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Friday, May 6, 2011

What does "estery" mean?

: estery definition; ester

Why: On the label for Samuel Adams Rustic Saison (available in the Sam Adams Summer Styles variety pack):
Incredibly complex yet refreshing, Rustic Saison is brewed in the farmhouse beer tradition. Unique floral, fruity, and estery flavors are imparted from its Belgian yeast. These flavors are layered with a citrusy and herbal hop character for a bright and satisfying brew.
Answer: "Tastes floral / fruity"! I see these 3 things:
  • Ester - Volatile flavor compound naturally created in fermentation
  • Estery - Aroma or flavor suggestive of flowers or fruits
  • Fruity/Estery - Flavor and aroma of bananas, strawberries, apples, or other fruits
People throw that word around quite a bit on homebrewing forums.

An ester is an organic compound formed when an acid and an alcohol combine and release water.
Esters formed from simple hydrocarbon groups are colorless, volatile liquids with pleasant aromas and create the fragrances and flavors of many flowers and fruits. They are also used as food flavorings. Larger esters, formed from long-chain carboxylic acids, commonly occur as animal and vegetable fats, oils, and waxes. Esters have a wide range of uses in industry.
Source: Beer Terminology, TheFreeDictionary

The More You Know: The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow. What's the origin of the word julep, you ask? It comes from the Persian word گلاب Golâb, "rose water." It used to refer to any sweet drink that was used as or contained medicine, but now it just means delicious, delicious sugary minty bourbon.

1 comment:

FrugalFabATL said...

My husband was reading me the description of the two new beers in the summer Sam Adams mix pack he just came home with and after he read "estery", we were like, "what?" So he said, "Google that right now" and when I did, I found your blog and this post, and felt compelled to let you know. Now, I'm fixin' to pop open a saison and taste those estery flavors.

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