It all starts with the pouring of a beer. L’Arogante should ideally be poured at 6°C in its glass which was special was selected to complement all the hops aromas to the maximum.
Hold your glass at an angle and sip it slowly. Make sure your bottle does not touch the foam or the glass. You may choose to leave about 1 cm sediment (our yeast) in the bottle. It all depends on your own preference.
Once the beer is poured out, smell it immediately. Some aromas are highly volatile and disappear extremely quickly. If you want to perform a real tasting, you may swirl the glass around a bit to capture the dominant aroma. Do not swirl too much; otherwise the aromas will disappear too quickly. A few quick whiffs will be enough to get the first impression.
When you taste beer, it is important to study the colour well: is the colour of the beer straw-yellow, golden yellow or amber coloured? How clear is it? Crystal clear, hazy or nearly opaque? What does the foam border look like: compact, creamy, flat or frothy? Look at the carbonic dioxide in the bier: Are there lots or just a few bubbles?
Does the beer have a lot of body, does it have a full-bodied taste or is it a dry beer instead? Does it slide down smoothly, or does it have a heavy taste? Does it feel soft or round, or does it have more of a tingle?
Take a sip and allow the beer to swirl around in your mouth to ensure all the taste buds are tantalized. The various parts of your tongue are sensitive to different tastes. As long as you keep the beer in your mouth, you mainly taste the sweet and sour tastes; it is only when you swallow that you will taste the bitterness at its best. Breathe in and out through the nose, that way the aroma comes in contact with odour stimuli in the nasal cavity. The basic tastes remain on the tongue.
Contrary to wine, you must swallow your beer to be able to taste at its best. Does the aftertaste emerge quickly or does it take a while? Does it linger or is it quickly lost? Does it form part of the overall taste, or do other tastes emerge? How bitter, sweet or acid is the after taste? Does it have an alcoholic kick?
Now you can go on and appreciate an excellent beer!