Emelisse Rauchbier | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Netherlands
emelisse.nl

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by metter98 on 05-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium smoke aroma. Lacey on yellow body. Medium mouthfeel. Some sourish taste, not unusual, and malted down for drinkability. Residual hoppy taste in aftertaste, and that's the best part.

Ken's bottle. A decent enough smoked beer though not exceptional it is worth trying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and smoked meats and cheeses. Taste is much the same with a slight adhesive bandage flavor and a very smokey aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors for the style.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured clear amber in color into a mug with a thin, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles; there is a good amount of head retention.
S: There is a gentle smell of smoky aromas in the nose.
T: The taste has a good mix of malty and smoky flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate.
D: This beer was relatively easy to drink, although the smoked smell and flavor wasn't quite as intense as some of the other rauchbiers out there.

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Smokey, like any good rauchbier should be. There is also a very mild nutty sweetness as well.

Taste: Again, smokey is the dominant flavor. Has that good smokey flavor that reminds me of being at a barbecue. Mildly sweet from the malt with hints of nuts and dark fruit. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium amount of smooth carbonation. The finish has a very slight dryness to it.

Overall: This is a good but not great rauchbier. It has a good smokey flavor to it, but it isn't quite as bold as I would like it to be. I would drink this again, but I might not buy it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour produces a still modest head that pillows the cloudy amber/ice tea brown liquid; lots of yeast in suspension and the lacing was rather impressive

Smell: A blend of smoked beechwood and caramel that almost creates a whiskey character

Taste: Caramel and smoked beechwood blend together in the opening, with a bit of earthy hop character developing in the middle; nicely balanced after the swallow, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a touch flabby

Overall: Oftentimes smoked beers take on a band-aid character but in this case the smoke and the caramel blend perfectly, bringing complexity and balance

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoke and light sweet caramel malt base is quite nice. Taste is also a good mix between some smoke notes with some medium sweet caramelized malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice balance between smoke notes and caramelized sugar with provides a great drinking experience.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hirter stange.

VDubb hearkens back to his family's roots with his selection, a continuation of the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. This conspirator pours a clear russet topped by a finger or so of creamy ecru foam. The nose is definitely dominated by charred smoke, though some honey-drizzled ham sits savoringly in the clear-aired background. There's a vague sweetness in there as well. The taste focuses more on the ham to begin with, a slice of pineapple laying on top; the smoke comes in near the end, diminished in strength since the smell. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda crisp finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent rauch, though a bit light on the smoke for me. Still, it is very smooth and seems to go down insanely easily.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, amber color. Suspended sediment is present. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, smoke, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and an odd bacon grease aroma that is amazing. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great aroma, great body, and great blend.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a slightly cloudy medium to dark garnet orange amber. Half finger off-white head dissipates slowly to a ring with nice lacing. Aroma of smoked meat and mild malt. Flavor is a very pleasant, rich malt and smoke with light fruit flavors fleetingly present. Finish is smooth smoke and sweet malt. Creamy medium to heavy bodied, nice. This is a very distinctive and flavorful rauchbier. Very well integrated with a very interesting flavor progression. I'm very impressed and will buy this again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Dots of white lace stick to the glass of this amber brown colored beer. The nose brings out a modest smoke note and cured meat, also some sweet malt. For those afraid of a really smokey beer, you don't need to be afraid this Dutch brew. The smoke is modest, but a sweet smoke. It's almost like candied bacon. More commonly found is the marzen-like maltiness and sweetness. Fairly smooth and light medium bodied, which helps make this a pleasant beer for anytime.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy red brown with a firm big white head, spotty lace.

S: Smoky, wood smoke, very much to style.

T: Sweet caramel malt with a good smoke character, but nowhere near the nuance of a good Schlenkerla.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, easy carbonation, thin at times.

O: A good rauchbier, you get what you pay for, but nothing wowing here.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost brown amber body w/ one finger offwhite head that died slow on top of a strong, roasted malt aroma w/ some smokiness but a rather mild smokey aroma; not overpowering or "beef jerkyish". For a rauchbier this brew tones down the dry, roasted malts in favor of a slightly smoother, creamier version. Don't get me wrong, the smoke is there and it is good and I like the sweet notes and a touch of minor grassy hops on the finish for a slight prick on the tongue, but when I think of rauchbiers I tend to think of real dry and smokey.

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Photo of bigred89
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown 300ml bottle; BB 03-06/2011, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a murky and dark chestnut brown colour, topped with a super-huge and thick light-beige froth, settling slowly to a 0.5cm head to last on top of constant streams of mini-fizz.
S: the smell is very similar to Schlenkerla Märzen, in that the beech-wood smoked malts come in their full strength, radiating lots of salty-sweet marinated-prune aroma, but less bacon-ish or smoked-fishy; the caramalts contribute a secondary layer of malt sweetness, while there's a light tinge of... something (hops?) behind. A good swirl brings out something that the original Bamberg Rauchbier doesn't show - an enticing, jammy estery elements endowed by bottle-conditioning of Belgian yeasts! Enticing and smooth...
T: a smooth mouthful of smoked malts, lightly sour-sweet smoked prune-ish and smoked woody, and mildly... toffee-like, leading towards an unexpectedly bitter-ish and dry-ish aftertaste, resulting from the woodiness and definitely hops (I guess). Lingering in the finish are nicely-tuned maltiness and a mildly medicinal/phenolic undertone, while a faint touch of dried herbs floats somewhere in the mouth...
M&D: well bottle-conditioned, the mouthfeel is consistently mildly effervescent and smooth, against a medium body. All in all, I find this Belgian take on smoked beer a very successful and succulent one, coming with a bit different complexity than the original Bamberg stuff. Highly enjoyable!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a slightly dense clear brown body with a beige bubbly head that pops away to a thin film. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- The oak and leather smoke aroma is mild with a soft band-aid note that finishes with a mineral note.
T- The slight watery note turns into a oaky smoke note with a soft band-aid note to the dry finish. There is some soft brown malt flavors underneath that support the smoke flavor.
M- This medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz that dries the finish more and no alcohol heat.
D- The smoke has some nice complexity to it and the band-aid note is in the background and not the offensive plastic taste but a good cloth band-aid note. Malt is a bit buried but plays a good supporting role.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

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Emelisse Rauchbier from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
3.83 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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