This post is a part of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary. Over the course of 2015, I will be trying a new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Grown-up Travel Guide and his #grownupbeerdiary, where Andy Higgs came up with the diary format in use below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary.
Day 361: December 27, 2015
After a morning finishing up a blog post and checking some mails, I decided to get out of the house a bit earlier today, and take a little bit of a drive. It’s been a while since I’ve been out to the coast, so decided to head off to Zeeland, and of course, include a brewery stop on the itinerary. Today being Emelisse in Kamperland.
Visiting one of the best Dutch breweries for Lunch today. Emelisse is located in Kamperland, Zeeland. Always a fun drive through the countryside to get out here. I avoided the highways as much as possible to enjoy scenery and villages I haven't seen before. Always so impressive to see the way the Dutch have tamed the water on the coastline as you get out this way. Here the hot chicken sandwich with a Smoked Rye IPA. Both very enjoyable.
In addition to lunch and the Smoked Rye (see below), I also tried the Emelisse Imperial Doppelbock, which is only available now on draft. Dark and fruity aroma. Alcohol and bitter added in the flavor. 11% ABV. I believe it. But actually doesn’t burn too much. However, being that this one was so strong, and I had a full 0.33l pour, I decided to forego any more beers, taking the last one I wanted to try, the Black IPA, home in a bottle. Along with a 2014 Winter (I have a 2015 at home already, but missed the 2014!)
Name: Smoked Rye IPA
Style: American IPA
Producer: Bierbrouwerij Emelisse
Alcohol content: 6.2%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Brouwerij en Restaurant Café Emelisse
Smoked Rye IPA by Bierbrouwerij Emelisse. From the Emelisse Innovation Series. Beautiful color. Slight hints of smoke, on a very nice bitterness and good body / finish. Brewed with 20% Rye malt and 10% Weyermann Smoke malts.
To be honest, I wasn’t planning for this to be the beer of the day, but the one I set aside at home for tonight was a major disappointment. I don’t feel like choosing another one, and this one was good enough to warrant the selection. The original intention for the beer of the day was Préaris Grand Cru 2012 BA Cognac (Rémy Martin) by Vliegende Paard Brouwers. I picked this one up at De Hopduvel in Ghent at the start of the year, and kept holding off on drinking it until I felt the time was right. Maybe I waited too long? Very mellow. No real head or carbonation. Little aroma. Some flavor of barrel and some alcohol, not much quad. Kinda flimsy. Aged poorly.