Looking for something to pair with my wonderfully slow-roasted lamb dinner last weekend, I went off the beaten track to try something more savoury…
Dealing myself a Gose (pronounced gose-uh), from Wild Beer Co., but unlike the Westbrook version, this has gone in quite a different direction, but to mixed results.
Wild Beer Co are pretty much embedded in the craft beer scene as a true experimenter with not only styles and ingredients but with eliciting reactions from their drinkers. It’s not the first beer i’ve had of theirs – Sourdough (review incoming) being a particular favourite of mine, Fresh and Bibble being wonderful examples of their styles, and Cool as a Cucumber being one of my wife’s all time favourite beers.
Tom Yum Gose is quite a departure for them, taking a beer in a “savoury-soup” direction.
You pour that sucker into a glass and its dense aromatic whiff hits you, lemongrass, five spice, coconut and cinnamon – it’s more a soup than a beer at this point. It smells savoury, and not in a beery way. There’s a warming aspect to its smell, something almost medicinal, with a soy/oyster maybe even, ironically, a fish sauce backbone.
It even looks the same as Tom Yum, with gleaming fat-like droplets swimming on the surface…I’m sure I cleaned the glass properly I swear.
You sup it, almost delicately, not knowing what to expect, and there’s a tingly spice, right on the tip of your tongue, leading to a christmassy thai wallop.
The descriptor on the front: “Spices + Sourness + Salt”. I tried to pair this 4% beer with food, but ultimately, it’s a meal in itself.