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Emelisse Imperial Doppelbock | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of captaincoffee
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown with a slight reddish tint and almost no head. Swirling bring a thin layer of foam that goes away quickly. Nose is lots of malt syrup and a little bread and booze...But primarily just plain malt syrup. Taste is...Jesus Christ that's sweet. Like a malt soda. Super sweet...damn. As the sweetness fades, you are left thinking, "holy crap, did they really mean to make it that sweet?" Not much depth of flavor outside of raw malt syrup and a touch of booze, whick is mostly hidden by the sweetness. Okay, there is some dried fruits and maybe even a chocolate flavor there, but it is hard to get past the sweetness.
Reading other reviews, I'm wondering if there was something wrong with this beer. It was not good.

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Photo of Saviour
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark copper-ish brown beer with a small beige head;
S - caramel, cereals and dried fruits;
T - caramel, chocolate and gooseberry;
F - a little bit too boozy, but with pleasant bittersweet aftertaste, medium carbonized;
O - quite an interesting specimen of this style. Emelisse keeps eyes on the ball!

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Photo of Dentist666
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Doppelbock 2015. 11% ABV.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours hazy dark brown with creamy 2-finger beige head.
Smell - caramel, dark fruits, sweet chocolate, cereals.
Taste - dark fruits and other esters, not very boozy.
Full body, soft carbonation.
Good craft variation, but true doppelbock must be other.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a quickly fading head.
Nose shwos hefty malt, with bready, toasty and almost chocolate-like characters. Loads of melanoidin notes.
Big sweet malty flavours too. Heaps of bready malt, a little booze, some soft spicy hops.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of safaricook
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

A really delicious extremely strong Bock. Malt is appropriately dominating the aroma and flavor. The malt is caramel and not roasted. There is sweetness not surprisingly at this ABV but it is not too strong and certainly not cloying. The booze is in the aroma but quite low given the otherwise clean restrained nose. In the taste and feel I love the warmth of the alcohol. Still it feels clean and not hot (little fusel). I like the caramel taste with a nutty ending. The cleanness makes me think that it was fermented with lager yeast, which is not a given for a Dutch Bock. In my opinion this is a great effort on an extreme Bock. Will probably get this again.

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Photo of Beerrob
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MassiveBeerReviews
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Morningstorm
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this at de Beyerd at Breda, The Netherlands.

A: Thick head that stayed for a minute or 2. Then a tiny head foam lacing stayed on the beer till it was finished. Color was deep amber. Just a tiny tiny bit of carbonation.

S: A whole arrange of dark fruit (plums, figs) and some chocolate.

T: Tastes of malts, dried fruit and toffee. A touch of medicinal in the end. Nice, not overwhelmingly, alcoholic aftertaste.

M: Quite a medium to full body overall. Creamy and round taste in the beginning. A bit of carbonation present.

O: Quite enjoyed the beer. Had it as a finishing beer of a drinking session. I'd recommend it to friends who enjoy bock beers.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy brown color bock with a medium foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized sugar with notes of dry cereal. Taste is also a mix between some dry cereal notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is a bit light for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lacking body and sweetness with no interesting ester – not something I would seek again.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today was the day to crack this one open. I waited for a good moment because the brewer (Kees Bubberman) told me I would love his one in particular. And yes, he has an idea about what I love in a beer.

A - A clear brown fluid with hardly no head, just a tiny foam lacing. There is no visible carbonation.

S - Chocolate, caramel, toffee and some booze and fruit. All scent are just faintly present though, but still very nice.

T - A real delight, toffee sweet upfront and chocolate, malts and some booze follow after it. A very good Bock! I want more!

M - The body is nice and medium thick, softly carbonated and the alcohol presence is lower than expected. In the finish kicks in some 'Emelisse' bitterness.

O - I am not a Bock fan, but this is something I can really appreciate. Specially the caramel tones, they come out nice. Thanks Kees for pointing this one out for me, I loved every sip.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2010, best by 12/2012.

Purchased through Cracked Kettle, Netherlands

Price - $4.71 US

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep amber color with a quick fading head. Spotty lacing like on a cheatah.

Smell: Sweet with dark fruit, raisins, plums and grapes. A hint of smokiness due to the roasted malts.

Taste: Quite smokey with a layer of sweetness followed by some bitter hops. Alcohol is there but not full out at 11.5%.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat oily with a bitter feel and finishes dry.

Drinkability: Not bad but ones enough and I move on to the next victim. I don't know what it is but this certainly doesn't taste like a doppelbock style. WTF..

I have a few more bottles and will revisit this again after some aging to see if it's changed.

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Emelisse Imperial Doppelbock from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 18 ratings