Sorry I missed Friday Beer News this past week. It has been hectic and I’m finding my time to be short. I am still doing what I can to keep posting here but as the breweries grow, and the number of things to write about grows with it, I am finding it hard to keep up!
But, I’ve had this beer review to write for a while, so let’s get to it.
Beau’s keeps sending new beers out our way and I’m happy about that. While I am mostly focused on what’s happening here locally, and what beers we can get from our local folks, I do enjoy reviewing these beers from Beau’s.
I did a pretty in-depth write up about Beau’s when I met with co-founder Steve Beauchesne, but I do want to reiterate a bit about the brewery. Founded in 2006 in Vanleek Hill, Ontario by father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s is an employee-owned and completely independent Canadian craft brewery. They are also the official beer of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Today I have the chance the write about Beau’s latest gose, Cherry Revue.
*Writer’s Note: I did receive this beer review free of charge.*
I’ve learned quite a lot about beer while running this blog and my favorite style to drink and brew is the Gose. While I’m certainly no expert, I feel that I have a pretty good grasp on what this style is and how to brew it. I was lucky enough to win a silver a medal for my Strawberry Margarita Gose from the Pro/Am competition here in Winnipeg. So, I love the style and am excited to see more of them being made.
A Gose (GOH-zeh) is a highly carbonated, tart and fruity wheat ale that also has subtle coriander and just a pinch of salt that should come across just at the finish. This style originated in the town of Goslar in the middle-ages. In fact, the name of the beer comes from the Gose river which runs through the town of Goslar. The water from this river had a huge impact on the flavour of the beer and so it’s no surprising it has held this name for so long. This area was known for mining and one of the most abundant minerals present was salt. Some of this salt dissolved into the local groundwater which was used during the brewing of their local beer. Since they didn’t have water softeners or bottled water, they just used what they had and made it work.
After centuries of dominating the beer market in Goslar, the popularity of the style fell. Luckily it was picked up by the German town of Leipzig where it is documented to have been brewed since the 1740s. By chance, the town of Leipzig fell outside of Bavaria where the Reinheitsgebot (German beer purity laws) initially came into effect. Once Germany unified, there were some hoops to jump through, but special considerations were made for this style of beer given its history.
Up until recently, it’s been very hard to find this style of beer. While it started to see a resurgence in the 1980s, it hasn’t been widely available and many people didn’t even know what it was. This is the reason I started brewing it myself, so I could consistently get a good Gose.
Lucky for me and other Gose fans, many breweries seem to be reviving this style. Barn Hammer, Torque and Peg Beer have all brewed Goses and we’ve seen breweries from outside Manitoba pick up on the style.
I love this style of beer and the variations that you can play around with. Like a Berliner Weisse, you could even mix a syrup into a straight up Gose, or play on the characteristics like I did with my Margarita Gose. So, let’s get to this beer.
ABV – 4.5%
Appearance – Pours a hazy pink colour with a nice white foam of a head.
Smell – You definitely get the cherry notes on the nose along with some citrus notes. There is a twinge of acidulated funk in the nose as well as some salt.
Taste – A nice gose that brings a bit of puckering to the mouth along with definite cherry notes and a slight finish of salt right on the end.
Mouth Feel – Good carbonation with nice bubbles and a dry, tart salt finish.
Overall Thoughts – I think this is a strong gose. While I do feel it could have done with a bit more sourness, it was a strong beer for the style.
Do I like it? – Yes, I did enjoy this beer. I really enjoy Goses and find myself wanting to try as many as I can. While I do think this one could have been a bit sourer, I still enjoyed it.
I hope that this write-up was informative. I encourage you to get out and try as many new beers as you can. Broaden your horizons and your palate.