Emelisse Triple IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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Reviews by DPFRD:
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
08-19-2011 04:26:42 | More by DPFRD
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev +3.8%
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...
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.
02-21-2013 01:32:39 | More by weonfire
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
02-20-2012 18:12:40 | More by Mar02x
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
01-19-2011 04:27:56 | More by Sammy
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
02-27-2012 02:56:12 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
05-26-2012 18:44:04 | More by ZorPrime
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
03-21-2012 03:18:43 | More by LiquidAmber
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
33 cl. bottle, bb june 2013. I guess it's a very recent bottling.
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.
07-21-2011 06:17:52 | More by RuudJH
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
A: The beer is copper in color and very cloudy so you can't see through it. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: From start to finish, there's a strong amount of bitterness in the overall taste, yet this is balanced enough by the underlying malts so it isn't completely overpowering. There are flavors of grapefruits and hints of apples, malty sweetness and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry and also has some warming from the alcohol.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the smell and taste so drinking this beer isn't too difficult as long as you can handle the strong amount of bitterness. This is definitely a beer that should be sipped given its strength.
11-28-2010 15:19:39 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
12-12-2011 18:08:00 | More by beerdrifter
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
On tap at Max's.
The beer pours and orange amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IPA goodness, though along with the pepper and citrus, there's also something of a lavendar/sandlewood aroma and some light brown sugar. It's pretty nice. On the palate, this beer is impressive. The beer is hugely bitter, with just enough sweet malt to balance it and keep it from being too much. This IPA is very much on the dry side, which I appreciate, and I'm impressed by how well the beer carries its alcohol. There's a touch of noticeable alcohol in the long, dry, bitter finish, but there's no way I would guess this was a 10% abv. beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at the most, and drinkability is not bad at all. As noted already, the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and this delicious, well made IPA is a pleasure to drink.
Have not been all that impressed with what I've had in the past from Emelisse, but this is pretty tasty.
12-18-2010 18:19:22 | More by John_M
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
Emelisse Triple IPA on tap at Max's (of course) in B'more, MD, served in a standard pint.
Appearance: Sunrise over New Delhi, cloudy polluted morning. The hazy orange glow after a nuclear fallout. No head, almost no carbonation or lacing. Feels like a cask, or a first pour at Max's (sometimes it happens, the keg needs to flow for a couple of pints before settling into "the perfect pour").
Smell: Citrus all over, in juice and puree. Reminds me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Maximus on cask, incredibly citrus-y, almost too much so. Some booze comes through in the nose as well. Also sugary sweetness, like a well-made dessert, and a strange tad of herbal tea with raspberry essence (in nose only, briefly).
Taste: Thin in the beginning, then some bitterness. But really, where are the hops? This is a like boozed-up glass of juice. Some banana and pineapple at the end, sweetness. More of a West Coast IPA.
Mouthfeel: Great balance, goes down well. Low carbonation and body, though (again, it might be the tap). Not too sweet, not too bitter, but too citrus-y. Nicely done anyway, perhaps more bubbles needed.
Drinkability: Great! This is the beer's winning aspect. It is 10%, but feels like 6% or 7%. Immensely drinkable. Not boozy at all, tasty, flavorful.
I miss some carbonation, body and hops, but still- this is a winner. Hardly a "Triple IPA", though. Why are brewers going for that? Double ain't enough anymore?
12-03-2010 17:17:59 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Emelisse Triple IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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