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Stone / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw  24 Carrot Golden AleStone / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw  24 Carrot Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Release: October 2015

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.

Added by kornkid8600 on 08-19-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of KMcGrath
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMOSNN
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briancathy
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with white legs. 3.75
Spiced candle wax + thick cream. 3.75
Candy sweetness, sneaking spice, big creamy vanilla middle, earthy golden raisin, and loong finish of cinnamon, cream, then cloves. 4.25
Medium, round, crisp. 4

Lactose and vanilla make for a good cream cheese frosting effect. But cinnamon and Belgian cloves combine to hit too harsh. Carrot-y burps. Too many parts struggling with each other + some big Belgian character. Points for experimentation but too busy. 3.75

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes from 10/21/15

Really enjoyed this one probably more so than others….but I love carrot cake so a little partial here.

A bright golden elixir with some yeasty haze that emits a soft glow when held to the light. Has a neat stack of lathery shampoo like suds.
Not distinctly carrot here but I definitely get the raisin fruit and some sweet vanilla spiced cake. Has a trailer of Belgian yeast traits and more fruity spices with some honey like sweetness.
The flavor is more vanilla spice cake with some caramelized carrot adding in a layer of distinct sweetness. Not at all vegetal which is nice. Lots of spices going on here ranging from cinnamon and clove to coriander with white pepper and a bit of that bubbleyum in the mix. Fruity with the raisin perking through. Very light and bouncy on the palate – playful with a super dry finish. Attenuated well with some modest alcohol noted.

For what they were going for I think it’s a real fine attempt. A little disjointed at times but with some aha moments where it does all come together.

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Aged a little over a year.

L: Medium golden pour with insanely foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Yeast and toasted grains... vanilla and lemon peel. Fruity.

T/F: Very creamy... definitely a Belgian with yeasty goodness, toasted malts, and a bit of booze (ABV pretty well hidden). Complex, with spice and vanilla... not sure I'd have picked up on carrot cake if they hadn't told me but I think it shines through a bit. Fruit and icing. Well carbonated... zesty mouthfeel. Finish is off-sweet but pleasant.

O: Very tasty beer... in general love the Stone collaborations, and this one didn't disappoint. Had this at it's release and I think the year in the cellar smoothed it out nicely. Glad I have a few more yet to consume!

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Photo of Jaredkylemccann
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a tasty enjoyable specialty beer. The raisins cinnamon and vanilla definitely showed. It was somewhat carrot cake like. The funny thing is that this beer was retired and I just bought it yesterday.

They are weirdos at one of the liquor stores I go to. And they're only selling outdated beers. Like they still sell stone enjoy before October 31 and right now it is January. I think those should be discounted.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to goblet. Golden yellow color. Small head, lacing. Aroma, is yeast, lactose. Taste is light spice (cinnamon, sugar,)....a lot like carrot cake, with some Belgian Wang. Very interesting, not something to buy over and over again.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cool to try such a rare one of a kind beer. Unfortunately didn't get my hands on this in Texas until a year and 3 months later. That being said, unlike many Stone beers this one did not disappoint with the aging. I read the story about Juli's initial beer and was intrigued. Always love trying these rarities.

Orange golden ale with a light head and medium light carbonation. Smells like Belgian yeast, some fruits, a little pale malt. Some definitive sweetness to the somewhat creamy waft.

The taste wasn't exactly carrots, but definitely a high quality, toned down creamy Belgian golden ale. A little bit of the cinnamon, some cloves. No bitter like some of these guys describe. An extremely warming ale, definitely good for this December season. Such a nice good feeling in my body consuming the obviously well done ale, made with love. Some of that vanilla obviously providing these magical touches.

I have no doubt the original recipe contained more carrot cake and cream cheese, among the other ingredients (cinnamon, nutmeg maybe?). All those are a bit turned down in the distributed form, but this ale has not lost its unique, award-winning characteristic. I would buy this form ALL THE TIME if it was a regular release, especially in a six pack. Talk about warming the bones.

Some nice apricot and light pear accenting the warm sweetness, medium bodied and perfectly so. Let it warm just a little out of the fridge to get the best character.

Thanks Stone for always collaborating, spreading amazing ideas, and providing beer that blows minds. A little costly but that's the curse of living down here. Thanks Juli for the awesome original recipe.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mind this bottle is a year and 3 months old. I don't think that time has done this one justice. Pours cloudy yellow, thin head, loose, melty lacing. I'm catching a hint of spice, but besides that it seems a bit watered down, which makes me sad because I can tell that it was fantastic in it's hey-day. Alcohol is hidden well. The video clip on Stone's website over this limited release is worth a look. The further into the beer the better I feel, the better it tastes (more spice), and the wobblier my head feels. It still has great body.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40 IBU's, 8.5% ABV, hopped with Hallertau & Czech Saaz
Pours out to a very hazy medium orange, well, carrot color. Forming a large mousse like off yellow head with beautiful retention and lacing. The nose is a belgian golden juice and pears with some green bananas. I don't know what crack Stone is smoking on their webpage, but I'm definitely not picking up carrots, raisins, cinnamon or vanilla in the nose at all. Mouthfeel is a bit biting in the bitterness and carbonation and alcohol, finishing dry with a lingering firm bitterness. The taste opens with the apple cider and pears, followed by a very brief flittering taste of cinnamon and raisins, then replaced by the firm bitterness. It has a harsh follow through with the bitterness and the very strong alcohol flavor. Pretty hot for 8.5%.

Sorry, but served blind without all the hooplah on the bottle, no-one would know that this is supposed to taste like carrot cake. Not remotely close. That being said, it's a decent belgian golden strong with a weird cinnamon flavor and thats about it.

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Photo of Prue
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaketaz
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would never guess this to be carrot cake flavored based on taste alone. There's a lot of text on the label, I read the whole thing with much interest as carrot cake is my single favorite dessert of all time. The taste disappointed me as I can't sense anything clearly carrot cake about it. Had I not read all the info I would've likely enjoyed this more, since it is a pretty tasty Belgian Strong with higher than usual aftertaste and aroma of spices (I get clove and vanilla mostly). Drinkable, rare, high ABV, lots of things I look for in a beer, but unfortunately I can't give it as high a rating as I want to since for me it doesn't deliver on its carrot cake promises. Side tip: I recommend serving at room temperature or at least letting it warm up from fridge temp for about 5-10 minutes, which enhances the aromas and makes the cream cheese frosting taste a little more prominent.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale with carrots, cinnamon, raisins and vanilla beans added. Collaborative release between Juli Goldenberg, Stone Brewing and Monkey Paw. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a straw white tone over a moderately hazy amber body with abundant lively carbonation and fine sediment in tow. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Belgian pale notes forward, smooth bread malts, light grassy and fruity hops and a mild yeasty spiciness. The additions of cinnamon, raisins and vanilla are complimentary without controlling the beer overall. The raisin and cinnamon notes come through most prominently, with the vanilla fairly mild and the carrot not generating much aromatic quality. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Many of the qualities of the aroma come through in the flavor, with pale bread malts, light grassy hops and spicy yeast tones, and a soft graininess on the back end. The subtle addition of carrot juice is noticed, pairing fairly well with the cinnamon and raisin notes, while the raisin tones are still the strongest contributor to flavor. The additions are collectively a bit drier and tangy than anticipated, resulting in a slightly tart and moderately undersweetened carrot cake imitation. Finishes moderately dry, tangy and slightly grainy. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, grainy and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) The addition of carrot makes this a very unusual beer, although it doesn't come out to exactly the slice of carrot cake I would have desired. The strongest flavors in this ale are the raisin and cinnamon, with the vanilla barely making any impact at all. Ultimately this beer's shortcomings are the dryness of the malt body and the graininess making some slight distractions from the drinkability of this beer otherwise. Ultimately, this would have fared better in a lower gravity Belgian Golden with more residual sweetness and body, but this version is decent, and a unique experience for the carrot addition, even though it doesn't come off as a key player in the flavor. 3.5

Stone Brewing's
24 Carrot Golden Ale

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Photo of Hallertau
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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