Off Flavor Taste Test #3: Benzaldehyde

Today is the off flavor taste test for benzaldehyde, colloquially known as “almond”, although I don’t really think that’s a good descriptor of it. The almost I know is a earthy, crunchy, dry, and nutty flavor. Although I understand now that they mean more of a ‘candied almond paste’ effect, like marzipan, calling it almost […]

Off Flavor Taste Test #2: Acetic Acid

As a continuation of my comprehensive taste test kit I bought from Siebel Institute, last weekend I conducted off flavor taste test #2 and #3. If you missed #1, acetyldehyde, think…raw¬†pumpkin and fresh cut grass. But today we are going to be talking about acetic acid, which is probably much more easily identifiable, but harder […]

Off-Flavor Taste Test #1 : Acetyldehyde

About two weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and purchase Siebel Institute’s Comprehensive Sensory Training Kit to improve my craft beer tasting skills. It was pricey at $250, but because I’ll be using it myself I can get a few tests out of each flavor. Each vial is enough to dose 1L of […]

Beer Run March 16, 2015

So I spent a boat load of money at Craft Beer Kings last weekend and had the package delivered to my home. If you order about $150 worth of beer, they give you free shipping. So I figured rather than order it bottle by bottle and pay more, why not just get a bunch and pace myself.

Belgian Beer Glasses – A Collectors Heaven Or Hell?

It seems to me that there are just as many types of Belgian beer glasses as there are Belgian beers. I sat down to write this post I thought I bought a Belgian tulip I was psyched about, and thought I could write a quite post about a few of the styles of glasses I had seen over the years. I was wrong.