Emelisse Barley Wine Ale | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Emelisse Barley Wine AleEmelisse Barley Wine Ale
BA SCORE
3.58/5
53 Ratings
Emelisse Barley Wine AleEmelisse Barley Wine Ale
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 Rickythejeweler
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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 justme
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MrBillyMac
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Orangish copper in color. Off-white, medium size bubbled, froth. Thin layer & brief crown. Collars on sides. Caramel malt, sugar, alcohol & subtle chocolate aromas. Ripe fruit hues. Tasting shows sugar & bitterness all over. Dry palate.Full body, soft carbonation. Spicy & fruity finish. Gentle warming alcohol sensation.

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Photo of The22Lou
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of DARIVA
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Red brown clear beer with minimal head.

S: A little sour, some strawberries, and grapefruit.

T: Slightly bitter taste, slightly sour and some green pepper. Many grapefruit.

M: Good tongue feeling , bitter aftertaste and light foam feeling.

O: Very nice beer where the grapefruit dominates.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured alight copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light residual sugar notes and dry caramel malt notes. Taste is quite simple with light residual notes of sugar with dry caramel malt and little else to report. Body is about average with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit of a disappointment with no real complexity.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mar02x
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 plickxt
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruddy pumpkin/brown with lots of sediment. a one finger tangerine head that fades away and leaves a touch of oily lacing.

S- Caramel, candy corn, licorice, fig jam, dried cherries and leather couch. Has a touch of earthiness and yeasty funk! Really nice dessert sweetness! Just a fade of hop presence.

T- Caramel apple and toffee. Tart and sweet!!! WOW! No real hop fruitiness or bite at all at first, but it comes thru with the warming of the alcohol. Nice dried fruit, brown sugar and spice... not overwhelming. The caramel and booze really blast thru on this one leaving your mouth a touch hot.

M- A bit on the sweet and alcoholic side. The hops come in at the end and dry your mouth a little bit, but sweetness is the overlying theme here. A touch sour and tart, a little sweet, and overall a decent blend of both.

O- Nothing to sing about here. It's decent at best. The smell is really nice, the taste is ok... I've never really had a "BAD" Barleywine, they always have something a bit interesting to offer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods Bowery in NYC, split with Steve. 12oz bottle into a couple snifters.

Poured a rusty red with some burgundy highlights, thin offwhite head falls to a thin film and a collar. Nose has sort of a honey/honeycomb-esque malt, sweet caramel notes, booze, green (almost leafy) & vinous grape notes as well. Taste has caramel, more grapey notes, and is relatively rich altogether. Mouthfeel is sweet, sticky and boozy, as the first few sips come up through the nostrils to sting. Medium-full feel and a lower-medium carbonation. Average really.

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Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +10.3%
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 barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +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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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only one more after today...holy cow!!!

Man, TGIF...Pours kinda neon orange amber ish in color...It's kinda, like, far out man...psychedelic...A very short head rims the glass. Bottle conditioned and I poured most of the dregs in without noticing...oops...oh well, man, I'm just gonna go with the flow, dude...No real lacing and it poured pretty thick and syrupy...

Strong, sweet caramel malt aromas as to be expected...I get some applesauce too, that's kinda cool. Maybe some pear butter, also...Very nice and smooth smelling...

Flavor is very boozy...Lots of alcohol apparent...

Almost forgot: The Basics: $4.99/12 oz. bottle (YIKES!!!) and 10.5% ABV (NICE!!)

OK, where was I? Oh yeah: Alcohol plays a very important part of the overall flavor profile, and that particular bitterness is not very likeable, in my opinion...The mouth could use a touch more carbonation so that the flavors burst a little more, but the alcohol is still too prevalent to really help much, I think. Too bad, 'cause this looked like it was going to be a winner, but at the price I think you can find better...

What I like most: The compelling and psychedelic pour...

What I like least: The strong alcohol component in the flavor profile...

verdict: You will be able to find much better in the style for the price so look elsewhere...

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Photo of ChadQuest
1.82/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found this on a shelf at my local Binny's and had to pick one up, odd that for something this easily available it only has 5 reviews. Lets get into this one.
First off it has a large head for the style, retention is good too, way more then i was expecting. The color however is rather pale considering the style, looks like an amber ale color wise.
The aroma is pretty dull, not much going on and i really have to dig deep to get some caramel malts, no hops, and some medicinal aroma.
The flavors have a coarse medicinal note that isn't so subtle, a little bit of heat, and some sweet sugary under attenuated malts, a great combo if your making a bad beer.
Sticky and under attenuated, though medium bodied.

Stay away, this is bad, though i hear the RIS from them is pretty decent...i'll have to see for myself.

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Photo of 100floods
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange hue with no head. Hop freshness in the aroma with some sweet maltiness, too. Pretty standard smell, nothing wild. Slight hop, singed malt with a sugar finish. Warmth from the alcohol lingers after each sip. Citrus, namely orange rinds. Malty, but surprisingly not sugary. Not

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Photo of crossovert
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

10.14 fl oz bottle.

It pours a deep red with a foamy off-white head.

The smell is a bit subdued with a clean barleywine scent (caramel/hops) along with the scent of the glass (that is how weak it seems).

The flavor is stronger with a nice hop bitterness and layers of caramel and sugar.

The mouthfeel isn't as full-bodied as you would like in a 10.5% barleywine but it makes it easier to drink.

A good but not great barleywine.

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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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