Two of our existing brewers recommended Emelisse to us early in 2013.  Quietly doing their thing in a beautiful brewpub on an island in the south-western region of The Netherlands since 2005, the story was completed when head brewer Kees Bubberman signed on in 2007.

Kees (formerly a chef) was a home brewer of great renown.  Rumour has it that for a period of two-and-a-half years, Kees won every competition into which he entered a beer.  The running joke was that if Kees entered, everyone else was competing for second place.

Given the opportunity to showcase his brewiing talents on a commercial scale, he helped Emelisse develop a reputation for producing consistently amazing beers, in a wide array of beer styles.

We first visited the brewery in October 2013.  Sitting down with co-owner Tom ter Horst, we made our way through 8 of the beers in the Emelisse range.  Starting with their Witbier, moving three several different IPAs. up to the Imperial Russian Stout - all were fantastically flavoursome, interesting and perfectly balanced.  For a night cap, Tom shared a couple of the White Label series beers, which really are something to look out for.  Needless to say, we were fans.

The brewing magic at Emelisse is achieved on a 1000L system, with double brew days the norm, to fill the 2000L fermenters under the brewpub/restaurant.  The brewing as an annual production of around 2000 hectolitres.  We wish it were more!


Beers from the brewery

Emelisse American Pale Ale

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A 3.5% session pale ale, bursting with hop character

Emelisse BIPA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

The new version of Emelisse Black IPA, now with a changed recipe being produced by Slot-Oostende brewery

Emelisse Black IPA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A West Coast US-style Black IPA - floral, punchy and delicious

Emelisse Blond

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

Much more an American Pale Ale than a Blond

Emelisse Creme Brûlée Stout

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

It is Creme Brûlée - dessert in a glass

Emelisse DIPA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A cracking Double IPA, in the true West Coast US style

Emelisse Dubbel

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

Emelisse's take on the classic Belgian Dubbel style

Emelisse English Bitter

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

Emelisse brewery's take on an English Bitter session beer

Emelisse Espresso Stout

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A rich and luxurious Imperial Stout infused with coffee beans from Italy

Emelisse Imperial Dopplebock

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

One of Emelisse's big hitters - a Dopplebock malt bomb, with a little hop bitterness and spice

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

Like black engine oil, rich and complex. An interesting take on the style, aged 2 months on oak

Emelisse Porter

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

Smooth roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee

Emelisse Rauchbier

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A pleasant peaty smokiness, complimented by a malt backbone and hop bitterness for a very balanced Rauchbier.

Emelisse Saison

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A hazy golden saison - crisp, citrusy, earthy and dry

Emelisse Smoked Rye IPA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

20% rye, 10% smoked malt with Simcoe and Cascade hops

Emelisse TIPA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A mighty tripel IPA - 10.0% ABV and 103 IBU's - sometimes 'double' is not enough!

Emelisse Vanille Ice Cream Stout

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A 5.5% sweet stout presenting loads of sweet chocolate and toasty malts, hints of coffee and an undercurrent of vanilla

Emelisse White Label Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A big malty barley wine given the treatment in Bourbon barrels

Emelisse White Label Dubbel Bock Dark Fruity Red Wine Blend BA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

The first White Label barrel-aged offering from the new owners and brewers of the Emelisse beer range

Emelisse White Label IRS Old Smokey Bourbon

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

An Imperial Russian Stout aged in a single use Old Smokey Bourbon barrel

Emelisse White Label IRS Red Wine Blend BA

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

An Imperia Russian Stout aged in red wine barrels and then blended for packaging

Emelisse WinterBier

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

A dark, spicy seasonal offering for those cold nights by the fire

Emelisse Winterbier Engelse Drop 2015

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

The winter seasonal from Emelisse is an ABT/quadrupel. Each year they add a different ingredient - for 2015 they've added English liquorice

Glasses from the brewery

Emelisse Glass

by Brouwerij Emelisse/Slot-Oostende

Out of stock

Bierbrouwerij Grand Cafe Emelisse branded glass