Bouquet: The smells and aromas perceived in a beer. Some people use the words “aroma” and/or “nose” synonymously with “bouquet.”
Balanced: A balanced beer is one that incorporates all of the main components in a manner where no single component stands out or overpowers another.
Finish: Flavors left in your mouth immediately after swallowing.
Head: The frothy foam on top of a beer produced by bubbles of gas (most commonly carbon dioxide).
Lightstruck: A term referring to beer that’s had too much exposure to light, causing what many refer to as a “skunky” flavor.
Big: A “big” beer is one with a lot of flavor or alcohol.
Chalky: The word “chalky” is used when a beer tastes powdery, dry, and/or dusty.
Mouthfeel: Just as it sounds, “mouthfeel” refers to the feel of a beer while in your mouth.
Opulent: A rich, balanced beer with a nice texture and mouthfeel.
Sessionable: A beer is referred to as “sessionable” when it has a low alcohol by volume (ABV), and a smooth flavor. It’s the kind of beer you can drink slowly over a period of several hours (a session) without getting drunk.
Thin: Lacking in body, complexity, and/or flavor.