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Emelisse Black IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Black IPAEmelisse Black IPA

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86
very good

58 Ratings
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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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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:04:16 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-03-2012 01:21:27 | More by nmann08
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-26-2013 03:42:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a 3 finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It left sheets of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and roasted malt.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with some sweet toffee and a bitter piney bite.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied black IPA. Lots of sediment.

O - This is a very good black IPA. I need to try more from Emelisse.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:36:46 | More by zeff80
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DoubleJ

California

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 04:32:53 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-26-2012 01:49:36 | More by ejimhof
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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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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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pine like hops and a small caramel like roast. In the taste, pine hops with a caramel and chocolate like roast. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence with a small roast, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 18:35:38 | More by OWSLEY069
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:29:20 | More by bluejacket74
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vfgccp

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Dark chestnut brown. Loose bubble structure. Low retention and lace.

S – Crispy booze, char, and a bright herbal hop. Honey sweetness. Hazelnuts.

T – Booze slips in early and hangs on throughout the profile. Soft char throughout, with a coffee, cocoa and lightly burnt toast.

M – Medium light body. Boozy-roast finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:48:25 | More by vfgccp
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-15-2012 01:12:52 | More by bpfrush
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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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dcmchew

Romania

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 19:24:36 | More by dcmchew
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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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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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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

09-10-2012 23:48:21 | More by Molson2000
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thierrynantes

France

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 17:10:32 | More by thierrynantes
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2013 06:55:20 | More by Ciocanelu
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-05-2011 05:38:51 | More by tclapper
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:57:03 | More by Absumaster
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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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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 18:06:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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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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Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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