just about unbearable. But enough of that...

short review

A - great white head. Solid golden color. Looks thick. Hazy.

S - the normal citrus. nothing up and beyond. hoping for more sweetness.

T - Very bitter. that is sharp. triple hops and 10ABVs will do that i suppose.

M - no notes on this.

O - I really like it. Great for the hop heads. Not as sweet as you would hope tho.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 01:32:39 | More by weonfire
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice clear golden color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing was scattered with a thin retention. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some sweet grains in there as well as some boozy ethanol. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a good amount of malts that transitions over to the hoppy finish. The flavors of grain and bready with some powerful citrus in the finish balance nicely. The mouthfeel has some heat on it. For being 10% it's hotter than some beers I've had with higher ABV's. It's got a thick oily feel to it though and a decent carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good, worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 03:25:11 | More by Knapp85
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at In de Wildeman in Amsterdam.

Cloudy orange with a bubbly white head. Leaves some lacing on this tiny 25cl glass.

Lots of caramel malt in the aroma. Light citrus and grassy hops. Some herbal tea as well.

The 10% is apparent as is the bitterness and malts. It's tasting like an American barleywine. Lots of caramel maltiness with some lighter fruit and grassy herbal hopping.

Fairly big bodied and smooth with mild carbonation. My favorite thing about this beer.

I had to try a Netherlands brewery doing big American things but I wish I had not done this as the first beer of the night. It will destroy your palette.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 22:46:31 | More by MattSweatshirt
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into 't Arendsnest stemware. Reviewed from notes taken in July 2010.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a textbook copper.

Sm: Bittering hops, heavy floral character, and malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bittering hops on the climax help add a special element to the simple body - which is itself comprised of caramelized malt, full barley, and assorted diverse hops. Hides its 10.00% quite well. Complex enough and nicely balanced. Very well built for the style.

Mf: Lovely coarseness to bring out the flavours, nice wetness, and good carbonation. Suits the style and flavours nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable for its high ABV as well as the style, without too much coarseness or bitterness. Affordable and enjoyable. I'd have it again.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 20:05:51 | More by kojevergas
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Round two of my Emelisse triple-play at Cafe Frape on 06OCT12. A 0.33l bottle set me back €5.50.

The small tulip brimmed with a deep chestnut/amber bier, which was lightly cloudy. Head was rocky and tan, stuck around a while, and put up some good lace. Aroma was mostly rindy but did have a touch of tangerine and apricot. Pretty smooth on the tongue, it also possessed a medium body.

Started off with some fruity sweetness, tangerine, orange and apricot being present. Then it turned resiny and piney, with solid bitterness through to the finish. Better balanced than the DIPA I started with, and quite satisfying! Prosit!!

4/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 17:07:28 | More by Bierman9
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a fresh batch of this stuff at the liquor store down the road. Great to see these guys become available locally.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before June 2014
Lot A
EBU: 103

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. Opaque burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Some touches of wisp remain until the end and leave some light dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts and caramel, with some fruity mango, pineapple and oranges as well. Plenty of tropical fruits on this one, which make it quite the pleasure to sniff. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, with some nice caramel and toffee sweetness, then piles of bitter hops after the swallow. Mango sweetness, honeydew melon, as well as lots of bitter piney and floral hops linger nicely on the palate. Very flavorful and plenty of complex bitter-sweetness lingering after the swallow. Good stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body, oily, with lots of weight, and modest levels of carbonation. A big and heavy feel on this one. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite sticky. Full, thick, creamy and oily body here, then a touch of heat lingers. A little too sticky perhaps, but otherwise, this is my style for sure.

OVERALL: This was definitely my favorite of the three hoppy Emelisse offerings tonight. The palate was big, full and slick, which really supported the solid flavors this one had to offer. It's a shame this is over 4 euro a bottle, but it's also nice to know that a Dutch brewery can pull off a big American style IPA if they want to. Solid, solid beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:53:56 | More by Jeffo
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received in CanBIF 2012. Thanks phyl21ca! 12 oz bottle date notched BB end of 06/12. Poured into a wine glass at 7C. Sampled July 1, from notes.

Lighter copper body than their DiPA with a nicer head that laces wonderfully. For a beer that is a single day past its best before date it should be much better than this. It lacks any hop character, save bitterness. When warmed it gets hot. A better barley wine than IIPA, but really not a very good barley wine either.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:30:19 | More by kjyost
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into an snifter that settled into a thin ring of lace. the body was a dark copper color.
s - sweet caramel and toffee with a hint of pine.
t - same as the aroma but a little more balanced with the hops.
m - creamy, medium mouthfeel.
o - very drinkable and balanced DIPA especially at the hefty ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 18:55:40 | More by GPHarris
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is copper in color with little foam head on top of it. Lots of floaties in there. The aroma is dominated by the hops. Tropical fruits with pines in the back. A good dose of malts in there, which makes this beer very thick in the mouth. The beer is bitter on the finish and the bitterness install itself quite strongly... slowly but certainly. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a complex beer. Chewy too. As the beer warms up, I notice some roasted bread or even more french toasts notes in the aroma.

A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:44:04 | More by ZorPrime
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful cloudy amber colored beer with a good head.

S: This beer has the smells of lemon and a little bit of coriander.

T: Slightly bitter beer and the taste of grapefruit.

M: Nice carbonation and a fairly foam feel.

O: Nice and cool thoroughly drinkable beer with a long aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 10:29:50 | More by DARIVA
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Light half finger head and lacing. Pleasant light fruit, malt, citrus and mild hop aroma. Starts with malt and light fruit; creamy. Malt and citrus middle and lingering, pleasant, lingering hop bitterness and citrus in finish. An interesting, somewhat understated IPA. Not much in the way of aromatic hops, but more like a aged barley wine with residual hop bitterness at the finish. Worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:18:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops with sweet malt backbone. Taste is a mix between some overly sweet malt base with notes of citrus and bitter hops though not as powerful as expected. Body is quite full with some low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one fell a bit short with an overly sweet body, low carbonation and not enough dry hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:56:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer before, but every time that I enjoyed it I forgot to review it. So lets do it this time.

A - A deep orange brown fluid which is a bit hazy. The beer is rather cold and I think that is the reason why there isn't much of a head forming. Normally there is more foam forming than in this case.

S - Ripe sweet peaches and oranges, also some mango in the back. Overall a lovely smell.

T - A hop fest on my palate! Sweet upfront and lots of taste; mango, peaches, pineapple. The balance and complexity is very good in this beer.

M - A soft carbonated beer with a nice creamy feeling. The bitterness doesn't linger around very long, this is very nicely done. The body is full, rich and very complex and there is hardly any alcohol to be discovered.

O - In my memory this beer was even better, but it is nevertheless very smooth en delicious. I think this is the best beer Kees Bubberman made so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:12:40 | More by Mar02x
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber orange.
Has a sweet caramel vaguely citrus nose, pretty subdued, alcohol is present. If blind I would call it a barlerywine or stout
Sweet caramel slightlyfruity malt upfront a bit of maple, bitter mid palate with a tropical fruit bitterness in back. Apricot, mango,plum and bitter orange, with grapefruit peel and some pine with a lingering fruity bitter finish.
Not as bracing as I would like. More syrupy, intense barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:53:19 | More by Lldeegan
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Hazy amber-orange pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and great lacing. Somewhat subdued nose with initial perfumey, citrus notes that fade and give way to earthy, sweet caramel malts and more of a barley wine character for me. The taste is all barley wine as well. Tropical fruits, specifically pineapple and mango account for the up front sweetness, with resiny, bitter hops adding balance. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and syrupy with a tangy, bitter hop finish. Pretty drinkable for a 10% ABV, but definitely a sipper that warms as you go.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 18:08:00 | More by beerdrifter
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at the Brick Store Pub. I can't say I really cared too much for this version of an Imperial IPA. In my opinion it's much too sweet and has a bit of acrid heat to it as well. Some pine, bitter citrus, and grassy flavors comprise the hop profile, which is nice enough, but the combination of intensely sweet malt and alcohol heat makes this come off a bit like a hopped up alcopop. Not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 23:25:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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DPFRD

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper colored, small head, irregular bubbles

S- Fruity esters, caramel malt, subtle Chinook presence

T- Malty with a bite. Not so much an IPA, but hops are in there more than most belgians. Booze is well concealed.

M- good carbination, medium bodied

O- Tasty and interesting. Very pricey, but a fine drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:26:42 | More by DPFRD
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DeanMoriarty

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just found stacks of beer reviews/notes from my last trip to Holland and Belgium (September 2010). They're brief and scattered, and far less descriptive than my normal reviews, but I think it does well enough to give one a good idea of what to expect from a particular brew.

Poured into a long stemmed wine glass from the tap at BeerTemple in Amsterdam. The bartender that evening told me it's brewed with only Cascade and Amarillo hops.

A: Golden copper, decent head and thick lace.

S: Similar to a Cali DIPA - spicy resinous hop that is balanced well with a good dose of sweet malt, clean finish and surprisingly no booze.

T: Classic Cali DIPA flavor - very well balanced with sweet bready malt, but the hop dominates with a major bight and lingering bitterness throughout, and just a hint of hot booze at the very end. One of the better Euro IPA's i've tried.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation, with a creamy finish.

D Extremely easy drinker for the style - I knocked back a few in a single sitting no problem, but be careful - these guys will sneak up on you at 10%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 18:08:25 | More by DeanMoriarty
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle, bb june 2013. I guess it's a very recent bottling.
Tripel IPA.

Smell is actually very delicate. It's like IPA, obviously, but not extreme dominant like most IPA's.
Taste is more like the real stuff. Very bitter, spicy bite.
The alcohol is not given a chance, except to warm your inside slowly. Very nice experience, as usual.

Good beer. Perhaps a bit over the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 06:17:52 | More by RuudJH
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass.

If ever there was an unfiltered beer, it is this one. Upon opening the bottle, there was a thick wad of gooey sediment clinging to the top of the bottle. (though natural, tremendously unattractive!) This pours like a rich, fresh pressed apple cider: cloudy and hazy brown.

The nose is oddly underwhelming with bits of honey and hops. Not nearly as much of a hoppy nose as I was expecting considering the insane amount of hops actually in the beer.

The mouth is very, very bitter with a fermented-apple like bite to it. But once past the initial kick, I am able to perceive a reasonable balance between the bitterness and a floral hop sweetness. There is lots of honey in the mouth as well, and at times it reminds me of a honey mead.

Overall, tremendously interesting and unique, but not something I necessarily enjoyed drinking. Glad to have had, probably won't have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 17:53:12 | More by rinhaak
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass, this beer is a wonderful mess: when taken as a whole, it's imperfections reflect a human hand at work and signal potential good things to come. Its muddy amber body is crowned with a preposterously rocky head that creates some nice lacing on the glass and, inevitably, on your face.

The smell is surprisingly malty. Lots of sweet flan and caramel, reflecting the profile of an English Barleywine. As far as the hops go, there is plenty of pineapple and mango to go around, but very little of the bracing pine that you might expect.

The taste follows suit: much like a good Barleywine. Bready malt complements the caramel backbone while the fruit salad provides an additional sweet emphasis. A strong bitter finish with a bit of pine in the background keeps the sweetness in check. Overall this is a very pleasant beer although it strays from the category in noticeable ways. If you like a sweet malt skeleton to your IPAs, you should find that this beer hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 18:45:03 | More by chicagobeerriot
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a store in Brooklyn, NY. Pours a cloudy orange colour with thin white head. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is a little bit odd, not very hoppy for a beer that is labelled a triple IPA, though some hops are there. Some sweet malt flavour. Flavour is more bitter than the hop aroma would imply. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 21:01:59 | More by kwjd
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle. Peachy coloured body with a big white head, leaves significant lace. A wierd vegetable smell, a little like eggs. A good bitterness, though vegetable notes. Some carbonation in the finish.The finish is very long. This is big and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:27:56 | More by Sammy
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Emelisse Triple IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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