Brouwerij Emelisse

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #75
Ranked #27,949
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Brouwerij Emelisse
Very Good
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stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewer's haven. Taste would lead you to believe hat this had a higher ABV. Deep and dark, pit fruits and figs, oily and slippery. Robust enough to let stand and sip over time.

Nov 29, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with minor lace after a two-finger head. At first I get hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma, then some more sugary sweetness, and the there seems to be minor bitter (citric like) hops and a touch of roasted malts. The beer is medium bodied, slightly chewey and bready, has some sweetness and touches of dark fruits like figs or raisins. In addition there is balance from some dry, roasted malts that, coupled with the barely noticeable ABV, provide a dry, warming finish.

Jan 19, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerful, complex and jam-packed with richness- at least early one. But closing with remarkable drinkability means that this ale accomplishes quite a bit on its quick journey across the palate.

Emelisse Winter Ale kicks off with a rich brown hue that casts low-lights of garnet and crimson through its mild haze. A rich and lathery head caps the beer in nearly mousse-like appearances. Its creamy froth retains the session confidently and trails with broken strands of lace in its wake.

Boastful aromas are rich with light molasses and toffee but folds in savor notes of port wine and sherry as the nose takes on fruitier proportions. Lightly spicy and full with a tingle of alcohol, the counterpart to rich aromatics is pepper and rum. Its the beer's sweet and savory combination that mesmerizes the olfactory senses with ease.

And that delicious melange of robust sweetness, candied fruitiness and savory aged port flavors coat the mouth with sultry "meaty-salty" character. Light vinous almost red wine flavors are alive with blackberry, plumb, prune, raisin and blackcurrant in the middle palate before tapering off with the confectioner's taste of pulled candy and fruit-laced powdered sugar. Slim woodish bitterness and alcohol warmth play out on the finish like mulled spice rum.

Fuller impressions take hold on the palate as the beer's richness is creamy, decadent and weighted on the tongue. But after its carbonation releases and the bulk of its residual sweetness fades, the ale drifts seamlessly into a semi-sweet finish of hard candy and wine-like acidity.

Caught somewhere between English Barleywine and Belgian Strong Dark Ale, the beer is simply the best of both worlds but without letting its sweetness drag it down. Its simply a stand-up beer with some of the more savory intangibles that are sorely lacking in malt-focused ales. Its balance is sublime and lush- meant for after dinner snacking with pungent blue cheese and stuffed dates in accompaniment.

Dec 26, 2013
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown with very little head that left very little lacing on the glass
S-plum, toast, malt and a slight alcohol smell
T-sweet caramel at first sip with a hop aftertaste that fades to a malt finish and a good warming at the finish
M-medium body with very little carbonation
O-the beer was a good good beer

Dec 11, 2013
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GPHarris from Alabama

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick, creamy tan head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was a slightly hazy, dark brown.
s - toast and cinnamon with a hint of fruit.
t - dark fruits, bready.
m - slick and slightly thin.
o - good beer but nothing really jumped out and grabbed me.

Nov 26, 2013
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DARIVA from Netherlands

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber colored beer, slightly cloudy with a minimal head.

S: Raisins, grapefruit and a little bit sweet.

T: Slightly bitter on what soft.

M: Low carbonation with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: Fairly drinkable. Have the suspicion that this was a bad version, will try again.

May 03, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a medium brown body, fairly good clarity, with a few stray suds that vacant quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet-scented, toasty malts treading towards a faint papery accent with low, vague hints of fruit, spice, and herb.

Taste: Toasty malts, a little graininess, and a touch of dark, raw sugars leaning sweet (just barely). A little herbal twang of gentian. Lightly fruity. Hint of cardboard. Sweetish, toasty finish -- there's just very little going on here, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lowly carbonation.

Overall: Kinda bland, it's one of those lamentable beers that leave no lasting impression whatsoever, a beer where I'll come across this rating sometime down the road and go "huh? I had that beer?" So, lemme just give a shout-out to Future ChainGangGuy: Hi, man, from 2012!

Mar 27, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a murky roasted chesnut brown with a thinner but well sustained tannish colored head atop.Brown sugar,roast,and alcohol dipped fruit in the nose,the alcohol is prevelent.Fruity on the palate with brown sugar sweetness rounded out nicely with drying somewhat earthy finish with the alcohol actually held in check pretty well.A solid winter ale,it's warming and quite easy going down for its size.

Mar 19, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. Some sediment. There was a small amount of head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, fruit, and something sweet and sugary.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, and some kind of fruit (plums, maybe?). It's a little thin in the finish, in spite of itself. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but certainly not a memorable one.

Jan 20, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown amber with considerable dark floating particles; I poured the entire bottle, so must have poured some sediment. Thin medium tan head which dissipated quickly, leaving a ring around the glass, light lacing. Aroma is light; dark fruit, caramel malt and light spicing. Flavor is very subtle, sweet malt, dark fruit and brown sugar. Light hops. Finishes malty and sweet. No evidence of the spices noted in the aroma in the flavor. Medium bodied with a suggestion of creaminess. A very interesting take on a winter warmer. Although the flavor is somewhat mild, it is not watered down, unassuming but complex enough to be interesting. I really enjoyed this. I'm increasingly impressed with Emelisse.

Jan 12, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber and poured with a thin head that died down and left delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark fruits and malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has notes of dark fruits. There are some slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a bit of thickness and also has a low amount of carbonation. A bit of warming from the alcohol is noticeable.
O: Despite its strength, no traces of alcohol are present in the taste.

Dec 31, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle last week from Mark, Mar02x. Thanks for this bottle Mark, i know how you like Emelisse and with this beer i know why.

Out of the beerfridge i let the beer warm up a bit, Too cold is nog good for this kind of beer.

Poured in my Struise glass off course. Deepdarkbrown fluid with a broken white three finger head. No carbonation and little lacing.

The smell is inviting, not too strong, i sense some caramel and some butter. Soft with a medium full body, not too complex but that is what this beer is all about i think. Sugar makes the beer nicer, the alcohol is really well hidden.

Taste is very good, one of the better beers i had untill now from Emelisse. You can drink this one all night...(but then the 9 ABV will hit you!)

Dec 09, 2011
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Mar02x from Netherlands

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A strange beer, the color is brown and hazy, but the head is not coming up. It appears just a second and than it's gone sooner for ever.

S - A smell of an old brown ale, and that is something I don't wanna smell.

T - Gorgeous! Fantastic! & Different I called the style winter warmer because that's what the bottle mentions. The style however is more like a crossing between the black IPA and Double. Very drinkable but you still want to sip this stuff. Very excellent done.
There's a little sweetness up front and than comes the fruity and citrus like hops and after that comes the bitterness. Not so much that is blows you of your socks, but still it is present.

M - A soft to medium carbonation that goes excellent with the taste. A bitter finish of course like a Emelisse beer should.

O - A great beer, something totally different between the other winter beers. I can certainly recommend it.

Nov 30, 2011
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clickpush from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 330ml bottle to Duvel glass. Scary miniscule hiss when bottle's opened. Yields a cloudy dark amber body. Opaque yet attractive color. Tiny head recedes to almost no lacing despite hefty pour. Aroma is faint. Some cola aromas. Maybe a bit of oxidation. Watered down caramel? Strawberry rhubarb... Flavor has similar cola intonations. A bit thin bodied but has a nice lingering spiciness.

Nov 06, 2011
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a raisin brown color with nearly no head, and no lacing

Smell of raisin, figs, brown sugar, slightly barlewine-esqe in aroma with the sweetness rounding it out.

Taste of light clove, brown sugar , cinnamon and a good malt flavor mixture. Taste is very similar to a barleywine in style as well as a brown ale with a light spicing. Very low carbonation , nearly flat and a light mouthfeel. Not my favorite of the style and not bad but not really take a whole lot of time to seek out again.

Feb 18, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. 2009 vintage.

Served from an oddly-sized 10.14 ounce bottle. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is extremely malty. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, along with some bready malt. The flavor is a little bit different. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, but I also get some grassy notes from the hops and an assorted mix of spices. I also get some brown sugar notes which lead to the beer being very sweet. The flavor is definitely more complex and better than the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Dec 28, 2010
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claspada from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of lots of dark fruit on the nose with some prune and raisin most prominent, dark caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of winter spice. The yeast adds notes of Belgian cloves as well which adds that all familiar odor.

The taste is very dark and malty with rich flavors of prune and raisin, brown sugar and molasses. There is a definitive Belgian yeasty profile on the subtler side but absolutely provides some fruity esters and clove spice, vanilla and cinnamon aftertaste with a mild bitterness.

Medium body with solid mouthfeel throughout. Drinks a little higher in ABV than I would expect from an 8.5% Belgian offering ( I have consumed 11% of higher which have gone down faster). Regardless the flavors are absolutely out of this world and balanced. A little pricey for an 11 oz brew, but I can't argue because it is superb. I have the Imperial Stout aging right now, can't wait until I breakdown and throw it in the chiller.

Nov 25, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bilbo Baggins Stilwater/12% Imports dinner on Friday November 12, 2010. Vintage was not specified so I'll assume it's the beer that's already listed and not something new. Served in a wine glass.

Pours garnet with a bit of a brownish hue. There is an off white head and some slight lacing. The nose brings caramel and sweet malt with some cherry and fig notes along with a bit of spice.

The flavor is light cherry and earth with some spicing. Almost a bit of rye with some light booze. There's a little bit of orange marmalade in there as well. Light to medium body with slight oxidation and a few notes of sherry. The carbonation is pretty light but somewhat prickly. A pretty nice winter brew that takes things in a slightly-different direction.

Nov 14, 2010
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blackie from Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a small, long-stemmed chalice, the beer is a dark nutty brown in color with a low head

s: lots of dark tree fruit on the nose - prune and raisin most prominent, dark caramel and molasses, a touch of winter spice and a mild hop nose

m: medium bodied with a lighter carbonation

t: darkly malty and rich with flavors of prune and raisin, brown sugar and molasses, yeasty profile on the subtler side but providing some esters and spice, vanilla and cinnamon aftertaste, lightly hopped with a mild bitterness

d: very enjoyable and certainly easy to drink

draft at Max's, Baltimore

Feb 21, 2010
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John_M from France

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish, tawny brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is hard to describe; maybe sweet malt mixed with spruce tips. Something along those lines would be my guess. The flavor profile is much more enjoyable, with something of a chocolate turkish toffee flavor, coupled with some underlying spice. The beer is no more then moderately sweet, with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK, with the aloohol level well disguised.

While a bit one dimensional (at least on the palate), this is still a pleasant, enjoyable, easy to appreciate beer.

Feb 05, 2010
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