Lazy Monk Belgian Ale
Lazy Monk Belgian Ale is a variation on the Northern Brewer "Phat Tyre" beer kit. Since this is more Belgian than Fat Tire, I've named it Lazy Monk since it's a Fat, Tired Abbey Style.
6 lbs Munich Malt LME
1 lb Extra Light DME
.5 lbs Victory malt (grain)
.5 lbs Caramel 60l (grain)
.25 lbs Belgian Aromatic (grain)
.5 lbs 6 row (grain)
1 oz Liberty, pellet @ 60
1 oz Hallertauer, whole @ 15
1 oz Hallertauer, whole @ 5
Wyeast 1762, Belgian Abbey II
Irish Moss @ 15
I had my first taste last night, after 8 days in the bottle.
Nice, amber-brown. Beige head on it.
Probably my clearest beer to date. No chill haze. Some yeast chunks prevalent due to lack of filtration. I might consider tying some cheesecloth around the bottom of my racking cane if I use the Abbey II again.
Semi-dense and beige. Retained the head for a good amount of time.
A bit too much like LME. Intense caramel flavor that seemed to overpower. Almost a cloying sweetness, despite the 3oz of hops. The flavor didn't leave my mouth as quickly as I typically prefer. Hops are barely noticeable.
Too much. As it stands, it's not a session beer because it's too chewy.
Has the makings of a fine beer, but it definitely needs more rest. I don't know that I would use the LME again, and I'm just about to the point where the *ME taste has me ready to go AG. I'm already scouting out coolers. I'm going to try this again next weekend and I hope the flavors die down by then, as I want to pass this out as a Fourth of July brau. I'm sure a lot of people would like it as-is, but it's not perfect enough for me.
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