Emelisse Double IPA | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Double IPAEmelisse Double IPA

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally ABV was 9.0%

Added by wl0307 on 10-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 72
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color; the two finger head sticks boldly and leaves lace clinging to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Very floral and pithy aroma with biscuity malt elements underneath

Taste: Opens biscuity with an immediate burst of pithy and floral hop that builds in an American fashion though the bitterness is held in check by the biscuity balance of the malts; citrusy finish with hints of balsa wood

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Very American but distinctively different in a more balanced manner; really like the malt bill in this one

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam - poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Copper hue with a decent head with small amounts of lacing in my glass.

S: Smells just like a good Cali IPA, with just a bit more maltiness.

T: Real resinous floral hoppy flavor with a nice clean bitter finish; prevalent sweet roasted malts in there too that work nice with the bitter hops - extremely well balanced and tasty.

M: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, smooth on the palate with a real clean finish.

D: Real easy to drink, but after two I was feeling like I needed to back off and start drinking something with a lesser ABV - they'll get up on you quick!

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American Double IPA that was brewed in the Netherlands pours a nice cloudy amber with a solid white fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. The nose leads off with a nice bold floral hop and is backed up by a sweet malt underneath. The taste opens with a wonderful punch of bitter and floral hops, but is quickly followed by a balancing biscuity malt. Both do a great job of masking the healthy 9.0% abv

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Photo of cwguy5
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Sampled 10.21.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - deep, cloudy reddish brown; thinnish head faded to broken white cap
S - slightly floral and hops with toffee and bready tones; sweet overall
T - rich creamy flavor; some pale malt with toast/bread; bit of alcohol near end
M - medium-low carbonation with somewhat of a thick body for dipa; sweet and floral linger
D - interesting take on dipa; i personally like the creamy, malty palate on this one

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Photo of sudz9382
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great DIPA, imported from the good people in Holland who know Heineken isn't a beer. I poured it into a 6 oz sampling glass, pours a a medium copper, the head stuck around, even in a sampling glass, the aroma is not over-powering, mild spicyness from the hops, but well balanced. Its 11% but you would never know it because it is well crafted. The hops get you on the back end, not much up front, and the beer is overall very drinkable...cheers to the Dutch on this fine product!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of '09 so I'm assuming that all hop fruitiness will be gone.

A- A two finger creamy tan head sits atop a caramel colored brew. Touches of orange/amber when held to the light. Nice lacing dripping down the rim. Doesn't look like a normal IIPA.

S- Caramel, figs, vanilla(?) and hints of citrus... grapefruit rind, sugar sweet peaches and finished with more dried fruit, nuts and just a hint of alcohol. Reminds me more of a great Barley Wine. Wonder what it woulda been like fresh.

T- Caramel, grapefruit, honey and roasted nuts. Sweet with just a touch of bitterness. I'm guessing this went from IIPA to Barley Wine... and I am LOVING it!!!

M- Very little carbonation, sweet but not cloyingly so. Decent bitter bite... lots going on here! Really coats the tongue and leaves you wanting more and more.

O- This is fantastic! I'm gonna try to go pick up whatever they have left next week. Caramel, marshmallow, citrus... I can't believe it's 11%!!! Damn... why did I only pick up one?

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ´t Arendsnest in Amsterdam.

A: Golden orange color with two fingers of white soapy head. Lot of big bubbles with nice lacing.

S: Doesn't exactly smell like your normal US hopbomb. Slightly citrus, herbal and nutty. Nice and subtle.

T: Largely follows the nose. I enjoy the change of pace that this allows. Instead of super citrus/pine and bready/sweet, this is more herbal and nutty to me. Subdued by American standards, but very nice all the same.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. No burn from the alcohol.

D: Could have had a couple of these if we had more time and I didn't want to try others. Glad I was able to try Holland's take on a DIPA. Very enjoyable beer that I would have again for sure.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2011 purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange.. ABV says 7.5% on bottle, this is 2011

A - Pours a rich amber with little very fine off-white head into my Deadlift glass, I expect some good carbonation here - surprisingly nice lacing

S - Smell is slightly bitter, very fruity/yeasty with alcohol present. Distinct honey and nutty aromas

T - Very nice, bitter (especially up front) very fruity and refreshing. Sweet maltyness and honey, "a bit nutty"

M - Medium bodied, a little light for the style but that makes this thing very drinkable.

O - Very well balance, nice and crisp, super drinkable - really like this one, if it was less I could put quite a few of these back - well worth it though, very good!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is unique, but somewhat subdued. Subtle spice and citrus notes with hints of pepper, hop resin and pine, as well as a solid caramel malt base. The taste is unique as well. Again, it's somewhat subdued for a Double IPA and reminds me more of an English IPA. The caramel malt is the star, with hints of pine, grapefruit, tea and pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very much like the British version, with a nice subtle bitter hop bite on the finish. The ABV of the one I picked up is only 9%, but it's extremely well hidden. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is my recent review on the bottle version of the beer:

After seeing what some other breweries in north western Europe are doing with American Style IPA's and double IPA's I was very excited to to try this beer. I had a bottle of it at dbgb in Manhattan's lower east side. This was a very good beer and one I enjoyed very much. Lightish color, great hop aroma, flavor is good but a little on the strong side. I hope to come across this again soon.


Agreed about the draft version. A very good double IPA that brings its own interesting characteristics to the style. Again, high alcohol does effect the balance but overall a very good double.

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Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. draft
Pours cloudy amber with a tiny white head. Lacing is lasting.
Nose is orange and grapefruit, floral with malt underneath.
Taste: malty start with predominating lemon/grapefuit zest. Moves to dry, some spice, floral, with a bready backbone. Moderately bitter finish but a nice balance. While the alcohol is noticeable, it doesn't taste the 9%. I would go back to this absolutely.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned so watch out when you pour.

A nice copper colored ale with a long lasting thick head.

Hops are balanced throughout in the aroma, flavor, and finish.

Medium body and very drinkable.

A dutch beer but with none of the things the dutch are known for, funky yeast, flavors, candy sugars, etc..

My wife paid $5 for this puppy.

A nice beer but there are many other U.S. brewed choices at much better prices.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown amber color with a tanish head that fades leaving nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is of flowers, honey, maybe some clove.

Taste starts out slightly malty up front but quickly changes to dry spice floral taste that then changes to a more lemon zest with a finish of lemon peel and a bitter aftertaste that lingers on your tongue.

Great beer not so bitter that it make your face squinch, but hoppy enough to keep you satisfied. Thanks to Greg and Karolina for a great birthday gift.

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Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy, reddish/amber with a short off-white head that has decent retention and lots of lace. There are also lots of little black floaties and chunks of it on the bottom.
The smell is some citrus (grapefruit) hops and some sweet malt.
The taste is lemon zest to start, sweet malt flavor and a long drawn out bitterness that was more than I expected.
Mouthfeel is nicely full leaning towards medium.
I think the drinkability is very good even with the 9% ABV that is hardly noticeable. More balanced than even the average east coast style of DIPA it's a pleasant drink but too expensive for more than the very occasional try.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of piney hops in the nose, along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The initial taste is rather malty and slightly sweet with caramel notes and hints of butter, which is followed by flavors of citrusy and piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It's easy to consume this beer because it's not too bitter and there is a good balance between the malt and hop flavors. The alcohol is also very well hidden.

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3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10.14 oz bottle (300 mL, that is) to an oversized wine glass. There are lot numbers and dates on the label, but nothing is ticked off. Also, my bottle indicates 11% ABV and the label is slightly different.

A: One finger head diminishes quickly and provides spare lacing. The body is a medium dark orange, hazy if not murky or muddy, with plenty of floating yeast particles. I love a rich looking, unfiltered DIPA, but this is not one of the most attractive brews I've seen.

S: Above average malt content, toasted nuts, biscuits and cookie, relatively sweet. The hops include flowers, herbs, resin and citrus but the overall intensity may be below average for a DIPA. The yeast is more of a visual reminder than what actually comes through on the nose and palate, with faint hints of dough and barnyard.

T: Additional flavors of baked apple and pear, honey, plus some dark fruit in the end. The flavor is lightly sweet, the duration is long and there is a faint sour component as well. Only light alcohol comes through which is impressive given the 11% ABV. The taste IS actually very similar to the American Double IPA (which is given tribute on the label), although the similarities are more in line with the baseline or below average example rather than the premier. I appreciate the European influence on this brew however since American DIPAs are more than abundant over here.

M: Medium-full with a creamy texture, average carbonation and a heavily bitter finish.

D: A respectable effort for sure, but I don't see myself going out of my way for another in the near future.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label design isn't the one currently pictured on BA: this one shows hop vines floating above a brewery building (apparently a brewery anyway). Also, it reads "11%" on the bottle, not 9%. But Emelisse doesn't make another Double IPA, so here it goes.

Looks the part, showing a fluffy off-white head (doesn't last very long before making a bubbly crown and patchy skim). Color is hazed rust-orange/red.

Aroma is fine, but not really to style. Reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, which brings a toasty element along with the hop spiciness, and the hops smell very much like S.N.'s favored Cascade variety. A bit muted for the style they're shooting for.

Flavor could be cleaned up, it's a bit indistinct, but closer to style than the nose: gooey, creamy caramel bigness with a grassy, bitter hop element. A bit spicy from the alcohol/hop union, which is nice, and has an overall raw/homebrew sort of vibe. Alcohol flares just a little bit, mostly with warming, and a grassy astringency dominates the finish, although it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very good--round, chewy, creamy, a bit of stick and just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Just shy of the transcendent "oomph" that would make it a 4.5 or 5.

If Emelisse really wanted to do it the American way, they wouldn't toss this into 10 ounce bottles. C'mon, who wants anything less than a 12 oz. bottle of beer? My reasonable-sized-bottle soapbox aside, this is a decent take on the style, but nothing compared to other European brewers who have taken the American big-beer bull by the horns...like, say, Mikkeller. This one's definitely worth a shot though, and any European brewery looking to the U.S. for guidance deserves at least a little support. The tables were turned for too long--it's nice to see this kind of reciprocation/reverse-influence taking place.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Dutch brewer on the scene here in the U.S.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed bronze with a burnt orange hue,a thin quick to fade white head atop,I like the chunkies and floaties swirling though.Aroma is deeply fruit and floral,slight citric qualities come thru as it warms,not American DIPA aromas,but pretty good.Flavors at first seem to be lighter on the big hops but as it warms they come out nicely,deeply fruit with some sweetish alcohol at first,some citric qualities come late and linger as well as a lighter resiny quality.This is a nice take on the style,give it time to warm to get all the different qualities out of it.

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Photo of osusullins
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best DIPA that I've tasted, but a decent rendition.

Pours a honey golden color with a white head.

Smell is not overpowering. Some hops with caramel sweetness.

What you would expect. The hops dominate the palate, but are not overly aggressive. Well balanced by the malts. Decent Beer.

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Photo of richmof
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300ml bottle into my camping glass (we were camping in Zeeland): a deep cloudy orange, with a small excitable head (carbon popping all over place) and limited lacing. While I like something to chew on in my beer, the presence of, what looked like, pellet-parts certainly don't help the visuals. My label was different to the photo above and was 9% ABV.

Not that strong a nose with some biscuity malts and grassy hops but tame.

The underwhelming nose and visual give way to a fairly decent palate though. A resiny pungent hoppiness, with some grass and citrus and other fruits too. A nicely rounded IPA, with the alcohol very subtly hidden.

I found this to be quite keenly carbonated for a double IPA, with a pleasing hoppiness from beginning to end.

I would definitely have this beer again, however I am not sure I would do that many in a sitting. Had 2 on Saturday and they left me a little wooly the next day.

It is encouraging to taste new micro brews of a decent standard like this in a small town in Holland. Dank u wel.

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Photo of thepeter
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Agressively poured this bottle of beer and still only a slight dense smooth head which only lasted a bit but left a film for most of the rest of the beer. A dark amber in color

smells like you'd expect, piney hops and cittrus with a bit of spice which I assume was from the yeast.

Tastes a lot like it smells but a bit subdued. Heavier on the pine and lighter on the citrus than I expected. Still a bit of additional spice as well.

Very smooth but seemed to lack Carbonation. Not flat just flatter than usual. i did not mind this so much as I love naturally carbonated cask ale, and that was what the mouthfeel was liike.

I could easily drink a couple of these but generally I always find IPAs to be less drinkable as they overpower my taste buds a bit.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA from Emelisse has 7.9 % abv.. Quite a difference from the appearant 11% DIPA that has been reviewed here allready. Looking at the website, the variation in % looks to be no exceptions from this brew.
But it made me enter it as a new beer.

Looks orange brown, thin head.
Smell is very floral, with some fruits like apricot in the background.
Taste is good and bitter, with a mild flavour of what I imagine flowers.
Overall, good but not great in the IPA style. It's nice , but too simple.
It could be more complex.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional becker. The label artwork is not the same as what's photo'd above. (a date of 09/2011, Lot A.. hope that's the bottling date and not best by lol)

Poured a dark copperish brown that is very hazy and obviously quite unfiltered. The off white head fleeted quickly leaving a small consistent lace around the glass. The first aromas were of caramel, toffee and floral. The taste is very pleasant and not as syruppy/boozed out like some other higher ABV IPA's/DIPA's. The taste faded quickly and there was a substantial amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass. A great beer no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed it albeit it was not very hoppy as I would have liked and look for in a good IPA.

Found at Evolution Liq's - Northbrook, IL

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Photo of jbertsch
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle while in Amsterdam. Poured into a tulip. Opaque rust color. A crisp white head is 1 finger in size and fades to a ring through the rest of the session.

Smelled of earthy hops, but there's just as much sweet malt in there to throw you a bit as you compare this to American IPAs you've had. The malt reminds me of dutch stroop; caramel with marmite and molasses notes.

The taste serves up an oily, earthy hop profile along with caramel sugar that interplay with each back and forth until the hops prevail, leaving you with a heavy dose of bitterness that lasts long on the finish.

Full body yet with a crisp snap on the tongue.

Overall pretty good, and very interesting. However, what makes it unique might be seen as a muddled unfocused recipe. Good enough to try.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Amber, a touch hazy with a decent white head that lasts ok. Fair retention.
S- Aroma is earthy hops with a touch of citrus. The malt comes through but it brings more of a caramelness than anything else.
T- It's ok with big earthy hops, but there is only one note more or less in it. There is some sweetness too, but that's about it.
M- Medium bodied, nicely smooth, covers up the 11% pretty well.
O- It's a different take on the IIPA than you would see in many American examples. But it's still worth a try.

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