Wild Sour Series: Here Gose Nothin'

Illinois
United States
Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series Gose Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Our Leipzig-Style Gose undergoes a spontaneous fermentation, similar to Belgian-style Gueuze/Lambic beers, and exhibits a complexity of acidic flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeast lactic fermentation. Lemon, lime and other citrus-like qualities are present in aroma and on the palate, which is balanced by the spicy character of added coriander and a mineral-mouthfeel from added sea salt.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
12
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

While Gose may be a bit of a trend, there’s no doubting the staying power of sour beers as an “advanced” beer drinker’s choice – and any sour beer fan would be happy with this one. However, many would also rightly note that this is much more sour than classic versions of the style, which creates something of a misfit.

The appearance is fine, a light gold color with brilliant clarity, but it's missing that tall, pretty head we’d expect from a Gose. The initial aromas are of light grain and bright lemon with a slight funk, which are all par for the course.

The initial sip, though, is rippingly sour. There’s some smoky phenolics under the sourness and above the light grain, with low bittering and a slightly briny taste. The aftertaste is all lemony acidity. The high level of acid makes for a very tight and puckering mouthfeel, and the carbonation and body are both in the medium range.

This is an excellent sour beer, but it bears a much closer resemblance to a straight Berliner Weisse than a Gose. A bit less acid would make it easier to appreciate. Having said that, this is still a great sour, and once you get over that initial hit of acid, you’ll have no problem finishing your beer. I certainly didn’t!