Winter Harvest

Winter Harvest

Belgian-Style Golden Ale aged in White Wine Barrels w/Stone Farms Merlot Grapes

Belgian-Style Ale

This golden beauty was created solely for barrel experimentation—you won’t find an unaged “2012 Stone Belgian-Style Golden Ale” in bottles anywhere (you can stop looking now). 

Stone Brewer Matt Courtright came up with the recipe for this Belgian-style ale, designing it specifically to be aged in wine barrels. We did just that for over two years, during which native wild yeasts continued fermenting the beer. The result is an off-dry ale with pleasing levels of malt and tart fruit, especially tropical fruit flavors: guava from the Merlot grapes and pineapple from the Sauvignon Blanc barrels. Oak tannins contribute mellow non-hop bitterness while the Belgian yeast lends muted notes of clove and banana. Cellared properly, the dryness and complexity will increase over time.

2014 Series Batch No. 07

About This Beer

April 28, 2012
Release Date
December 22, 2014
Package Types
500ml bottles

Additional Notes

In the Mash
Pilsner Malt
In the Whirlpool
Hallertau Hops
In the Boil
Magnum Hops & Candi Sugar
In the Bright Tank
Stone Farms Merlot Grapes
Unfiltered and Aged
27 months in American and French Oak Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Barrels