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Emelisse "Innovation Serie" Creme Brulee Stout - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse "Innovation Serie" Creme Brulee StoutEmelisse "Innovation Serie" Creme Brulee Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 07-24-2013)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 09/15. Lot A. Pretty fresh, couple months at most?

A: Pours a not-quite black but very close. Tall, dense light brown head. Head fades slowly with minimal lacing, just little thin tidbits here and there. Decent retention.

S: Whoa. Creme brulee indeed. Creamy, toasted sugar. Nougat. Loads of vanilla. Smells a lot like Southern Tier Creme Brulee (duh), but maybe even better? Maybe the lightest hint of chocolate behind it all.

T: More creme brulee (double duh) up front with loads of vanilla and toasted sugar. Surprisingly not as strong as the aroma, however. There is a big sweet chocolate component that kicks in in the middle, becoming bitter in the finish. Quite bitter, like plain cocoa by the time you reach the aftertaste. Long lingering bitter cocoa aftertaste. Almost has that dusty quality that you get if you try to eat actual cocoa powder, even.

M: Medium bodied but creamy. Quite bitter and dry in the aftertaste.

O: Yum. As a fan of ST's Creme Brulee I naturally enjoyed this as well. This has a better, less artificial flavor. It is also far less sweet, especially in the finish and aftertaste where it actually gets quite bitter. It's almost too much in a way. Much more drinkable this way though, and it's a nice transition from sweet to bitter, from start to finish. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:57:42 | More by Dope
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1%

07-18-2014 12:37:24 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours opaque black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is almost pure crème brulee, with hints of sweet dark malt and chocolate in the background. Flavor is more traditional milk stout, sweet dark malt, lactose, light crème brulee toffee, vanilla, finishes with an odd hop bitterness that sees to come out of nowhere in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice milk stout that has definite crème brulee flavors, but much more subdued in the taste than the amazing aroma. Flavor carries through to the finish and the hop bite at the end is odd, but pleasant. Enjoyable. My bottle matched the label shown in the photo here, but makes no mention of "innovation Serie" and the ABV is 8.0%, but I suppose this must be the same stout, so I'm reviewing it here.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 03:24:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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beerwithbears

South Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark malty color. Not much of a head for the poor. This tastes of a standard stout with an aftertaste of milky sugars that's indicative of a creme brulee. The taste instantly brought me back to my days of making creme brulee macchiatos. This beer is rich and dark with a complex body. Would be very enjoyable by itself or with a heavy meat dish.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 01:59:59 | More by beerwithbears
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

07-03-2014 06:46:33 | More by GRG1313
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MalibuKenny

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-03-2014 03:09:51 | More by MalibuKenny
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tommy5

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

06-30-2014 22:17:36 | More by tommy5
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear when held up to the light on an angle almost jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vanilla, cream, and sugar with just a hint of sweetness - very reminiscent of creme brulee. Light hints of roasted malts with a lactose sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with a light flavor of milk chocolate contributing a touch of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of vanilla with moderate flavors of cream and burnt sugar. Overall the beer is moderately sweet and that sweetness lingers in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: This is a nice dessert beer but the highlight of this beer is the smell which is spot on for creme brulee. Definitely sweet so a nice dessert but one that you need to slowly sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:48:04 | More by dbrauneis
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EZEKIEL_F

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-19-2014 15:14:39 | More by EZEKIEL_F
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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danieelol

Australia

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with good head and great lacing.

Nose smells exactly like the crust on a creme brulee. It needs points for this. Vanilla, lactose, just a hint of the dark roast behind it.

Taste has only a hint of the vanilla, perhaps a bit of roast. Is generally not that bold but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel sometimes has hints of the caramelised creme brulee crust coming through, and it truly is delicious. Possibly average, light-bodied mouthfeel for 8%, but there's no hint of the alcohol. Little bit bitter and astringent.

Don't get the relatively low rating for this, this really, really smells and to a lesser extent tastes like a creme brulee, pretty much as close as I can imagine a beer being. And it's got a European Stout backdrop to it, meaning it's actually dry in the mouth. A winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 14:17:54 | More by danieelol
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pjkelley82

New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Teku

Pours semi thock, nearly black in color. Small 1/8in tan colored head. Went away pretty fast but left a ring thruout consumption. Minimal lacing with small amounts of legs... very thin skin...

The smell was just forefront creme brule. I mean you can smell it 2 feet away from the glass. Vanilla(the extract kind), caramelized sugar, Creme filling.. I smell nothing of a stout besides some hint of chocolate and roast. Smell was just delish. Honestly, this is one of those beers you let bmc drinkers smell to show them the potential of craft brews.

Taste was subdued well behind the smell. Roast and chocolate, vanilla, sugar and a slight coconut touch. Lingering bitterness but the creme brule taste sticks around long after.

Medium to thin bodied, nicely carbonated which always seems to be an issue with me but this one was where it supposed to be.

Overall a really good brew. Id say slightly better than southern tiers as that was overly sweet. The name of the brew is exactly what you get. A good desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 00:58:50 | More by pjkelley82
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-26-2014 15:32:27 | More by ccozzi
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little_star

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-20-2014 22:42:32 | More by little_star
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Tone

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, cream, yeast, strong chocolate, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight yeast, cream, hint of roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, chocolate, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. The sweetness was cloying by the end of the glass, but otherwise a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 13:33:21 | More by Tone
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

03-15-2014 16:18:51 | More by DerekQXQX
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-14-2014 16:33:50 | More by chippo33
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

$6 11.16oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bought by recommendation of Brandon at Fairway Sav-Mor.

Appearance: Pours black with some ruby on the sides of the glass. Two finger, creamy, tan colored head. Thin layer of foam remains on top. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Uh... yeah, that's creme brulee/Boston Cream Pie. Just a vanilla custard sort of aroma, milk chocolate, roast, coffee... the whole aroma just lingers in your nose even after you pull the beer away.

Taste/feel: Hm. A medium feel is the first thing I notice. Given the style and ABV, I was thinking it'd be thicker. Carbonation is about medium. The flavor is just not at all what I was expecting. Surprisingly mild. Shockingly doesn't really have any taste until after the swallow, where there's a bit of roast, and creme brulee quality. The most dominant thing I pick up on in this beer's taste though, is just a nonstop bitterness that lingers, lingers, and lingers some more. It's a bitterness not associated with hops (not really a hop flavor that I'm picking up) or roasted malt (there, but not in a copious amount). Truthfully, I don't think I've had a non-IPA with such a lingering bitterness, and I was expecting this to be a sweet beer based on other creme brulee beers I've had in the past. Aside from the bitterness, the creme brulee flavor also sticks around for awhile, but the bitterness is just wild, out of control for me... very uncharacteristic. Additionally, the finish is chalky/almost gritty. Although not a super high ABV, the alcohol is hidden as far as flavor, but there is a slight warmth at the end.

Talk about a disappointment. This beer needs some serious balancing. The aroma was incredible, but unfortunately, this isn't a candle. The pour was also nice, and lacing left behind was great, but I don't need to tell you that all that truly matters is a beer's flavor, and this one is just, again, a disappointment. As it warms it's a little bit better, with the bitterness fading a touch and more flavor coming through, but still, I can't see this being worth $6 in any way. I get that it's an import, but the bitterness, quite thin mouthfeel, and shocking lacking flavor, will keep me from ever wanting to try this one again. This one's scored a 3 overall from me due to the price and overall experience. Most unsatisfying brew I've had in quite some time. I guess my expectations were just way too high.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 16:55:31 | More by Alextricity
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BartMcStout

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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WMD-1002

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%

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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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tabhill

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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callpress

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass at home.

A- Incredibly thick with almost no head.

S- Smells almost identical to Creme Brulee. Fantastic here.

T- Follows through on the smell, with a strong sweet flavored, backed up by a classic stout backbone. Very well balanced.

M- Very creamy and easy to drink.

O- Absolutely fantastic beer. Looking forward to my local bar putting their barrel on tap.

Serving type: bottle

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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

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Emelisse "Innovation Serie" Creme Brulee Stout from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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