Fruit and Spice Beer

Recipes:
451
BJCP 2021:
29B

Profile

The Fruit and Spice Beer style is a harmonious blend of fruitiness and spiciness that has been crafted to create a unique and flavorful beverage. While the history of adding fruits and spices to beer dates back centuries, contemporary brewers have refined this tradition into an art form, offering an almost limitless variety of experiences depending on the ingredients used. Fruits such as berries, citrus, apples, peaches, or tropical fruits can provide a natural sweetness or tartness while spices like cinnamon, ginger, clove, or pepper lend warmth and complexity.

In terms of appearance, Fruit and Spice Beers can vary widely depending on the base style and the colors imparted by the added fruit; they might range from pale straw to deep brown hues. The clarity also differs based on the treatment of the added ingredients – some beers may be clear while others are hazy from either fruit pulp or yeast strains used in fermentation. A well-crafted version will have a head retention influenced both by malt proteins present in the beer base as well as any additional pectins from fruit additions. Flavor profiles are equally diverse but should balance between the taste of malts or grains from the base beer with the additional layers of flavor brought forth by fruits and spices. However, neither should completely overshadow the other. Aromas will generally follow suit with flavors, offering an intricate tapestry that blends both elements without becoming cloying or overwhelmingly spicy. The level of sweetness versus tartness, as well as spice intensity can vary significantly but should still be harmonious within each specific brew's composition.

Specifications

Alcohol

In Database
2.3 < 5.8 < 10.0 %

Bitterness

In Database
3 < 23 < 69 IBU

Color

In Database
5 < 17 < 83 EBC
3 < 9 < 42 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
6.6 < 13.8 < 22.7 °P
1.026 < 1.056 < 1.096 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
0.5 < 3.3 < 6.4 °P
1.002 < 1.013 < 1.025 FG

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