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Emelisse Rauchbier | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 91
Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

7% ABV. Pours a nice frothy head of creamy tan foam. Colour is a deep, thick dark drown, opaque. Retention is very good, leaving excellent lacing and film.

Smell is of fruity bonfire, woodsmoke, and a light smoked fish. But a nice sweet fruity zing, cherry, coffee, light spice. Maltiness is strong, thick and smoky.

Taste is malty, bready, with a pervasive woodsmoke. Retains some aspects of cherry and fruitwood, (toss em on the fire). A bit more bitterness develops afterward, some tart fruit. Finish is dry, woody, with a dry, slightly astringent, lingering smoke. Pretty well balanced, lot of complex flavour.

Mouthfeel has a moderate body, carbonation is pretty light, but there is a lot of heavy malt on the palate. A sipper, but the alcohol is mostly not perceived, it comes out on the aftertaste. It is refreshing.

This was a nice take on the rauchbier style. It offers a complex encapsulation of the style, it has a few rough edges toward the end, and the dry smokiness can be a bit overshadowing but its a quality beer and I would have it again.

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

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot B, best by 09/2013, notched on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Emellise's Rauchbier is a quite good interpretation of the style, unique in its generally balanced smokiness and maltiness, unlike either Schlenkerla or Spezial's recipes. The smokiness is of a grassy or light wood quality, which complements the lightly caramelized and bready malts quite well. If this were commonly avaialble, I'd definitely enjoy again if fresh.

Pours a 2cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, with retention of about two minutes, fading to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, leaving heavy, complex patterns along the sides of the glass that are modified with each sip. Body is copper in color, with light bringing out dark golden brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the mostly transparent body (10-20% opaque), moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is of tangy and slightly sweet smokiness with pleasant light caramel malt influences, like a grass fire mixed with North American-midwest barbeque sauce. Interesting and pleasant, not a "meaty" rauchbier as Schlenkerla does, but more of a smoky-spicy-sauce influence.

Overall flavor is of grass smoke with a semi-sweet malt backbone (caramel, Munich, or Vienna, or some of each) and a touch of bittering hops. Front of palate detects sweet, lightly caramel-hazed brown bread with modest smokiness and herbal characters (from hops or smoked malt, difficult to tell). Mid-palate of smoked malt (giving a grass smoke or smoked fish flavor) with brown sugar and spices (cumin, mustard, vinegar), tangy sweetness from caramel and/or Munich with smoked malt. Back of palate picks up notable caramel and potentially roasted malt, with background smokiness and bitterness. Aftertaste of grass smoke with light caramel sweetness and a modest bitterness from, probably, Germanic hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with medium-low levels of carbonation intensity, resulting in a smooth, lightly foamy and well-flowing mouthfeel. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rather exceptional beer when it comes to food accompaniment with a excellenct balance of smoked malt, and dark fruit qualities. pour is cloudy dark orange/amber with about two fingers of nearly white head. nose is plum, black berry and smokey camp fire. palate is first off smokey as expected. but a dryness that is equal to the citrus notes of the hops... palate has a meaty black currant to it, plum and blackberries like in the nose but with a quality of subtle cherry yogurt. this beer has not in any way gone bad. its very subtle and it may be because i have it with liver, shallots and kale in balsamic vinegar but it brought out some fantastic potential in the range.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a lite lacing of tiny bubbles around the edges. Chunks of particulate matter in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of light smoke, some roasted malts

Taste is a very well conditioned rauchbier. This is probably the most balanced rauchbier that I have had and is extremely easy drinking. So smooth it is even refreshing on a 85+ day in CT. Definitely a great beer, just not sure if it is $5 great per 10.14 oz.

Light carbonation, light mouthfeel, overall pretty good stuff. Extremely well balanced.

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

A - This beer pours a dark brown copper color. There is almost 2-fingers of off-white head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves behind a few specs of lace on the glass. There is also quite a bit of sediment floating around in the glass.

S - The nose starts off with some toasted malt and a nice bit of smoked meat and campfire. There are also some fruit aromas, as well as some sweetness.

T - The taste is of toasted malt and a heft dose of meaty smoke. There are also some flavors of fruit, caramel, and some piney hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness and smoke behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth velvety feel to it. It has a sweet backbone, but there is some nice hop bitterness that comes out as well. The smoke is definitely there, and I think it is a good amount.

O - This has good drinkability. It just goes down really easy, add it has a really nice flavor to it. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good example of the style. I really enjoyed this beer, and I would be happy to drink it again. I recommend checking it out.

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

Beer is brown in color with a pretty dense and nice looking head. The aroma is smoky with bacon. Medium intensity. On the taste, the beer is strongly smoked, quite intense. Some woody notes in there too, mainly on the finish. Not very bitter. Medium body. Quite effervescent. The head sticks well to the glass. A nice rauchbier.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger ecru-white head over amber translucent body. Decent head retention and lacing.

Slightly smoky nose, possible game meat.

This is an interesting one-- it's like a smoked Flemish sour! All the vegetal tartness of something like Bourgogne de Flandres, but with some smoke thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is standard; enough fizz to keep it from being watery; it's pretty thin-bodied.

For the price and taste, I probably won't get it again, but it was certainly interesting. I don't find it super-drinkable, but this could be well paired with food (duck?).

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Photo of acevenom
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dark caramel brown with a thin off-white head and some yeast sediment. The head lingers for a long time. The beer is wonderfully smoky with hints of caramel and chocolate. There's some of that breadiness from the smoked malt as well. The flavor is malty, slightly sweet, and smoky. The smokiness lingers in the mouth along with some mild back end bitterness. I get some of those chocolate notes as well, but they're faint. The body is medium to full with low carbonation. The beer coats the mouth, allowing for a smoky aftertaste to linger. The beer is pretty easy to drink. This is an excellent beer. It's not quite up there with the German rauchbiers, but it's not far off.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$3 bottle from New Beer. 12/12/A notch. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Hope the price break didn't mean this was headed to the clearance rack. Things have to be pretty bleak to land there.

Ommegang chalice. Muddy amber/brown body. Whispy off-white head.

Smell is a moderately rich sausage smoke. Faint char & alcohol.

Feel is a bit thin. Taste is a bit more subdued. Light ash, sweet char, mellow whiskey. Lingering bark-like bitterness. Odd, twangy fruit finish. Paired with the thin, beaded body, & the overeager start, I'm guessing that this one will start turning sooner rather then later.

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Photo of thepeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a big thick frothy head that is still around at the very last sip. I got subdued aromas of woody smoke, bbq pork and a bit of dark fruit. Flavors are much of the same, not as smokey as I like it but I really like the smoke flavor. Thought that I got more wood and well seasoned meat, salty Chinese bbq pork ribs is what I am thinking. In fairness I should mention that I am drinking this with a nicely seasoned Rib Eye for dinner. Extremely smooth and really perfect on the palette, Excellent! I would drink this all night but honestly not as flavorful as the Schlenkerla Urbier or Marzen, but very nice still and it is it's own beer. Over all very nice and would get again.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a very nice cream colored head with decent retention.
Aroma is part roasted malts and part like a sort of smoked cheese - I like it.
The taste starts bittery, quite bittery really and is complemented by some roastiness and coffee feel.
Quite nice, I must say.

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Photo of tony223366
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: After a rigorous pour I have two fingers of light tan, fluffy head. It's quickly dissipating though. The color is a murky walnut brown with lots of sediment floating around. Not overly attractive all things considered.

S: But this is! Man they got the Rauchbier aroma right. I get all kinds of bacony smokey goodness. Mixed in with some rich caramels make this beer so appetizing. Maybe a little chocolate, but the smoke really takes the cake here.

T: It doesn't quite deliver what the aroma promises. If I had to start someone on Rauchbiers this might be my choice though. Schlenkerla's are much more bold and robust but they can be overwhelming at first. With this I get some caramel and actually some hop bitterness too. The hops come off a little piney. The malts then come in with some caramel and a little chocolate. It finishes with that smokey roastedness which gives you a really nice finish.

M: This is where the beer falls the shortest though. Very light body that doesn't jive with the flavors and aroma. It needs a bit more to stand up to the flavors and aroma, otherwise it's just jarring.

O: The review looks worse than it really is. I do enjoy this beer and would give it a much better score if it had a more luxurious mouthfeel.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from 10.14oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a decent off-white but quickly receding head. The nose has a hint of sweetness with hickory smoke, salty brine, and some lightly roasted malt. Flavor is smoked hickory with smoky roasted almonds and some malt. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a medium-length smoked finish.

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Photo of 100floods
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy, thick mud brown with clear shades of a nut-brown, too. Smells of sweet, bock-like malt with some kind of smokish notes. Pleasant and pretty clean, but too much like a doppel bock. The smoked malt comes through a lot more in the flavor. It does come through as strong as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but perhaps the difference is what makes this one nice, but not as good. I'd say this one tastes more like 'smoke' that meat that has been smoked. It's not a strong bacon or smoked salmon flavor that makes the other classic examples good, but not extremely drinkable in high frequency.

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Photo of codsmith
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty brown with tiny white head. Has a bunch of impurities that float around.

S: nice beachwood smoke.

T: full of smoke taste and flavor. There is a nice caramel sweetness.

M: very light and crisp. But misses low on carbonation

O: if you love a beer that is HUGE in smoke this beer is awesome but missing on carbonation

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Photo of DARIVA
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown cloudy beer with an minimal head.

S: Smoky, sweet and some citrus scents.

T: Bitter with some sour taste.

M: Bitter on the tongue, but further not very special.

O: Can have more body and I'm missing the aftertaste.
Drinks very easily.

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite style or one I am too familiar with, but ordered this up at Vaandag in NYC. It had a dark amber color and a faily unremarkable aroma. The taste and mouthfeel was on the money. A nice amount fo smokiness, which means a subtle amount. It was there and noticable, but mostly towards the end of the palate. A perfect amount to compliment a smokey food, or to contrast with something less robust. Very creamy motuhfeel. Excellent.

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Photo of OregonHopmonster
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.33cl Bottle that was a couple dollars more than an Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Maerzen.

I found the appearance of this beer to be very appealing- a nice, compact light beige head that lasted and a beautiful ruby color.

The nose was quite smoky, reminiscent of the classic Bamberg examples, but with a little less of the malty/meaty component. So far so good.

Then things went a little bit off-kilter. The mouthfeel was certainly more rounded than is traditional, a byproduct of both this being an ale and a lower carbonation level than would be found in a German rauchbier. And while the flavor was right where you would want it to be for the style, all smoke, malt and meat (though not as much as some examples), the overall impression was somewhat confusing. This beer is bock strength but isn't any more malty or satisfying than its German regular strength bretheren.

Nice to try, but I will not buy it again, mostly because of the price.

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