jeanrenaud wrote:I think that the reality must be told from someone who's just drinking its first beer of its life. Does you guys can confirm that the first beer you drank was tasting good ? I remember someone telling me "You will get accustomized". I guess that it's the thing girls says to other girls who swallow for the first time... (Let's see if this last sentence will get my reply flagged as inappropriate).
I was going to say this - I think it's pretty well accepted that nobody likes beer the first time they try it; it's an acquired taste, but once you've acquired the taste you aren't just accustomed to it, you actively love it. The peer pressure and the agreeableness of being drunk are two reasons why most people in pro-alcohol societies end up liking it; but there are plenty of other acquired tastes that don't have either: olives, oysters*
, caviar. Probably in all cases it's something about the flavour that rings warning bells, particularly the bitterness=poison response mentioned by jackal, and this has to be overcome. That may be by being forced to eat/drink the thing, by some social expectation that it ought to be delicious, particularly if it's expensive (I guess this is a kind of peer pressure), or by some kind of "gateway" version; a sweet white wine might be a the first step towards liking wine.
For me, the problem with most non-alcoholic drinks is sweetness (I agree with Quercus). I wish there were more savoury/bitter soft drinks available. The closest I've got is tomato juice, but it's quite heavy and you can't drink more than a couple. The alcohol-free beers are getting better: I wish all
pubs sold them; possibly there should even be legislation to compel it.*
To tie in with jeanrenaud's comment: I've heard raw oysters compared to a mouthful of semen in terms of both texture and flavour. I only have limited experience of either, but there's something in it.