Beer Sensory Analysis Course

Developed for brewers, by brewers and sensory experts, this course gives you the knowledge and tools required to understand and control the flavour of your beer.

Master effective sensory analysis. The Beer Sensory Analysis course gives you the tools and skills required to run a range of sensory tests. And the ability to use the test results to improve your process and your beer.

The Beer Sensory Analysis continuing professional development course has been designed in collaboration with leading sensory scientists and brewing professionals. It will transform brewers and quality professionals into sensory experts able to run an effective sensory panel.

The course will benefit experienced commercial brewers from breweries of all sizes as well as quality professionals and serious home brewers. 

The course features text, videos and animations, along with quizzes and games that give you the opportunity to check your understanding of each section and extend your learning.

Your learning is assessed as you go through the course and when finished, you will receive a Certificate of Completion as a record of continuing professional development.

You will have access to downloadable technical information including:

  • A beer flavour terminology system
  • Flavour standard specifications
  • Tasting forms for more than 10 sensory tests
  • The statistical tables, equations and calculations that enable you to interpret your test results

Learning Time: Approximately 5 hours

90 days full access to unique interactive content from date of enrolment

Price: Just £99


Sensory experts collaborating in the creation of this course:

What previous candidates are saying?

I liked the completeness on the topic. It covered the full spectrum of flavor compounds, sensory panel set-up and statistics to get out of your data what you need. For non-statisticians, the look-up tables are very helpful! Thanks for a great course, that made me even more likely to try and jump into the gap of missing or under-utilized sensory analysis in local small breweries!
Assistant Professor of Data Science in Population Health
Leiden University Medical Center
The videos made the concepts/statistics extremely clear and easy to understand where you would use said tests.
Lead Brewer
Beaches Brewing co. Bali
What I enjoyed the most about the course were the descriptive videos. As primarily a visual and tactile learner, something other than just reading is always helpful.
Castle Danger Brewing Co.
The course is very well structured a with a transparent, easy to follow agenda. The units length is just perfect to easily complete the lessons in a short period of time, making it easy to complete the whole course.
University of Agriculture in Krakow
The course featured great depth of content and detail. The pdf information and tables are also extremely useful.
Process Quality Manager
Pinthouse Brewing

With the Course You Will:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of beer flavour
  • Learn the flavour thresholds of over 100 key beer flavour compounds
  • Understand the requirements of a sensory facility and how to achieve them without spending too much
  • Discover the sources of bias and error in sensory assessment
  • Learn how to select and train an elite sensory panel
  • Discover how to prepare and present beer samples
  • Become proficient in running sensory tests
  • Learn how to process the data and interpret the results from sensory tests
  • Be able to select the sensory test that will give you the information you need to make the best beer possible


Key features

  • Learn at your own pace, when and where it is most convenient for you
  • Have access to the course material for 90 days from the date of enrolment
  • Learn with a rich blend of engaging text, illustrations and videos
  • Download PDF with the tools you need to implement an effective sensory programme in your brewery
  • Check your understanding at the end of each lesson
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from the most recognised brewing learning provider in the world

Who is this course for?

  • Commercial brewers wanting to ensure that the sensory analysis in their breweries can deliver the results they need
  • Beer quality professionals tasked with undertaking effective sensory analysis
  • Anyone with a serious interest in beer sensory assessment

Why choose the IBD?

The IBD provides the most widely recognised professional beverage qualifications in the world.

The IBD was established in 1886 as The Laboratory Club and since then has built a trusted reputation due to the quality of its learning material, support for learners and rigor of its exams. 

Since we began professional qualifications in the 1950s, we have qualified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.