Emelisse Barley Wine Ale | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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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:
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Added by metter98 on 05-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
14.85%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of justme
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of The22Lou
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of MrBillyMac
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Ed37
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jpro
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
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 NickTheGreat
4/5  rDev +12%
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 jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Mar02x
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every time when I drink this beer I forget to review it. Finally I nailed it.

A - A dark orange poor and hardly no head.

S - A strong smell of malt syrup and some piny hops.

T - This is a good brew and it ages pretty good. I had it fresh and this one is about a year old. Man what an excellent taste. The bitter hops are still there and just a little reduced. The malt syrup is noticeable and some of the alcohol content as well.

M - The soft to medium carbonation makes it a pleasure to drink.

O - A good barley wine and would love to see what some more aging will do.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark coppery caramel amber. Thin fine off-white head that slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, caramel, orange, fruit and alcohol with a slight sourness. Flavor dominated by caramel and alcohol, which transitions into pleasant caramel malt, dark and light fruit, brown sugar with a slight hop kick in the finish. Immediately warming. The initial booze is a bit overwhelming, but as the flavor transitions, this has very pleasant and well integrated flavors. A tasty barley wine that is a little unbalanced at first, but settles in to traditional English barley wine territory and finishes nicely. Medium bodied with some creaminess.

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Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange, slight white head, traces of lace are present. Malty nose, caramel and slight sweet notes, citrus fruit, hoppy in the nose, light grapefruit. Taste is malty, big hop profile, caramel notes come through, lightly sweet, sugary, quite well balanced, grapefruit comes in the finish. Good feel, full body wirth light carbonation. I would classify this as american barleywine and as that it is quite nice, very pleasant and approachable. Thanks to Radek for the sample.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The tastes are citrus bitterness and sugar. Light brown with significant off white retained head and some lace. A nice hoppyness. Bang on an American version of a barleywine, without over the top bitterness. Some spicyness in the aroma and in the taste.Thanks for saving for my birthday, Radek.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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 kvnstfrd
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Rickythejeweler
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper-amber, thin soapy head, minimal lacing.

S - Perfumy, grapeskin, light funk, alcohol.

T - Lager yeast, malty, candi sugar, raison, hint of olive, mixed berries, little alcohol.

M - Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, bitter/sugary/chalky semi-dry finish.

O - Strange take on a barleywine, middle of the pack.

best before 03/13 Lot A

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy brownish orange color with good carbonation and a small white cap.

S: Caramel, toffee, English malts

T: Pretty sweet upfront, toffee, caramel, English malts, some faded hops and dark fruit with a nice booze feel.

M: Medium body, easy to drink, sweet, booze is pretty light, goes down well

O: I know others did not enjoy this as well as I did but I thought it was pretty good overall.

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Emelisse Barley Wine Ale from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
3.57 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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