Beer and physics

Happy New Year!

One of the first things I noticed about Belgium is the fact that every one of the numerous beers here comes in its own, specially shaped, glass. My first assumption, of course, was that this was historical and – while entertainingly quirky – probably didn’t make much difference to the actual flavour of the beer.

However, it turns ou that the Belgians may have been onto something:

If convection currents really are driving flavour release, for example, the shape of the glass could be a vital part of the aroma experience.

Just to be on the safe side, maybe I should pop out and buy a huge stack of beer glasses.