The art of tasting
First brewery of its kind in North America, Unibroue is a world-leading specialty brewery for refermented ales. Discover our ales’ serving secrets and the many ways to appreciate their subtleties.
Choice of glassware
To fully appreciate Unibroue ales, serve them in the appropriate glassware. The glassware's shape will allow, namely, effervescence and aromas to be fully released.
glassware's shape will allow, namely, effervescence and aromas to be fully released. Refer to each beer section for the appropriate glass to use.
Generally speaking, low-alcohol Unibroue ales will be savored at cooler temperatures than high-alcohol ales. To fully appreciate the latter, we recommend taking them out of the refrigerator
20 to 30 minutes before serving.
Refer to each beer section for the ideal temperature to serve them in order to fully appreciate their flavors.
To fully enjoy your tasting experience, we suggest the following pouring ritual:
- 1.Before opening a Unibroue ale, slowly turn the bottle upside down and turn it several times. This will allow the lees at the bottom of the bottle to blend in and fully release the unique yeast taste, typical of traditional Unibroue beers.
- 2. Uncap the bottle.
- 3.Hold the glass, previously rinsed in clear water, at a 45° angle. Pour the beer slowly up to about half the glass.
- 4.At this point, straighten the glass and continue pouring the beer, making sure you pour the beer at the center of the glass to create a foam collar.
Ideally, the foam should be 1 to 2 inches thick. The foam captures the bouquet's aromas and perfumes and then releases them to awaken your senses during the tasting.
Start by taking in the aroma of the beer several times.
This will allow you to appreciate the subtleties of its bouquet.
Take a sip and let the beer move throughout your mouth to appreciate the texture (effervescence, temperature, fullness) and to let it connect will all parts of your tongue that are sensitive to various flavors (salty, sweet, acid and bitter).
Exhale through your nose as you taste. With this ''retroolfaction'', the beer's warm odorant molecules will connect to your olfactory receptors and enhance your appreciation of the various flavors.
Lastly, concentrate on the finish and the aftertaste which can be totally different from the aromas you noticed when you took the first sip. Happy tasting!