Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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Reviews by Cresant:
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
Poured this 33 cL brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Best before end: 06 13 lot A. The body was a muddy dark brown with reddish highlights when held up to the light. The khaki head was small.
The smell was metallic and nutty like a porter. Fresh baked soda bread.
The taste was roasted char, light but lingering bitterness. Underlying fruitiness. Again, more like a porter than an IPA. Well masked alcohol.
The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Modest carbonation and rather dense. Tasted pretty good but the letters I. P. A. should not be used to describe this one.
06-10-2012 14:38:19 | More by Cresant
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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A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date.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
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
A - A good looking beer, nice dark brown/red in color and a beige head that slowly retracts, with lots of foam remnants sticking to the glass. Looks inviting.
S - Fresh pine like hops with a strong citrus smell. The smell promises a real bitter ale.
T - Wow! this is another fantastic creation from Kees Bubbermans. I thought this would be again to strong in taste, but no, it's balanced really well. I feel all ready lucky to have another three bottles in the garage. The beer has a good strong fresh hoppy taste but not to overpowering. There is a little sweetness upfront and some malt tones are coming through as well.
M - Medium carbonated with (of course) a bitter finish.
O - A very good IPA, worth trying.
11-15-2011 19:52:12 | More by Mar02x
3.58/5 rDev -6%
This was a really interesting beer. And, I enjoyed it very much. But it is not an IPA. The hops component is very muted; so much so that this beer should probably be classified as a porter. The malt and creaminess are very pronounced. Thick, fruity, chocolatey...all there and all good. This is my second offering from this brewery and I've been impressed. I hope I can have the chance to try some more.
01-27-2012 11:19:21 | More by Ralphs66
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
11.2 ounce bottle, label says best before end 06/2013, Lot A. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with a small tan head that didn't stick around for long. There's a small amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some light citrusy hops. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, citrusy hops, coffee and some licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good beer overall, even though I think it's more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA (not that I'm complaining). The hops aren't overpowering, but there's still enough hops to make this interesting. Even though it was $4.99 a bottle, I think it's worth a try.
11-10-2011 23:29:20 | More by bluejacket74
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
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured in pint glass.
Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Really clings to the glass.
Smell: burnt toast, hops, freshly baked bread. Big citrus and some sweetness.
Taste: First some burned notes with some sweetness. Dark chocolate. Then some citrus (maily grapefruit), hops. A very dark chocolate bitterness. Aftertase is more chocolate-covered grapefruit, slightly bitter.
Mouth: thick and full, creamy, really fills the mouth. It's almost like a milkshake or something so thick. Not much carbonation.
Overall: wow this has a big mouth... good taste, but a quite unusual beer that I probably won't drink often. But it's not bad at all.
02-07-2013 22:27:35 | More by Maakun
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Bought in the Netherlands in January 2012.
Black with some brown color on the edges. Very little head on top of it. The little head it has, it is brown in color. The aroma is dominated by grilled bread. Its the only thing I notice in the nose. Taste is very intense compared to the aroma. Well balanced. It starts with chocolate and then the bitterness takes all the place. Nice taste. Dry finish. Medium body. The alcohol is well hidden.
A nice black IPA that could also be a stout... only lacks in the body for a stout.
02-19-2012 19:14:55 | More by ZorPrime
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown appearing nearly black with russet tones at the edges in the glass. Half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of toasted malt and chocolate, slightly nutty, reminiscent of a porter. Flavor of subdued toasted malt, light fruits, chocolate, finishes with dark malt and light bittering hops. Nice creamy body. Not a typical black IPA, there is little herbal hop presence here, but somewhat more bittering hops than a porter. Nice fairly complex flavor. It may not be strictly in style, but it is very enjoyable and I will buy again.
10-20-2012 03:33:10 | More by LiquidAmber
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
A: The beer is very dark amber (close to near black) in color and has a slight amount of bitterness. It poured with a quarter finger high creamy tan head that died down, leaving a film of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass..
S: There are aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose along with hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate and hints of licorice. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with some crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation. There is dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is rather interesting for the style because its smoothness and roasted, chocolaty flavors share some similarities with a porter. It is rather easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the smell or taste.
10-02-2011 01:04:16 | More by metter98
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Black color. Beige,small size bubbled, crown. Good retention & spotty sides. Hints of chocolate, pine, bitter hops & toasted malts to the nose. Flavors as expected from the aromas. Pleasant malty palate despite sharp bitterness. Full body, medium carbonation. Subtle coffee finish. Resiny aftertaste.
04-13-2012 18:06:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Really dark brown, nearly black pour with nice one finger caramel colored head with good retention and great lacing. Complex nose that starts off with a lot of roasted malt, but quickly opens up to nice resiny, piney hops with hints of caramel and chocolate. The taste is complex as well but very nicely balanced. Lots of burnt toast and coffee that plays nicely with the piney, resiny, slightly citrusy hops. Also getting hints of dark chocolate and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and oily, with a great bittersweet finish. I'm a huge Black IPA guy and this is definitely a standout in the style. Not quite in the Sublimely category, but very close...
03-29-2012 16:02:43 | More by beerdrifter
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
A very dark brown, almost black beer with a creamy head that stick to the glass.
Smell is malty with some light roasted notes. There is the fruity, citric hop nose. It gives the beer a green, tangerine and lychee smell. Very nice, although not very bold or aggresive.
Taste is nicely balanced between the light roasted taste and the hop. The bitterness is high, but average for an IPA. When swallowed the beer leaves a distinct bold bitterness, characteristic for US hops. There is a tangerine and lemony taste. The malt adds a mild roasted taste which is far from the level of a porter.
Although not as aggresive or bold as the other black IPAs I had, this is a very good example of the style.
06-15-2012 19:57:03 | More by Absumaster
Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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