Chocolate notes, caramel undertones, hints of raspberries, strawberry aromas, a burst of apples, what’s that all about ,it’s beer FFS not fruit salad. It’s probably because I’ve never really thought about the tastes in beer, that I can’t actually taste all this stuff, I just neck a pint and it’s either nice or shite. However, now I’ve started writing about beer and in the interests of bloggerdom I thought I’d better do some research on the subject of beer tasting. So I downloaded some geezer of you-tube and read an article on Wiki and felt ready. Well, copious bottles of beer later and try as I might, I still couldn’t taste bananas and cucumbers roistering in the hop garden then exploding over pears and melons. A bit of a predicament when you’re trying to explain about a beer to a blog reader. So I thought sod it, stick with what you know.
Well here’s my take on beer tasting, hopefully simple and to the point. It’s on a scale of 0 to 5.
0 Shite – tastes horrible and you might enquire of the Landlord if he’s taking the p### serving it.
1 Alright – but you probably wouldn’t drink it again.
2 Nice – but wouldn’t be your first choice if it was on at the pub.
3 Well nice – now this is more like it. You could quaff this one all night.
4 Bloody nice – very, very drinkable, would recommend this one to your mates and seek it out in Tescos etc.
5 FECK ME THAT’S GEORGEOUS – the ultimate accolade. Nectar of the gods, angels tears on your taste buds, has you running around the pub doing a Jazz hands dance, you want to tell your mates but you don’t want the bastards drinking it – it’s yours, you discovered it. Not many beers get this one. Can be abbreviated to FMTG if you’re in polite company.
So there you go, simples, I’m going to the Crabble Mill Cider and Beer Festival at the weekend and will try it and give a full report when I get back (well the next day probably as I might have had a few :)).