“In 2010 Doctors orders commercially re-birthed the Gose beer style in Australia. Over the years we’ve been playing around and this version has been the most exclusive and highly acclaimed. This tart German wheat beer includes coriander, salt and rhubarb.”
Poured into a shaker glass we see a slightly hazy straw/hay like colour with plenty of small carbonation. A massive velvety white 25mm head thick like a cloud that retains beautifully like a German beer. Plenty of solid lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas out of the can are wheat malts, bready sourdough, vegetable hops, grass/hay, lemon. First sip is a stronger version of the aroma. A good swish around the mouth gives that tart hit on the palate which subsides fairly quickly. More flavours of lemon tang, light coriander, sourdough yeast, german wheats, and that salt like flavour that lingers on the back palate..imagine you have been in the ocean and that flavour of sea salt that makes you want to skull water. Carbonation is low and the body is low also allowing a decent swig of brew each time. We note the Alc vol here of 4% and this backs up with each sip. It’s very drinkable. Smooth and washes down effortlessly. We have to admit though, we are struggling to sample the rhubarb. We don’t get a heck of sweetness. We were expecting that earthy richness that rhubarb elicits when cooked but maybe the vegetable like flavour is the rhubarb. Either way it’s a nice smooth smashable drop. We love the name as its apt. You can imagine drinking this and thinking it’s good for you. This with Mexican would be a treat.
“Peanut Brittle Gose – 500ml (Alc 4.9%). Gose is an ancient style of soured German Wheat Beer typically brewed with Coriander & Sea Salt. We’ve stayed true to the original recipe but then added our own Peanut Brittle twist. A heady aroma of sweet buttery toffee & roasted peanuts follows through into the taste, where the lactic saltiness of the Gose cuts through & balances the sweetness beautifully. Peoples Choice winner GABS 2016”
Served in an English pint. The appearance offers an attractive crimson hue with a short fizzy head that disappears almost instantly. Needless to say there isn’t a great deal of lace being shed. On the nose we get the expected saltiness initially, kind of hints at sea water at times. It’s not until the beer starts to warm that the super sweet and simply divine aromas of the caramelized peanut brittle begin to take shape. Such an odd mix but the salty notes blend exceptionally well with the moreish and syrupy peanut brittle. The combination of the two result in this indulgent salted caramel ice cream character that is just heaven for the olfactory’s. The texture of the beer is silky smooth but with an interesting salinity that provides a tingling sensation on the tongue and lips while the Co2 gives it a nice lift and adds a crucial effervescence to the overall feel. The front palate sees all the action as this marriage of saltiness and super sweet peanut brittle is brought alive with a spritzy carbonation. The salinity coerces the saliva glands to fill the mouth through the mid as the delicious flavours of peanut brittle and salted caramel endure through the finish and well in to the back end. It’s exactly how we remember it! After revisiting this beer it only serves as a confirmation that it earned the GABS 2016 people’s choice award by right. It’s so damn tasty, crafty and incredibly addictive. Top shelf stuff.
“Time for our third new beer of the year, and continuing a theme from our Bavarian Pils, ‘Dancing Bear’ we are brewing another traditional German beer style, but one which will be relatively unknown to many UK beer drinkers. When Alex Barlow from All Beer asked us if we’d like to host his friend and Danish master brewer Anders Kissmeyer at our brewery for a brew recently, we jumped at the opportunity to make new friends and learn from Ander’s experience. f you’re not familar with him, Anders has worked in brewing for many years, learning his trade at Carlsberg and after taking inspiration from the fledgling US craft beer scene going on to found one of the first modern Danish craft breweries ‘Nørrebro Bryghus’ in the early 90’s. Anders now travels the world collaborating with brewers under the name ‘Kissmeyer beer’.”
As the Gose is part of the weizen family we served it in to a weizen glass. The hazy amber pour whips up a rocky two finger head which slowly dissipates and settles to a decent overlay with some healthy lace trailing it down. Getting plenty of fruity notes on the nose initially. Gooseberry is obviously the dominant scent but there are certainly hints of citrus, passionfruit and ripened berries in support. A slight saltiness does come through, a little briney at times but it does fuse well in to the grainy wheat malt and musty yeast characters nicely. All very subtle and delicate but aromatic in its own right. The texture of the beer in the mouth is mineraly with a light and disappointingly thin body. A touch of saltiness on the lips but it’s quite weak and pedestrian. Not getting a great deal of sourness or acidity for that matter. Maybe a soft citrus tartness pairing with a sea water saltiness upfront. Although it’s not sour the palate does produce a fair bit of soapy saliva through the mid as hints of a fruity hop bitterness leads in to an ultimately short, musty finish with a subtle saltiness rounding out. Maybe we just don’t have the palate for this style but to us it’s just lackluster, watery and insipid. Other than the salty texture and feature fruit there’s nothing exciting happening. On the other hand, it’s super sessional and light in ABV (4.1%) so if that’s what you’re after then go for it. Otherwise, move on.
Gueuze/Gose isn’t a style you will see us drinking a lot of but our trip to Willie the boatman last weekend may change that. As they are sour beers the brewers would usually pair a glass of their Gose with a shot of schnapps to offset the sourness with sweetness….but….unfortunately they were fresh out so it was subbed with a piece of apple marshmallow which was just as effective.
Served in a flute glass the pale straw-golden pour offers a slight haziness with nice, active streams of carbonation. The short white head takes about thirty seconds to completely disappear leaving no head whatsoever. A vigorous twirl of the glass struggled to form any head but it definitely awoke the aromas with a sweet and super refreshing combination of honey and lemon with some light florals flowing through. There is a really nice, clean mineraly scent in here too, kind of reminds us of salt baths. We also pick up a faint hint of funk, banana lollies, coriander and limestone in the background too. Delicate yet very aromatic on the nose. In the mouth it’s light on with a slight metallic texture. Mildly carbonated with mild-medium body. Our first sip yields a subtle lemon tartness with just a touch of funk that develops a savoury saltiness through the mid. A touch of honey/malty sweetness carries forward and finishes dry and salty with reasonable length. 5% ABV is about on par for this style. In summary this is quite a nice beer that drinks easily and the balance between sweet and sour has been executed well. Decent offering.