ASTM E1879 - 00(2010)

    Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Beverages Containing Alcohol

    Active Standard ASTM E1879 | Developed by Subcommittee: E18.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    The procedures recommended in this guide can be used for the sensory evaluation of beverages containing alcohol.

    This guide provides practical suggestions to maximize panelist safety and to minimize the risks and liabilities of the person or corporation responsible for administering the sensory evaluation of beverages containing alcohol.

    This guide also provides practical suggestions when dealing with various government agencies that are involved in distributing beverage alcohol test products.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides guidelines specific to the sensory evaluation of beverages containing alcohol, including beer, wine, coolers, cocktails, liqueurs, and distilled spirits.

    1.2 This guide addresses safety, legal, panel selection, sample preparation, and test procedures specific to beverages containing alcohol.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This guide does not recommend a specific test method.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 67.160.10 (Alcoholic beverages)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1879-00R10

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