Back again, and this time with a beer that’s certainly been doing the round on the hype-train – Westbrook Brewing Co’s Gose. Now, this is a style i’ve never had before, so really have no point of reference, but wow, was I blown away…
Guff on the website:
4% ABV 5 IBU
This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced “Gose-uh”), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.
Initially it hits a fine line between musty and fresh but actually, going back to it, it’s incredibly bright and fragrant – just a different style of aroma than I’m used to.
It reminds me of Lemon Ice tea, wheat beer ester-style yeast display – and heavily opaque in colour – it has a light lemon-juice yellow look to it (much unlike the 1000 filter production i’ll inevitably post on here).
There’s a weird Umami beef tomato warmth that hits you – it’s so slight but it underlies the aroma
Taking that first taste, and it’s all overpowering – Lemon, lime and indian tonic water – almost a gin note to it – I expect from the coriander, but no creaminess that you expect from the wheat.
The effervescent nature of the beer swirls around on the tongue leads it to play with your senses, giving you sparkling cava and sour gooseberry.
Then as it finishes and falls down your throat, there’s a big lime salsa monster circling around your esophagus, flailing around with his arms of subtle chilli heat but without the spiciness.
It’s a liquid tank of childhood sweets. Sour Haribo tangfastics, with salt highlighting your tongues papillae and making them sing in chorus.
A truly excellent beer that I will continue to search out on the run-up to hot summer drinking nights.