From the first time I tried a smoke beer (at a beer tasting), I loved it.
Rauch is definitely an acquired taste but if you enjoy the smell and taste of smoked meat (beef jerky being my favorite taste in a rauch), you'll love a good smoked beer.
Add in my love of all things Dutch and this is a tasting I'm really looking forward to.
Look-Very cloudy, dull brown in color
Smell (this is my favorite part of a smoke)-The smoke isn't as strong as I generally prefer but the brisket or jerky flavor is in there.
Taste-The smoke is right on the lips then dissipates. That was a little bit of a letdown.
Mouth-Medium bodied and a bit watery. Not much smoke in the mouth. The smoked does reappear in the swallow though and lingers afterwards. It's also a bit tart.
Overall-A solid rauch but nowhere near a favorite for me. The smoke is tasty when it pops up but I'd prefer it be consistent throughout. Might not be a bad intro rauch if you've never tried one since the smoke isn't overpowering.
About Emelisse Rauchbier:
The Emelisse Rauchbier is brewed with a unique combination of five different malts,and with a large percentage of smoked malt from Bamburg, Germany. The maltery from which it comes is known around the world for the superior quality of this special malt, which is smoked on damp beechwood.