Today we release JP 2015. To remind you of previous vintages, below is the info for each one. An invaluable aid if you have lost your notes and have some in your cellar! Cheers.
The annual JP release is in honour of the late Professor Jean-Pierre Dufour, formerly Dean of Food Sciences at the University of Otago.
Belgian born JP, as he was affectionately known, was an icon in the international brewing industry and a valued friend of The Emerson Brewing Company.
Each vintage varies in beer style, flavour and aroma – each brew reflecting one of the many beer styles for which Belgium is renowned.
The Emerson’s JP Releases
A Trippel style brewed with a blend of Pale ale malt, Lager malt, sugar, NZ Styrian Goldings and NZ Riwaka hops. Fermented with a Chimay type yeast strain and left to mature for two weeks in the tanks before lightly filtered into the bottling tanks where priming sugars and fresh dose of yeast are mixed prior to bottling. The packaged beer was cellared for three weeks before release.
Cherry Brown Ale: ‘Leifmanns Gouldenband’ was the inspiration for our interpretation of this Flemish brown ale. We brewed the brown ale from several different types of dark malts and a gentle blend of NZ hops to create a tasty background for the several hundred kilos of imported and local North Otago Sour cherries in the maturation tank. The beer was been fined then racked into the bottling tanks for carbonation prior to bottling.
A Belgian inspired Dubbel. Rich and dark with that tantalising Belgian fruitiness and a hint of aniseed.
Food matches: Savoury: Rare roast beef. Sweet: Chocolate mousse.
Serve at 8 - 10 °C.
An India Pale Ale brewed to the Belgian Tripel style with Belgian yeast and the addition of NZ and American hops.
Foodmatch: A pungent, tangy cheese.
Serve at 8 – 10°C.
A traditional Belgian style Tripel showcasing NZ hops and malt.
Subtle apple and spice with a luscious “caramello” finish.
Food Matches: Salty blue cheese, mussels, salmon.
Serve at 8 – 10°C.
A Belgian Strong Ale. The beer has a complex orangey aroma, subtle sweetness, finishing with a spicy bitterness.
Food Matches: Spicy pork or chicken, apricot tart.
Serve at 8 – 10°C
Emerson’s JP 2013
Belgian Stout. A big roasty stout fermented with three Belgian yeasts. Luscious and complex with a satin smooth finish.
Food Matches: Pair with chocolate or blue cheese.
Serve unchilled. 8% ABV
Emerson’s JP 2014
Refreshingly elegant, highly effervescent with a pronounced spicy, dry
finish. Complex and ever evolving.
Food Matches: Spicy Thai/Cajun food or aged Gouda.
Serve lightly chilled.
Emerson’s JP 2015
A Belgian Specialty Strong Ale.
Candy shop aroma with a delicate rich body and fruity caramel- toffee finish.
Food Matches: Enjoy with a spicy Tagine or apple pie.
Serve lightly chilled
7.6 % ABV