Emelisse Double IPA | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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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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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeffo for the beer. Poured into a tulip

A-- Pretty aggressive pour got a pretty large light brown two finger head. Did not last long though. Faded pretty quickly. Poured a dark amber color. Looks like a lot of Carmel in this. Besides the head very little carbonation shown. Very little head retention.

S-- Pretty soft nose to this. Lots of Carmel and some soft grapefruit and soft pine to this.

T-- Carmel and grapefruit mostly. Not a lot of pine to this. Just a small bit of candied taste to this.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium heavy feel to this. Lots and lots of grapefruit feel to this. Just a small bit of pine and a lot of Carmel backbone. Kind of an earthy feel to this. Not a lot of crisp citrus. More grapefruit and big Carmel.

D-- Overloaded on Carmel and grapefruit. Not bad though. very bitter in the grapefruit department but lacks orange or lemon to offset it and a bit less carmel.

M-- Well hidden ABV and pretty decent to drink. Lots of grapefruit though. Smaller bottle size does help. A sipper but would want another.

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Photo of thepeter
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bilbo Baggins Stilwater/12% Imports dinner on Friday November 12, 2010. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a really nice ruby color with an off-white, single-finger head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is sweet amber malt plus some light booze. It's also mildly fruity.

The taste is quite a bit of alcohol that gets heavier as the beer warms. Burns my cheeks. There's some sweet malt there as well with a light cherry flavor. Some light earthy hops in there as well. Mouthfeel brings some booze and a slight bitterness. There's some cherry cough syrup character in the finish and it's a bit astringent. Overall, I'm not a fan.

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Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at churchkey in DC. Deep brown. Slight ringy head. Orange/red tint.

Nose has hints of sour citrus. Hops and ethanol. Belgian leanings. Slightly nutty.

Taste is hops, citrus, syrupy. Sour. Lingering hop profile.

Interesting. Doesn't come off like a double IPA. Unique.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much more than a finger's worth of head but what's there is dense with very good retention, dark tan color, average stick to the lacing. Impenetrably opaque brown to orange murk, like a muddy creek with lots of clay in the soil composition, this said, you can find some bubbles floating upwards in there. The nose goes super-heavy on the malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate ice cream, fruitcake, raisin bread, creamed coffee, then comes the hops with pine sap, peat moss, coal tar, all of this edgy in stark contrast to the malts, somewhere along the way the fruit, flowers and citrus must have been lost. Full-bodied, sappy to the point of getting heavy and losing forward progression. Here, the bitterness of the hops leaps out first, no doubting it's a DIPA on that score. Of course, this is not to diminish the power of the malty caramel, chocolate, coffee flavors as well as the sweet breadiness. Maybe you get some apricot or peach here but not much. The pine manages to tease out some orange zest. Its weight never releases and it gets kind of tough to drink, luckily it's not even a 12oz bottle. Reach exceeds its grasp.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 sudz9382
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht, I think.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Lable art doesn't match the one pictured above. Morevoer, this bottle is labled at 9%. Perhaps there is a difference in the domestic and export version.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger off-white medium-thick looking head with great retention. Burnt umber brown in color, opaque, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and a ring, clinging to the sides. A good wisp remains, and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Pale malts and biscuit notes there too. A relatively mild and malty nose for the style. Slight floral hop notes make an appearance, but not an overly hoppy interpretation.

TASTE: Pale malts and biscuit once again, as well as some sweet grainy malt notes. Finishes with a touch of floral hops and a bit of bitterness for balance. Aftertaste is quite balanced with some sweet grainy malt before an assault of bitter hops that just linger and linger. A very bitter finish on this, which is perhaps its saving grace.

PALATE: Medium-thick body, creamy smooth on the palate, and a little oily slick too. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: I'm quite glad Emelisse has decided to begin brewing more interesting beer. They certainly show potential, what with their wonderful imperial stout and this attempt at an American style DIPA. However, this one, though an enjoyable brew in its own right, is not quite up to snuff. It is a little too malt heavy for the style, and perhaps too heavy on the biscuit malt as well. Moreover, a bigger hop presence, both in the nose and the taste profile, is needed to really bring it up to par. That said, this is an enjoyable brew worth checking out in its own right, but just don't expect a huge citrusy, piny hop bomb of a DIPA.

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Photo of richmof
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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 regspeir
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 avalon07
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. Lots of floaties and sediment visible. Zero head. Zero lacing.

S: A pleasant, if somewhat underwhelming aroma of hops, citrus, a little malt.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Hops, grapefruit, and some malt. Mainly, it's on the thin and watery side, not powerful enough to grab your attention.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: It seems most European brewerys (Mikkeller excluded) cannot get the American double/Imperial IPA style right. Emelisse is no exception.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 meatyard
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 John_M
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light earth and hoppy bitterness. Flavors generally replicate the nose, with some light sweet malt, countered by some noticeable bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a decent amount of flavor and fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though there's some noticeable alcohol at the end that detracts from it just a bit.

While nothing special, this is a pleasant, easy to appreciate DIPA, that is very much in the British IPA style.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Chsyhkr
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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 weissbierdrinker
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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 wl0307
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown bottle (likely 300ml); bottled on 11 June 2009, served mildly chilled in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice. NOTE: ingredients include biscuit malt, pale malt, Fuggles and Amarillo hops; at 80 EBU.

A: pours a translucent, dark amber hue with very fine carbonation in action, topped with a nice foamy light beige froth, leaving even sheets of lacing as it slowly retreats.
S: the bottle-conditioning yeasts have apparently clouded the aroma in the most aggressive way, rendering a dense aura of sour/oxidised pears & citric fruits plus sour breadiness, on top of a relatively restrained cake-ish+biscuity malt base. The Amarillo and Fuggles hops as described on the front label are nowhere to be found, susceptibly buried underneath the yeasty layer... In a way, the smell reminds me of a few yeasty and super strong, poorly bottle-conditioned barley wines that I've tasted in southern England!
T: quite like the aroma, the creamy-effervescent foretaste is full of sour pears+apples, sour bread, sour lactose drink, and cake-ish/syrupy malt (as in a traditional barley wine) - not quite unpleasant, but very different from one's expectation of a "DIPA"... After the creamy & thick swallow gradually settles, a light stream of orangey-citric hop juice ensues along with a soothingly bitter, zesty-tangy and lightly earthy undertone of hops... In turn, as the flavour evaporates, the bitterness sets in and deepens to result in a somewhat rough, chewy and dry palate in the finish, as the belated reminder of some depth of hops (EBU 80).
M&D: despite being refreshing with creamy carbonation and much lighter in body than the 9%abv. leads one to believe, the unsettled yeast sediments in the bottle have undoubtedly compromised the performance of flavour big time... What's left to be enjoyed is the minimum one would expect from a high-gravity and supposedly heavily-hopped "Double IPA" - its chewy bitter undertones in the finish. Apart from this, the flavour simply fails to deliver other good elements amidst the intervention of yeast sediments. What a shame. Maybe a (roughly) filtered or draught version of this ale might taste much better, hopefully?

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