23 March 2020
Want to have a hassle-free tasting session from the comfort of your home?! Or, better yet, want to try a beer tasting with your friends? Yes, this is still possible with a virtual beer tasting! We've got some great tips and easy steps to get you and your buddies beer tasting like a professionals (whilst staying at home!).
It’s hard to make choices- there are so many beers out there. Which beers should you go for? Make sure you choose a theme beforehand, as that’ll give you a good foundation.
We have some pre-packed cases to make things a little easier. You could base your tasting theme around one of the many Beer Challenge Cases, beers from around the world or trappist and abbey beers. Or, you can also opt for beers of the same style, six different Tripels, Blonds or IPAs. This is a very interesting way to do it, because you then get to distinguish the differences between beers from the same style!
Another way of doing it is to individually choose beers from, for example, Belgium. You can use the beers below as a basis, but it is of course up to you. Take a look at the suggestions but ultimately, all the fun is designing the selection and trying for yourself
Start off with something light, fruity and refreshing. Secondly, go for a relatively low ABV, sweet-sour lambic. Then perhaps a cherry sour. Then pick a few Blonds and Dubbels. Finally, finish off with something strong but and spicy. You want to end on the strongest. Bear in mind, six half bottles is absolutely max per person for a tasting.
In which order?
You’ve got the beers ready, but which order should you be tasting them in? The two most important factors to consider are as follows:
- The alcohol percentage
- The flavour intensity
As a general rule, you arrange the beers from lowest to highest alcohol percentage. Now look closely at the flavour intensity. Then you want to look at colour and hoppiness. Light before dark, light hopped before heavenly hopped and so on. It might be also that a beer with a lower percentage has an intensely strong flavour from the addition of herbs, for example. If a beer has a strong flavour intensity, move it up a spot.
Beer tasting glasses
For a tasting, you want to try 15 cl of beer. There are special glasses you can buy for beer tastings, such as the AnDer. It's the perfect glass for beer tastings, because aromas remain preserved in the round shape of the glass and its narrow top. An ordinary small, tulip-shaped wine glasses would also do the trick.
If you’re going to try six beers, ideally you want six glasses. However, that requires a lot of glasses. Have a short break after three beers to rinse out your glasses for the second half.
Beer tasting notes
Beer tasting should mostly be about fun. But it’s also good to learn something from the experience. Beerwulf has developed a special tasting form that you can use during your tasting session. Sample and discuss what you see, smell and taste. We also have some tasting segments for reference to guide your discussions and understanding. Everyone will have a different taste experience, there are no wrong answers!
Keep on tasting, there’s so much to discover!