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Subject: [Leica] Belgian Ale test
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:31:12 +0100
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serving a beer too cold - cold enough that moisture condenses on the 
glass - is generally done to hide the fact that it tastes as if it's 
been drunk once and recycled out at the back of the pub. :-)

Beers should be cooled but never cold. Chilling beers too much begins to 
reduce taste perception, anything at 10? (50?F) almost goes past the 
taste buds unnoticed.

The proper SERVING temperature for cask ales in the UK has been set by 
Cask Marque (a non-profit organistation) at 12?-14?C (53?-57?F), STORAGE 
temperatures are usually 10? to 12? for cask ales. Some stronger ales 
even taste their best at room temperature.

In fact serving temperatures approaching room temperature can actually 
reveal all the nuances in the taste or flavour of a good beer. Only
lagers or pilsener-style beers should be served chilled - around 8? C

If you want cold refreshment, chilled water is still the best drink.

Good beers are like good wines, something to be really savoured (which I 
will be doing in Yorkshire for 3 weeks in August/September)


On 24.02.2010 19:49, Vince Passaro wrote:
> Cellar temperature would be fine but the Brits must have the warmest 
> cellars
> on earth.
> On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Frank Dernie
> <Frank.Dernie at>wrote:
>> Americans may well prefer an American version of Belgian beer modified to
>> suit American taste, just like they like American Pizza rather than 
>> Italian,
>> and English like the Anglicised versions of Indian food and so forth.
>> I, funnily enough, prefer English beer, served a cellar temperature, to
>> lagers served cold ;-)
>> Frank
>> On 24 Feb, 2010, at 16:04, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:
>>> The New York Times wine critic conducted a blind taste test of 20 Belgian
>>> style ales and was blown away by their quality. Surprisingly the panel
>> found
>>> that three of the top four came from the US. What does the collective
>> wisdom
>>> of the LUG think. Should we give up single malt Scotch?
>>> Larry Z
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In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Belgian Ale test)
Message from Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie) ([Leica] Belgian Ale test)
Message from passaro.vince at (Vince Passaro) ([Leica] Belgian Ale test)