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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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3.58/5
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53 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by metter98 on 05-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
53
pDev:
14.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from single-serve bottle into a tulip. Purchased from the "discontinued" lot at the liquor store. A 2012 vintage consumed in 2017, so significant age on this bad boy.

Pours a dark caramel cloudy with a hint of garnet. Very little head that quickly dissipates, but excellent lacing all of the way down the glass throughout.

This style is elusive in terms of "for the style," but the aroma is "spot on" for me. Caramel, malts, and dark fruit aromas dominate, with a hint of oak and bourbon/vanilla in the background. The booze is definitely perceptible on the nose. Not very complex, but not offputting either.

The flavor is almost more "old ale" than barleywine, but bigger and bolder. Fruity, bready, malty, and boozy all at once. Almost like a fruitcake. A little off for the style, but still pretty solid. The alcohol is very subdued given the ABV, though the age on this bottle has probably helped tame the burn.

The feel is easily the thinnest barleywine I've had. However, good carbonation helps this one along.

Overall, a good barleywine but an odd one. Again, more evocative of an "old ale."

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared. Dark ruby-brown with a thin tan head. Dark fruit, grapes, fruit, dried fruit, alcohol, cherries. Medium body, low carbonation and a fruity light sour and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby/orange/amber with spare head. Aroma of dark alcohol, malt, caramel and peat. Taste is smoother, and swwet , caramel, toffee, whiskey barrel. Slightly sour palate with alcohol warmth kicking in late. Nice fall beer.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) – Good dark reddish color. Kinda almost looks like a wine/brandy color. I like. Not much head, but I left a lot in the bottle due to yeastys.

S (4) – There’s a nice alcohol and fruity smell to this. But it smells like beer.

T (4) – I like the taste of this one. A little fruity, a little alcohol, and a little malt. I feel like it’s a little off of what a barleywine should be, but it’s very pleasant.

F (4) – A bit of a thin feel to it, but that’s okay.

O (4) – I’m far from a Barleywine connoisseur, and that one had been in my fridge for a LONG time. I finally drank it, and was glad I did. I don’t think that this would be one of my 3 deserted island beers, but I liked it well enough.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. 2010 vintage. An aggressive pour yields a one finger off-white head that fades quickly with a murky mahogany body with nice lacing. A subdued earthy, malty nose with hints of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and just a touch of chocolate and vinous notes. The taste is malt forward with lots of caramel and brown bread along with hints of toffee, dark fruit, booze, subtle grapefruit, grape skins, and a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with nice carbonation and a subtle warming, bitter finish. Overall, I think this probably benefited from the cellaring. It was smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 03/2013
Reviewed 02/2014

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with some sediment and a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like metallic copper hops and earthy nutty malt, with a little sweet dark fruit.
T: It tasted like honey wheat bread and earthy nutty malt, with some metallic copper hops and sweet dark fruit. It had a mostly clean bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an average barleywine. The scent and taste and body were all good but not great. The finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't easy to drink. Ok brew, but not impressive.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ed37
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of jpro
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.16oz bottle from CBX, poured into a snifter...

A: Cloudy, caramel body; light almond, quarter-finger head - which exhibits minimal retention / leaves zero lace.

S: Rich, bready, caramel malt aroma; crusty; pretty classic barleywine aroma.

T: Sweet caramel malt and light toffee; figs / dates; rum raisin / dark fruit notes; very rich and layered; as it warms, complexity is elevated.

M: Full body; low-medium carbonation; a touch viscous; has a bit of a dry finish, which is nice.

O: A nice, traditional barleywine; has a little alcohol kick to it, as it warms; quite enjoyable.

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Photo of remitrom
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kvnstfrd
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 10.14 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. glass goblet.
Deep copper-red color with a foamy off-white head.
Sweet aromas of caramel with notes of freshly baked cake.
Flavor is strong and sweet with a light hop bitterness and a slight alcohol burn after the swallow.
Not as much body as I expected, but not too thin, either.
Overall, a nice non-English, English barleywine.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good barleywine.

Cloudy pale red-brown with a small off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, wisps.

Aroma is nice toasty caramelly bread, rich, with some dried fruits and wood, toasty barley. There is a fleeting hint of chocolate that soon vanishes. It is a nice English barleywine character but a bit simple.

Taste is simple, boozy whiskyish dried fruits and caramelised grain and wood. It has light sweetness, spicy alcoholic warmth and bitterness coming on at the finish and lingering. Aftertaste is sweet white bread. It's good, but not great.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16 oz bottle served in a snifter. Poured a hazy amber with a quickly dissipating head. Bottle conditioned. Lots of malt in aroma, caramel. Very sweet, not much hop bitterness to balance. Medium to full bodied. Not much carbonation. Didn't do much for me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Murky brownish copper colour with small size beige coloured head.It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only 2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, anise, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation.. almost none. I can taste hops and malts mixed with buttery caramel. There is also some anise and some raisins. It ends with a malty sweet and buttery aftertaste.

Overall - It needs a boost in carbonation but the alcohol is well hidden and the beer has a nice taste. Even thought the bottle says best before end of 2012 this seems a bit past its prime. Still glad to have tried.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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