I am starting to sample the first beer I have ever brewed (amber ale from a kit). When I tried my first bottle (after 3 weeks bottle conditioning in a dark room at about 67 degrees) my standards were pretty low. I wanted it to kind of look like beer, sort of taste like beer and have some carbonation. I was really happy when I cleared that low standard. It was quite drinkable beer. The beer may have been a little too bitter (I could really taste the hops), it was more sugary than I expected, and I could maybe taste a little bit of a fruity taste.
I opened up one at 4 weeks and I thought it was noticeably better (actually, I really liked it). No "fruity" taste, less sugary and the hops were still very much in evidence, but a little less bitter.
Is it possible that one week more of bottle conditioning made a difference in the taste? or is it just me? If it is probably just me, I am OK with that answer!