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Dave I
11/07/06 10:10 AM  
Interesting & Unexpected Flavors in Your Beer
Have any of you had bizarre, unique, or unexpect flavors, or even expected but fun flavors in your beer that are outside the norm? Some of the flavors mentioned as popping up in the Barley Wine swap really intrigued me. I have also heard of beers developing vanilla properties (without vanilla being added), phenols and esters can add a whole world if bizarre properties, and then there are the germs (Brett & Lambic) and soured beers, cherry pie from some lambic yeasts or blends, tobacco, leather, horse sweat, the list could go on.

I guess what I would like would be to hear some of the more interesting or just successful/enjoyable flavors that you have found in your homebrew or somebody elses, or even commercial beers if it is remarkable, and how you got those flavors (if you either know or would like to take a guess at what led to that flavor. Recipes may be helpful if you are willing.

-Cheers

SteveG
11/07/06 10:22 AM  
Re: Interesting & Unexpected Flavors in Your Beer
I will say the "pineapple" comment about N8s beer due to hopping is not new to me. Heavyweight made a brew called "Stevee" which was Lunacy (I think) spiked with brett and extra hops. I found it very pineapply.

Part of the motivation for making this board - actually a very big part - was an article by Tomme Arthur. In writing about brett use he said that you can make flavors hitherto unknown to the beer world (that was not a quote!) and that really sang to me. That's why the big brett push here. Also why N8, Sebastian and Jim impressed me so. I don't really get that olot in my beers, I think one of the biggest reasons is I am shy about hopping. I need to fix that.

Dave I
11/07/06 10:56 AM  
Re: Interesting & Unexpected Flavors in Your Beer
"Part of the motivation for making this board - actually a very big part - was an article by Tomme Arthur. In writing about brett use he said that you can make flavors hitherto unknown to the beer world (that was not a quote!) and that really sang to me."

That is really what kind of prompted this thread and my interest in Brettanomyces, those "flavors hitherto unknown to the beer world." I still like your standard styles of beer, but if there can be some interesting complexities running around, either in the forefront or just subtly doing their things in the background, to make me really both appreciate the beer and pay attention to what is going on from a flavor and aroma standpoint, I prefer the more complex beers. They can be subtle or aggressive, but I prefer they actually DO something for me and not just go down like water without me actually tasting much. I am very eager to experiment in both what I purchase to try and in what I am willing to do in brewing.

Sometimes a simple, well-made standard beer is great (e.g. your pint of Guinness, Hacker Pschorr Octoberfest, Spaten Helles, Pilsner Urquell, etc.). But if I am offered something that is more interesting and special I will almost always go for the more intriguing beer. If it is boring a/o watered down, why even bother drinking it?

-Cheers

 
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