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Old 12-31-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Hey,
I'm sure this will pass, but thought it a marginally interesting thing to share...
I had strep throat over the holidays, so no turkey, beer, or wine at any of the three xmas dinners we went to
However... starting to get back on my feet and decided to "force" down a brew.. my inlaws had a mini-can of some carribbean beer, so I poured a glass and WOW... BITTTER ... like... majorly dominated by hop flavor.. almost unpleasant. A day later I try a Stella - wow... same thing! and SKUNKY! (I've never really identified a 'skunky' flavor before). Now, Stella has never been a favorite beer, but this was almost undrinkable.. weird.

Just as a curiousity.. has anyone else ever had a sudden (temporary I hope!) change in taste perception?



 
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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I've noticed the same thing after a serious flu or sinus infection.

Some medications can temporarily effect your taste and smell.

It should go back to normal in a short time. If it doesn't I'd get checked out if I were you.



 
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:46 PM   #3
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If you had strep, then you were also on an antibiotic. They can change your taste perception. Plus, if you had other complications like a "cold" virus, etc., then that can really affect your taste. Give it time... at least until you're off your antibiotics. And please don't stop taking them before doctor's orders... even if you fell better.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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Sadly lots of medications will F up your taste perception. It is a side effect of the drugs. Believe me I know from first hand experience.



Illness will do that too though. Your sense of smell and taste are linked so if one or the other is off they both suffer.


Just be glad you are not on any medications "full time". Your taste will recover.

I do not know how long you have been a craft/homebrew beer drinker but another thing to be aware of is your tastes and perceptions will become more attuned the more you learn about beer flavors and brewing. You will begin to scrutinize beers more. What once tasted fine may become undrinkable!

Oh, and Stella is a skunky beer. Anything in a green bottle generally will be. So perhaps your tastebuds were actually heightened in sensitivity!
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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Oh, and Stella is a skunky beer. Anything in a green bottle generally will be. So perhaps your tastebuds were actually heightened in sensitivity!
Thats what I was going to say. The Caribbean beer (Kalik?) is usually skunky too.

 
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:32 PM   #6
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Interesting. Everything's pretty much back to normal now. (And whew, good thing too! What would I do with these built-in taps if I suddenly stopped liking beer?! ) What a weird thing though... such a sudden shift in taste perception!

 
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:42 PM   #7
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Interesting. Everything's pretty much back to normal now. (And whew, good thing too! What would I do with these built-in taps if I suddenly stopped liking beer?! ) What a weird thing though... such a sudden shift in taste perception!
Oh man, sorry to tell you, but you will never like beer again. Go ahead and send me the taps and put it all out of your mind.
I am just doing this for your own good...... and because Big Kahuna hasn't beat me to it!
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:40 PM   #8
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Oh man, sorry to tell you, but you will never like beer again. Go ahead and send me the taps and put it all out of your mind.
I am just doing this for your own good...... and because Big Kahuna hasn't beat me to it!
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My father-in-law was on a med that basically took away his taste. Talk about awful. Yes, the strep might do it, but a sinus infection or antibiotics can also really affect your taste. Give it time.

 
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:23 PM   #10
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Yea, I've known people who have lost either taste or smell and in one case both senses. That would suck.


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