Emelisse Triple IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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4.25/5 rDev +14.2%
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
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.
10-15-2012 18:53:56 | More by Jeffo
2.95/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
07-03-2012 02:30:19 | More by kjyost
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
05-31-2012 18:55:40 | More by GPHarris
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
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
04-14-2012 10:29:50 | More by DARIVA
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
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
4.15/5 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
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
02-05-2012 07:53:19 | More by Lldeegan
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
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
10-12-2011 23:25:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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
Emelisse Triple IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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