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Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 10-02-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-17-2014 00:39:32 | More by PaleAndBitter
Photo of Tone


4.24/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, yeast, slight pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

08-11-2014 16:24:24 | More by Tone
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United Kingdom (England)

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Hopefully still in good condition. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label doesn't give much away.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, peel, citrus, mild pine, roasted malt, subtle burnt grain, molasses, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of butteriness in the background along with some warming booze. Not too bad.

Tastes of intense hops and dark malt, with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, molasses, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A touch of alcohol in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a vigous, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine, roasted malt and earthy yeast.

Tasty - a big beer with a big character. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are seriously hoppy and stuffed with dark malt notes. Bitter and boozy. Nice body. Goes down OK; I would wish for the hops to be slightly better defined but the bottle age probably influences that. If you're a fan of black IPAs then this is worth checking out.

08-10-2014 00:56:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4/5  rDev +5%

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/2015. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Black IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

08-09-2014 01:59:53 | More by superspak
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-06-2014 05:04:06 | More by Faroveryonder
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4.04/5  rDev +6%

Pours almost pitch black, just some faint brown tinges when holding the glass towards the light. Rich two finger light beige head, decent retention.
IPA smell up front, with pine and citrus hops, also biscuits and caramel, licorice, but very low dark malts. Weird (comparing to other reviews) but mine packed more IPA than porter notes, at least in the smell.
Hops dominate the taste too. Sweet citrus (tangerine, oranges) start, even with tropical hints, some pineapple, granted, on top of some clearer dark malts, with some nice roasty (even a bit smoked) notes, some coffee and cocoa powder, stronger in the aftertaste. Dark spices and vanilla, touch of licorice. Green piney hops towards the finish, with a big bitterness.
Medium body and bitterness. Finish is very bitter from the hops and the growing roastiness. Aftertaste of hops and a bit of charcoal.
Big tasty hops, nice dark malty backbone, maybe a bit too rough and bitter, but very good nonetheless.

07-11-2014 19:24:36 | More by dcmchew
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem's, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and licorice aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : bitter chocolate and coffee with a malty bitter finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Black IPA.

05-23-2014 17:10:32 | More by thierrynantes
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-27-2014 16:50:07 | More by Hayley_86
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-20-2014 19:19:32 | More by jworkman
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-12-2014 11:24:36 | More by Jose9e
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-26-2013 03:42:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%

A-Black with a large tan head that left a heavy lace on the glass
S-roasted malt with some hops and sweet chocalate notes
T- burnt roasted malt with a bitter hop aftertaste and a hoppy finish that slowly fades
M-light body with a creamy feel
O-burnt roasted taste seems to be highlighted by a hoppy aftertaste and a hop finish. Could smell chocalate but never found it in the taste

12-11-2013 03:11:11 | More by a0lbudman
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-09-2013 21:25:13 | More by samEBC
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

Picked up this bottle on the recommendation of the shopkeeper at La Cave à Houblon in Nimes, France. Full disclosure: I love black IPAs, so I went in with a good feeling about this one. I was not let down. Appearance is black as it should be. Not much head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. At the end of the glass, some lacing but not heavy. Smell is roasted and makes me think of stout. Indeed, this beers tastes more stout-like than the average black IPA, which for me is a big plus. The mouthfeel is downright creamy. Plenty of hop bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

10-27-2013 21:40:03 | More by jmtpi
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.3%

10-18-2013 23:43:06 | More by duracell
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4/5  rDev +5%

10-14-2013 21:12:22 | More by Hopmarc
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-25-2013 07:42:14 | More by MrHyde1886
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-19-2013 11:16:57 | More by Anatole
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-08-2013 00:46:30 | More by brutalist
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Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%

Bottle: Poured a light black color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of stale earthy hops with light dry roasted malt is not very good. Taste is also dominated by stale hops with unrefined grainy notes and light dry bitter finish. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation. Definitely below par for the style IMHO.

07-15-2013 20:35:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +5%

Bought this at the local shop and poured it into some glassware (chalice).

There’s a thick, thick head that hugs the glass. Nice and foamy with a solid black body. You can even see some sediment inside and there’s a nice aroma of roasted bean.

Consequently, the first taste is of charred coffee stout with an IPA hop finish. It's long-lasting and balanced with an aftertaste of malt and alcohol.

Overall, this is the perfect marriage between a light Stout and IPA. A very, very good beer, surprisingly drinkable and smooth for 8%. Emelisse Brewery gets it correct.

07-02-2013 11:50:38 | More by DropKickCharlie
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-27-2013 06:55:20 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-01-2013 02:34:18 | More by Farnswurth
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

On-tap at Cafe de Pass in Den Haag. On to the beer:

The black color is emphasized in the glass. A creamy inch of head sits on top and is long lasting, and it leaves some creamy lace around the glass. The aroma of tea leaves and kiss of roasted malt demonstrates the marriage of a black canvas of malt and aggressive colors of hops.

It's intense and tasty, which shows that Emelisse has nailed this American style of beer. A kiss of fudge and brownies take the first hit, and from there it's the taste of burned hops and succulent tea leaves. Bitter and sweet at the same time, not overkill in either direction. An added bonus is the medium-full and smooth mouthfeel, which gives the beer a smooth landing.

I usually prefer my dark ales and hoppy ales in seperate glasses. That said, Emelisse has found the trick to fuse the two and make a very tasty result which I would re-order again.

05-17-2013 04:32:53 | More by DoubleJ
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-11-2013 00:28:15 | More by Bill235
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Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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