Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Emelisse Winterbier 2009

Emelisse Winterbier 2009

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Belgian Strong Dark Ale

8.5% ABV

Commercial Description:
A quadruppel style brewed beer. Brewed with pils, munchener, abbey malt and Candi suger. White Labs WLP 007 yeast. Brewed every year. The 2011 brew is a Sorachi Ace Single hop brew.

General Pricing:
10.4 oz bottle ~$5.50 each

I was just wandering around State Line Liquors just before Christmas looking for something different that I have not reviewed before and I saw this. Everything that I have had imported by 12Percent Imports has not only been good it’s been exceptional. So let’s see what this one from Emelisse has in store for us.

The beer pours a very dark brown almost completely opaque with just a hint of orange hues peeking through the glass.

The nose is delightful with sweet dark roasted malt aromas with dark fruit notes and sweet alcohol.

Wow, that was an exquisite first sip; smooth eloquent malty goodness.

The experience starts out with sweet dark malts up front on the tip of the tongue followed by a silky smooth mouthfeel as this delectable nectar rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is a hesitation at the top of the swallow as expected in such a rich beer. The finish is tremendously smooth with rich dark roasted malt flavors with dark fruit esters and notes of chocolate and toffee. There is also a sweet sense of alcohol on the finish. The final aftertaste is lingering sweet dark malts.

What a phenomenal experience. I haven’t had a beer this good in a long time.

This exquisite ale is getting better as it warms and opens up a little.

We are now at 65 degrees.

I am savoring every drop of every sip at this point.

Well all good things must come to an end and so to with this experience. But what a delightful time it was.

This is a Solid A+; the best beer that I have had in quite a while.

A+ Emelisse Winterbier was a phenomenal experience. This delectable ale with its sweet dark roasted malts, silky smooth mouthfeel and an exquisite finish with dark fruit and chocolate notes along with the sweet taste of alcohol will bring joy to any winter evening. Silky smooth exquisite malt goodness to the last warm drop.

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