Off-Flavor Kits and Training


Familiarization with common beer off-flavors is an important key to success on the Certified Cicerone Tasting Exam.

At each class, six different common off-flavors will be tasted. Advance registration through Brown Paper Tickets is required. You must be 21 years old to attend. The seminar lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours.

To see upcoming off-flavor seminars on our schedule, keep an eye on the homepage or check here.



Hold your own beer off-flavor tasting class for six, twelve, or twenty-four people! 

Cicerone, in collaboration with Aroxa, now offers an off-flavor kit that comes with access to support materials and a narrated webinar. Each kit contains flavor spikes for six common beer flaws, three from brewing and three from handling. The six flavors are: diacetyl, DMS, acetaldehyde, skunky, oxidized and infection.

The Off-Flavor Kit contains the six flavor spikes and easy mixing instructions. Each kit creates enough of each spiked beer to serve each participants a 2-ounce sample. (Note: you must provide the beer, cups and other basic resources needed to do the tasting.)

Training with this kit is easy. Purchase of each kit includes:

  • Webinar designed to guide you through the tasting, narrated by Cicerone Founder and Director Ray Daniels.
  • Step-by-step instructions for administering tasting.
  • Printable tasting mat.
  • Further information on each flavor spike.

When you are ready for the training, simply open your web browser, go to your "my account" page, select "Off-Flavor Tutored Tasting Webinar" and click "play" to view the webinar.