Thursday, January 3, 2013


EMELISSE are the only Netherlands-based brewer I can name right off the top of my head and without poking around at my phone under the table - what about you? They make a terrific Dubbel that Beer Samizdat loves, and wish we'd see around the bottle shops more often. I was happy to make a grab for their WINTERBIER this holiday season and reckoned it might be more of the same. I got all that from it, mostways - and then some.

EMELISSE "WINTERBIER" is one of those classically Belgian sediment bombs, with yeasts not just for you to taste, but to look at and admire in your glass as well. It's a brownish ale with a decidedly sweet aroma, with thin to medium body and a lovely, creamy taste on the tongue. The cinnamon and spicing are as "winter beer" as the day is long - or short, in this case. And yeah, I had to make my way around that floating yeast at the end, but I was impressed enough with my journey so far that I just said "shuck it" and glugged it all down. 12 ounces made for an easy fireside sipper and a very delicious warmer that I'd recommend to any bier lovers out there. 7.5/10.

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