Tonight was the last class for level 2; I’m going to miss this. There’s been a lot of grumbling about the amount of work, with the tests, essays, etc. Me, I didn’t mind…I’d rather have too many assessments than too few.
Speaking of assessments, we got our tasting evaluation assignment and essay back – I was surprised by perfect marks. Surprised because I didn’t think I’d come anywhere closed to that.
Our last tasting session covered aged beers. Through a happy accident, Roger had acquired a big selection of aged Unibroue beers, my favourite brewery.
|Style - aged Unibroue||Ephemere Pomme, 5.5%||Maudite, 8%|
|Appearance||cloudy, lemon||cloudy, buckwheat honey|
|Aroma||apple cider, lemon, underlying cheese||marshmallow, fig, vanilla, raisin, ginger|
|Taste||apple sauce, cheddar, a bit sour||dates, figs, chocolate orange, ginger, nutmeg|
|Finish||soft mouthfeel, quick finish, slight fruit after taste||warming, silky, little carbonation|
|Style - Aged vs. Fresh||Trois Pistole, 8%, fresh||Trois Pistole, 8%, aged|
|Appearance||cloudy, dark chocolate||cloudy, dark chocolate|
|Aroma||chocolate, raisin, unripe melon, sour cherry||wine/boozy, rum soaked raisins, sour/astringent|
|Taste||clove, coriander||warming, chocolate, tart|
|Finish||quick finish||champagne effervescence|