Beer Me! Wild Beer Co’s Tom Yum Gose

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.

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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.


DISCLAIMER: I work for BrewDog and sell BrewDog, Mikkeller and Stone Brewing Co beers into the “North” of England.

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Beer Me! Westbrook Brewing Co – Gose

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:

GOSE

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

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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.

WB_Gose2Then 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.


DISCLAIMER: I work for BrewDog and sell BrewDog, Mikkeller and Stone Brewing Co beers into the “North” of England.