Doctor’s Orders Electrolyte Serum Rhubarb Wheat Gose

Total Score: 5.9/10 Bananas1Barley1Bubblegum1Tulipglass1

Doctor’s Orders, haven’t tried them before even though it sounds like the brewery was named after me: Doc. It isn’t though, my brewery name (when I open my own brewery) will be DöcBräu™ – and I will only be producing Ales, no Lagers thank you (too much effort IMO). Pipe dream aside Doctor’s Orders claim they brought the Gose style to Australia, and they could be right – Gose’s haven’t been around for long even though they were popularised in the states since before I got into craft beer. This Gose is made with rhubarb and wheat, which I suspect will make it similar to a Berliner Weissbier (with rhubarb instead of raspberry sweetness)… I guess we shall soon find out.

Poured from a 375ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale straw body, nice fluffy snow white head that compacts from a meaty 3 centimetres to a respectable half centimetre. I like the colour: pale straw is an appealing hue for a brew [rhyme intended]. 8/10.

S: Funky freak show! Salt, normally not a feature in any beer but most welcome in a Gose, comes through front and centre. Notes of banana and rhubarb, hint of bubblegum, barnyard yeast funk, this is could be mistaken for a child’s vomit at a petting zoo – but alas, it is a beer [I believe there was a vomit-flavoured jelly bean in Harry Potter – this is clearly the liquid version of that]. Shades of intriguing and bad mingle freely here. TBH it is what it is, which makes it hard to like/love. 5/10.

T: It really tastes a bit like a wheaty/funky Gatorade… what an odd brew. I’ve had Gose’s before (6 according to my BA account), so this isn’t simply a case of being unfamiliar with the style – this brew is a bit of a mess. Other notes of the above: salt, banana, rhubarb, barnyard yeast and an overall grainy character. Admittedly the more I drank the less bad it became… my taste buds probably surrendered to its weirdness. Again: hard to love. 6/10.

M: Body is alright though – mid to light, with a creamy dense carbonation (that’s the wheat for you – always bringing body). 8/10.

D: Not a fan, and I’ve had Gose’s I’ve liked before. This is the unholy marriage of beer and a sports drink – please heed my words. It’s still better than a Victoria Bitter though – so really let’s give Doctor’s Orders some credit. Also Gose’s are a tricky style: it Gose with the territory [been waiting to crack out that pun for a while now, cheers!]. 5/10.

Food match: This feels like something to drink after a workout session.

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Magic Rock Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose

Total Score: 7.45/10 WhiteWine1Flowers1Kiwi1Tulipglass1

Sounds like a ride at an inappropriately-themed amusement park: “Magic Rock Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose”… well that is one ride I would be avoiding at all costs. So back to Magic Rock, their High Wire Grapefruit Pale Ale wasn’t quite up to the standard of Elvis Juice, however this brew is a Gose, and I haven’t had a good Gose in like forever brah. Gooseberry also feels like a natural addition to the Gose style given their tartness of flavour. Thus far my Gose drinking experience has been akin to drinking numerous glasses of that delightful lemon-flavoured antacid beverage known as Eno (not to be associated in any way with Brian Eno, I understand he tried it once for a bellyache but that was it) hopefully Salty Kiss will be different.

Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Positively murky AF Goldenrod body with a white sea-foam head that settles around half a centimetre – I’m liking this so far… love the yeast haze on this brew: it’s like pea soup on a cloudy day in a Turkish bath. 8/10.

S: Funky yeast character mingles with a fruity white wine note and floral accents – it is a pleasing aroma indeed. There’s a freshness in the fruit notes that carries throughout the nose, really moreish, and floral. I need more adjectives… it’s Gooseberry-ish. Yeah, I’m going to go with that. 8/10.

T: First off – doesn’t taste like Eno (hooray!). Salt upfront mingles with fruity/white wine/floral characters, then as quickly as these flavours arrive tart Gooseberry cuts in an slakes the palate like some sort of palate slaker… (it is too a thing!). This is probably the most refreshing Gose I’ve had yet – admittedly I haven’t had many Goses. Complaints? It’s a bit thin in flavour – at 4.1% this is to be expected. Still this is a reasonably moreish Gose – the fresh tartness of the Gooseberry really works well. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a thin but dense carbonation – kinda glad this isn’t too fizzy, don’t think it would work with the flavour profile if it was. 7/10.

D: Still getting used to Goses as a whole – such an odd flavour combination in a beer, salty/sour is more something you would find in a glass of Ayran (a Turkish salted yoghurt beverage) than in a beer… I haven’t fallen head over heels in love with it like some others, however I also haven’t been deterred like I have with the black-hole-face-puckering sour beers out there… or Macro Lagers in general [as if we don’t know that already!]. This is one I will come back to again. 8/10.

Food match: Grilled Kingfish with a garden salad and a slightly spicy sauce.

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Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose

Total Score: 7.7/10 Watermelon1Lemon1GreenMelon1Tulipglass1

Walked into a local I hadn’t been to in a while and found they had some awesome Anderson Valley brews on their shelf, I guess that’s how it Gose these days [yeah I went there!] finding great brews is getting easier and easier. This one drew my eye straight away being a Gose with watermelon – I love watermelon, it’s probably my favourite fruit… yeah, let’s lock it in: Doc’s favourite fruit = watermelon! Such a clever mix too, salt and watermelon, it’s like a Greek feta and watermelon salad (one of my fortes). So this was an instabuy. Hopefully that melon comes through prominently, it won’t work for me if it’s too subtle.

Poured from a 355ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed pale golden body with a bold white 1 centimetre cappuccino foam head that slowly withers down to a thin lace blanket. Looks good as far as Goses go… tongue twister there. 8/10.

S: Sea salt with an unidentified sourness… it’s somewhere neutral in the cherry/apple/melon spectrum. As with all the Anderson Valley beers there is an overtone of fresh clean mountain water… though that could be a subliminal picture planted in my mind by the bottle/can label (bear with dear horns drinking out of a mountain stream). 7/10.

T: BAM! This is easily the sourest Gose I’ve laid my tongue on. It hits right off with a sour melon note, follows through with sea salt, lemon and bitter melon finish. Really quite a tart beverage this one – up there with Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René (though not quite as sour). Too tart? For me a little, but you might have been raised sucking on sour watermelon Warheads – I was always the go-to for hot warheads. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a thin but dense carbonation… no complaints here. 7/10.

D: Well this is definitely the least Eno tasting Gose I’ve had yet. Favourite Gose so far? That honour still goes to Bacchus Peanut Brittle Gose… however this is a close second along with HopDog’s Gose & The Pussycats. Overall I did end up enjoying this Gose though. Hmmm, this gets real briney as it warms… makes me think of oysters with sea salt and lemon juice… huh, that’s a good suggestion for below. 8/10.

Food match: Oysters with sea salt and lemon juice… did you try it yeah? Told ya it was a good suggestion!

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Bacchus Brewing Peanut Brittle Gose

Total Score: 8.15/10 Nut1Coriander1Caramel1Tulipglass1

Looks like I’m officially on a Bacchus-bender™. This latest Bacchus has the honour of being the “Peoples Choice” winner GABS 2016 (The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, aka Australia’s biggest beer festival). A good sign indeed as several previous Peoples Choice winners have been simply specTAPular (to recycle a tired pun), including: Yeastie Boys’ Gunnamatta IPA, La Sirene’s Belgian Praline Ale, and Bacchus’s own Raspberry and White Chocolate Pilsner. If those beers are any indicator Peanut Brittle Gose is going to be a real treat.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a nice hazed mahogany body with a thin beige head that reduces to absolutely nothing. No head seems to be a norm with Goses so I’m not panicking yet. As far as being aesthetically pleasing I really like the colour of the body – it reminds me of my apartment – which smells of rich mahogany. 8/10.

S: Woah, this glass has a cacophony of scents going on; peanuts, the toffee you find on toffee apples, jersey caramels, hint of plain yoghurt, sea salt, and a touch of coriander seed. It’s one busy and slightly discordant aroma – I hope it doesn’t come across like that in the flavour. 7/10.

T: Sheeeeeit! It’s exactly what you thought you would get in a combination of peanut brittle with Gose flavours. It begins with a jersey caramel, toffee, butterscotch and peanut sweetness upfront, which is almost immediately cut through by lactobacillus and coriander with a hint of salt and a slightly sour finish. Again like every Gose I’ve ever had there is a hint of that refreshing lemon drink known as ‘Eno’, which I cannot for the life of me work out why that flavour crops up in EVERY Gose I’ve had… In any case I have a weakness for peanut brittle and the aftertaste of this brew is like a beery version of that, yum! 9/10.

M: Again like all the Goses I’ve had this has a body that feels heavier than you would expect given the ABV, with a carbonation that feels soft but gives you gassy burps at the same time. 7/10.

D: As a fan of peanut brittle [my teeth aren’t for obvious reasons] I was both impressed with this brew, but also left wanting a little bit RE: sweetness – the way the lactobacillus almost immediately kills the peanut/toffee sweetness… I feel that some of the sweetness needs to stick around. Anyhow, I’m being picky now – this is my favourite Gose to date. 8/10.

Food match: I’m going to go left-field and say Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao (beef salad).

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Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose

Total Score: 6.7/10 Grapefruit1Lemon1Coriander1Tulipglass1

Lately Sierra Nevada have been bringing out beers that I cannot stop myself buying due to pure intrigue dammit! This Gose is no different – made with prickly pear cactus and grapefruit – how the hell can they expect me to pass up on such interesting adjuncts?! Plus this will be my very first taste of an American Gose – a style I’ve only had 2 of (both Australian versions). Both of which tasted like that refreshing stomach antacid drink: Eno. Time to crack out the old Duvel tulip then, yee-haw! [this is usually the time when I wave my fancy ten gallon hat over my head like Major TJ “King” Kong riding an atom bomb].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale straw body – FYI I made sure to rouse as much yeast out of the bottle as I could during the pour (yeast = extra goodness). Head is pure white and, as is common in my short Gose experience, practically non-existent. 8/10.

S: Something intriguingly exotic and floral mixed in with the citric aroma of grapefruit which I can only ascribe to prickly pear cactus (as I’ve never had prickly pear cactus before). Also noted is a hint of lemon… salt is not detected but then again salt isn’t an easy thing to sniff out. Aroma is decent given the 4.5% almost mid-strength ABV. 8/10.

T: Funky… green, aloe vera, and exotic note from prickly pear. At first my taste buds were like “WTF is this Doc?!” but then they accustomed to the weird flavour mix, sort of a Mexican margarita-like sour weirdness, and moved on. Salt makes a slight appearance but doesn’t really hang around for long. Plenty of tang from the grapefruit and cactus makes this a dichotomy between sour/salty rather than the usual sweet/bitter pairing – with a definite slant towards sour. 6/10.

M: Crisp, mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation – suits the style. 8/10.

D: This one turned out to be a bit too odd, if that’s a thing that is possible with beers… [yes I think that’s a thing]. I wanted to like this more, perhaps due to some sort of brand loyalty that I have towards SN, even though outwardly I don’t support any brand, but it just did not tick enough boxes for me and the balance wasn’t right. At least for the first time I’ve found a Gose that doesn’t taste like Eno… but then again I quite like Eno. The flavour balance needed something else sweet or bitter as the sour/salt pairing was not working. A hit and miss from the mighty SN then. 6/10.

Food match: I’m thinking seafood and Mexican, or Mexican seafood, either or.

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HopDog Gose & The Pussycats

Total Score: 7.9/10 Oyster1Peppercorns1Lemon1Tulipglass1

Another crazy (and no doubt good!) HopDog brew to bruview and this time the pun name is a bit of a miss for me, perhaps head brewer Tim Thomas is losing his “Dad joke” touch? Gose (pronounced “Go-Zer”) doesn’t rhyme with ‘Josie’, of Pussycat cartoon fame, as such the pun crumbles like a soft sponge cake in a wet paper bag. Anyway who cares if the beer is good? Amiright? The Pun Police – that’s who… and you don’t want to get on their bad side (death by laughter is inevitably next).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy light straw coloured body with a thin white lace ring – cloudy beers: you either love ‘em or hate ‘em – there’s no middle ground (I personally love ‘em and my scores reflect my cloudy cavalier attitude). 8/10.

S: Wow, bit of a face-punch to the olfactory senses with a bold sea water/coriander hit upfront, really expecting some salty characters in the flavour now, let’s hope HD [because we really need to abbreviate a 6 letter name now don’t we?] didn’t throw the Gose out with the sea water and underbalance the sour notes. Though I suspect with the strength of the added Lactobacillus this Gose won’t be a damp squid*. 8/10.

T: Again I’ve only tried a couple Goses now and they all end up tasting like that refreshing antacid beverage known as Eno [not to be confused with that refreshing ambient artist known as Eno]. Overall flavours of lemon, salt, hint of sourness and a light pepper spice note. Aftertaste is moreish (not unlike a nice glass of Eno) and slightly dry. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline medium bodied with a thin but gassy carbonation – really feels like a bit of a health potion here. 7/10.

D: So overall I’m slightly more impressed with this than Nomad’s attempt (and the only basis of comparison I have thus far in the style) – to me this tasted a tiny bit more like I imagine a real German Gose would taste like, and with HD’s pedigree in brewing funky ales I think a bit more “funk”, if that even is a definable term when it comes to brewing, has been put into this brew. All in all I could go another Gose, and that’s high praise coming from me for a 4.5% ABV beer. 8/10.

Food match: Again seafood, especially calamari or crab, feels right with this style.

*IT Crowd reference time boys and girls.

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Nomad Freshie Salt & Pepper Gose

Total Score: 7.5/10 Oyster1 Bread1 Lemon1 Tulipglass1

Houston, we have Gose… Copy that Eagle… damn if this is not one of the most monumental reviews I’ve ever done. EVA. Simply because of the rarity of the style Gose in Australia… but Nomad, clever bastards they are, have brewed what I believe is the first ever Gose on Australian shores, and now I finally get to taste something American beer drinkers have been taking for granted for so many years: This is a big moment for me. Let me set the stage – Gose (pronounced “Go-sar”) originated from a town (coincidentally named Goslar) near Leipzig in Germany. Brewed with wild yeasts and mineral-rich salinated water from aquifers near the town it is a beer renowned for its salty/sour combination… anyway enough talk, it’s beer time!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy light pale-straw body with a bright white ring of lace and a rather interesting mix of different sized bubbles in the glass. After agitating the glass with a whirlpool action I managed to coax a half centimetre head. I’m consulting the BJCP 2008 for my scoring criteria… wait the BJCP doesn’t have this style, awkward. 8/10.

S: Can definitely pick up the sour yeast Lambic characters straight away… the salt and spice are a little more elusive but in the as well, essentially we have: Sour bread, barnyard, sea salt, cracked pepper… nothing knock-out amazing though. 6/10.

T: Huh… hmmm… OK then… huh… off the bat this is a whole different beer to everything else you’ve ever had – take the cornerstone flavour types of beer: Sweet/bitter, and completely replace them with: Salty/sour – that is (this) Gose to a T. The salty mineral characters hit upfront with a barnyardy, sour bread note as the counterpoint. Not really getting any pepper though I am getting a squeeze of lemon juice. It tastes a lot like Eno (a fast-acting effervescent lemon & salt drink) lucky for Gose I do like Eno (used to drink it after a workout because I felt like Eno, yo). 8/10.

M: The body is also interesting – it feels quite heavy but at the same time watery with a flat (but gassy) carbonation – I burped a few times drinking this. 7/10.

D: Well what exactly did I expect from Gose? A beer-like substance? It still is a beer but it’s not like any beer you’ll ever try due to the Eno-esque flavours at play. Did I like it? Yes… to a degree… I can see this, much like the Kvass I recently reviewed for the first time, going down a treat on a hot summers day but I can’t help shake the nagging overall impression that what I’m actually drinking is an antacid instead of a beer. 8/10.

Food match: Salt & pepper squid… or reflux (if you have it).

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