Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw / Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw / Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

Juli Goldenberg, Winner, Stone Homebrew Competition
Cosimo Sorrentino, Head Brewer, Monkey Paw Brewing Company
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

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. 

October 5, 2015
Belgian-Style Ale
Limited 22oz bottles & draft
Hallertau & Czech Saaz

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
Pours golden with a creamy white head of foam.
This beer smells like a cream cheese-frosted carrot cake, but better! Cinnamon, vanilla, light carrots and raisin, hint of banana fruitiness and Belgian yeast spice are all apparent in the aromatics.
Cinnamon and vanilla blend together upfront, followed by the spicy yeast character and a smooth creaminess that is reminiscent of cream cheese frosting. Unbelievable.
Medium bodied but creamy and smooth drinking.
This beer is really quite incredible. I wasn’t able to attend our homebrew competition at our annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership rally this year. When Lead Brewer Jeremy Moynier texted me with the news that Juli’s beer won and that it was a carrot-cake beer, I was both excited and admittedly a bit skeptical...but when I tasted it, I realized we had a very special opportunity here. I’m so glad Juli, Cosimo of Monkey Paw, and our brewing team worked so well together to find a way to replicate this challenging recipe on our 120-barrel brewhouse. I’m even more impressed with the fact that we absolutely nailed it!

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Coconut shrimp; chicken satay; puffed pastry stuffed with potato, caramelized leeks and fennel; ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms; pierogi
Soups & Salads
New England clam chowder, carrot ginger soup, Waldorf salad, heirloom beet salad
Thanksgiving turkey dinner, chicken schnitzel, pasta Alfredo, green curry, macaroni and cheese, butternut squash ravioli, pork chops with apple sauce
Aged Gouda, Cypress Grove Chevre Truffle Tremor, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, triple-cream brie
Apricot tart, fruit cake, cinnamon roll, French vanilla ice cream, apple pie
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