ABV: 8.5% IBU: 40
2015 marked the seventh year of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition. Juli Goldenberg, this year’s winner, added carrots, raisins, cinnamon and more to a Belgian-style golden strong ale to create a beer that is the liquid embodiment of carrot cake.
As the name implies, this beer is richly aromatic and envelopes the palate with decadent flavors of cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, vanilla, carrots and raisins plus subtle malt sweetness, ending with a medium-dry finish. It’s nothing short of brilliant and well deserving of the 24 karat (carrot?) golden opportunity to be brewed by Stone and distributed across the country.
The liquid ode to cake is based as Belgian golden ale, with two key ingredients – 20 pounds of golden raisins and grated carrots. Beet juice to help with the carrot cake color, lactose during the boil, and cinnamon and vanilla beans post fermentation.
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Belgian Strong Ale
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