Infected Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by goodbeerallday, Jan 11, 2013.

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  1. goodbeerallday

    goodbeerallday Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2011 Australia

    so my girlfriend just bought back a beer from Edmonton,
    Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus

    we opened it up and it smelt funky, skunky and just strange. this was from 2010 as well. the taste was not hugely unpleasant but just seemingly not right. some apple and some wheat characters but other than that it is really just an astringent bitterness with a lingering horse blanket finish. the carbonation when opened was extreme also and an unusual head formed.. strange.

    just curious to know what you guys think if this beer may have be infected or off, and some more opinions on signs as to whether its possible to spot an infection before opening which im not sure there is and if there are maybe 3 crucial signs or something along those lines, in telling whether the beer is infected or off.
  2. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,370) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    A two year old version of a beer meant to be drunk fresh can develop lots of off flavors if not stored properly for most of those two years. The fact that you include "skunky" in your description suggests the beer was on the store shelf without refrigeration and exposed to light for a reasonably long time.

    You spot an infection by opening the bottle. A good first clue is if you get a gusher. Similarly, if it tastes or smells like a gueuze but isn't a gueuze then it may be infected.
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