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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

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Rizalini
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Rizalini, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev +4.2%

cowboy83, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Absumaster, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Cresant, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of DARIVA
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a dark black beer with a minimal head.

S: The smell of liquorice and salmiac.

T: The taste is bitter and some light sour.

M: Good carbonation and a delicious sparkle on the tongue.

O: Easily drinkable, with a nice long bitter aftertaste.

DARIVA, May 03, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

beerdrifter, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
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.

ZorPrime, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bostonryan, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Ralphs66, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Brabander
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a kind of trade with Mark, Mar02x. Mark is really fond of Emelisse beers and he hopes i am getting the same feeling. With this beer Emelisse made a good one!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice. A very deep darkbrown/red fluid with a three to four finger head. Some lacing.

Smell of young coffee but i think it's more the burned malts i am smelling together with some nice boozyness.

Taste is good, very drinkable. The bozyness comes back in the taste but in a very pleasant way. Not much carbonation in the mouth.

Brabander, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of LukasProvaznik
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

LukasProvaznik, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

vfgccp, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +4.2%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mar02x, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

bluejacket74, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

metter98, Oct 02, 2011
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Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.