We gathered a few folks for a holiday beer tasting last Friday night. One of my favorites of the evening was the Gouden Carolus Christmas beer from Het Anker. This beer has a distinctively slick mouthfeel that I really enjoy. As we tasted it, Matt (pictured below on the right) exclaimed “yeah, there’s that nail polish remover.” I think he meant it in a good way. I learned that the compound responsible for this is amyl acetate, an ester produced during fermentation. It is the same compound that occurs in bananas and apples. Maybe that helps explain why I like banana-like flavors in weiss beers so much?
Aroma of Nailpolish Remover — In a Good Way