Total Score: 6.2/10
Oooo, this sounds like it might be an interesting segue of a brew from Green Beacon – 7 Bells Passionfruit Gose. First up – my experience with Gose’s are limited but ever expanding. I’ve found they generally taste a bit like Eno – that delightful salty/lemon antacid drink. Yep, Gose’s and Eno are strange bedfellows, but Eno is refreshing ergo Gose’s are too. This one has passionfruit too, so it should be a nice salty tropical summery brew then. Plus at 4.2% ABV it means you can drink even more at the BBQ your GF dragged you along to and still drive… eventually… yay! This can suggests 7 Bells is a part of Green Beacons ever-expanding core range (it’s not a printed label and is brightly coloured like their core range cans) however I reckon it’s a seasonal 😉
Poured from a 375ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: CLAAAASIC Gose look: cloudy pale straw body with an excitable white sea foam head that thins down to a snowy blanket on top. Well, well, Green Beacon have nailed that Gose look… then the head completely died. Still looks good. 8/10.
S: Passionfruit upfront, but it’s got a weird tropical Berocca (fizzy good, make feel nice tablets) character. Then it’s got yeast, not quite as bad as Edge Pomegranate Sour, but it’s a noticeable dusty tome (LOL!). Hints of sea salt, but interestingly no lemon – nearly every Gose I’ve tried has had lemon in the flavour profile. Hmmm, a bit too musty but not bad GB. 6/10.
T: Huh, passionfruit Eno… interesting… not as refreshing IMO as the original lemon Eno (sorry GB). Yeast is a bit on the prominent side, dusting its way throughout the flavour profile, salt also comes in a bit sharp, finishes slightly tart and mildly bitter. Other than that it’s a bit on the plain side. Ticks the Gose boxes though. 6/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a light but spritzy carbonation and a lively tongue-feel (yeah that’s right – I said “tongue-feel”, I’m mixing that shit up yo). 7/10.
D: It’s definitely not the train-wreck that Pomegranate Sour was, but it’s probably the least refreshing beer I’ve had from Green Beacon, though pretty much all their beers hit “the spot” so it’s not a Greek tragedy that 7 Bells is a bit “meh”. TBH I’m not sure Green Beacon even needed to invent this new beer – not when they’ve got solid corkers like Uppercut IIPA, Whaler Blood Orange IPA, and Scrimshaw IPA sitting in the wings as limited release beers – FFS Green Beacon, pick any of those 3 beers to brew year-round and I will be able to die a happy man!!! Not that we’re not already spoiled for choice these days [shud-up me!]. 6/10.
Food match: Seafood for sure: Oysters with lemon juice, and Kilpatrick (no really).