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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Alternative Fermentables Beer Alternative Sugar Beer

BJCP 31B

BJCP 2015 31B Alternative Sugar Beer example
31B - Alternative Sugar Beer

Aroma

Same as the base beer, except that some additional fermentables (honey, molasses, etc.) may add an aroma component. Whatever additional aroma component is present should be in balance with the beer components, and be a pleasant combination.

Appearance

Same as the base beer, although some sugars will bring additional colors.

Flavor

Same as the base beer, except that some additional fermentables (honey, molasses, etc.) may add a flavor component. Whatever additional flavor component is present should be in balance with the beer components, and be a pleasant combination. Added sugars should not have a raw, unfermented flavor. Some added sugars will have unfermentable elements that may provide a fuller finish; fully fermentable sugars may thin out the finish.

Mouth Feel

Same as the base beer, although depending on the type of sugar added, could increase or decrease the body.

Overall Impression

A harmonious marriage of sugar and beer, but still recognizable as a beer. The sugar character should both be evident but in balance with the beer, not so forward as to suggest an artificial product.

Comments

If the additional fermentables do not add a distinguishable character to the beer, enter it in the base style category. A honey-based beer should not have so much honey that it reads more like a mead with beer (i.e., a braggot) than a honey beer. This style should not be used for styles where the alternative sugar is fundamental to the style definition, or where a small amount of neutral-flavored sugar is used simply to increase gravity, increase attenuation, or lighten flavor or body; those beers should be entered as the normal base style.

Commercial Examples

Bell's Hopslam, Fullers Honey Dew, Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Notes

An Alternative Fermentables Beer is a standard beer (Classic Style or not) with additional fermentable sugars (e.g., honey, brown sugar, invert sugar, molasses, treacle, maple syrup, sorghum, etc.) added.

BJCP 2015 31B - Alternative Sugar Beer Commercial Example
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