Our experienced sensory team can help you to maintain the highest quality in the flavour of your products.
Through a combination of services we can help you with everything from tasting the raw materials and
tracking the flavour of your product through to troubleshooting taints and panel training.
Benefits of using Campden BRI for sensory services
- Specialist sensory panels for beer and alcoholic beverages
- Independent objective assessment
- An internationally recognised centre of excellence for sensory capabilities
- UKAS accredited analyses
- Proven track record in brand support and troubleshooting
For non routine issues with flavour, we are able to help you with your problems by using our wealth of in-house
experience and technical support. We can arrange to visit your site or host a technical visit at Nutfield. We can perform audits, conduct bespoke
training or provide a second opinion as needed.
Brewing sensory services we offer include:
We have a large pool of expert tasters and specialist panels for products
such as beer, malt, wines and spirits. Depending on requirements of the client, we can offer the following range of tests:
- Descriptive - provides a qualitative and quantitative flavour
profile of the product using Quantitative Descriptive Analysis (QDA) or Technical Profiling. These quantitative and qualitative descriptive
tests are most commonly displayed graphically by use
of a radar plot. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) or more complex multivariate
analysis (eg PCA, GPA) can be performed as appropriate
- Difference - this test will ascertain whether there is a statistically significant
difference in the sensory attributes of two or more products. The
most commonly used test is the Triangle Test, for which we hold UKAS
- Selective - a rapid and powerful test, most often used in the identification
of flavour taints
How consistent is the flavour of your beer? Has the flavour profile of your beer drifted with time?
Our Flavour Tracking service can help you answer these questions.
A benchmark brand flavour profile is established against which the flavour
of subsequent brews can be compared and consistency tracked over time.
The benchmark profile can also serve as a reference against which multi-plant
operators can check consistency and/or the impact of raw material/process
changes can be assessed. Sensory evaluation and instrumental analyses
would be used to establish this profile.
If flavour anomalies are detected or a drift in flavour is identified
then recommendations to rectify the situation is reported.
The benchmark profile is based on the tasting of three discrete samples
of the fresh beer by our expert panel. The beer can also be subjected
to the following analyses: pH, bitterness, ethanol, PG, OG and flavour
volatiles (esters, higher alcohols, acetaldehyde, vicinal diketones
A full benchmark report includes:
- Spider diagram
- Description, highlighting key flavour notes
- Analytical data
To measure flavour consistency it is recommended that monitoring
occurs on a six monthly basis. A report on this monitoring can include:
- Spider diagram of benchmark and sample flavour profiles
- Description, highlighting key flavour differences
- Comparison of analytical data
- Recommendations to rectify any flavour anomalies observed
Our sensory team offer a variety of training courses and workshops
to help you to maintain and build the skill sets of your staff.
We can provide courses at Nutfield or Chipping Campden, which can also be
conducted at your site and tailored to your requirements.
Training in sensory for beer
Sensory panel management for beer
Our approach to identifying and providing advice on the source of taints and
off-flavours is to combine our expertise in sensory and analytical chemistry. First,
our sensory team will profile the taint in order to provide an indication of the
source of the taint or off flavour. Second, this work is backed up by the chemists
who may use sophisticated analysis such as LC-MS/MS or GC-MS to identify the compound causing the taint.
Combined, we aim to provide you with a rapid and robust answer to your taint
The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard
ISO17025:2017 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods,
specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number.
The schedules may be revised from time to time and reissued by UKAS. The most recent issue of the schedules
are available from the UKAS website www.ukas.com
Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079
Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207