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Acidity (ph) comparison of drinks
From neutral to highly acidic
Water has a neutral taste (neither sweet nor sour). Top- and bottom-fermentation beers are slightly acidic but do not
taste sour, because the acidity is offset by the sweet taste of the alcohol. Wine is more acidic but does not taste sour,
due to the presence of more alcohol (approximately 10% ABV). Mixed- and spontaneous-fermentation beers are acidic,
and they taste sour because the acidity is not fully offset due to the lower alcohol content (approximately 5% ABV). Cola
is acidic but does not taste sour because it is highly sweetened.
A caress for your taste buds
After looking and scenting, it’s time for tasting.
The tongue
Our taste buds respond to different taste factors, depending on where they are located
on the tongue. They are specifically sensitive to bitter, sour, salty, sweet or umami. We
can therefore unravel the complex taste of a given beer by determining where it stimu-
lates the tongue.
Mouthfeel
In addition, there is the overall mouthfeel, which is experienced not only on the tongue,
but also on the palate and the cheeks. How does the beer feel inside your mouth: mel-
low, dry, lingering, refreshing, chalky, sharp, etc.?
Aftertaste
It is also of the utmost importance that the beer has a pleasant aftertaste and goes
down smoothly. After all, there is nothing more annoying than a bad aftertaste and
and a sticky or sour sensation that lingers in your throat.
sour
umami
sour
salty
salty
sweet
bitter
Water
Cola
Bottom- and top-fermentation
beers
Wine and mixed- or spontaneous-
fermentation beers
pH 0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
neutral
slightly acidic
sour
highly acidic
Beer tastings
For real beer lovers we
can organise special beer
tastings: extended tasting
sessions where you can
get to know the fine points
of our thoroughbred beers
even better.
Are you interested in
taking part in a fully
organised beer tasting
at our brewery or at a
location of your choice?
Feel free to contact us.
More information
can be found at
www.hopsession.be
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our thoroughbred beers from KEG TO GLASS
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