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Nick P.
02/10/12 04:17 PM  
Band Aide flavor in sour beer
Not sure if any of you have tried Odells Sabatuer as it was just recently released. I tried it last year, or maybe it was the year before and it was fantastic. I believe that's when Chad Y. worked at Odell. Their newest batch of Sabatuer was just released and it tasted a bit like band aides to me. I'm wondering if this flavor will go away with some aging in my cellar.

What causes this Band Aid flavor associated with some Sour beers?

02/11/12 01:08 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
I think usually that flavor is associated with chlorophenols. Usually occurs with chlorine in water supply or cleaning materials (bleach). But in a commercial beer, especially a sour one, I'd guess the origin was bacterial.

Wonder if aging might help.

Nick P.
02/11/12 02:24 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
I was thinking that the bacteria is just at a weird stage in it's growth and that the flavor will clean up with age. If that's the case, it's simply Sabatuer was released out to market before it's ready. If aging doesn't help...unfortunately the only conclusion is that Sabatuer is a mere shadow or what it used to be.
02/11/12 02:42 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
I made a 100% Brett c. fermented beer a year and a half ago. It has a strong plastic/bandaid flavor. It has dissipated some, but its sticking around in secondary for a long time. I really stressed the yeast and I think it may have been a byproduct of stressed yeast, but that is just a guess. My brett did not get a starter, or any O2 treatment, just pitched a smack pack.
02/11/12 09:48 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
In my experience, it can mellow a bit with time, but it never goes away unfortunately. Going on 7 years now and I still have a beer that tastes of bad plastic.
02/12/12 12:02 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
SebastianP that is what I was afraid of...bummer.
02/12/12 07:04 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
Besides occurring from chlorophenols in brewing water, unwanted wild yeast can also produce that plasticy, smokey, bandaid-like aroma and flavor. Even though we like to think that only brett and bacteria are getting in the beer, sometimes other unexpected critters can show up falting the harmony of the beer.
02/13/12 06:31 PM  
Re: Band Aide flavor in sour beer
Sorry, meant to say chloramines/chlorine instead of chlorophenols.
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