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Emelisse Triple IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

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 Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of kojevergas
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-

Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 PEIhop
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Bierman9
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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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kwjd
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.

Photo of Jeffo
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.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 pixieskid
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 kjyost
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
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%.

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Emelisse Triple IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.