Beer degustation is not less decadent comparing to wine degustation and even sometimes even more. Numbers of brewhouses, thousand beer brands, innumerable quantity, tastes and flavours are tough call for real beer enthusiast.
How to wade through innumerable details of beer industry and get all the tricks of the brewers?
Preparation. Any even requires preparation and degustation is no exception. Few hours before the degustation you should refuse smoking, fat and spicy food, chewing-gum and tooth paste. The best way is to taste on empty stomach. The room must be free of any other smells. Different brands of beer should be tasted at different air temperature. Some brands deliver their tastes and aroma when the beer a bit warm. Therefore tasting should be started from cold beer (not ice beer).
Before degustation after the bottle is opened beer as well as wine has to take the air during few minutes.
While degustation few brands in a row, tester should start from light lager brands going to ale and stout rinsing the mouth before each beer type. Experts recommend taste no more than five beer types during one degustation.
Appearance. The attractiveness the drink is an important factor for enjoying. A beer sediment whether the color standards of beer can make aesthetic pleasure – a subjective assessment, depending on your preference.
Aroma. Searching for the best accord of flavours taster has to let the beer free it’s aroma shaking it in circles and inhale it’s smell. How to draw a breath? There are few point of views. Some experts recommend a number of short intakes of breath, however other advice one deep inhale as it allows to feel deep aromatic notes. Opinions come together in the same – to evaluate the flavor, taster has to do breaks in order to let the nose rest after each tasting.
Evaluation of flavor – relatively the subjective value, however, in general, the more interesting the flavor (notes of bourbon or fruit, coffee or fruit) the higher evaluation point. In a word – beer with a weak and expressionless aroma is bad.
Taste. The most interesting and fascinating part of any degustation is taste evaluation, it’s fullness and texture. There are few rules to be followed:
- Beer should be kept in the mouth in order to let the beer reach all the receptors;
- After a swallow a taster should draw a breath.
Each of these actions will allow to taste a beer better.
Aftertaste. The final chord, which reveals all the secrets makes sensible hop bitterness, dry and warming alcoholic tone. High quality beer has a pleasant and long balanced aftertaste, complementing the taste and aroma.
Depending on chosen criteria the finalist will have the best composition and well balanced flavor, taste and appearance.