Emerson's Brewers Reserve Laughing Monk (500ml Bottle)
Let the Brewcrew loose and this is what happens…. We’ve taken the best of our Belgian pale ale recipes and opened the US hop bags – after the hop dust settled in the brewhouse we stood back and Laughing Monk was the outcome!
The combination of a US style IPA and a Belgian yeast in one glass has become a popular theme in the US and we can see why. The typical clove, fruity/estery Belgian aromas are joined by spicy, grassy hop notes from the dry hopping. Assertive bitterness expected from an IPA certainly drives the clean finish but there’s something else going on that is hard to nail down and that’s the allure of this beer. Experimentation has always been the whole drive behind our Brewer’s Reserve range. It pushes the envelope on beer styles as we have come to know them.
Belgian-style ales seldom fit neatly into classic beer styles, but this category represents those "session" ales (in Belgium this means under 7% abv!) that do not fit other categories. Colour ranges from golden to deep amber, with the occasional example coming in darker. Body tends to be light to medium, with a wide range of hop and malt levels. Yeastiness and acidity may also be present.