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Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Black IPAEmelisse Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

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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LukasProvaznik

Czech Republic

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-26-2011 19:47:52 | More by LukasProvaznik
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 20:35:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rizalini

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 4oz taster glass.

A - Pours a dark burgundy/mahogany color. Almost black, letting a little light come thru on the sides of the glass. Has a 1 finger light brown head that fades rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells of coffee and roasty malts. Not really getting any hops that I would expect from an IPA...

T/M - The taste is kinda waterey actually. Chared, earthy malts dominate the flavor, with no presence of any hops at all. Light-medium mouthfeel, slightly under carbonated.

O - Kinda disappointed with this one. Not your typical Black IPA flavor profile, but then again I kinda expected that from a bottled import black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:29:02 | More by Rizalini
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-18-2013 23:43:06 | More by duracell
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-26-2012 01:49:36 | More by ejimhof
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 14:38:19 | More by Cresant
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-26-2013 03:42:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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JLapadura

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

04-01-2013 22:05:52 | More by JLapadura
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the local liquor store down the road. Nice to see these guys become available so close to home.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and ring. Clear black body with lower levesl of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Light roasted notes with chocolate as well, much like a porter, then some piney and floral hops. Not quite bold enough to be really interesting, unfortunately. The porter elements are more prevalent than the IPA as well.

TASTE: This is much more like a bitter porter than a hoppy black ale. Porter comes first with roasted notes and some dark chocolate flavors. Cocoa powder as well. Very bitter after the swallow with more dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some bitter floral hops and light lemon notes. A bold and lingering hop bitter aftertaste. This is almost just bitter without any complex flavors, and it's missing some of the standart IPA components. Still, this is a tasty beer.

PALATE: Medium body and modest carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate with enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Good feel here.

OVERALL: This was a good beer for sure, but it was more of a bitter porter than a hoppy black ale. I'd expect to find more of the classic IPA flavors, but that didn't happen. That said, this was enjoyable and I wouldn't turn it down. Would be nice to find this on tap somewhere as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:28:41 | More by Jeffo
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-27-2013 22:41:00 | More by aztraz
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-04-2012 22:48:00 | More by dvmin98
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-15-2012 21:07:56 | More by bostonryan
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:11:11 | More by a0lbudman
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Ralphs66

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 11:19:21 | More by Ralphs66
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Anatole

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-19-2013 11:16:57 | More by Anatole
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MrHyde1886

Italy

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-25-2013 07:42:14 | More by MrHyde1886
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-13-2012 18:03:21 | More by rolltide8425
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-02-2013 05:55:06 | More by BYOFB
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Bill235

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-11-2013 00:28:15 | More by Bill235
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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-01-2013 02:34:18 | More by Farnswurth
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YveB


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-20-2012 01:00:26 | More by YveB
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 19:14:55 | More by ZorPrime
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Maakun

Afghanistan

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 22:27:35 | More by Maakun
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StJamesGate

New York

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Raspberry black with off-white speckles and film.
Blackberry, ash, orange marmalade and maybe fig.
Char, oily coffee, dates and red currants, then piles of resin and orange rind hops. Brown sugar as it warms.
Roasty bite to finish and ashy, bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, some fizz.

Decent hop presence. Gooey but cuts dry. Wouldn't guess 8%. Not huge on aroma hops but gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 17:01:20 | More by StJamesGate
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:33:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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