3.0 mg per capsule

Almond, like bitter almonds or marzipan”

Certified beer flavour standard used to train professional beer tasters to recognize and scale the intensity of almond character. Benzaldehyde can arise in beer in a number of ways, including non-enzymic, enzymic and microbiological routes.

Food grade | free from sensory impurities | extensively tested | safe to smell and taste.

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Flavour standard information

Technical specification

The best way to evaluate almond flavour in beer is as follows. Cover the beer with your hand and swirl the glass to release the aroma. Remove your hand and take a single long sniff. Repeat as necessary.
Amount of flavour per capsule
3.0 mg per capsule
The flavour threshold of benzaldehyde in beer is 1 mg / l.
Benzaldehyde is produced during wort production and modified by yeast during fermentation. It is also released during beer ageing of beer in package. In the case of fruit beers, benzaldehyde can also be imparted to the beer by speciality raw materials, eg cherries.

Professional beer tasters sometimes confuse benzaldehyde with the following flavour chemicals:

  • cis-3-Hexenol
  • Ethyl hexanoate
  • 4-Vinyl guaiacol
Benzaldehyde is a desirable flavour note of some ales and stouts. It is an off-flavour in other ales and lagers, often being formed during beer storage. It is the signature flavour character of cherry-flavoured beers, such as Kriek and Cherry Stout.
CAS registry number
The CAS registry number of benzaldehyde is 100-52-7.
Other names
  • benzene carbaldehyde
  • benzene carbonal
  • benzene carboxaldehyde
  • benzene methylal
  • benzoic aldehyde
  • benzoyl hydride
  • bitter almond oil
  • phenyl methanal
The flavour impact of benzaldehyde is influence by the sulphur dioxide concentration of the beer since it forms a flavourless 'adduct' with this natural preservative.
Threshold distribution
Capsules per pot
Legal notices
This product is protected by the following trade marks and patents:
  • US Patent no. D679900
  • European Community Trade Mark
    Registration no. 009937574
  • European Community Trade Mark
    Registration no. 009856527
  • US Trade Mark Registration no. 4345057
  • US Trade Mark Registration no. 4345056
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benzaldeyde beer flavour standard - almond
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