Wednesday, November 2, 2011

“Redneck Saison” Tasting Notes

I am going to start completing a BJCP scoresheet to try to objectively evaluate each of my beers and hopefully provide ideas for improvements in the future. The first is the Redneck Saison.

Aroma: fruity smell – primarily apples and pears; no discernable malt or hop aroma

Appearance: pours a cloudy light gold with a fluffy white head that quickly fell to a thin tight line; head was easily roused by swirling the glass

Flavor: fruity apple or pear flavor accompanied by spicy phenols and a low spicy hop flavor; very light malt flavor; very dry finish

Mouthfeel: light body, prickly carbonation, no alcohol warmth detected

Overall impression: A nice balance of malt, hops, fruity esters and spicy phenols. Good example of the style. More noble hop character would help to complete the package. Would also like to see better head retention – possibly raise the amount of unmalted wheat and try a protein rest at 130 - 135F.

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