We at The Basement Beer Tastings sometimes like to imagine the conversations that take place when brewers are deciding the styles of beer they will brew. But in the case of Lost Nation’s Gose, we were at a loss as to how they decided on this German style that’s been virtually absent from the beer market for decades.
Brewed with sea salt and coriander (no joke), the idea is interesting enough. But interesting ideas don’t always pan out to be good products. Delorean cars, Crystal Pepsi, and the XFL are three that immediately come to mind.
In Lost Nation’s defense, part of their brewing inspiration comes from “lesser known European beer styles.” Well Lost Nation, you certainly are staying true to yourself with this style.
I’m going to jump ahead here, but I feel it’s probably the question at the forefront of our faithful readers’ minds. Yes, the panel could taste the salt in Gose; and no, it wasn’t found to be all that enjoyable. With that said, let’s move onto the ale’s other characteristics.
The appearance of Gose was similar to that of Mystic’s Table Beer. Slightly darker and cloudier, it still had a lemonadeish look.
The beer’s aroma reminded many panelists of a shandy, with some finding traces of lemon. One panelist felt the beer had a very musty, dirty sock smell.
I’ve already mentioned that the salt presented itself in the taste. And for most of the panel that flavor was apparent up front. I say most of the panel because one panelist couldn’t seem to find a trace of salt in the beer. One theory to explain this, her fondness for ridiculously bitter IPAs have annihilated her taste buds.
The other flavor noted in Gose was a bit of lemony citrus (welcome to the party coriander).
The words sour and tart were used quite often in describing the aftertaste. Multiple panelists commented about the beer’s mouth drying effect. This effect, they felt, forced them to drink quicker as to rehydrate. HMMMMMM…I wonder which of Gose’s ingredients could have possibly caused that?
To set the record straight, no one on the panel thought Gose was a bad beer. At the same time, no one on the panel could picture themselves drinking more than one; and for most, that was the one had at the tasting.
Based on this experience, we now feel we understand why this style had disappeared from the beer scene for so long. With today’s infusion of more flavorful ingredients, ale brewed with sea salt seems rather unnecessary.
Only time will tell if Gose follows the same path as so many interesting ideas before it. At least we can say this, it’s definitely a better idea than Coors Rocky Mountain Spring Water (no joke).
(Appearance 5.33, Smell 6.67, Taste 18.67, Aftertaste 11, Drinkability 17.17)