Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Don't tell me what to taste!
I appreciate that brewers work very hard to bring out certain flavors in their beer. I'm not discounting that. However, when I'm told that I should taste hints of honey and clove with an orange peel finish, or oak infused black current with a peppery back note, I get a bit annoyed. What if I don't taste those things? Maybe I'm drinking the brew at a temperature a few degrees off of what was intended. Maybe I'm eating something that masks those flavors. Maybe I have a cold. There are any number of reasons that I may not distinguish the flavors that I'm being told I should taste. Now I feel like I'm missing something because my palate is not mature enough to taste what the brewer intended. Am I not "good enough" for this beer. What's wrong with me? Nothing! If I taste those things, great. If not, that's fine as well. I can enjoy my beverage without being told what to taste and how to taste it. If I needed a road map to enjoy my beer I would have switched to wine long ago!