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"Stone Fruit"

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MasterCraft, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. So I often see stone fruit used as a descriptor in smell/taste of beer. As far as I know this is a term for fruit with pits (cherries, plumbs, apricots, peaches). My question is, to those who use it as a tasting descriptor, does the term generally refer to the dark fruit caracter perhaps achieved by a high lovibond crystal in the grain bill (plumbs, cherries); or is it more reminiscent of apricots/peaches (perhaps from hop aroma or actual fruit addition)?
  2. Roeters

    Roeters Savant (300) Michigan Jul 4, 2007

    Personally, I would say apricots/peaches from a hop/fruit aroma.
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  4. SadMachine

    SadMachine Champion (765) New Jersey Mar 14, 2011 Verified

    I actually wondered the same thing but never thought to ask about it on here! Hopefully we both will get a clear answer =)
  5. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    I use stone fruit in reviews to describe flavors or aromas like that of pit fruits with light skin or flesh (peaches, apricots, nectarines, etc...). Often it comes up in Belgian pale ales and fruity IPAs.
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  6. Squatchito

    Squatchito Savant (250) Virginia Dec 6, 2007

    I would second this motion. I work with wine as well and "stone fruit" comes up constantly. Typically speaking with aromas of plums and cherries those fruits are named specifically.
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