Emelisse

Emelisse is a young Dutch brewery that showcases the talents of Kees Bubberman, an award winning European brewer. Located in the Zeeland area in southwestern Holland the brewery was originally started as part of a restaurant that served summertime campers. With the addition of Kees in 2007 the brewery broadened its beer portfolio including several superb ales, stouts, and a barley wine. Special “White Label” releases were also made on an annual basis using different bourbon, scotch or whiskey barrels, and/or unique hoppings.

As part of the first BC shipment, Westbier is introducing several different products including an IPA, an Imperial IPA, a Black IPA, a coffee stout, an Imperial Stout, and two White Labels based on the Imperial Stout.

Emelisse Black IPA, Westbier ImportsBlack IPA

European brewers are taking Black IPAs to the next level, using local dark beer variants charged up heavily with Pacific Northwest hops. Emelisse provides a really good example. This Black IPA combines a heavily roasted malt base with bright citrusy hops.

Ratebeer 95.  ABV is 8%. Available in 330ml bottles, case of 12.

Emelisse Earl Grey IPA, Westbier ImportsEarl Grey IPA

Three kilograms of tea is added during the brewing to this IPA resulting in a long dry finish while still maintaining bright fruitiness and floral notes. Originally brewed as a one-off batch in 2012; after receiving great reviews it was brewed again in 2014.

Ratebeer 94.  ABV is 6.8%. Available in 330ml bottles, case of 12.

Emelisse Tipa, Westbier ImportsTIPA

A Triple IPA? If not, it’s a unique Imperial/Double IPA with lots of caramel malts, Pacific Northwest hops showing strong, pine and grapefruit; and a boatload of fruit. Big mouthfeel and ABV.

Ratebeer 96.  ABV is 10%. Available in 330ml bottles, case of 12.

Emelisse Espresso Stout, Westbier ImportsEspresso Stout

This Espresso Stout uses Arabica and Robus espresso beans from Italy. There are aromas of dark fruit and chocolate; and flavors of dry dark chocolate, espresso, and very dark roasted malts. Warm, full, and somewhat spicy.

Ratebeer 98.  ABV is 9.5%. Available in 330ml bottles, case of 12.

Emelisse Russian Imperial Stout, Westbier ImportsRussian Imperial Stout

A great beer by itself, the Imperial Stout delivers rich aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, vanilla, and creamed coffee. Silky smooth with a dry finish

Ratebeer 99.  ABV is 11%. Available in 330ml bottles, case of 12.

White Label – Russian Imperial Stout Makers Mark Barrel Aged

Introduced at the Borefts 2014 Beer Festival to excellent reviews the Makers Mark barrels add significant complexity to the Imperial Stout. Subtle aromas and flavors of bourbon are combined with lots of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.

Ratebeer 99.  ABV is 11%. Available in 330 ml bottles, case of 12.

White Label – Russian Imperial Stout Sorachi Ace

A very interesting version of the Imperial Stout; the Sorachi hops add dill like notes into the mix. Great as a sipper or with shellfish.

Ratebeer 99.  ABV is 11%. Available in 330 ml bottles, case of 12.


by Bliss Drive Review