Espresso Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse (Netherlands)

Espresso Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse, 9.5% ABV, 33 cl., (Kamperland, Netherlands)


info from ratebeer.com:

“The Emelisse Stout is enhance by a blend of fine Italian espresso beans used in the brewing process. It boasts a blend of 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta, which combine to give the Emelisse Espresso Stout an extra-spicy, full-bodied palate.”


  • Style: (flavoured – espresso) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Dynamic bittersweet deep roasted coffee light acidic barley malt dark fruit vanilla cocoa lengthy finish
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $5.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, especially if you like bittersweet stouts

Visual: Best at 12°C stated on the label. Pours super dark brown without a head, ultra thin ringed retention with a very thin spotty island of retention, hard-to-see steady micro singular streams.

Nose: med-dark roasted barley malt, molasses, caramel (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, liquid-thick viscosity

Mid-palate: micro light tingly, coffee acidity, (lvl-4)-sweetness, deep roasted nutty bitter coffee mixed with sweet roasted barley malt = bittersweet, date-fig

Finish: woody vanilla undertones, dry cocoa, dark chocolate, lengthy residual coffee-barley malt.

Summary: I prefer it at 16°C as opposed to the recommended 12°C, I notice deeper bittersweet coffee notes at right at the start of the mid-palate. At 18°C the dark fruit notes of the coffee appear, think date/fig. In conclusion, a really interesting imp stout that changes in flavour profile as the savour each sip – recommended. Exception lingering of residual flavours at the finish.

Nood & Deugd – Brouwerij de Molen (Netherlands)

Nood & Deugd (Necessity & Virtue), 6.2% ABV – 35 IBUs, 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)


-It’s been over 4 years since I’ve had a Schwarzbier, the previous one being Kostritzer [C+].

Ingredients: water, pale, choc, cara and roasted barley malts, sladek and saaz bitter hops, yeast (bottom fermenting)


  • Style: Schwarzbier (German dark lager, more info @wiki)
  • Taste: Sweet creamy smooth roasted coffee/chocolate notes subtle stealth hops
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / West Vancouver
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 33cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Their standard basic label, I like. Pours almost jet black with a large 1cm super long-lasting frothy head, sticky lacing, no visible activity.

Nose: caramelized roasted barley malts, hints of chocolate. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy smooth, sharp crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), brown sugar sweet roasted barley malt, fruity light coffee,

Finish: light notes of chocolate, subtle hops mixed with roasted bitterness.

Summary: Super clean and smooth with zero sourness – all sweet roast counterbalanced with the hops to finish. The sugars get slightly cloying around 3/4 through and wishing there was a bit more aromatics in the mids to make it an [A].

Imperial Russian Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse (Netherlands)

Imperial Russian Stout – Brouwerij Emelisse, 11% ABV, 33 cl., (Kamperland, Netherlands)


  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Superbly hidden ABV smooth thick composed sweet roasted barley malt cocoa bittersweet finish
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try

Visual: Pours jet black with a small slowly dissipating head, micro fine ringed retention with a medium island, barely visible far scattered super slow micro streams.

Nose: sweet medium roast barley malt, molasses, hints of vanilla. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: half thick-slick, subtle crisp

Mid-palate: medium-heavy thick barley malts, (lvl-7-sweetness), medium woody roast, cocoa,

Finish: background alcohol tangy on the tongue, soft burnt bittersweet, half licorice notes, vanilla, lingering roasted barley notes

Summary: 11% ABV nowhere to be seen –  almost completely hidden alcohol unless you look for it. Impressively balanced sip from start to finish. It doesn’t have particularly bold flavours but what is noticeable about this one is its agreeable entry and its firm body. Great composure.

Black IPA – Brouwerij Emelisse (Netherlands)

Black IPA – Brouwerij Emelisse, 8% ABV, 33 cl., (Kamperland, Netherlands)


  • Style: Black IPA / CDA
  • Taste: Toasted immediate bitter hopped light coffee barley malt slight burnt long hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.20 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: fabulous

Visual: Pours iced tea brown with a small creamy head, superfine sticky lancing as well as a layer of retention, sporadic bubbled streams.

Nose: sweet caramel barley malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: smooth-slick, fine CO2 mouthfeel, slightly watery

Mid-palate: immediate grassy bitter hops, (lvl-6-sweetness), coffee, roasty-toasty toffee barley malt,

Finish: lingering bitter hops, light burnt, dark chocolate, barley malt exhale

Summary: The attack is somewhat thin for an 8%’er but otherwise I very much liked the high quality smooth CO2 and prominent hop-roasted barley combo. I get a dark & green vibe from this one – rich yet still lush with vibrant hops. Great stuff.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #22 – Rooie Dop Final Countdown Winter Saison (Netherlands)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #22

Rooie Dop Final Countdown Winter Saison – Brewed at Brouwerij de Molen, 6.5% ABV – 330ml., (Netherlands)

  • Style: (smoked) Saison
  • Taste: Sweet crisp honey wheat malt subtle smoky pukey tangy sour
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but it’s retired

Visual: Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a largish dissipating head, 1mm layer of micro fine retention, lots of tight steady streams, large bits of sediment settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: honey, subtle smoked sweet malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: very crisp-tingly, micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana wheat malt, light sour, honey, apricot, tangy pukiness, smokiness

Finish: residual barley malt sweetness, wood smoked exhale, light burpy, subtle hop bitter finish.

Summary: Interesting flavours held together nicely with crisp-fizzy texture and fullness in the body. I enjoyed the smoky twist to the saison, good balance.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #19 – Winterporter (Netherlands)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #19

Winterporter – Browerij de Molen, 6.7% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

  • Style: (sour) Porter
  • Taste: Big sour tangy roasted barley malt mild coffee
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Their signature simple label. Pours dark brown with suspended sediment, a large ultra-foamy lasting head, thick sticky lacing, clusters of slow micro streams.

Nose: roasted malt, background sourness, hints of coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: acidic sour-crisp

Mid-palate: ongoing building sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) roast barley malt, cola, barnyard, sour cherry

Finish: tangy-puckery, chocolate-coffee exhale, subtle hops, sour acidic finish.

Summary: Lots of sourness in this one, too much for my liking. Not my style of porter. At last, a de Molen brew that I didn’t particularly like.

La Trappe Quadrupel – Brouwerij de Koningshoeven (Netherlands)

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La Trappe Quadrupel – Brouwerij de Koningshoeven, 10% ABV, 750ml, (Netherlands)

  • Style: Quadruple
  • Taste: Sweet brown sugar cake brandy boozy malt alcoholic
  • Where I got it : 16th Street Liquor Store (W.Van)
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 750ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Reinforced twisty top, synthetic cork, hefty bottle. Pours light blood red with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, suspended large sediment, slow and fast steady streams.

Nose: carrot cake, caramelized brown sugar, sweet dark malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thick-full, incoming dark fruity christmas cake

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, sour-alcohol hit, fizzy-bubbly, (MAIN) carrot cake, brandy, caramelized brown sugar malts

Finish: cola, alcoholic, mild alcoholic heat, sweet brandy finish.

Summary: Lots of caramelized sugar, brown cake flavour mixed with a pretty stealth alcohlic hit.