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Emelisse Black IPA | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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3.85/5
Very Good
99 Ratings
Emelisse Black IPAEmelisse Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by metter98 on 10-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,795
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
99
pDev:
9.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
Trade:
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown. Citrusy, piney, espresso. Bit too bitter. More like Thornbridge's Raven than BrewDog's Libertine.

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Photo of wattersmike90
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jmtpi
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle on the recommendation of the shopkeeper at La Cave à Houblon in Nimes, France. Full disclosure: I love black IPAs, so I went in with a good feeling about this one. I was not let down. Appearance is black as it should be. Not much head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. At the end of the glass, some lacing but not heavy. Smell is roasted and makes me think of stout. Indeed, this beers tastes more stout-like than the average black IPA, which for me is a big plus. The mouthfeel is downright creamy. Plenty of hop bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Catalin90
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Saviour
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jworkman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Jose9e
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mitlinks
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Really dark brown, nearly black pour with nice one finger caramel colored head with good retention and great lacing. Complex nose that starts off with a lot of roasted malt, but quickly opens up to nice resiny, piney hops with hints of caramel and chocolate. The taste is complex as well but very nicely balanced. Lots of burnt toast and coffee that plays nicely with the piney, resiny, slightly citrusy hops. Also getting hints of dark chocolate and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and oily, with a great bittersweet finish. I'm a huge Black IPA guy and this is definitely a standout in the style. Not quite in the Sublimely category, but very close...

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Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, yeast, slight pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Black color. Beige,small size bubbled, crown. Good retention & spotty sides. Hints of chocolate, pine, bitter hops & toasted malts to the nose. Flavors as expected from the aromas. Pleasant malty palate despite sharp bitterness. Full body, medium carbonation. Subtle coffee finish. Resiny aftertaste.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this to be quite a balanced beer. Piney and citrusy on the nose with chocolate and roast in the background. On the palate the flavour comes through similarly with an assertive hop bite up front. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours follow

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Photo of Marius
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at home. Very dark caramel-brown pour with a very tall tan head with excellent retention.Notes of roasted malts, pine resin, orange peel, chocolate, coffee. Very well balanced, smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low carbonation and a roasty and hoppy bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A good looking beer, nice dark brown/red in color and a beige head that slowly retracts, with lots of foam remnants sticking to the glass. Looks inviting.

S - Fresh pine like hops with a strong citrus smell. The smell promises a real bitter ale.

T - Wow! this is another fantastic creation from Kees Bubbermans. I thought this would be again to strong in taste, but no, it's balanced really well. I feel all ready lucky to have another three bottles in the garage. The beer has a good strong fresh hoppy taste but not to overpowering. There is a little sweetness upfront and some malt tones are coming through as well.

M - Medium carbonated with (of course) a bitter finish.

O - A very good IPA, worth trying.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cafe de Pass in Den Haag. On to the beer:

The black color is emphasized in the glass. A creamy inch of head sits on top and is long lasting, and it leaves some creamy lace around the glass. The aroma of tea leaves and kiss of roasted malt demonstrates the marriage of a black canvas of malt and aggressive colors of hops.

It's intense and tasty, which shows that Emelisse has nailed this American style of beer. A kiss of fudge and brownies take the first hit, and from there it's the taste of burned hops and succulent tea leaves. Bitter and sweet at the same time, not overkill in either direction. An added bonus is the medium-full and smooth mouthfeel, which gives the beer a smooth landing.

I usually prefer my dark ales and hoppy ales in seperate glasses. That said, Emelisse has found the trick to fuse the two and make a very tasty result which I would re-order again.

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Photo of rpopescu
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamNowek
4.12/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Absumaster
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, almost black beer with a creamy head that stick to the glass.

Smell is malty with some light roasted notes. There is the fruity, citric hop nose. It gives the beer a green, tangerine and lychee smell. Very nice, although not very bold or aggresive.

Taste is nicely balanced between the light roasted taste and the hop. The bitterness is high, but average for an IPA. When swallowed the beer leaves a distinct bold bitterness, characteristic for US hops. There is a tangerine and lemony taste. The malt adds a mild roasted taste which is far from the level of a porter.
Although not as aggresive or bold as the other black IPAs I had, this is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours almost pitch black, just some faint brown tinges when holding the glass towards the light. Rich two finger light beige head, decent retention.
IPA smell up front, with pine and citrus hops, also biscuits and caramel, licorice, but very low dark malts. Weird (comparing to other reviews) but mine packed more IPA than porter notes, at least in the smell.
Hops dominate the taste too. Sweet citrus (tangerine, oranges) start, even with tropical hints, some pineapple, granted, on top of some clearer dark malts, with some nice roasty (even a bit smoked) notes, some coffee and cocoa powder, stronger in the aftertaste. Dark spices and vanilla, touch of licorice. Green piney hops towards the finish, with a big bitterness.
Medium body and bitterness. Finish is very bitter from the hops and the growing roastiness. Aftertaste of hops and a bit of charcoal.
Big tasty hops, nice dark malty backbone, maybe a bit too rough and bitter, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Zet
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black colour with a decent head of cappucino foam. It doesn't last long however, making it look too much like a coke. Lacing is nice though. Hoppy smell mixed with flavours like caramel, milk chocolate and liquorice. The hops don't seem to be the american aroma kind, more the classic english/continental type. It's not flowery/fruity, more herbal/piney. Lots of dark malt, caramel, liquorice, coffee and more pine in the taste. The mix of caramel/liquorice/hop bitterness make it reminiscent of a dutch herfstbok actually. Flavour is intense, complex and balanced, very nice. Mouth feel is full bodied and soft. A very enjoyable beer, but I think hardcore black IPA-lovers might miss the aroma hops in here.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hoppy dark. Taste more of an IPA than of a dark beer.

Color is very dark, head is thin and off white.
Smell is hoppy and bitter, with hints of the slightly sweet malt.
Taste is IPA-ey, with strong hops, and a hint of red fruits.
Dry sweetness underlying the hops.

Overall probably the most "by-the-book" Black IPA you can find out there, a less original version than some : a very bitter, hoppy dark. Unlike a Brusseleir for example, which is almost stouty by some aspects (whereas Senne's Stouterik is probably closer to this than Brusseleir...!).

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Emelisse Black IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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