A draught case study test. AND off-flavours.
Not my night. I did not do well on the draught case study; I was so focused on finishing the chemistry course for my Niagara College application that I forgot about it until Tuesday afternoon. It really is too late to try and cram at that point. Sigh. I’m so glad that I’m almost done trying to learn a year-long course in two months. It will be nice to get my life back.
And what can be said about the off-flavours? It’s not like anyone ever says they enjoyed making their taste buds unhappy. It was very educational though. I know that the sensory evaluation is the one part that I working hardest to learn, and it was good to set the tastes and smells of worse-case scenarios in my head for reference. The smell of skunky and the taste of DMS will never leave me. It was a bad night to have sushi beforehand though – I had to stop at Shopper’s on the way home to get something to soothe my strained digestive system.
There was some beer tasting done as well, thankfully before the off-flavours. Two things stood out – the marked difference between a beer in a bottle and the same beer in a can (the Pilsner Urquel below) and how the cleanliness of a glass can completely change the experience. During one of the tastings, everyone was going on about sweet malt notes they were picking up in the aroma; me, all I got was iron and blood. I thought I was losing it until I checked against Hank’s glass and smelled the same appetizing aromas that everyone was describing.
|Style - Pilsner, Cans vs. Bottles||Pilsner Urquell, 4.4% - bottle||Pilsner Urquell, 4.4% - can|
|Appearance||clear, light straw, light head that fades quickly||clear, light straw, head takes a bit longer to dissipate.|
|Taste||malt, slight bitterness lingers||faint biscuit, hops|
|Finish||more impact & carbonation than can||low impact, watery, smooth|
|Style - Belgian||Mill St. Belgian Wit, 5%||Cheval Blanc, Belgian wheat, 5%|
|Appearance||pale lemon, cloudy, slight head||cloudy, lemon meringue|
|Aroma||lemon, bubble gum, cloves, coriander||metallic - copper, bubble gum, cloves|
|Taste||herbal, lemon, pear,||spiced apple, more spice than fruit|
|Finish||fruit forward, soft, fizzy||longer, thicker mouthfeel|
|Style -||Paulaner, 5.5%||Denison Weisbier, 5.3%|
|Appearance||cloudy, apricot, lots of cream-coloured head||cloudy, dark lemon|
|Aroma||banana, bubble gum, clove||juicy fruit, spice|
|Taste||sweet biscuit, spice||bready, cracker|
|Finish||doesn't linger, fizzy, smooth mouthfeel||finishes dry, coriander lingers|