Emelisse Triple IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Triple IPAEmelisse Triple IPA

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brabander on 09-26-2010

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by chicagobeerriot:
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weonfire
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Mar02x
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Takahiro
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks: caramel/tan with thick foam
Smell: piney hops, alcohol, caramelized sugar, yeast
Taste: caramel malt, caramelized sugar, piney hop flavor, grape-fruit hop bitterness. First few sips, before my palate got adjusted, the beer seemed to accentuate caramel sugar. After few sips, hops starts to play dominant role, and american-hop flavor and bitterness start to shine.
Feel: a bit chewy. probably due to high gravity, but this is not too heavy
Overall: a solid sipper. would fit well into american barley wine category

Photo of ZorPrime
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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?

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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-

Photo of DPFRD
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of richmof
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Brasserie de la Senne tulip a deep orange amber umber with a nice two finger cream head. Decent retention and lacing.

Malty as well as some earthy hop coming through...a different nose to the double for sure.

A good triple IPA with some deep citrus flavours: orange and orange rind, grapefruit, as well pretty clear biscuity malt undertone. Nicely hopped but the sweet malt and hoppy bitterness are somewhat balanced out. Very smooth for such a strong ABV.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Brabander
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on tap at the Molen Borefts festival last weekend. After i had numerous stouts on the festival i wanted something completely different. This triple IPA was very different.

Poured in a De Molen tasting glass the beers looked smashing. A nice and big broken white head and a cloudy golden fluid. Intense bitterness with some grapefruit and other fruits.

Glad i tasted this one.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of rinhaak
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Emelisse Triple IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
84 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.